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Why is Korean food so expensive? [moved from New England board]

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Why is Korean food so expensive? [moved from New England board]

Dinsdale45 | Mar 26, 2007 07:25 AM

I really like Korean food and have found some good places recently (Woo Jung in Ayer and Hee Bin in Lawrence. I almost tried the one in Worcester) but I don't understand why most entrees are at least twice as expensive as any decent Chinese or other Asian fare. Appetizers commonly run around $12-13, too. Scallion pancakes, for example, as always well over 10 bucks. I've made them, I know what goes into them. Hee Bin has something called "Korean Jambalaya", which appears to be seafood in noodles, for which they charge 40 dollars (they say it serves 3-4). As far as I can tell, the ingredients are more expensive or cooking effort isn't significantly greater. I want to patronize these places more often but ordering several dishes really boosts the bill.

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