first time Korean
Have clarified with our friends that they do not have pho when the go for Korean food--my mistake. They enjoy both, just not at the same time!
So, looks like it's Korean this weekend. They like Wu Chon in Somerville. Any other recommendations?
-Hometown (aka Buk Kyung) right down the block from Wu Chon for Chinese-Korean dishes:
>noodles with scary-looking but mild and delicious black bean sauce
>same toothsome noodles in spicy seafood soup
>deep fried chicken or pork in sweet sauce
No liquor at Hometown if that is important
-Chung Ki Wa in Medford Sq; we were just there last night for soup on a cold night; we had:
>yookejang (spicy shredded beef soup with celllophane noodles and egg)
>soft tofu stew with seafood and veggies (other "chigae" are really good there)
>other recommendations include the small whole grilled fish (there are a few options)
They have beer and wine.
-Koreana in Central Sq. has nice ambience. Food is just ok.
-Check out the posts about KFC - "Korean Fried Chicken" various outlets in Allston, such as Privus.
How is Apgujang in Newton? I have not tried it, but it looks nice-ish and lots of options.
Korean food is a shadow of itself in Boston, generally. Sadly.
Toothsome is my FAVORITE FAVORITE word to describe those Ja jung myen noodles at Buk Kyung.
By the way, for Tweetie, Buk Kyung means 'beijing' in Korean (I believe), implying that they do Chinese-influenced Korean dishes very very well. :) Such as the ja jung myen (black bean noodles) that Digga describes above me.
Prav is right on about the name. There is a sect of Korean cooking from Koreans who live in China and that is what is the specialty at Buk Kyung.
Some warning - the servings are LARGE. If you are not used to eating an XL bowl of noodles as your meal (champongg and jajang myun), you might want to share. Ask for extra bowls.
I might agree with Bob Dobalina's post below. For an intro (and plus your friends have experience), try Wu Chon.
For the record, for your first visit to a Korean restaurant, you might want to go with the fancier and more brightly lit WuChon rather than Buk Kyung, which is pretty spare and seems untidy by comparison. They are both great chow-wise, and it is not really meant as a knock on BK - it's just a different vibe that may not play well with beginners.