I love Korean food and one of my favorite places to eat in Oakland, California is the Jong Ga House! http://www.jonggahouse.com/
We dined there are on weekday night last week and the place was HOPPING. So many patrons…and rightly so because the food here is delicious!
First things first, I started off with an apple soju!
Not quite apple juice and not quite a soju, it’s a fun drink to end a long day with. There are other flavored sojus as well, along with beer, cocktails and sake. But this is just fine for me.
To start the meal, everyone is served a cold bowl of Naeng Myun with kimchee: So refreshing to cleanse the palate!
Their variety of banchan is like no other in the Bay Area:
Don’t be shy on asking for refills – Jong Ga house not only refills your favorite banchan but doesn’t give you an attitude about it either.
My favorite is the hae mul pa jan:
A pancake with seafood and scallions, it is served with a dipping sauce made of soy sauce and seaame oil. I love this – it is fresh and hearty. And they do not skimp on the fillings!
A favorite among diners (and us!) is their grilled mackerel, or Go Deung Uh Gui: Moist and flavorful, it’s great with the rice and kimchee. Just be careful of small bones!
My friend is both vegetarian and gluten allergic. Jong Ga House makes a great vegetarian Jab Chae Bok Um!
Glass noodles stir fried with veggies and house sauce. I have to admit, it is better with meat but not so bad without.
I used to live within walking distance and come here once a week. These days, I live further out but love how the quality and flavor of their food is always the same…which is fantastic.
For more on my love for korean food, check out https://justcallmequeen.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/i-love-korean-food/