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allan evans Sep 12, 1997 04:54 PM

Thanks to Sylvia Carter of Newsday for
discovering the unique Bo (59-16 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing 718 661-3775). The chef, whose work
reminds one of the film Tampopo, quit her
position at The Sign of the Dove to create her
mother's cuisine. She is allergic to MSG so the
genuine flavors emerge. Her cuisine is superior
to all the other Korean restaurants in Flushing
and Manhattan. Her aesthetic sense carries forth
into the decor, for once worthy of notice as it
blends minimalism with antique food-cover cloths
mounted on the walls. The menu is restricted to
about 10 dishes: each one in perfect harmony
(squid with chili peppers, potato scallion
pancakes). The poor Manhattanites will probably
never know such mastery.

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    Gary Brackmeier Dec 31, 1999 08:33 PM

    Hi,

    Looking for a printed recipe for JAP CHAE the Korean dish... appreciate any ref' or help.

    Thanks,

    Mr. G.O. Brackmeier

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      Lisa Antinore Nov 25, 1997 08:03 PM

      A long time resident of Flushing, I thought I had eaten all the bi bim bop, jap chae, and pan chan that I could handle. Bo definitley was a pleasant surprise. I absolutely loved it. If you liked Bo you might consider trying FLAMINGO (not yet reviewed by anyone, probably yet to be discovered) for the same quality and attention to detail. I was introduced to this gem (Northern Blvd. near Bell Blvd. right next to Staples) by the wonderful Korean bilingual teacher at the school where I teach ESL. She owns a Korean church in Corona and the owner of Flamingo is one of her congregation. Flamingo is unique in that it is a Chinese restaurant owned and operated by Koreans (all of my Korean students, children and adult, always put their noses up to Chinese food saying "It is too greasy!!") who have accented all of the dishes with a variety of Korean condiments. No spring rolls or lo mein here!!! The food is superb and begins with a traditional Korean pan chan assortment- kim chee, raw onion slabs with a pungent black bean paste for dipping, pickled radish etc. I've even seen the fantastic Korean white sweet potato called "coo coo ma" The most incredible of the entrees is the Hot Bean Curd ( a huge platter of sauteed chunks of soft tofu with ground pork, baby shrimp, diced carrot, and peas in a fiery Korean hot pepper sauce- I've had to have it a least once a week since August!!!) Other MUSTS are the Pungent Chicken, and the Shrimp with Garlic Sauce (not what you're thinking- huge sweet shrimp butterflied, lightly floured, and sauteed with handful of assorted vegetables in a beguiling marinade- a tremendous, beautifully presented platter.
      They definitley got it all down pat without the hated fat!! Ha Ha.. Be sure to say KAM SAM NAY DA (thank you) when you leave. You will be treated like family the next time you visit....

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        Lisa Antinore Nov 25, 1997 07:58 PM

        A long time resident of Flushing, I thought I had eaten all the bi bim bop, jap chae, and pan chan that I could handle. Bo definitley was a pleasant surprise. I absolutely loved it. If you liked Bo you might consider trying FLAMINGO (not yet reviewed by anyone, probably yet to be discovered) for the same quality and attention to detail. I was introduced to this gem (Northern Blvd. near Bell Blvd. right next to Staples) by the wonderful Korean bilingual teacher at the school where I teach ESL. She owns a Korean church in Corona and the owner of Flamingo is one of her congregation. Flamingo is unique in that it is a Chinese restaurant owned and operated by Koreans (all of my Korean students, children and adult, always put their noses up to Chinese food saying "It is too greasy!!") who have accented all of the dishes with a variety of Korean condiments. No spring rolls or lo mein here!!! The food is superb and begins with a traditional Korean pan chan assortment- kim chee, raw onion slabs with a pungent black bean paste for dipping, pickled radish etc. I've even seen the fantastic Korean white sweet potato called "coo coo ma" The most incredible of the entrees is the Hot Bean Curd ( a huge platter of sauteed chunks of soft tofu with ground pork, baby shrimp, diced carrot, and peas in a fiery Korean hot pepper sauce- I've had to have it a least once a week since August!!!) Other MUSTS are the Pungent Chicken, and the Shrimp with Garlic Sauce (not what you're thinking- huge sweet shrimp butterflied, lightly floured, and sauteed with handful of assorted vegetables in a beguiling marinade- a tremendous, beautifully presented platter.
        They definitley got it all down pat without the hated fat!! Ha Ha.. Be sure to say KAM SAM NAY DA (thank you) when you leave. You will be treated like family the next time you visit....

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        1. re: Lisa Antinore
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          allan evans Nov 29, 1997 07:42 PM

          Sounds like a wonderful aesthetic take on Chinese
          Food. Have you tried the Korean Fish restaurant on
          Northern Boulevard adjacent to the Croatian "Blue
          Adriatico" joint? They have sublime seafood
          pancakes, luscious sashimi/sushi, tender salmon and
          fish teriyaki and a rice congee replete with baby
          clams topped with shreds of scallion and d.
          A must.

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