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Kum Ryong (Little Korea)


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Kum Ryong (Little Korea)

Jim Leff | Apr 28, 2004 05:22 PM

Wow, the site just almost steered me wrong!

On impulse (having spotted a sign reading "homemade noodles") I entered Kum Ryong (30 W32nd St) for lunch. I was seated and shown a menu of Chinese/Korean favorites, ordered some stuff, then cracked open an archive of older postings to search for the restaurant name. And I was horrified to find that this place received only one posting - a pan. Ugh, I figured I'd have to suffer through my meal.

Wrong. It ruled. Maybe it's gotten better since the previous poster was there, but I LOVE the place. It's hard to succeed with a Korean/Chinese restaurant, because all the dish names (and even descriptions) are inherently drab-sounding ("noodles with brown sauce", "special noodles with brown sauce"). The ingredients aren't scintillating to describe, either. The vivacity is in the homey greatness...when it IS great. As this place is.

The noodles are just perfect; as good as some top ramen I had in Tokyo. The broth in the seafood noodle soup (which comes in regular, hot, and mild...I chose "hot") was near-miraculous, with a heat level that was just beautiful. The brown sauce on the noodles was less subtly complex/wonderful and more just subtle/wonderful.

Fried dumplings were blistery/crispy. Great service. Great prices. i can't wait to go back. And I'm pleased to pitch in a rave to help counteract the earlier pan!


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