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A brand new Korean restaurant will be coming to the Pacific Pearl Shopping Center later this year. It’s called Myeongdong Ja Jang and it’s expected to arrive at 2725 Stoneridge Drive, STE 104.
Myeongdong Ja Jang is owned by Frankie Lai Ip, Huan Chern Wang, and Wenjin Ye. Not much else in known about the owners at this time, though they recently acquired a new beer-and-wine license for their restaurant on September 9th.
Named after a bustling shopping district in Seoul, South Korea, Myeongdong Ja Jang is expected to serve a type of Chinese/Korean street food known as Jajangmyeon. Jajangmyeon is a fried noodle dish served with a specialty sauce called Ja Jang, made out of fried chunjang (sweet bean sauce), pork, soy or oyster sauce, stock, starch and vegetables. Jajangmyeon is especially popular in South Korea and is often eaten in celebration of Black Day, an unofficial holiday held for all the single people who feel left behind by Valentines Day in which people wear black, eat black foods, and commiserate about the futility of modern dating.
Myeongdong Ja Jang will replacing Sugar Dynasty, which previously operated at that location. Inspired by the aesthetics of the ancient Chinese Inn and the NeoChinese style, Sugar Dynasty was a bustling Pleasanton dessert spot that served sweet teas, cakes, and light snacks with a focus on Hong Kong specialties. Sugar Dynasty was quite popular with locals, but unfortunately complications from the pandemic forced them to close their doors permanently. At the moment, there’s sadly no sign indicating the future of Sugar Dynasty, as this store was their only location.
Pacific Pearl Shopping Center, which was home to Sugar Dynasty and is about to become home to Myeongdong Ja Jang, first opened in 2017. Featuring over 112,000 square foot of space, Pacific Pearl is one of Pleasanton’s premiere retail and dining experiences. Pacific Pearl takes some of the most popular Asian restaurants like Ramen Gaga, Top Pot, Uji Time Dessert, SomiSomi, and Kokoro Donburi, and brings them right home to Pleasanton. Myeongdong is currently listed on the website as Coming Soon with no timeframe listed, but if you happen to visit Pacific Pearl before Myeongdong opens, there’ll be no shortage of exciting experiences to try out.