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Noo Na report.. Vanderbuilt Korean.. prospect hts.

jason carey | Oct 5, 200602:11 PM     10

Last night I got a to go order from the new Korean restaurant on Vanderbuilt called NooNA.
Here's the lowdown..

What I ordered: The first 2 dishes are ones that are I have had at MANY Korean restaurants in New York and therefore do have a decent frame of refrence. That is why I ordered them to have a comparison,, plus I like them.
Bi bim bab... well it came with the vegtables separate from the rice and while the veggies were quite good, there was alot of lettuce in there, whereas there usually are more chewy things in there. Also the Rice came in a plastic soup container and was just regualar rice. Part of the fun of this dish is that the rice is cooked in a stone bowl and is crunchy at the bottom.
That said, maybe when you eat it there it is cooked in a stone bowl.The BBQ hot sauce provided was not the best one I have ever had. However the dish was still quite good.

Jae yuk bok um
This is the traditional pork kimchee and veggie stirfry.
Again, this was good, if lacking in pork.. very low on the pork content.
It seemed to lack the depth , but at least they did the traditional thing of the raw tofu on the side to present a nice contrast to the oily stirfy.
An interesting or bizarre touch (depending on your point of view) was the inclusion of rice cakes in the dishh. all in all there was not enought Kimchee in there either. as i said however good.

Dumpling soup, this seemed to be in a white miso broth. the dumplings were very delicious, howver the meat filling came out of the noodle parts, so there were meat balls and noodles. the broth was mild and tasty. Yet again the rice cakes showed up in this dish.. never seen them in korean food. but that doesn't mean anything.

Americanized de-spicified Korean food,, the pork-kimchee dish especially was not even up to the intensity is should have been. There is usually quite a kick in this dish and it was missing. the Bi bim bab.. was nice but too much lettuce and not enough of the chewy veggies usually in there.. also where was the crunchy rice..?
All in all however the food was clean and healthy tasting so I will eat there again.. like to eat in. I would like them to make the food more authentic, but for being close and even having a Korean without going to Myrtle ave, its a good Prospect Hts/Pk slope alternative. The Prices are very decent.if you stay away form the meat bbqs.

They also have tofu soup but I will only get that there to see if its prepared in the stoneware bowl of fire, which makes the dish.

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