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  • Post #61 - August 31st, 2018, 7:33 pm
    Post #61 - August 31st, 2018, 7:33 pm Post #61 - August 31st, 2018, 7:33 pm
    Sorry, Glenview.

    My last visit was in May, too, with the panchan bar.
    Cathy2

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  • Post #62 - September 1st, 2018, 12:46 pm
    Post #62 - September 1st, 2018, 12:46 pm Post #62 - September 1st, 2018, 12:46 pm
    I was at the Glenview cafe a few weeks ago and they said "no more banchan"
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #63 - December 10th, 2018, 6:00 pm
    Post #63 - December 10th, 2018, 6:00 pm Post #63 - December 10th, 2018, 6:00 pm
    In case anyone missed it, Joong Boo on Kimball was closed briefly by the City last week. Per blockclubchicago.org:

    at blockclubchicago.org, Mina Bloom wrote:Fans of Joong Boo were startled to find a big green “License Suspended” sign affixed to the beloved Asian market’s window Thursday.

    But it was only up for a little more than a day.

    The market at 3333 N. Kimball Ave. reopened at about noon Friday. A manager there, who declined to be named, said plumbing issues forced the closure.

    “Our water tank was giving us problems — it was nothing to do with food,” the manager told Block Club.

    But an inspection report provided by the city’s Department of Public Health shows that some packaged squid sold at Joong Boo was contaminated with salmonella.

    The market was inspected following a complaint from the public, according to the report. “Managers [sic] was not aware of the complaint. Establishment buys the frozen squid from reputable company. Panama squid from Quirch Foods… Squid are frozen and packaged for sale.”

    Joong Boo was also cited for a lack of hot water throughout the store, the report said.

    Don’t Freak Out: Joong Boo Market Is Open Again After Brief Shutdown

    =R=
    Gardening is a bloodsport --Meghan Kleeman

    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #64 - January 14th, 2019, 12:17 pm
    Post #64 - January 14th, 2019, 12:17 pm Post #64 - January 14th, 2019, 12:17 pm
    Joong Boo Glenview:

    Last Friday, had an opportunity to check this place out again. WOW. WOW.
    The banchan set ups are indeed, gone. Counterlady confirmed, gone, not coming back. They've been replaced with other condiments, two hot sauces, something that looked like a relish of sorts (no idea, sorry.) BUT....

    From my last visit, which I thoroughly enjoyed, it felt they've upped their game.
    Our Trial:
    On sale so we had to try: Spicy Tofu Soup. $6.50. Absolute bargain! There was shrimp and mussels or oysters in it too! It was fantastic. Not very "spicy" just kinda "warm with pepper heat." It came with pickles, kimchi, crumbled seaweed, steamed rice, and a whole small fried fish (think medium sardine sized - maybe 6 decent bites to it.) BARGAIN ALERT!!!!

    Chicken wings were a touch sweeter than I remembered, but still fantastic.

    From the dumpling counter, we got an order of the pork dumplings which were big and round. I remember them being standard gyoza shaped crescents before, and much smaller (?) I also remember them not having much flavor - not BAD, but just kinda ho-hum. These were big, juicy, porky and garlicky. I loved these things. We also got an order of the fish cake and rice noodle in the spicy red pasty sauce. At 3.99, the portion could feed two people, easily, but the flavor was kinda one-note. It was a great addition to a meal though, imo.

    Only two of us, so we were already at overkill - only made it through half of everything (except we demolished those dumplings, and I ordered more to take home for the fam...They were damn good.)
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #65 - May 16th, 2019, 1:12 am
    Post #65 - May 16th, 2019, 1:12 am Post #65 - May 16th, 2019, 1:12 am
    Difficult to overstate the vastness of the Joong Boo Glenview second floor cafeteria space seating area.

    JoonBooGlenview7.jpg Joong Boo Second floor cafeteria, Glenview

    JoonBooGlenview3.jpg 2nd floor dumpling stand menu, there's also prepared items for the taking.

    JoongBooGlenview13.jpg 2nd floor "Joong Boo Snack corner " menu

    1st floor grocery large and well stocked.

    JoonBooGlenview1.jpg Looking down from second floor cafeteria, Glenview Joong Boo

    JoonBooGlenview11.jpg Looking down from second floor cafeteria, Glenview Joong Boo


    I only tried one item, shrimp and pork dumplings from the dumpling stand. A bit over steamed and slightly blah, though tasty once I applied sauce and gochugaru from condiment area.
    JoonBooGlenview9.jpg Naked shrimp and pork dumpling.

    JoonBooGlenview10.jpg Condiments applied, shrimp and pork dumplings.


