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Betta than Etta at Korea Town Plaza

Lisa Antinore | Mar 6, 199807:17 PM    

After reading some information in Newsday inncorectly and realizing that the Etta James tickets I had rushed off to purchase at Flushing's Town Hall were in fact for Etta JONES ( Flushing? Etta James? I should've known.....) I was feeling pretty inconsolable..... To top it off I was having bizarre cravings for salami on a Lenten Friday...Not a good day...

After browsing through rows and rows of antique furniture in the football-field sized "Golden Oldies" warehouse (right off of College Point Blvd.- way better than ABC Carpet and Home...) my disappointment began to wane. Why not do a liitle food shopping? That would surely send me into a full-fledged happiness attack....

Within a few minutes my friend Sandy and I were in the parking lot of Korea Town Plaza munching on crispy, charred Korean sweet potatoes (coo coo ma) and fighting off the spirited "duk-bok-i" vendor who was thrusting toothpick samples of the deep-fried rice noodle into our faces. Believe it or not, this chowhoundress is on a ...horrors....DIET!!!! Nothing fried or creamy for a while....

Once inside we bought a bunch of fresh fish (porgy was a steal at $2.69 a pound!!!) some produce and an assortment of shrimp chips and junk food for our Asian students. Then it was off to the "food court" in the back of the store.....

The Korea Town Plaza folks are smart. They created a little booklet with pictures of the offerings. I had to refrain from the short ribs so I ordered a big bowl of the clam, tofu, and spinach soup. My friend had the Bi Bim Bop. Each selection was $4.99 and came with the usual pan chan- a little bowl of kim chee, pickled radish, and spicy squash. We both got a bowl of rice and my friend also received a cup of miso. Everything was delicious!

We sat on the little tree stump chairs drinking barley tea and watched the kim bap lady expertly assemble 16 (count em') HUGE rolls for take-out. The beautiful Korean woman who had placed the order explained to us that she was having a party and that for $5 for two GIGANTIC, fresh rolls it was cheaper to purchase the stuff than to make it herself. I ordered a roll and each one of the 12 pieces it was cut into tasted better than the one before......Yummicious...

It was Betta than Etta.....

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