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korean tacos in Boston?

joebloe Mar 6, 2009 08:14 PM

Any place in Boston serves korean tacos? similar to the Kogi truck in LA?

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  1. Prav RE: joebloe Mar 7, 2009 01:33 AM

    read the nytimes article as well... sounds like boston would be the last place for that to show up. we don't even have a dozen korean restaurants in the first place.

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    1. re: Prav
      Allstonian RE: Prav Mar 7, 2009 04:41 AM

      We don't have a dozen Korean restaurants in the Boston area? I can count six in my immediate neighborhood (the two operations in the super 88 food court, Buk Kyung II, Color, Korean Garden, and Roppongi), one more on the way (Hanmaru looks like it is finally ready to reopen soon), and an eighth pretty nearby (Minsok). It's true that Boston is far from the cutting edge of Korean food trends (not to mention other food trends), but that's a different problem.

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        Prav RE: Allstonian Mar 7, 2009 06:26 AM

        ok fine you win

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          Allstonian RE: Prav Mar 7, 2009 08:25 AM


          Honestly, it's unfortunate that those who know Korean food better than I do rate the local restaurants so poorly, but in my neighborhood at least, we are NOT suffering from a shortage. And I didn't even count all the cafes - there's at least three on Harvard between Brighton and Commonwealth alone.

          1. re: Prav
            StriperGuy RE: Prav Mar 28, 2009 01:38 PM

            Ok maybe a dozen but I'm with you Prav, bet there are 500 in the LA area.

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              davis_sq_pro RE: StriperGuy Aug 11, 2010 08:12 PM

              Agreed. They actually have an entire "Koreatown" area. With much better food than I've had at any Korean place here.

          2. re: Allstonian
            jylze RE: Allstonian Mar 7, 2009 02:44 PM

            there's plenty of korean restaurants here, but really none are great. i hate when people compare the food here to new york as if their places were so much better, but i'm about to do just that. the best korean restaurants here are no better than average in NYC.

            1. re: jylze
              joebloe RE: jylze Mar 7, 2009 06:26 PM

              One of the uniqueness and wow factor of korean cuisine is the massive variety of side dishes that arrives at your table while waiting for the main order. In LA, SF, Hotlanta, I usually get 8-10 interesting side dishes such as tofu skin, spicy crab, sauteed boiled egg, deep fried whole fish, oyster, etc. Here in Boston, everywhere it's the same boring side plates of kimchi, brocolli, pickled radish, and steamed bean sprout. I've asked a few korean chefs at sushi restaurants for recommendation and they all say "None...go to New York City." I am guessing they meant Flushing, NY.

              1. re: joebloe
                y2000k RE: joebloe Mar 7, 2009 06:48 PM

                It's not just the side dishes variety, but just Korean cuisine in general. My brother lives in Koreatown in LA, and when I was out there visiting him, I was simply blown away by the huge variety in Korean cuisine. It's not just Korean BBQ or bimbimbap. They have dedicated restaurants just serving soondobu, or just serving gook soo, or just kal lung tang, etc etc etc. The Korean mall a block away, has a foodcourt with 12 vendors, all Korean, and pretty much each vendor sells a different type of food than the others.

                Trying to tie this back to Boston... when I asked the Korean proprietors at Dae Han (Korean mart in Waltham) where I can get good soondobu in Boston, she told me that I'd be better off making it at home myself!

                1. re: joebloe
                  jylze RE: joebloe Mar 7, 2009 08:07 PM

                  as far as side dish variety, i think korean garden in allston does pretty well. their food is definitely toward the top of the local class.

                  no beer tho. i have a hard time appreciating korean food without beer.

                  1. re: jylze
                    hanguk_yuja RE: jylze Mar 28, 2009 01:36 PM

                    I think people forget, when they compare the Korean restaurant scene from NY or LA or SF, that there are way fewer Koreans here in Boston. Larger population, equals greater demand. It just doesn't make any sense in this area, to have a shop that serves just one sort of dish (trust me, there wouldn't be enough Koreans to keep you in business). But whatever, we Koreans love to complain about everything, so let them be.

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                      joebloe RE: hanguk_yuja Mar 28, 2009 09:42 PM

                      And your suggestion on the best Korean restaurant within a 60 mile radius?

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                        avial RE: hanguk_yuja Mar 29, 2009 07:44 AM

                        I don't think Koreans are Kogi's target demographic and far from. The issue from my eyes really is that there's not enough demand in the Boston area period to support shops that serve only a single dish/item - Speed's and a few other cart vendors are the exception, Silk Road BBQ maybe become one as well. And notice that none of them operate within the confines of Boston itself.

                      2. re: jylze
                        phipsi102 RE: jylze Aug 12, 2010 08:49 AM

                        Agreed on Korean Garden- by far the the biggest spread of banchan that I've gotten in this city.

                        Korean Garden
                        122 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA 02134

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                tlonder RE: joebloe Jul 27, 2010 11:48 PM

                Hey joebloe, just read the article from the NYT. It's so simple and I can taste it now. It's Kalbi (basic basic stuff) (don't need all those usual cool Korean sides) served TACO style with cilantro, onion and whatever else you do or like on a taco. SOMEPLACE in Boston there's a Korean next to a Mexican restaurant - LOL. We'll just have to get them to WORK TOGETHER on this LOL. Yum sounds so good.

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                  joebloe RE: tlonder Jul 28, 2010 01:11 AM

                  I bought some premarinated meat from Hmart for a bbq this weekend. We put fresh salsa, avocado, pineapple, bbq meat together on a warm tortilla and my Guatemalan friends said it's way better than any tacos in anywhere around town. Next you have a bbq, try it and you'll never step into another Mexican restaurants around town for tacos again.

                  1. re: tlonder
                    tatsu RE: tlonder Jul 28, 2010 09:26 AM

                    i like your attitude heh heh.

                    i do travel to NYC all the time but i feel Boston is not bad for the adventurous eater. you definitely need to have a car tho, because i consider anything within 495

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                    Ralphie_in_Boston RE: joebloe Jul 28, 2010 07:39 AM

                    I wonder if the shortage of true Korean restaurants in the Boston area has anything to do with the fact that too many Korean restauranteurs attempt the combination Japanese/Korean or entirely pan-asian theme. I've been to several sushi restaurants (Mr. Sushi stands out the most in my memory) that have do sushi just fine, but also have a separate section of the menu with kim chee, bulkoki, bipbambap (forgive my spelling) etc.

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                    1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston
                      pamplemouse RE: Ralphie_in_Boston Jul 28, 2010 07:19 PM

                      myers and chang has a short rib taco on their menu.

                    2. Boston_Otter RE: joebloe Jul 29, 2010 06:03 AM

                      I bet I could slap together a reasonable facsimile from the frozen kalbi they've got at Trader Joe's, if I only had one to taste for frame of reference!

                      Trader Joe's
                      1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

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                      1. re: Boston_Otter
                        phipsi102 RE: Boston_Otter Aug 12, 2010 08:52 AM

                        Are you talking about Trader Joe's Boolkogi? I buy that too, but discovered that it is in fact Chuck meat, although the delicious marinade certainly tenderizes it nicely. I agree that it would be delicious in a taco. Let me know if you try it!

                        Trader Joe's
                        1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

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