Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tongnamoo House in Ellicott City: We're Eating Well, But We Still Need Teaching To Know More

Seafood bibimbap at Tongnamoo House

We're touring new spots on Rte 40, and it's tasty -- although it's a bit like the blind leading the blind.

We really like Korean food, and we're learning it one table at a time.  We took our beginner palates to Tongnamoo House, and we left with more dishes under our belt.

Tongnamoo is a large restaurant that runs from sushi to soups to barbecue.  The waiter told us they specialize in goat dishes, but that's not Mrs. HowChow's first choice.  We went entirely new with a spicy beef soup and one variation on a favorite in seafood bibimbap.

Beef rib soup
That soup will keep you warm all winter.  The rib meat comes on the bone, and I loved the chew and flavor.  The noodles on the bottom will fill you up.  Similarly, the bibimbap was a cool alternative with squid, crab stick and other seafood.

Can anyone with expertise contrast Tongnamoo with the other Korean places?  I can't read the signs on the wall, so I certainly can't pick up the nuance of special soups or sushi offerings.  We love Shin Chon Garden.  The menus overlap somewhat, and Shin Chon's freshness and flavors make it easy to just drive to our original spot.

I'm up for any suggestions to steer us back to Tongnamoo House or any of the other places on Rte 40.  Mirocjo has been renovated since we ate there last.  Plus, there are new places all along the way.  Any great dishes?  Any new spots to try?

Definitely check out the Yelp reviews about Tongnamoo House.  

Tongnamoo House
9445 Baltimore National Pike (Rte 40)
Ellicott City, MD 21042

NEAR:  Tongnamoo House is on the south side of Rte 40 just west of Plum Tree Road.  From Rte 29, you may need to go past and U-turn back to Tongnamoo.  It's a large building with the letters "TNM" on the front.  It shares a driveway with a burger joint.

Tongnamoo on Urbanspoon

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