If You Happen To Be in Allston

Allston is in the midst of a neighborhood restaurant renaissance, with casual hole in the wall favorites like Jo Jo Tai Pei and Shanghai Gate drawing visitors to a decidedly untouristy section of Boston. Now here's another: Blue Asia Cafe, which has a menu that veers from Taiwanese to Korean and nothing over $10.

eatanddestroy recommends the fried Chinese red wine pork belly (tender slices of fatty pork over rice) and the fried tenderloin pork with apple curry (more tasty pork with a wonderful sauce). Even though the plates are cheap, they come loaded with sides: "The belly had ground meat and a light sauce over the rice, a fried egg, and a side of a vegetarian dish that I have no idea what it was, but it was sort of noodle like." There's also a Korean ginseng chicken soup on the menu that gourmaniac says is great, made from a whole chicken stuffed with sticky rice, ginseng, and Chinese plums.

Blue Asia Cafe [Allston]
113 Brighton Avenue, Boston
617-202-3868

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