Suburban Korean – Early Mother’s Day

Last sunday when my brother was around, he took us out for an early mother’s day dinner, since he wouldn’t be around on actual mother’s day. We went easy and local – Nag Won Garden, a Korean restaurant in Upper Darby. It’s a very non-descript place on West Chester Pike. There aren’t very many tables, and they’re all big, wood, with the most uncomfortable wooden chairs on the planet. There’s one longer room on the side that is reserved for bigger parties. They allow smoking there also, which sucks, but the bbq grilling smell pretty much overpowers any light-ups.

We went with the regular kalbi for two and an order of the ojinga bokkum, which is spicy stir fried squid, and probably my favorite thing they serve. This is also one of the cook-your-own-meat places, so the tables have grill pits in the middle. Then they bring out the hot coals with a grill plate and then you cook it up. So I don’t know why the ojinga bokkum is so good, but it just is. It has the best flavor, the onions are so sweet and delicious, and the squid is cooked just right. It truly is some of the best I’ve ever had in my life. I tend to always get it.

The meat was pretty good, as usual. So no surprise there. The service, on the other hand, was worse than usual. It’s usually pretty bad, as there are very few servers there, but last sunday night was especially horrible. We kept asking for water and didn’t get it until we were already cooking our food. We also kept asking for rice and we didn’t get it until after we’d had a couple of rounds of beef already cooked enough and ready to eat. And they didn’t refill our water at all, not once. Bad. Well, at least the food is good, and it’s close to home!

Nag Won Garden
7650 W Chester Pike
Upper Darby, PA 19082-1912
610-449-1800

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