Han Sung offers tasty cuisines of Japan, Korea


Han Sung Restaurant on St. Johns Lane in Ellicott City serves up Korean and Japanese cuisine. "Why Korean and Japanese? We've got experience with Japanese cuisine - my husband is a Sushi chef - and we're Korean," says Sue Kang.

The menu offers a mix of dishes. "Our menu is pretty small," Kang said. However, she and her husband, Choong Mo, "try to make everything special. We try to make everything the way we would for our family."

Among the Japanese offerings is the sushi bar. There's also the Japanese-style lunch boxes.

"The lunch boxes are actually a combination of both cuisines - the main dish may be Japanese, but there's Korean side dishes," Kang said. "There's a little bit of everything."

Japanese cuisine often reflects the sea that surrounds the island nation.

Among the Japanese appetizers are such exotic-sounding dishes as Ika Masago Ae - squid and masago marinated in sake (rice wine) and topped with quail egg, and Takosu - octopus and vegetables with vinegar sauce.

The Japanese entrees include Tekka Don - fresh, sliced raw tuna on a bed of rice, Futo Maki - crab, egg and vegetables rolled in rice, and Chirashi Sushi - a bowl of seasoned rice with sliced raw fish).

If you're visiting Han Sung at lunchtime, consider trying one of the lunch boxes, such as Bul Goki - sliced beef tenderloin marinated in a sauce; salmon, chicken or beef teriyaki; or Jae-Yuk Guey - thinly sliced pork marinated with a hot pepper sauce.

If you like Japanese-style seafood, you can choose from the sushi lunch box - fresh raw fish over rice, Sashimi - fresh slices of raw fish, or Unadon - broiled freshwater eel in a sauce over rice).

Korean food embraces the land as well as the sea and its most distinguishing feature is its spiciness.

At Han Sung, the basic seasonings - red pepper, green onion, soy sauce, bean paste, garlic, ginger, sesame, mustard, vinegar and wine - have been combined in various ways to enhance the food.

Appetizers include Yaki Mandu - six crispy dumplings filled with meats and vegetables and served with soy sauce, Chab Chae - transparent vermicelli mixed with mushrooms, onions, carrots and beef sautM-ied in a sesame sauce, Tempura - deep-fried shrimp with vegetables, and Yaki Tori - skewered chunks of chicken and vegetables broiled with a sauce.

Among the 18 Korean entrees on the menu are Hae Mul Pa Jun - A Korean-style large pancake with a mixture of seafood, Saeng Sun Mayun Tang - fish and tofu in a spicy casserole, Gool Bee Guey - boiled fish with sauce) and Bibim Bop - Korean vegetables and beef topped with a sunny-side-up egg).

"We'll be open 10 years this November," Kang said.

Han Sung Restaurant

Where: 3570 St. Johns Lane, Ellicott City, 410-750-3836.

Prices: Appetizers: $2.95 to $7.95; entrees: $9.95 to $23.95.

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.

Credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express

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