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King Noodle in Bushwick brings Korea Town flavor to neighborhood

Packing a punch

Brooklyn Daily

A new pan-Asian restaurant is bringing a little bit of Korea Town to Bushwick, and it wouldn’t be K-town without a massively huge alcoholic drink meant to be shared between a group of friends.

“We stick a bunch of straws in it, light it on fire and everyone drinks it,” said Keith Kenji Cochran, owner of King Noodle, which opened on Flushing Avenue in mid-July.

Cochran declined to say exactly how many ounces are in the dubbed Scorpion Bowl, but it is served in a bowl big enough for a small fish to live.

King Noodle boasts a decor similar to the bars lining the streets of Korea Town in Midtown Manhattan. There are bright, flashing LED lights in every corner, sea life-themed murals and very loud Korean and Japanese music.

“The candlelight and reclaimed wood thing has been done so much in Brooklyn,” said Cochran. “We wanted to bring a different kind of vibe.”

Cochran likes to refer to the decor as “psychedelic.”

“It’s like a coral reef on acid,” he said.

King Noodles shirks the austere and rustic even on their website. It is a blinding bright neon pink, yellow, and blue, with snarky text reading “This is where the copy goes. This copy is quite clever. After reading it you are overcome with a hunger before unknown to you. It can only be satisfied at King Noodle.”

The restaurant serves a variety of dim-sum style vegetable appetizers including sauteed Chinese broccoli, long bean salad and spicy peanut wings. Entrees include kimchee carbonara, green curry flat noodles with bamboo, and Spam-fried rice.

King Noodle [1045 Flushing Ave. between Vandervoort Place and Morgan Avenue, (718) 456–6543,].

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at

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