Jang Su Jang is a great Tofu Korean BBQ restaurant located on El Camino Real near Lawrence Expressway in Santa Clara. For those who know the area, it is located where the old Comp USA used to be on El Camino. This Korean restaurant is definitely one of the best I’ve had around the Bay Area, and I’ve been to TONS of Korean restaurants in the area in the past 16 years.
This place is pretty busy, and tonight (Saturday) we had to wait over half an hour for a table. I’ve been here before during a weeknight and it was still pretty busy, although not as crazy as the weekends. The restaurant itself is brightly lit with both tables and booths that have tabletop grills if you want to grill your own Korean BBQ. I personally like having them cook my meat for me in the back kitchen so I don’t have to do as much work and make my clothes smell like Korean BBQ.
Jang offers an assortment of little Korean dishes after you order food. This is customary with most Korean restaurants so it is nothing special to commend them for. But then again they were pretty good, especially the kimchi. Another good thing? It’s free refills!
One of the dishes we ordered was the Seafood Pankcake (pictured at top). The pancake included shrimp, octopus, green onions, and other seafood items. It had really good flavors and prepared really well. Usually when I get Korean seafood pancake, it is really oily and eating too much makes me feel nauseous. However, this did not happen at all. The sweet pancake sauce was also a great combo to the pankcake.
We also ordered the Galbee. For those who don’t know, galbee is korean short ribs and it is absolutely delicious. The meat was tender and juicy and full of flavor. There isn’t much else to say about it as the only word I would use to describe it is “awesome”.
We also ordered the Bi Bim Bop. It is a Korean dish in which a claypot is used to cook rice along with other things like pork, mushrooms, vegetables, and an egg. You mix it all together with a special sauce and the claypot keeps the ingredients hot as you enjoy it. Again, great flavors and well put together.
But I think the best dish of the night was the Kimchi Ramen that we ordered. The dish contains ramen, kimchi, a great kimchi soup base, sausages, spam, and vegetables. All the ingredients are put into a hot pot and it is kept over a fire at the table as it cooks in front of you. I love ramen, so I absolutely loved this dish. Granted I could probably make this at home by throwing all those ingredients together into a pot, something about eating it at the restaurant made it that much better.
To top off the whole meal, when you ask for the check, they give each person an asian yogurt drink product. What a great way to end the meal! I definitely recommend Jang Su Jang as a place to check out for Korean food. It’s not cheap, but it isn’t expensive either so it won’t break your wallet. Try to make a reservation beforehand or else be ready to wait.