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Korean BBQ review: Han Sung (S. Clara, long)

bouncepass | Apr 4, 200508:47 PM

A bunch of us went to Korean BBQ at Han Sung. One of the main drawing cards was the fact that it is one of the few places in the area that has real charcoal as opposed to gas. The first good sign was the fact that there were lots of Koreans there, and it was hopping on a very wet Sunday night. We ordered a number of items:

Galbi - very good. Not too sweet as is sometimes the tendency.

Marinated spicy pork (forget the Korean name): also very good. Well-balanced, spicy and flavorful.

[For BBQ items, they have only two other possibilities - marinated rib eye and chicken. No pork belly, much to my dismay.]

Pa Jeon - very nice, though not the best I've had. The proportion of veggie to pancake batter was a bit higher than I'm used to, but I quite liked that.

Jap Jae - a simple dish, but a definite winner. Not too greasy, nice amount of veggies and mushrooms.

Pan fried dumplings - OK. Not bad for a Korean place *grin* (I'm Chinese) but not great either.

Huge appetizer dish of cabbage, kimchi, raw oysters and steamed pork belly - in theory, you wrap the latter three ingredients into the cabbage and have at it. The result is a crazy mix of flavors that somehow works. We also took some of the oysters and pork and grilled it up (we got some funny looks from the staff), which was also well-liked.

Panchan: an assortment of the usual. I'd say most of the panchan were well above average. They brought us a second round when we just wanted a couple more.

Service was very good. The decor runs along the lines of slightly funky American diner meets Korean BBQ. But the food was a big hit. Total bill (incl. tax and tip) was $30 per person, including more than one big beer per person. We all agreed that we'd definitely return.

Han Sung is at 2644 El Camino in Santa Clara, between Kiely and San Tomas Expy, in one of those ubiquitous malls adjacent to a Digital City and near Hometown Buffet.

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