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In desperate need of Korean Food

Help, I am suffering from a severe lack of vitamin K, that being that ingredient which makes Kim chi so highly addictive. Since moving to Burlington Vt we have been desperate for a good, no, great Korean restaurant.

Requirements include at least a dozen different little dishes of Kim chi varieties and a clientele that is predominantly Korean. A menu that includes Jap chae and bibimbap are also a must.

Since we haven't found anything in the past six years this side of California I am willing to up the anti and drive within a three hour radius for a truly garlic and chili infused repast.

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  1. I bet you could get to Nashua NH in 3 hours: Goong Choun has a full selection of Korean dishes. http://newhampshire.com/article.aspx?...

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    1. re: whs

      WHS, did you ever get a chance to try Sara in Pinardville (Goffstown, NH) for Korean food? I recall another thread where we briefly discussed it. I really need to get back in there as its been way too long. Their menu had such a huge selection of Korean dishes. I loved everything I had there, but I know so little about Korean food I can't speak to how Sara might compare to other places and was interested in the opinions of others.

      1. re: Dave B

        I've still not been there--thanks for reminding me. I have a rudimentary knowledge of Korean food, but I've loved the spiciness and robustness of the cuisine. YouYou Bistro makes a good bibimbap too.

    2. My first thought was Montreal, which it seems is less than 100 miles from Burlington. Montreal has at least 15 Korean restaurants according to http://www.koreanrestaurant.biz/
      I would also check out the Chowhound posts for Montreal.

      1. The Korean Place, Manchester, NH is hands down the best. Call for hours, and note that they are cash only.

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        1. re: edinaeats

          I agree, we've been a couple times. That's just up from Palace Theatre, right? same one?

        2. wow at least a dozen of the little kim chi dishes? I have never been to a korean restaurant anywhere that gave you more then 6-7 of them. We go to a place in ayer for our korean fix. I have the menu posted on my blog dimsumtimes

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          1. re: hargau

            Yes, a dozen. Our favorite place where we used to live, (the kind of place where to go to both when you didn't feel like cooking and when you wanted something special) pushed the kim chi concept to include whole garlic stuffed cucumbers, tripe, black beans, preserved tiny little fish and on and on (not limiting themselves to the usual chili, garlic, Napa cabbage mix.)

          2. I think Montreal is your closest bet. It's a lovely city to visit, as well. :) Great science museum (or so I hear, I haven't gotten to go yet)

            1. Soon enough in btown...hoping to be able to make those delicious correctly/authentically spiced kimchis available at area farmers markets in 2008 (napa, daikon, cucumber, soy bean,etc) and possibly even some of the traditional dishes you mention...and beyond :-) To help until then, when my family and I do our shopping for Korean supplies (monthly visits, as our home menu is heavy on the Korean), we have found really great Korean food in Ayer, MA and a pretty decent one in Hadley (might be out of the 3 hr range, but if in the area, definetly worth it!).

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              1. re: Kimchihead

                Where do you go for Korean groceries? All I find here is the "One kind fits all" kimchi and forget about anything like yam noodles. (and by btown I assume you mean Boston and not Burlington.)

                1. re: chilihead

                  Burlington is a wasteland as far as getting anything but standard fare. I found one sad, aging Napa cabbage hiding behind some equally geriatric beets the other day, and you can forget about real Korean radish (not daikon, which is similar) or gochujang. In fact, have yet to find a store with decent red pepper and am making do with the flakes/seeds they usually sell in small bottle to make kim chi. I suggest not looking for a place in the vicinity of Burlington (even if it's a Korean restaurant, there are many bad restaurants, more than good, so it's unlikely to be what you want.) Make your own. The best for this, at least I've found her helpful, is a woman who runs her own web site that has grown quite large, http://www.maangchi.com/. She's never failed me and she's fun to listen to.

                  1. re: tre.fire

                    This website is great, thanks tons for the tip.

              2. There is a tiny little Korean place in Williston. I think its called Naru and I've had really good kimchi chigae and several other dishes.

                The Hadly Korean restaurant is very good as well, but quite a trip, a little over 3 hours.

                Neither restaurant has more than 6 pre-mail kim chi et al dishes though...

                There's also Yama in W. Lebanon, NH. And Shin La in Brattleboro VT. All have good food.

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                1. re: Bri

                  Please, what's the name of the restaurant in Hadley? It's on Route 9, right? On the right, going east, or am I disoriented. (Oh, dear, no pun intended.)

                  1. re: BerkshireTsarina

                    That would be Gohyang, I believe... It's indeed on the right if you're going east from Northampton. Not bad at all, and there's a little Korean market attached.

                    1. re: caravan70

                      Yes, that sounds right. I've seen the name mentioned on the boards here before, however, I don't believe its on the building anywhere. I only remember seeing Korean lettering and the words Korean Restaurant on the sign. Maybe that's why so many people can't remember or don't know the name...

                  2. re: Bri

                    We've been to Naru in Williston a few times and were not impressed. Plus that is just plain too close to Sakura's smaller space, why settle for bad Korean when there is good Japanese mere steps away.

                    1. re: chilihead

                      Agreed that Sakura is preferred to Naru. I haven't actually been back to Naru since discovering Sakura but I do remember a good kimchi chigae and maybe a bulgogi. Like I said, its been a long while...