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  • Post #31 - April 15th, 2014, 7:41 am
    Post #31 - April 15th, 2014, 7:41 am Post #31 - April 15th, 2014, 7:41 am
    I was impressed with my first visit to Joong Boo Wang Mandoo, the little dumpling hut outside the market's entrance. They offer three varieties of freshly-made stuffed buns, served warm from the steamer. It's a flat $2 for each plump dumpling.

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    I liked all three but particularly enjoyed the football-shaped dumpling with its kicky kimchee/pork filling. The less spicy pork/vegetable filling in the round pinched bun is far from boring though. Prettiest is the speckled purplish spheroid, made with black rice, holding mildly sweet red bean paste with a pleasantly chunky texture. One must be a real bean lover to tackle a whole mandoo—mine weighed in at well over half a pound. A possible criticism of these dumplings is they're overstuffed, but that doesn't bother me too much.

    A short Joong Boo Wang Mandoo thread can be found here.

    Joong Boo Wang Mandoo
    3333 N Kimball Av
    Chicago
    Market Phone: 773-478-5566
    Dumpling Hours: 10am-8pm
  • Post #32 - April 15th, 2014, 8:53 am
    Post #32 - April 15th, 2014, 8:53 am Post #32 - April 15th, 2014, 8:53 am
    Hi,

    Heading north on the Kennedy exiting at Kimball, you can easily see this dumpling shack from the exit ramp.

    I will echo Rene G's comments, these are substantial buns for $2 each.

    Regards,
    Cathy2

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  • Post #33 - April 15th, 2014, 12:26 pm
    Post #33 - April 15th, 2014, 12:26 pm Post #33 - April 15th, 2014, 12:26 pm
    I haven't yet had the sweet bean one, but the other two are very tasty indeed.
    Leek

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  • Post #34 - April 17th, 2014, 1:18 pm
    Post #34 - April 17th, 2014, 1:18 pm Post #34 - April 17th, 2014, 1:18 pm
    Joong Boo is a frequent stop for me to pick up hot pot ingredients and cheap kitchen utensils but I had never tried the steamed bun stand. $2 is indeed a good price as one of these buns is almost the size of my fist. One bun is enough for a reasonable meal, which is why I got two. I don't like it when steamed buns are too pillowy or doughy, like the generic charsiubao you find at some bakeries in Chinatown, but with the Joong Boo buns the well-steamed dough was just thin enough, with a nice stretchy outer skin. A pork bun in one hand and a kimchi bun in the other is a good combo if you alternate bites: savory and juicy, then hot and garlicky.
  • Post #35 - December 28th, 2017, 12:52 pm
    Post #35 - December 28th, 2017, 12:52 pm Post #35 - December 28th, 2017, 12:52 pm
    Joong Boo market is now open in Glenview. Long line in the street of cars waiting to get into the parking lot, so I couldn’t check it out.

    Joong Boo Cafe
    670 Milwaukee Ave.
    Glenview
  • Post #36 - December 29th, 2017, 11:09 pm
    Post #36 - December 29th, 2017, 11:09 pm Post #36 - December 29th, 2017, 11:09 pm
    lougord99 wrote:Joong Boo market is now open in Glenview. Long line in the street of cars waiting to get into the parking lot, so I couldn’t check it out.

    Joong Boo Cafe
    670 Milwaukee Ave.
    Glenview

    Not quite as crowded on day 2. The cafe is upstairs, and it's easy to miss the alcove with the stairs and elevator (not far from the entrance). The cafe has seating for I'd estimate 300. There are two stands: dumplings and cafe. The kimchi dumping at $2.50 (one of three varieties at that price along with something that's 4 for $6, but not listed on the English menu) is indeed a wonderful bargain. If they do anticipate filling those tables lunchtime will be crazy.

    Less impressed with the store. No where near the variety (especially for non Korean goods) of Assi but more than the baby H-Mart at Milwaukee and Sanders. Some really good looking beef, fish counter was unremarkable, produce not very exciting.

    But I'll certainly be back for the dumplings
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  • Post #37 - December 30th, 2017, 1:38 pm
    Post #37 - December 30th, 2017, 1:38 pm Post #37 - December 30th, 2017, 1:38 pm
    JoelF wrote:There are two stands: dumplings and cafe. The kimchi dumping at $2.50 (one of three varieties at that price along with something that's 4 for $6, but not listed on the English menu) is indeed a wonderful bargain.

    I'm guessing the Korean says 새우&고기만두 and 새우&김치고기만두 as it does at the original Joong Boo in Chicago. That's shrimp & pork dumplings and shrimp & kimchi pork dumplings. These are smaller, thinner-skinned dumplings, not made with leavened dough like the wang mandoo. The Chicago price is 4 for $5 (the three varieties of wang mandoo are $2 each), at least as of my last dumpling run in October.
  • Post #38 - December 30th, 2017, 5:37 pm
    Post #38 - December 30th, 2017, 5:37 pm Post #38 - December 30th, 2017, 5:37 pm
    Hi,

    Attempted to have lunch at the Glenview location today, but the food court is closed for repairs.

    Dropped back into the car to have lunch at So Gong Dong Tofu.

    Regards,
    CAthy2
    Cathy2

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  • Post #39 - January 13th, 2018, 6:21 pm
    Post #39 - January 13th, 2018, 6:21 pm Post #39 - January 13th, 2018, 6:21 pm
    Stopped by the Chicago location today and was not surprised to find the dumplings are just as good as ever. They've gone up in price by 25%, but $2.50 for each of those mammoth balls of goodness is still quite fair.
  • Post #40 - January 16th, 2018, 9:32 am
    Post #40 - January 16th, 2018, 9:32 am Post #40 - January 16th, 2018, 9:32 am
    Does anyone know if the Glenview location offers sashimi platters (that the Chicago location does)?
  • Post #41 - January 16th, 2018, 9:45 am
    Post #41 - January 16th, 2018, 9:45 am Post #41 - January 16th, 2018, 9:45 am
    foodie1 wrote:Does anyone know if the Glenview location offers sashimi platters (that the Chicago location does)?

    There's a couple photos on Yelp of sashimi offerings. There appears to be a $45 platter w/ salmon, tuna, and 3 other types (red snapper, mackerel, ??), and smaller $25 sets in different packaging.
  • Post #42 - January 16th, 2018, 11:32 am
    Post #42 - January 16th, 2018, 11:32 am Post #42 - January 16th, 2018, 11:32 am
    bweiny wrote:
    foodie1 wrote:Does anyone know if the Glenview location offers sashimi platters (that the Chicago location does)?

    There's a couple photos on Yelp of sashimi offerings. There appears to be a $45 platter w/ salmon, tuna, and 3 other types (red snapper, mackerel, ??), and smaller $25 sets in different packaging.


    Thank you! :)
  • Post #43 - January 16th, 2018, 7:52 pm
    Post #43 - January 16th, 2018, 7:52 pm Post #43 - January 16th, 2018, 7:52 pm
    Lunch counter Jong Boo, Kimball.
    JoongBooLTH4.jpg Ra Bok Kee #8 = snowy blowy counter lunch. Liberal dusting of hot pepper powder.
    Sauce on the side, always, implied, axiomatic..........never a doubt, BBQ sauce without.

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