January 7th, 2011. Ready to Take on the Big Apple!
As soon as I landed in NYC I was taken to HyungGi Uncle’s restaurant, Tang, in Flushing, NJ. Basically the sister restaurant of Gam Mee Ok, it carries along the same vein of those slow cooked, homey Korean oxtail stew type of dishes.
I was instantly impressed by the amazing space. Spacious with exposed brick walls, clean & modern hardwood floors, high backed wooden chairs, a wine bar…the staff are extremely courteous and professional and the restaurant even has an adjoining art gallery next to it! Uncle said that they sometimes have special nights where they will feature live jazz and do more of a lounge style layout to encourage the younger crowd to come check it out.
I received a veggie basket before my meal came out. I was kind of taken aback by the one huge hot pepper..but….oh well? The lettuce were super tender and the Korean Kkae-nip (think Korean version of shiso leaf) had that nice herby kick.
The kimchi is made and delivered from Gam Mee Ok to Tang everyday and is pretty darn amazing, too. Nice crispness to the cabbage, good seasoning, and not over-ripe. Nice and spicy. It comes in a small clay jar which they serve to you tableside as well. They pull out whole sections of kimchi and cut it with scissors into a dish.
First some Bin Dae Dduk, which they kindly cut for you table-side. It’s just the right thickness, chock full of bean sprouts and other veggies. Perfect crispiness on the outside with just the right amount of oil. You can tell it was cooked right on super high heat. Delish!!
And now for the star!! Korean Ox Bone Soup, aka Seol-Lung-Tang: Deep flavor profile indicated that it had been stewed for a long time, allowing the flavors of the bones to be sucked out into the broth, the milky-ness lends another layer of richness to it. The white noodles inside were also a good consistency. Add a dash of coarse salt, fresh cracked pepper, dump in some fresh cooked, glistening rice in and dig in!!
Perfect for a cold winter morning after a very long flight.