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Hana Korea

pescatarian | Apr 8, 2007 04:59 PM

I met friends for lunch yesterday around the AGO. We ended up at a little Korean restaurant in the middle of Baldwin on the south side (down a few steps, look for the orange sign).
It was my first Korean food experience (although I had a good idea of what to expect), so I cannot speak to the authenticity. However, we thoroughly enjoyed our lunch, and for the money, I think you'd be hard pressed to find better value.
For $5.99 (normally, $6.99, but it was on special), I ordered Bi Bim Bip. I was served an appetizer of two mini scallion pancakes and two small pieces of tofu with a drizzle of hot sauce. The main part was a large bowl, with nicely arranged julienned vegetables (carrots, radishes, etc), kimchi, beef in the middle with a soft boiled egg atop the beef. Plus, a side of steamed rice. We were also given a small bowl of extra kimchi and we were served green tea. Both my friends meals were $6.99. One had a fried noodle dish and the other had a large "stone bowl" soup. We all rec'd the same appetizer. The tea seemed to be complimentary.
We all enjoyed the flavours of our meal. It was fresh and the couple that run the place were very friendly. I'd say it's a good chowfind at a price hard to beat.

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