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Chef Stefano | Nov 26, 2001 07:50 AM

I am reporting again on Sam Won Garden, a Korean and Sushi restaurant at 6600 Castor Avenue in Northeast Philly. My nephew and I went there on Saturday for dinner. It was crowded with families eating at tables with barbeque-type equiptment built into the tables. We were seated at the sushi bar and were told we did not have to order sushi.

We were first served with seven small dishes of appetizers that come with all meals. Among then were kimchi, sea vegetable, aspic, potatoes and small crunchy fish. All were very tasty.

Dan ordered sauted baby octopus with vegetables and spicy sauce. The waiter asked him how hot he wanted it and it was to his liking. We thought that the octopus would be tiny whole ones but was actually cut up small ones as opposed to cut up large ones. Some pieces were a little chewy but others were tender. The sauce was good.

I ordered marinated short ribs with noodles. The waiter was experienced enough to know that he should tell me that the noodles were cold. I asked if the meat was hot. He said it was, so I decided to give the dish a try.

The noodles were served in a large bowl with slices of asian pear and cucmber. All of it was in a tasty broth. When I tasted the broth there were small pieces of ice in it. Apparently, ice is put in the broth so the noodles are very cold the the fruit and vegetable crisp.

The meat was a bit chewy but so flavorful that every chew was great.

We had a lot of food and the check was about $30. Booze is available but we had tea.

As a side note, I beleive we were the only non-asians in the restaurant. Of course, we were treated well, but also we had no trouble getting assistance with the menu.

All in all we had a great experience and for once I did not look around at other tables and think I was left out of the fun because I did not know what to order from an unfamiliar cuisine.

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