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Homestyle Korean restaurants?

asimplecook Mar 22, 2008 06:22 PM

I've been to nice but expensive Korean restaurants in the area -- Koreana, Apgujung, Dabin -- and other Korean restaurants that don't seem as deserving of their high ratings as provided on Citysearch.

My question to fellow hounds is where can I find my no-frills mom 'n pops, authentic Korean food in Boston?

From previous posts, I've only seen: WuChon House and Buk Kyung II.

Is that it? Or are there more in the area??

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  1. digga RE: asimplecook Mar 22, 2008 06:28 PM

    Try out Chung Ki Wa in Medford.

    1. teaTomE RE: asimplecook Mar 22, 2008 07:26 PM

      Boston Chowhound seems to have totally missed out on Hanmaru in Allston. It's popular with the Korean students around there and could well be the home-style you're after.

      Including me, everyone who goes there gets their stews. The Gamja tang (pork neck kimchi stew) is probably 50% or more of their business. It's excellent and somewhat intimidating too.

      Buk Kyung II is close-by and is also home-style, with a slant to doing Chinese dishes.

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        paodes RE: asimplecook Mar 23, 2008 07:34 AM

        Have you tried "Seoul Food" in Cambridge? It's on Mass. Ave. near Porter Square. It's very small, a no frills place that is family-run and decidedly homestyle.

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          Prav RE: paodes Mar 23, 2008 08:41 AM

          Seoul Food was a wretched experience for me and I never plan to go back. :(

          How about "Color" in Allston?

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            Prav RE: Prav Mar 23, 2008 08:49 AM

            Re: Seoul Food - Here is my post from Oct 2006 about this place. A few people had similar impressions.


        2. MC Slim JB RE: asimplecook Mar 23, 2008 07:36 AM

          Lots of good suggestions here already. You might add New Jang Su Korean BBQ in Burlington to your list. They have grill tables, have been around for a long time, are still very good.

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            Baiye RE: asimplecook Mar 23, 2008 12:57 PM

            If Maynard isn't too far, try Little Pusan.

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              ginnyhw RE: asimplecook Mar 24, 2008 10:41 AM

              There's a place that fits your request to a T on the Brookline Boston town line. Take the Greenline C- train to St. Marys stop and it's on the odd numbered side of Beacon Stt. It's called Han River- staffed by a real Korean Mom and Pop. I went once and wasn't impressed with the paper plate style but I'm very limited in my knowledge about Korean food - always order Bibimbap. It's popular with students.

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