We had an errand to do in West Lebanon, NH so I searched Chowhound for the restaurant I remember people raving about. Except I thought it was a Thai restaurant somewhere in the Hanover/Lebanon area. I found some good reports on Yama's which is Korean/Japanese. It's a very small restaraunt, no much of a decor but the people are very friendly and anxious to provide good service. The table was set with chop sticks for example but when he brought some condiments the waiter asked if we preferred forks and had some on the tray for us.
We are not very familiar with Korean cooking having only visited the Korean restaurant in Manchester a few times several years ago but we are pretty much willing to try anything (except sushi).
The condiments are a nice touch and so much nicer than some Chinese restaurants that put out fried wonton skins and sweet sauce. There were six tiny dishes: seaweed, bean sprouts possibly flavored with sesame oil, bean sprouts with a bit of red spice, maybe potato in a tasty sauce, yummy cucumber in a slighty spicy chili sauce and steamed broccoli flavored with just a touch of sesame oil. We were also served hot barley tea which we had never had before.
My husband said he prefers Thai food but I enjoyed our meal. For appetizers my husband chose Yukyejang Soup - shredded beef, egg & vegetables in spicy soup. He loves hot and sour soup but this was too spicy for him. He really liked my choice of Nokdujun: pan fried batter of freshly ground mung beans and vegetables.
I liked both entrees. Pork Bulgoki had an unusual taste from long marinating, maybe wine but was also spicy. It was not too spicy, though. The meat was very thin, very tender and was nicely complemented with a few pieces of lightly cooked carrot and broccoli. Our second choice was Japchae, stir-fried sweet potato noodles with vegetables. We opted to have chicken added. I love noodles of all kinds. These were like celaphane noodles. I can't tell the difference between the different glass noodles/threads and these didn't taste like sweet potato but were good anyway.
We had to stop for directions. The restaurant is located at 72-74 South Main St in Hanover. If you get off Rt 89 at the exit for Power House mall, drive past the mall and keep heading toward Hanover. It will be on your right. We didn't see any of the landmarks we were given so watch for their small sign. It's a small building with a small parking lot. The first person we asked had never heard of it yet we were probably only a mile or two away. I saw 5 star ratings on some website but be aware this is more of a hole in the wall type of place, an overlook gem, perhaps.
We will be in the area again in a few months so if anyone knows of a good Thai restaurant in the area, please post. I could have sworn I read about one, perhaps in a nearby town. I read that the one in downtown Hanover wasn't very good.
If we had had more time I would have liked to have stopped at the food co-op and maybe go over to King Arthur Flour in Norwich.
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