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Good lunch at Chung Ki Wa

Kimchee-Chigae, $8 on the weekday lunch menu. It's been a while but the broth was fuller-flavored than I remember. Came with rice, cabbage kimchee, spinach, sprouts, potato cubes in sweetened soy, fishcake. Really enjoyable.

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    Chung Ki Wa
    27 Riverside Ave, Medford, MA 02155

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    1. re: yumyum

      Aroma...glad to hear you still go, I frequent them for lunch a lot. Recently tried a sushi version of bibimbop for lunch and it is great...very unusual fusion type dish. No fried egg but tuna and salmon with bibimbop veg. and sauce. DC likes the Kimchee Chigae too. I have had the octopus twice recently and it too was very good!!

      1. re: 4chowpups

        Not really fusion, it's Hai Dup Bap (sometimes written hwe dup bab) and you should be able to find it at any Korean place...My absolute favorite meal!

        1. re: galleygirl

          Thanks for the clarification, for convenience sake this is my go to Korean spot and we've eaten pretty much the whole lunch menu and several of the dinner entrees as well. But, I never can remember the names of the dishes nor the origin...glad for the input G.G.!!

        2. re: 4chowpups

          I'm seldom around there for lunch, but had noticed a trend over the last couple years toward the lunch special chigae being good but distinctly less tasty than the regular menu (felt the same way about my one Wu Chon lunch special). Probably haven't been in for weekday lunch in a year, but based on 2 times this week I'm really happy to report they're back on track. Had you noticed this falloff? I always get the chigae so can't speak to the other stuff. Digga, the waitress says they have soju (at least I think she did--aforementioned language barrier).

      2. Love this place. Always get the Korean options. Last time we were in, though, we noticed that the sushi chef looked to be making awfully good-looking stuff, and seemed to have a nice relationship with some sushi bar regulars. We ordered a simple yellowtail roll to see if we might be on to something, and it was terrific. Next time, we'll do something crazy and just order sushi -- no kimchee chigae, which is my fave.

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        1. re: litchick

          I was at there about a month ago, very early in the evening on a rainy night, and the only one at the sushi bar. The sushi chef was very chatty and friendly, and when I complimented the salmon, even gave me another slice. Also had a great maki with salmon roe and avocado that I really liked.

        2. For such a wide ranging menu, everything at this place is quite good. Don't forget the "barbecue at your table" option. Can be fun if you are in the mood. Wait staff is not super-fluent in English, but they are very nice and try to answer your questions as best they can. I always see quite a few Asian people eating there which I take as a good sign.

          1. Anyone know if they serve beer and wine? (Or even better, soju!)

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            1. re: digga

              They have a full liquor license. DK about soju.

              1. re: Aromatherapy

                they have soju, bekseju, sansachun, and a few other asian rice wine varieties.

            2. Thanks, Aromatherapy, for reminding to finally try this place out (a couple of doors down from Chili Garden). Four of us went for lunch today (lunch specials not available on weekends).

              -Started with the Ganpoongki (깐풍기) Sauteed chicken or shrimp with garlic flavored sauce. Small-size, which was enough for three to share. $14. Sauce is sweet, tinged with garlic. Scattered pine nuts on top.

              -Daegu Maeun-Tang (대구매운탕) Spicy cod broth with clam, vegetables, and tofu. $14 Absolutely delicious, with chunks of fresh black cod. Only one clam, though I hardly noticed with all the fish in there. Spicy and rich, chock-full of Korean radish, carrots, tofu, and scallions.
              -YookGae-Jang (육계장) Spicy shredded beef broth with scallion. $13 Two of us ordered this wonderfully spicy soup. Rich flavor.
              -Soft Tofu-Chigae (순두부찌개) Stew with Seafood, vegetables with soft tofu. $12 Again, spicy and soothing on a chilly, windy afternoon.

              All were well-prepared - it's the best Korean I've had in Boston (other than Buk Kyung in Union Square, but that's a totally different type of cuisine).

              All came with white rice and the requisite panchan (not a ton of dishes, but all were tasty; included kimchee, spinach, sweet and spicy Korean turnip, seaweed salad, bean sprouts, Korean shredded raidish and carrot).

              Inside is much bigger than we expected. There is a re-creation of old Korean architecture inside, over the bar area and near the sushi bar (hence the name, which means "blue roof"). we saw a private traditional style dining room with sliding rice paper doors. If you don't have a Korean speaker with you, I could see some language miscues happening, but the staff is really sweet and eager to please.

              4 entrees+ 1 app+1 glass of shiraz+1 Sam Adams = $80. And we will be full for the rest of the day.

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              1. re: digga

                how did the ganpoongki compare with that at color?

                1. re: galangatron

                  I don't eat chicken and I've never been to Color so, sorry, I can't give you a first-hand answer. The (Korean) DCs of mine liked it very much, though, and said the flavor was better than the highly-regarded version at Buk Kyung (Hometown) in Union Sq.

                  1. re: digga

                    i've had the version at buk kyung and enjoyed it so that helps. will definately try the ganpoongki next time i'm at chung ki wa. thanks