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Homestyle Korean restaurants?

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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. Try out Chung Ki Wa in Medford.

    1. 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.

      1. 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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        1. re: paodes

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

          How about "Color" in Allston?

          1. re: Prav

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

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/330324

        2. 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.

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

            1. 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.