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Buga SD update to e.d.'s report.

MV | Sep 2, 200505:47 PM

I ended up driving down to Clairmont Mesa for lunch. I tried the cold buckwheat noodles with pancake per e.d.'s suggestion. It was listed at $11.95 on the menu so i was thinking that maybe you did get an older menu. I actually checked two seperate menus and they were both $11.95. Regardless if it says something on the menu, then that is what they should charge.

On to the food. The panchan arrived. Kimchi, spicy marinated mung bean sprouts, stewed potatoes in a beef broth, pickled squash, radish and carrot in a vinegar dressing, and egg custard. All were fine examples of their respective styles but i kind of wanted something with a bit more edge, maybe some fermented fish product. Maybe they have a better selection at dinner.

The waitress offered me two choices when i ordered the dish and i really didnt understand what she was saying so i just picked whichever one was second. What came out was different then what e.d. got. It was the same buckwheat noodles but instead of broth it was covered with a fiery chille sauce. to this the waitress mixed in hot mustard and vinegar. I thought this was very good if a bit sinus clearing. The hardboiled egg, cucumber and pear worked really well with the hot sauce and the noodles as a taste/textrue contrast. I actually mashed up the yolk to mix in with the sauce which made it a little richer.
The pancakes which came with it reminded me somewhat of Jewish potato pancakes minus the potato. The egg in the batter made it very airy and the scallions and chille peppers provided a nice touch of spice.

Im definitely going to come back and try the bbq for dinner as i see they have thin slices of beef tongue which i love. Hopefully then they will have a wider array of panchan.

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