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Moa: Korean Chinese in Sunrise

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Moa: Korean Chinese in Sunrise

s.m. koppelman | Apr 11, 2003 08:01 PM

Yep, Korean Chinese in the Broward suburbs. Moa's on University between NW 44th St. and Oakland Park Blvd. is in a small shopping center where it sits between an Italian restaurant and a strip club, next door to Hooters.

They have three menus: Korean (a short menu of the basics--but, bravely, no bibim bap), Chinese (a mildly interesting mix of regional dishes) and the really unusual one, Korean-Chinese, a separate style of cooking in its own right. It's mostly mild, with an emphasis on noodle dishes and soups, some dumplings, and Korean-style fried rice.

I had a dish I've had before, a noodle stir-fry with vegetables, bits of pork, potato, octopus and (ehhh) baby shrimp in a dark fermented-soy gravy. Pretty bland until you mix in some kimchi and maybe some of the pickled radishes. There are, however, some more exotic things, too, like Korean-style hot chicken wings (which might be fun to compare with the ones at Hooters) and various seafood stews different from the ones found in most Korean places. Most noodles are made on the premises, as are the mandoo. I can't judge the place on the basis of the one dish I had, but I'll be back for more and can recommend it for the sheer novelty of Korean Chinese food in South Florida.

Talk to the owner; he's a nice guy who was backed into the restaurant business by people who were hassling him by filing false reports with local officials that his karaoke club was making food even though it didn't have a kitchen. So rather than fight it, he opened a restaurant with a hallway of psychedeilically-lit private karaoke rooms--so if you want to make a night of it, order up a couple of bottles of soju and hunker down with some friends for some serious karaoke after your meal.

Also in the area: the genuinely terrific Caspian Persian Grill, an Iranian restaurant on Sunrise Blvd. just east of University. Dive in anywhere on the menu. If it's a stew with a walnut and pomegranate base, all the better. Mix in some yogurt. Yum.

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