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Earthquake 88
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Korean Food Question
I’m working in Montgomery the past two days. There is both a Hyundai and Kia plant up in this neck of the woods. Therefore I assume they brought a lot of South Koreans to work/manage at these plants because there are a bunch of Korean restaurants in Montgomery slam full of Asians eating at them.

My question is why aren’t there more Korean places to dine at in this country? The food is outstanding. Seems like the only places I come across good Korean food is in Montgomery, Dallas and the West Coast (My territory doesn’t cover the East Coast). Tampa has a Korean hole in the wall I thought was good but it’s been my least favorite so far. About the only thing I can come up with is South Koreans don’t immigrant over here like the Chinese and Vietnamese because they aren’t under communist rule. The beef short ribs I just ate for lunch were just flat out good to eat. I don’t know what most of those side dishes are but that stuff is also tasty.

And for the record it’s getting harder and harder to find good authentic Chinese. These five and dime Chinese take out places are awful. It’s gotten to where I only eat good Chinese when I go to Houston or California. Seems like Korean and Vietnamese have not bastardized their food to suit American taste buds yet. Even Tex Mex has gotten awful unless you are in a place like Ninfas on Navigation in Houston.

Anyway, I wish there were more Korean restaurants in this country.


Y.A. Tittle
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I don't know the answer to your question, but I thank you for pointing this out re: Montgomery.

It never really occurred to me that this would be the case (although it should have). I drive through there a lot and always thought it was just a culinary wasteland from the Interstate.

Any particular Korean places there you'd recommend?


dirtsandwich
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re: Korean Food Question
What places do you recommend in Montgomery? I get down that way on occasion and would be interested in finding another spot or two to try.


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cj35
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re: Korean Food Question
We have a lot of Korean spots here in the Atlanta area. Some of them are quite good. A ton of Korean bakeries as well.


The Spleen
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My work takes me to West Point, GA every now and then where the KIA plant is. Yes, Korean food is outstanding. The best one in that area is called Young Dong though, so it always cracks me up when I submit my expense report.

I went in there one day for a late lunch, and the little lady that ran the place kept bringing me different stuff to try, and would sit down at the table and explain what each one was.


Earthquake 88
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Today I tried Shilla. Last night I tried Kalim I believe was the name. I tried another place down the street 6 months or so ago and it was good. Guess I’m giving them all a try. There is a couple on the way past Auburn headed to Atlanta right by one of those auto plants in a small town on the AL/GA line that were good.

For the record Central in downtown Montgomery has some very tasty fine dining. I had some duck sliders and French fries for lunch at Central about a year ago and it was amazing. This sounds crazy but I still crave those fries. They had a vinegar taste and I think they double fried them in some duck fat or something. However they prepared them it's pretty good if I’m bragging on fries. The rabbit was tasty and so was the dinosaur size beef rib they once served me.

Back on topic though Montgomery has good Korean food. I’d eat at one of these places once or twice a week if I lived here.
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Earthquake 88
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We have a lot of Korean spots here in the Atlanta area. Some of them are quite good. A ton of Korean bakeries as well.


Atlanta has one of the most diverse food scenes in the country. A lot of people don’t know that. Atlanta doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Funny you mention Atlanta because that Korean-Texas BBQ joint up close to Marrietta is awesome! That brisket... oh man that brisket sandwich. I think it’s called Heirloom BBQ. I may not have the name right but my vehicle knows the way to get there you can bet on that.


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Earthquake 88
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My work takes me to West Point, GA every now and then where the KIA plant is. Yes, Korean food is outstanding. The best one in that area is called Young Dong though, so it always cracks me up when I submit my expense report.


I believe we were typing comments at the same time. That place in West Point is the one I was trying to recall. And it’s good to hear that I’m not the only one that gets funny lucks when I submit my expense reports. Some of the girls at the office tease me and say I never eat at a single place they’ve ever heard of unless I take a customer to lunch or dinner. I end up in some mom and pop hole in the walls most of the time.


Duane Dibbley
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I never eat at a single place they’ve ever heard of unless I take a customer to lunch or dinner. I end up in some mom and pop hole in the walls most of the time.

Whenever you travel somewhere check and see if there is a military base in the area.
I've found some really good hole in the wall ethnic restaurants near them.


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The Spleen
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There are a handful of Korean places in the West Point area. A Korean guy in the Hampton Inn lobby told me Young Dong was the best one, so it's the only one I've been to.

I don't know what it's called, but I love the stone bowl dish that has all kinds of stuff in it.


Earthquake 88
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I don't know what it's called, but I love the stone bowl dish that has all kinds of stuff in it.


I think they call those things hot pots or something like that. I had one of those recently with half the ocean in it and the thing was delicious.


Dead Mike
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re: Korean Food Question
Bibimbap?


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Duane Dibbley
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I don't know what it's called, but I love the stone bowl dish that has all kinds of stuff in it.



I think they call those things hot pots or something like that. I had one of those recently with half the ocean in it and the thing was delicious.

Dolsot Bibimbap, when done right the hot stone bowl (called a dolsot) puts a golden brown gratin on the rice.
Rarely have I had it done right in the U.S.


Earthquake 88
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Dolsot Bibimbap, when done right the hot stone bowl (called a dolsot) puts a golden brown gratin on the rice. Rarely have I had it done right in the U.S.


Thank you for the explanation. I’d venture to say the places I visited probably do it right. I think all these Koreans that Kia and Hyundai brought over here hired their own chefs to follow them because they don’t care to eat what’s available in Alabama. The people serving you pretty much can’t speak English.


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Treacherous Cretin
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I went in there one day for a late lunch, and the little lady that ran the place kept bringing me different stuff to try, and would sit down at the table and explain what each one was.


She mistook you for Anthony Bourdain.


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kingbob
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Baton Rouge doesn't have a single Korean restaurant to my knowledge.


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InThroughTheOutDore
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There are several good Korean places in the Nashville area. I am particularly fond of Hai Woon Dai if you're up this way.


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