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    Posted November 24, 2012 by
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    For Love of a Koagie

    Sammy Chon's is a chain of restaurants in the Northeast United States that fuses Korean, Mexican, and American cuisine. A friend of mine opened a location in Cinnaminson, NJ called Sammy Chon's K-Town Express. Originally, I wanted to check out his place to help support him but I soon discovered a culinary adventure. The most notable item on the menu is the Koagie (short for Korean Hoagie) and I can best describe it as the next evolution of the Philly cheesesteak. As with a steak sandwich, they use thin sliced ribeye but they add Asian flavors to infuse a new dimension. On fresh baked long rolls they put the beef bulgogi with an Asian slaw and choice of sesame sauces (or cheese whiz if you're so inclined). The bulgogi is used for various dishes including tacos, burritos, fully-loaded kimchee and cheese whiz covered wonton skin nachos, mini-tacos (using wonton skins as shells), and many more. On the rare occasion I'm not in the mood for bulgogi, they have other protein options like chicken, spicy chicken, pork, and, my second favorite, panko fried flounder. In addition to these items, other delicious traditional Korean meals include jap chae noodles (which could, and should, be covered in bulgogi), fried pork dumplings, duk bok ki rice cakes, and shrimp shumai. For dessert, you can't do much better than some fried oreos.
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