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Recommendations for Buk Kyung?(Korean in Union Sq., Somerville)

opinionatedchef Sep 21, 2011 12:42 AM

Planning to go today or tomorrow to try the jajangmyun.(It used to be a fav dish of ours at Asiana Grill in Arlington.). Have other favs we should try? (Union Sq is closer for us than Allston, and they have the same menu apparently.)Thanks much for your help.


Buk Kyung

  1. Dave MP Sep 21, 2011 07:07 AM

    Last time I ate there (about 1 yr ago), we had bi bim bop (which was pretty good) and bulgogi (which wasn't very good). I remember also that the kimchi they gave us initially wasn't too great, but then when we asked for seconds, we were given a dish from a fresh batch (straight from the fridge), which was much better - crunchier and spicier.

    Curious to hear what your experience is there....

    Dave MP

    1. beetlebug Sep 21, 2011 07:39 AM

      I really like the seafood jambong (noodle soup). It's very satisfying to me.

      Also, they have two versions of the jajangmyun. one that comes with the sauce on the noodles and one with the sauce on the side. For some reason, I like the sauce on the side so that I can regulate how much I put on. Then, at the end of the meal, I ask to buy another bunch of cooked noodles for my leftover sauce. The noodles for both this dish and the noodle soup are excellent.

      Lastly, for lunch, I often see tables with both noodle dishes and then a plate of fried breaded meat to share. I think I've had the fried breaded meat but it didn't stand out to me since I don't quite remember it.

      1. Luther Sep 21, 2011 07:50 AM


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          STL BOS Sep 21, 2011 09:51 AM

          One of the house specials is a dish with deep fried pork pieces - it's great. I don't remember what it is called.

          1. galangatron Sep 21, 2011 12:30 PM

            any of the korean-style chinese dishes. particularly jajangmyun, jajangbop, ganpoongki (on the bone), and tangsooyuk

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            1. re: galangatron
              opinionatedchef Sep 23, 2011 10:53 PM

              went today to the Union Sq location, and followed your and other CH leads:

              --N1. Jajangmyun homemade noodles topped with a black bean sauce with chopped pork, potatoes, onions and zucchini 8.55

              --HS4. Ganpungyouk deep fried pork slices, battered and deep fried, tossed in a sweet & spicy sauce 14.95

              We were cared for by a short older woman- very sweet and attentive. Room is clean and sterile and completely unadorned. Both dishes were delicious. Hot oil-to-table freshly fried crispy non-oily pork strips with just enough kick to the sweet and sour sauce. Big platter for the 'small' portion.no vegetables at all (but 6 little bowls of assorted korean pickles.) Jajangmyun was indeed the thick very black bean paste served over wonderful toothsome wheat noodles( spaghetti, not udon) that we had loved at Asiana Grill. Terrific flavor and we gobbled every last bite (same w/ the pork dish) but I do wish there were more evidence of pork and vegetable pieces instead of a pretty homogenous black sauce. Look forw to returning for some of the other dishes and some seafood.

              Have another question.Our first intro to korean food was 30 yrs ago on Mass. Ave. cambridge at a place near Joie de Vivre and Teacake in the Sky. At that spot, we always loved what they called Kui- sliced marinated pork or chicken etc brought out on a sizzling platter. They also had a terrific udon noodle soup w/ sliced beef and seafood , veggies,and a fresh egg in a beef broth. Anyone seen these dishes around Boston? Th you, CHs.

              p.s. for anyone going to buk kyung in union sq.- for the first time, google map will deceive you. Coming from Sullivan Sq., it is in the block on the left as you come through Union Sq. w/ the cul de sac parking lot on your right.

              1. re: opinionatedchef
                galangatron Sep 25, 2011 09:51 AM

                gui means grilled

                any korean restaurant should have it. some are do-it-yourself with grill tables and others prepare it in the kitchen and serve it on a sizzling platter. my favorite is the daeji bulgogi (spicy pork bulgogi) at korean garden on harvard ave in allston

                1. re: galangatron
                  opinionatedchef Sep 25, 2011 12:22 PM

                  hi g, want to go there now! is their jajangmyun better/more chunky w/ pork etc.- than buk kyung? thnx again for all your help.

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              sablemerle Sep 24, 2011 07:44 AM

              I just tried jajangmyun for the first time yesterday, at Young Chow Loo at the H-Mart food court. I am now a big fan. It was salty, savory, porky, mushroomy goodness. It was chunky with onions, diced mushrooms and both ground and finely diced pork. Unlike EATTV, I didn't find it particularly sweet (I don't like sweet sauces), more of a carmelized onion flavor in the background. Having never had the dish before, I have nothing to compare it to, but it sure was tasty.

              3 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

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              1. re: sablemerle
                opinionatedchef Sep 24, 2011 10:46 AM

                allRIIIIIGHT, sable! thanks much!really thick black black sauce,yes?

                1. re: opinionatedchef
                  sablemerle Sep 24, 2011 11:09 AM

                  Yes, very dark, somewhat chunky and packed separately from the noodles (I got it to go).

                  1. re: sablemerle
                    opinionatedchef Sep 24, 2011 03:58 PM

                    terrif; thnk you! i'll go this wk. (it's my new' hunt-for-the-best')!

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