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Miran's Korean at 20th and Chestnut

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Miran's Korean at 20th and Chestnut

joypirate | Oct 12, 2005 02:12 PM

2034 Chestnut Street
215-569-1200

Stopped by Miran on Saturday for a late lunch, there was only one other table but it was around 3:30pm so not really a big deal (though looking at the menu now they were allegedly closed when I was eating there, being open for lunch from 11-3, and for dinner from 5-10, closed Sundays). I had the Spicy Galbi Tang Hot Pot. It came still-boiling in an earthen bowl with a bowl of sticky rice and several accompaniments, including strips of fish cakes, kim chi, a bit of shredded seaweed and peppers, and something like pickled cabbage strips or possibly daikon radish.

I should mention I know squat about Korean food.

The dish is described as prime beef short ribs (on the bone) in beef broth with spicy red chili peppers and cabbage. If you recall, Saturday was pretty rainy and dreary so this was a really good choice. It was a strong spice that didn’t lose complexity from the heat as you sometimes get. Beef was tender and flavorful; cabbage was a dangerous spice-carrying vehicle.

Very tasty in all and a welcome addition to the neighborhood. I assume it’s a BYO in which case it’s dangerously close to the liquor store across the street (too bad they don’t have Korean Soju). Father-in-law spends a fair amount of time in Seoul so next time he’s in town and the wimmins are out shopping or something maybe we’ll come back and try one of the built-in-the-table BBQ’s (you need at least two orders to use it). On my own I’m likely to try the Bi bim bap. Hot pots are anywhere from $8.99-$12.99 (with ox-tail being the most expensive one), Bi bim baps are all about $10. Lunch specials are between $6-$8.50.

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