Paik’s Noodle: San Jose, CA, USA
I made this trip down to San Jose just for this place (and groceries) because my friend and I were craving sweet-sour-pork (tang soo yuk) as well as jjampong (spicy seafood noodle soup). It was a somewhat cold day and difficult to find good Korean food in San Francisco so this was definitely hot on our list to try.
– good service, very attentive waiters (more helpful if you spoke Korean but not necessary)
– clean, including bathrooms
– food came relatively on time, not super fast but definitely not slow
– PARKING IS ATTROCIOUS: there are maybe only 5 spots for this restaurant even though it is in a shared mall space next to a cleaners – the lady at the cleaners literally will stop your car from parking and make you move it because she says it’s “laundry only”. My friend had to fight for our spot after we waited for about 30min to get a spot
– list is LONG: get there early or at least budget enough time to fight for your parking spot.
Sweet Sour Pork (Tang Soo Yuk)
– good quantity (for small to moderate eaters and to share)
– came out hot but not too oily
– crispy breading meaning it didn’t sit in the oil for too long after it was taken out
– the sauce seemed kind of light to me
– decent amount of toppings in the sauce, I would have preferred more woodear mushrooms and as odd as it sounds, pineapple but it wasn’t bad for what it had.
Spicy Seafood Noodle Soup (Jjampong): you can get this with or without pork which affects the flavor quite a bit.
– fantastic quantity: I definitely could barely finish this.
– came out hot
– not too spicy
– good flavors, not overly salty, not overly bland
– great amount of ingredients – generous with the seafood and the pork
Black Bean Noodles (Jajjang Myun)
– good quantity
– not oily
– not that great. There wasn’t too much flavor in the sauce for some reason.
For those of us who come from cities like ATL where the korean food is not only cheap but GOOD (I think it will rival that of LA in a few years), you take what you can get in SF and if that means battling it out for a parking spot with a laundromat lady, so be it. I’d totally make the drive and fight it out again for that pork! Unfortuantely, I forgot to take pictures. I took a few videos but those can’t make it on here sadly. Wow, my first miss! All in all, a summary:
- Sweet Sour Pork: ***.85 (3.85 stars)
- Jjampong Seafood noodles: ***.75 (3.75 stars)
- Jajjang noodles: ***.5 (3.5 stars)
You can find them in a tiny ass parking lot here:1520 Kiely Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95051
These trips to SJ are getting crazy expensive though!