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Long Life Village - Korean Oakland Webster

MT | Sep 16, 200407:14 PM

It's in the corner spot on Webster and 12th(?) where the so-called "no-name" Korean restaurant was. There were only two items on the menu, both stewed chicken.

I'm not Korean so the name of the dishes elude me, but I'll try to describe them as best I can.

The panchan were simply a large plate of pickled cabbage, another of daikon, and lettuce dressed in chile sauce.

The dish I tried is an entire Cornish game hen ($14) cooked with an entire head of garlic, chestnuts, dried jujubees, and 1/4 of a ginseng root. Unseasoned otherwise but there is a salt/pepper/sesame mix on the table intended for sprinkling/dipping. Crusty rice is served in the broth. It appears that an entire chicken is available for $27. I was expecting quite a pungent ginseng and garlic flavor, but the dish seemed quite bland. The garlic was soft and mild and I couldn't detect any of that somewhat mecidinal, bitter ginseng flavor. Perhaps my taste buds were blasted by the panchan because now garlic fumes are pouring out of me.

The other dish is a stew of bone-in chicken chunks with vegetables in a bright red spicy sauce ($10). My lunch companion said that it was good and not too piquant.

Not at all what I expected but it's an interesting find. My guess is that this place specializes in health fortifying type dishes. Hopefully the menu will vary and I can try other unusual Korean meals. There was a young woman waiting tables who spoke perfect English and was knowlegeable so you can figure out what's going on here. (She made the charming claim that because the rice is served in the broth, there is no chance of gaining any weight) I'm familiar with Chinese soups and I can recognize the similarities so overall it was an interesting experience.

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