Lincoln Noodle House on N Lincoln has been reviewed before on Chowhound, in fact, I have posted mini-reviews myself, but I just had to post about tonights dinner.
My wife Ellen and I started with a secret menu, I know I just got Vital Informations attention, order of kim chee pizza. Kim chee pizza is actually a Korean style pancake, I think they used mung bean flour batter, mixed with kimchee and pan fried, slightly oily, but very delicious.
Our next course was Mul-Man-Doo (#32), which are small broiled meat filled dumplings that are really quite addictive. Though the Mul-Man-Doo are served with a dipping sauce ask for the hot sauce, which is actually a small bowl of hot chili paste mixed with dried fish and various other mystery ingredients, slightly salty, but quite addictive.
Next we had O-Moo Rice (#25) with vegetables. This was a clean flavored blend of white rice, peas, diced carrots/yellow squash/zucchini/onion, covered with a thin omelet and striped with Dave Hammonds favorite condiment, ketchup. The flavor of the veggies really came though and even though the menu says fried rice, there is no evidence of excessive oil.
Next up was pork Ton Katsu (#27) which was greaseless fried breaded pork served with a small shredded salad, a lonely slice of tomato, rice and dipping sauce.
We were also served simple panchan of kim chee and kim chee radish and yellow pickled dakion and two bowls of hot clearish broth with scallion. Barley tea comes with the meal as well.
We have been going to LNH for a few years and have tried many of their offerings, a few other favorites are Zuk-Suk Tuk-Bok-Ki (#2), rice cake with hot sauce and loads of veggies cooked on a portable burner right at the table.
LNH also has a very acceptable version of Bi-Bim-Bap, which, if you can get the waitress to understand your wish, can be cooked in a stone pot so the rice on the bottom crisps up. Though that is only a 3 to 5 shot due to no mutual language.
OK, down to brass tacks, what was the damage for dinner, remember this was 4-courses with 2-soups, rice, salad and panchan, not to mention barley tea. $18.45, with tax, before tip.
I should mention, before The Mayor of Chicago Chowhound, Vital Information, RST in tow, races off to LNH that the secret menu consists of wall signs in Korean, but due to the lack of mutual language they may as well be secret.
I should also point out that while conversation with the waitress is impossible, they are uniformly friendly, and the service is quite good. LNH is spotless as well and they even have a small parking lot.
I was also going to include a mini-review of Marado, a Korean run Japanese restaurant on W Lawrence, but my tape of 24 is calling me. Though I have only eaten lunch there twice, I am comfortable in saying that it is good value for the money on sushi and Korean /Japanese home style. Though certainly not up to the level of Tampopo.
Lincoln Noodle House
5862 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL. 60659
3714 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60630