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Try this dish! At Bon Chon - Allston

Bon Chon draws raves for its addictive, spice-coated fried chicken. (Mr. Swank is a particular fan of their luncheon special, which comes with a side of fries and radish.)
But I recently recovered from a chilly bad day at Bon Chon with a very surprising dish: Tteokbokki.
Please, do yourself a favor. Next time you have a bad day, hotfoot it to Allston and order a big ole bowl of this stuff.
I saw diners at a neighboring table gobbling the stuff, and I stopped to ask them what it was. Mouths full, they told me it was a must-try. And they weren't wrong!
It's a cauldron of traditional crimson Korean spicy sauce, studded with turgid stir-fried rice cake and topped with a swirl of melted cheese and soft onion. Blink twice and you could almost mistake it for gnocchi in marinara. Ladle up the sauce with a spoon; it's that good -- a little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, and incredibly rich.
Apparently many people ask for it topped with seafood, but I think that seafood would detract from the deliciousness of the rice and the depth of the sauce.
I had leftovers for two days. Order this soul-warming dish!

(On another note, I also tried the much-ballyhooed octopus dumplings. Found them oversauced and leaden -- way too heavy for an appetizer.)

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  1. Buk Kyung II makes a fine version of this Korean staple as well: you can order it at just about any Korean restaurant, but I don't think I've gotten it at any of the several other Korean places in the immediate neighborhood.

    1. Sounds like Tteokbokki could be the next poutine!

      1. Swank, I sure hope you write for a living, because I just love your posts.

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        1. re: bear

          Aw! Thank you, Bear. Yes, I do. :-)

        2. Heard they no longer serve alcohol. True?

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          1. re: mojospapi

            It seems that they're in the process of getting their liquor license renewed, per the sign on their door.

          2. Get it at Color... with cheese

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            1. re: Luther

              Is the cheese topping common? I've never had it that way.

              1. re: gimlis1mum

                I think most places offer it with or without cheese.

                1. re: gimlis1mum

                  Never seen cheese offered in the Korean sit down dinner places I've been to, here or overseas.