On a Thursday afternoon, we were seated promptly in the small restaurant. I'm guessing there are less than twenty tables in total. Two or three other tables had customers already eating rice and noodle dishes. After placing our order, it took a while for the waitress to bring us hot tea and side dishes. Since we ordered two stews, two bowls of rice were included. The bowls are extremely hot, so be careful not to burn your hand! I was pleasantly surprised to find that they served purple rice. Now I'm not 100% sure if the rice itself is purple or the darker rice just dyed the white rice purple. The bibimbap also uses the same purple rice, so I'm assuming that there is no plain white rice served here.
|Hot Stone Pot Bibimbap ($9.95)|
|Potato Pork Bone Soup ($8.95)|
|Spicy Tofu Soup ($8.95)|
My mom liked how the food here was not overly salty, like some other Korean restaurants we've been to on North Road. Korean food is spicy enough; there is no need for excess amounts of added sodium. Three dishes fed 4 people, coming to a total of just under $30 before tips.
Many of the other customers in the restaurant were Korean, so that is a good sign. If I come back again, I would like to try their cold noodles or their shared stews that continue boiling at the stove built into the table. It's essentially a larger portion of a stew that feeds two or more people.
With a small, but steady, stream of customers trickling in, I can see Jeong Ga Nae becoming an increasingly popular restaurant. They will need more waiters to clean tables and maybe a broader menu in the future, but for now, my first experience here has been positive.
Love from Coconut Crumpet's Corner ♡