Jjajangmyun, Cocktails, and Otto Gelato

Friday, February 29, 2008 15 No tags Permalink 0

Off to sleep in a little bit.

But check out these noodles Don and I had in NJ last weekend!

I mentioned my cravings for a good dish of jjajangmyun earlier this month, and before you know it, Saturday night we’re in a car heading to New Jersey in search of an elusive restaurant. Don had only been there once before, and didn’t remember two very important facts:
1) the name of the place
2) the address
But a few detours here and there, coupled with gut instinct and hunger, and soon enough we found ourselves at the door of Mandarin.

The noodles are hand-pulled on the spot, served separately from the dangerously deep and gleaming raw onion and pork studded black bean sauce. It’s a DIY pour and mix affair – wear black, or be careful not to spill. We ordered it spicy and they sure delivered, almost to the point where the heat overwhelmed the dish. The texture of the slippery fresh noodles was the highlight, with a luxurious toothsome pull. Completely coated in the sauce, each bite, perhaps with a chunk of pork or crunch of onion, satisfied a hunger you never knew you had…all you wanted was more, and more…till your stomach could really hold no more ^_^

And then you had to stop.

We each had our own hefty delicious bowl and split an alarmingly large dish of fried pork, which I was told, is the traditional accompaniment to jjajangmyun.

As for dessert? We headed back to the city, where Don concocted cocktails and a hot toddy.

And then for no particular reason, other than a craving (and isn’t that reason enough? ;) we placed a gelato delivery order from Otto. Hooray!!

No more than 30 minutes later, a pint each of Olive Oil and Caramel arrived at the door…

…we alternated between pints, and goodness, it was difficult to decide which one I liked better so I took three spoonfuls of one, then three spoonfuls of another, repeat, repeat. OOOh much deliciousness! In the end though, if I had to commit to one, it would be the caramel. I’ve spoken about the flavours here before, and indeed the caramel is this crazy dark, smooooked caramel that teeters on the boundaries of sweet and bitter. The texture is velvety, full-bodied and demands to be savoured with endless spoonfuls. OH manns. I can almost taste it again. This is bad. Am getting hungry again. And I was just about to go sleep!

(Shuffles to the fridge)

Goodnight! :)

Mandarin Chinese Restaurant
110 Broad Avenue, 2nd Floor
Palisades Park, NJ 07650
(201) 313-0121

Otto
1 5th Ave
NY, NY 10003
(212) 995-9559

15 Comments
  • Kathy YL Chan
    November 30, -0001

    Hey Chowchow!Yay, thanks for commenting!! :) jjajangmyun + gelato makes for quite the saturday night…^_^Kelly!hahaha, shann’s off to see you tomorrows…eat some crispy pad thai on my behalf plllzzz ^_^Hey Cecilia!Hehe, I prolly ended up with the black bean sauce all over my mouth AND teeth…messy stuff but sooooo delicious!! =)Hey Shar!Happy belated Girls day! ^_^ Ahhhh, Nisshido…it has been too long since I’ve come home!!Hey Sung Sook!Hehehe, that was the best jjajangmyun I’ve had so far! ^_^Hey Yvo!I’m getting fatter as we type, lol. Packing in belated winter weight? Mebbe! ;) We shall plan for delicious outings!! :)

  • Kathryn Yu
    February 29, 2008

    Mmmmmm. I always forgot that Otto can deliver gelato. That’s probably a good thing.

  • K & S
    February 29, 2008

    olive oil gelato, that sounds interesting but delicious :) that jjajangmyun looks intense also!

  • anonymous
    February 29, 2008

    Hi Kathy!That olive gelato sounds mighty fine! Your blogs absolutely inspire me. I have recently opened up a food blog of my own and was wondering if you could please visit and give some insight and advice :)! Since I’m not computer friendly- you can find it on google blogger under “The Appetite” with a post about KCC Farmers Market.Thank You!Lauren

  • eiLeen
    February 29, 2008

    oh wow…i been craving jjajangmyun with tangseeyook!!! (sweet and sour pork) great minds think alike? hahaha :)

  • Kathy YL Chan
    February 29, 2008

    Kathryn!Hahaha, my freshman dorm used to be on 5th and 10th, so every Friday I’d buy a pint home after classes…but oooh, delivery is so much nicer on a saturday night ;)Hey Kat!Oh man, it was intense! The colour, texture, chunks of pork…ooh droool? yesyes :)Hey Lauren!Oooo, congrats on your new blog! Am popping over to check it out now! o_O!Hey Eileen!Hahah, great minds do think alike! ^_^

  • chowchow
    February 29, 2008

    hey kathy, long time reader but first time to comment =)the food looks delicious, i love jjajangmyun and the caramel gelato, nummyp.s. you and don are spending alotta time together ;)

  • kelly
    March 1, 2008

    I like how you eat lots of food that I have never heard of/could never ever pronounce. Next time I’m in NY you’re going to have to show me some of these places!

  • anonymous
    March 3, 2008

    Hi Kathy!!Wow, I soo.. wanted to try a REAL version of the korean black bean noodles :) I’ve only tried to instant ones so far. Isn’t it messy to eat them though? I mean,did you ended up with black sauce all around your mouth?!! hahahaha…. just kidding!oooo…. olive oil gelato!! Sigh…damn you Americans! you get to have all the yummy food :( I want some…. hehehe, I’ll trade Tim Tams with ya for it!! p.s: sleep early… don’t let work disrupts ya beauty sleep yeh?!Have a great week!!

  • anonymous
    March 3, 2008

    Hi Kathy, Just wanted to wish you a Happy Girls day :) I just passed Nisshido and there was no parking. I just baked some mini cakes to deliver to friends just for Girls day :)Enjoy your day!

  • Sung Sook
    March 4, 2008

    *drool*I miss good jjajangmyun. :(

  • Yvo
    March 5, 2008

    Holy badoodies… seriously. Kathy, we must be friends. I’ll gain so much weight if we hang out, but I would just once like to accompany you on a food journey. Geezus- how do you eat so much and remain so thin???

  • anonymous
    March 11, 2008

    Gelato delivery service? Otto rules!! Nothing like that here in Kyoto.And, they have Olive Oil gelato. What exactly does it taste like?Peko@KyotoFoodie

  • anonymous
    March 11, 2008

    good lord, otto delivers gelato? why don’t i live in ny again? THOUGH i CAN get pretty great jjajangmyun and tangsooyook in my nj burb.

  • anonymous
    May 7, 2009

    It has good size portions. We go dine-in there regularly since it is close to our home, you get filled up and usually have leftovers to take home.

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