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Entry from December 19, 2009
Kapas (Korean tapas)

"Tapas” is the Spanish variety of appetizers or snack. “Kapas” (Korean tapas) is a feature of the Chom Chom restaurant (40 West 56th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues in Manhattan) that opened in December 2009.

Chom Chom’s “Kapas” menu features very diffierent ingredients and choices than the Spanish tapas, with dishes including kimchi and tofu.


Wikipedia: Tapas
Tapas (IPA: [ˈtaˌpas]) is the name of a wide variety of appetizers, or snacks, in Spanish cuisine. They may be cold (such as mixed olives and cheese) or warm (such as puntillitas, which are battered, fried baby squid).

In North America and the United Kingdom, as well as in select bars in Spain, tapas have evolved into an entire, and sometimes sophisticated, cuisine. In these countries, patrons of tapas restaurants can order many different tapas and combine them to make a full meal.

The serving of tapas is designed to encourage conversation because people are not so focused upon eating an entire meal that is set before them. Also, in some countries it is customary for diners to stand and move about while eating tapas.

Chom Chom (New York, NY)
KAPAS
Japchae
Sauteed Koreen sweet potato noodle with beef and assorted vegetables

Maewoon saewoo gui
Spicy grilled shrimp

Samsack milssam
Assorted vegetables wrapped in tri-clor what paper with mustard sauce

Sogogi yachae ssam
Assorted vegetables wrapped in thinly sliced beef

Maewoon dakgogi yachae ssam
Spicy Chicken and assorted vegetables wrapped in soft rice paper

Haemul pajun
Seafood scallion pancake

Kimchi biji jun
Kimchi and soybean puree pancake

Tofu busui tangu
Deep fried tofu and mushrroms with savory sweet sauce

Tofu pizza
Pan fried tofu with kimchi, peppers, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese

Eundaegu gui
Soybean paste marinated black cod served with red wine balsamic reduction

Yunush gui
Broiled salmon served with teriyaki sauce

Yunuh Muchim
Korean style salmon tartare with chom chom chili sauce

Midtown Lunch Forums
New Korean place on 56th - Chom Chom - any info?
Posted by hightemp
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jratner
December 8th 2009 at 10:21 pm
went the other night, food is excellent! mix of traditional korean and some fusion dishes, lots of dishes to share (they call them “kapas” which I guess is Korean tapas). I recommend the Japchae, enjoy!
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sue1221
December 12th 2009 at 11:16 am
im close friends with the owners of this restaurant, its definitely worth checking out. they get all their spices and key ingredients shipped in from south korea so the food is really authentic, but everything is served in a really modern way. a big part of their menu is “kapas” (aka korean tapas), which is a really unique twist to korean food. so for those who are always sticking to the same key dishes like bibimbop and bulgogi, its the perfect way to venture out and try different things, like the tofu pizza and spicy shrimp app. and you MUST try their kalbi, honestly the best i ever had.

Metromix New York
Hot Plates
The week’s new openings: The Wright, Mikey’s Burger, Baoguette, Cafe Blossom, Chom Chom

By Alexis L. Loinaz
Metromix
December 16, 2009
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Modern Korean spot Chom Chom expands your foodie lexicon with grub like “kapas” a.k.a. Korean tapas like pan-fried tofu pizza with kimchi, peppers, mushrooms and mozzarella. (40 W. 56th St. between Fifth and Sixth Aves., 212-213-2299)

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (0) Comments • Saturday, December 19, 2009 • Permalink