    How does Joong Boo Glenview compare to H-Mart Niles, favorably though edge goes to Niles H-Mart as its larger with more in-house dining options. Plus I've been digging on Jajangmyeon from KyoDong Noodle in H-Mart Niles food court and kimbap from the prepared section.
    One minute to Wapner.
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  • Post #66 - May 16th, 2019, 7:24 am
    Post #66 - May 16th, 2019, 7:24 am Post #66 - May 16th, 2019, 7:24 am
    G Wiv wrote:I only tried one item, shrimp and pork dumplings from the dumpling stand. A bit over steamed and slightly blah, though tasty once I applied sauce and gochugaru from condiment area.

    Those shrimp dumplings always look good, but just don't deliver. I prefer pretty much all the rest of the dumpling types (but not a big fan of the kimchi ones, surprisingly)

    G Wiv wrote:How does Joong Boo Glenview compare to H-Mart Niles, favorably though edge goes to Niles H-Mart as its larger with more in-house dining options. Plus I've been digging on Jajangmyeon from KyoDong Noodle in H-Mart Niles food court and kimbap from the prepared section.

    Assi Plaza provides a number of nice booths -- I particularly like the one that does tonkatsu (the curry version is quite nice). The biggest advantage of Joong Boo is the dumplings. Often I'm looking for a quick, cheap, small meal/snack, and the price point of most of the items at Assi, H-Mart, and the Joong Boo Snack stand are all $8-12 and a full meal that could serve as dinner. Two of the King dumplings at Joong Boo for $5 and I'm good to go.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #67 - May 16th, 2019, 10:28 am
    Post #67 - May 16th, 2019, 10:28 am Post #67 - May 16th, 2019, 10:28 am
    JoelF wrote:
    G Wiv wrote:I only tried one item, shrimp and pork dumplings from the dumpling stand. A bit over steamed and slightly blah, though tasty once I applied sauce and gochugaru from condiment area.

    Those shrimp dumplings always look good, but just don't deliver. I prefer pretty much all the rest of the dumpling types (but not a big fan of the kimchi ones, surprisingly

    At the Kedzie location, where there is quite a bit of turn-over (and sometimes even a wait while the dumplings finish steaming), the small Pork & Shrimp dumplings are usually terrific and definitely the best item available . . .

    Image
    Pork & Shrimp Dumplings at Joong Boo on Kedzie

    And at $6.00 for 5 dumplings, it's a very nice price. A little chili oil, a little soy sauce and you're good to go.

    =R=
    Gardening is a bloodsport --Meghan Kleeman

    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #68 - May 18th, 2019, 9:05 am
    Post #68 - May 18th, 2019, 9:05 am Post #68 - May 18th, 2019, 9:05 am
    Are those dumplings from the outside booth or inside restaurant?
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #69 - May 18th, 2019, 9:16 am
    Post #69 - May 18th, 2019, 9:16 am Post #69 - May 18th, 2019, 9:16 am
    Jazzfood wrote:Are those dumplings from the outside booth or inside restaurant?

    The outside booth.

    =R=
    Gardening is a bloodsport --Meghan Kleeman

    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #70 - May 28th, 2019, 4:33 pm
    Post #70 - May 28th, 2019, 4:33 pm Post #70 - May 28th, 2019, 4:33 pm
    I was planning to make some Korean for dinner and needed some ingredients. Had I still been in Glenview it wouldn’t of been a problem but that was last month. :)

    Also after visiting their grocery cafe up north I checked and sure enough there was a cafe at the Chicago location.

    Knowing they are often heavy on the soups and My Brides lack of preference I was hoping they had the seebee chicken. Yup! We also grabbed a dumpling on the way in.

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    The dumpling was pork and vegetable and I was expecting the purple colored ones I have seen posted but ours was plain white (My Bride grabbed it while I was parking).

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    On our departure I peeked in the outside stand window and saw the purple ones?

    The dumpling was tasty but I couldn’t help but to draw a comparison to a Runza which is not a favorite of My Bride.

    The chicken was also very good! seebee’s comments were playing through my head “not too spicy at all and not too sweet”. Seemed a bit sweet and there was a nice crunch here and there from the frying. Maybe they could of been kicked up a notch with the chili powder on the table?

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    Eating them counter temperature made me wish for Great Seas fresh cooked.

    All in all a nice visit! My Bride loves to people watch and there was no shortage of that.
    "Very good... but not my favorite." ~ Johnny Depp as Roux the Gypsy in Chocolat
  • Post #71 - May 29th, 2019, 9:16 am
    Post #71 - May 29th, 2019, 9:16 am Post #71 - May 29th, 2019, 9:16 am
    Panther in the Den wrote:...
    The dumpling was pork and vegetable and I was expecting the purple colored ones I have seen posted but ours was plain white (My Bride grabbed it while I was parking).

    12730E9C-A60A-4946-B9ED-363CAC357567.jpeg

    On our departure I peeked in the outside stand window and saw the purple ones?

    ....



    The purple ones are the Back Rice filled with Redbean. The white ones are the Pork and vegetable or the Kimchi w/pork.

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