Chodang Restaurant is a Korean restaurant located on Piikoi St. next to Taiyo Ramen, Payless Shoes, and the new Ninjiya Market. After hearing from a co-worker that this place was pretty good, we decide to give it a shot.
We decided to go here for lunch since it was fairly close by to where we work. Parking is normally not a problem here, and we easily got a stall next to the restaurant. Chodang is a fairly small restaurant, but they really tried to set as many tables as possible. It was a bit crowded for the size, but as we quickly found out, the seats were quickly filled by the time noon rolled around.
We were quickly seated, but the lady working behind the counter did not have the greatest attitude. Our menu was sloppily tossed onto our table, but I didn’t really expect much better. Hey, the attitude can’t get much worse than Gina’s Korean BBQ at the Market City Shopping Center. In fact, she actually smiled here and there, so I did feel a little better. In addition, she also served us water fairly quickly so the service was turning out to be better than I thought.
When we finally went over the menu, we were appalled at how cheap their daily specials were! You can get several dishes for only $4.99, and it was served ALL day from 7am-1am. Could this really be true? Were the portions reflective of the price? Read on to find out…
I decided to go for the mea tjun and my girlfriend went for their bibimbap (a concoction of rice, mixed vegetables, beef, and egg on top of rice). Both of these dishes were $4.99. After she took the order, she went to the back and immediately came out with our sides. There were six dishes of various pickled vegetables. We ended up getting some semi-sweet boiled peanuts, pickled zucchini, bean sprouts, pickled radishes, chives, and kimchee. All of the side dishes were not mind blowing, but they tasted pretty good, and I was surprised it even came with out $5 dishes. A good start.
When my meat jun came, it was a fairly large portion. When my girlfriend’s bibimbap came, it was a REALLY large portion. I almost couldn’t believe the size for the price! But how was the taste? I have to say, my meat jun was really good. The egg on the surrounding the meat was not too thick, and it was nice and crispy. The sauce that came with the meat jun was also pretty good as well, and gave a nice semi-sweet and salty flavor. The sides and rice definitely went well with my dish.
I was not able to taste my girlfriend’s bibimbap, but she said it was really good. She had a variety of vegetables such as carrots, beansprouts, daikon, choysum, and cabbage. All of this came in a large stainless steel bowl. The fried egg was a bit undercooked on purpose so that the yolk can mix around with the rice, vegetables, and meats. Yes, you can order a traditional bibimbap here in their stone bowl with keeps the rice semi-fried and hot, but that doesn’t cost remotely close to $4.99. If you are OK with bibimbap in a stainless steel bowl, this is your dish.
Would I recommend this place? If you are short on cash and are looking for somewhere that will fill your stomach at a very reasonable price, you’ve found your place. Large portions, decent food, at a great price. The only thing that is somewhat sub-par is the service. The workers don’t really smile, they don’t come off too friendly, and in our case, we never got a refill on our waters. Nevertheless, the restaurant was packed, mostly from what I imagine is due to the good food and the outstanding price. I guess in this case, service can be overlooked.
So if you are in the mood for some cheap Korean grinds, head over to Chodang Restaurant!