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NEW "Korean Chinese" restaurant in Fort Lee (big dog pls read)

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NEW "Korean Chinese" restaurant in Fort Lee (big dog pls read)

Jason Perlow | Apr 5, 2000 01:46 PM

Yun Kyung Chinese Restaurant, 1645 Lemoine Ave., Ft. Lee NJ, 201-592-9554

I found this restaurant next to the "Poultry Place" chicken take-out / catering business, its been open for two weeks. When I asked the hostess as to what genre of Chinese food it was, i.e. Hong Kong or Taiwanese, she replied "Korean-style". This took me aback because I had never heard of Korean Chinese food before -- I mean you're one or the other, right?

Well, I guess not -- its not Korean barbeque, its not what we saw at Bo, and its not the typical Hong Kong style you get in Fort Lee or in Flushing either. The menu has none of the dishes you would normally recognize -- lots of noodle soups, hot pots and saute'/stir fried stuff, lots of emphasis on beef and seafood (no surprise). The place is expensive, most of the dinner entrees are between 15 and 25, and they has a "special" priced fixed area for groups between $180-$350.00, I didnt bother to ask for details.

From the lunch menu, which was more reasonable, I ordered chicken and garlic sauce and an order of fried dumplings. Sounds pedestrian, but what I got was anything but.

The chicken was lightly battered and deep fried (more like general tso but less batter), which was wallowing in a sauce of finely chopped carrots, peas, and a TON of garlic. The liquid part of the sauce was very light, although sweet and very spicy, and chili peppers where everywhere. The chicken was crunchy, moist and yummy. It was accompanied by a sticky white fried rice, which had peas, corn, carrots and chopped up crab stick in it.

The fried dumplings were not what you would get at a hong-kong dim sum joint -- these were large thin skinned korean mandoo, deep fried and filled with finely ground pork, scallion and chopped bean thread noodles.

The accompanying side dish was chopped raw white onions and yellow pickled things which I believe were radishes like those used in sushi.

I want to go back to this place for dinner -- if anyone is looking for an unusual korean experience, in the absence of Bo I suggest you guys give this place a try.

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