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buldalk (fire chicken) restaurant

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umetaro Jun 13, 2006 08:45 PM

Stumbling drunkenly from sushi to ramen the other week I came across a buldalk restaurant! It's on taylor street between post and geary. If you're heading north on taylor (and let's hope you are because it's a one-way street) it'll be on your right side.

The restaurant sign says "Korean Restaurant" and "Fire Chicken" and then maybe something about soju, so I'm not quite sure which one is its name.

If you're not quite sure what buldalk is, here's a korea times article about it:

http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/SITE/dat...

I'm not too sure this place uses the chung-yang pepper as even though the chicken was spicy (and I got the "super spicy chicken" as opposed to the just "spicy chicken"), it wasn't as spicy as I remember it being in some of the various hongdae establishments I'd visited.
But maybe my tolerance for spicy food has risen since then because the guy did come back over to our table to make sure that we hadn't accidentally ordered the "super spicy" instead of the "spicy" chicken.

Aside from that, the maekju was americanized in size (i.e. smaller mugs and pitchers) and there was no banchan although they gave us rice (which was a tad bit old) when we asked.

I don't remember much else of the menu, aside from being able to order buldalk with ddeok and a selection of tang-type dishes (we had odengtang). The acoustics in the place were really bad. The walls and high ceilings tended to amplify conversation volumes rather than mute them.

Not a place that would survive long in Seoul, but as SF's only buldalk restaurant I'll probably be back there when I'm in the mood for chicken and pain.

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    david kaplan Jun 14, 2006 02:24 PM

    Any information about their hours? I didn't reach anyone by calling, and I don't suppose there's any info online since it's new, and Google didn't turn up anything.

    I'm hoping to have a trial-by-fire at lunch this week.

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      umetaro Jun 14, 2006 04:01 PM

      Ah, I think you're out of luck for lunch. If I remember right, the sign outside said "5:30pm - "

      I'm assuming that means they'll stay open to whenever if things are busy.

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      david kaplan Jun 14, 2006 02:24 PM

      Any information about their hours? I didn't reach anyone by calling, and I don't suppose there's any info online since it's new, and Google didn't turn up anything.

      I'm hoping to have a trial-by-fire at lunch this week.

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        CH Addict Jun 13, 2006 09:16 PM

        That place finally opened? Thank you so much for the heads up! I walked by and wondered what the hell "fire chicken" was. It may not be great but at least I will get to try this dish so thanks!

        This spot used to be Spanish or something? I can't remember. Or maybe I am thinking of an entirely different spot altogether....

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          Melanie Wong Jun 13, 2006 09:21 PM

          Wow, near simultaneous postings! Yep, it was Anju owned by Mark, who's Korean.

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            umetaro Jun 14, 2006 04:23 AM

            i've been told that the owner of the new place is the brother of the guy at sushi rika.

            oh, one tip... ask for extra napkins. you will sweat. maybe not the best place for a first date.

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          Melanie Wong Jun 13, 2006 09:15 PM

          You're on a roll!!!

          From the description of the location, I thought it might be the spot where Anju, a Korean-Spanish tapas bar was located. I called Anju's number to check, and it does indeed have a new owner and identity. The person answering the phone doesn't speak much English (and I don't speak Korean). All he had time to tell me was that he was the new owner, it's a chicken restaurant, and it just opened on Friday.

          Is it a whole chicken or can you order parts? Is the skin crispy?

          (415) 292-5144
          550 Taylor St
          San Francisco, CA 94102

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            umetaro Jun 14, 2006 04:19 AM

            Neither whole nor parts. We were served pieces of chicken, no bones. That's pretty much standard as I've experienced it. I've had buldalk with crispy skin in hongdae, but the one here had no skin (I'm pretty sure), but was slathered with whatever type of kochu sauce they use.

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