Enjoyed, with another exploratory dining companion, an extremely fresh and healthy bento box meal in the Porter Exchange at "ChoCho's"
[ChoCho's, which just opened this week, has replaced the not so lamented Korean bi bim bap joint that always seemed to be empty and that also received alerts of rude service on this board.]
Cuisine seems to be a "fusion" of the Japanese style bento box meal, but very inflected with the chili of Korean spicing. [Especially evident in companion's spicy chicken stirfry bento.] Some Thai influences as well in terms of good-looking [on the next door table] beef/chicken satay for appetizers.
A selection of appetizers is avail. including the satay, shumai dumplings and a wonderful freshly fried, crispy calamari. [$2.95! for a respectable portion!] Calamari pieces were small, but very tender and appeared to have been freshly breaded and then flash-fried in a combination of rice flour, black sesame seed and a hint of red pepper spice.
Bento boxes included the usual from grilled salmon or chicken terayaki to spicy chicken/pork stirfrys to chicken/pork cutlet combos. Salad, rice, dumpling and a few steamed veggies with peanut sauce alongside.
Only other item on the menu is an assortment [beef, chicken, seafood, veggie] of seemingly Korean-style "tofu soon" stews which are served with an assortment of panchan and steamed white rice.
Will try those next.
Appetizers no more than $3.95 and entrees are all $7.95. Definitely fresher, better quality and more flavorful than some of the other Porter Exchange stalls.