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Restaurants & Bars 9


StephenB | Oct 13, 2004 06:29 PM

This of course is a challenge no red-blooded chowhound can pass up. It came my way this afternoon at a Korean place called The Secret Garden on Route 50. I had ordered what I thought was a modest lunch -- codfish with vegetables in a spicy broth. But the waitress figured me for an ameriwimp -- TOO SPICY--YOU NO LIKE, she said more than once. I assured her that I could handle spicy. The amuse bouche was 7 kimchi-like things, the familiar spinach and pickled lettuce, etc. Then the meal came. The soup was bubbling so furiously it seemed alive. It was accompanied by a bowl of rice and an 8-inch long pickled mackerel. I didn't know what to do with the rice (sorry, James G) so I simply put some on my spoon when I went for the broth. I can report that the soup was good, it included a clam as well as the advertised codfish and veggies. Spicy? Nothing a veteran of H-20 at Joe's couldn't handle with ease. I enjoyed it thoroughly, along with the mackerel. The bill was a mere $8.50 and instead of a fortune cookie I got a stick of chewing gum. A successful lunch, both culinarily and psychologically.

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