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Chung Ki Wa, Medford Sq.


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Chung Ki Wa, Medford Sq.

Aromatherapy | Aug 27, 2005 08:58 AM

On an early Thursday evening the place was pretty busy with a mostly (apparently) Korean clientele.

The three of us ordered one each of marinated kalbi and mixed seafood (3 skewers of scallop, shrimp, squid with assorted vegetables) for the table grill, and the cold buckwheat noodles with spicy sauce (all for $53 post-tax).

I thought the meat was good, not spectacular, but no complaints; the marinade was subtle and I think I’ll just get the plain kind next time. The accompanying bean paste was seasoned with something but I never did nail it down (should have tasted it before working on the banchan). Neither was especially sweet. The seafood was good, it’s nice to have a seafood option now, but nothing out of the way. The banchan were very tasty (kimchi, wicked spicy zucchini, spinach, green pepper w/tiny candied fish, tofu, fish cake, shredded daikon, sprouts) and they also brought out a little shredded scallion salad.

Then the noodles. I like their version of spicy cold noodles and this one was particularly spicy. I think the crunchy stuff was marinated radish but it could have been pear—guess if I can’t tell the difference, what the heck. With the bill they brought little bottles of vaguely fruit-flavored sweet dairy stuff—pseudo-yogurt? Cute.

This was the kickoff of my annual birthday-present chowdown with my now 16-year-old friend and his pal. Neither had had Korean food before and they loved the meal—so many flavors, as one said. The cold noodles were a major hit. (It’s so hot—and the only way to cool down is—eat more noodles! It’s so hot…) We were pleasantly full but not too stuffed for ice cream a bit later.

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