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Ka Ram Korean Cafe

Gary Soup | Aug 3, 2004 01:02 AM

I found myself in Japantown at lunch time today, and got the urge to find something Korean and close to the bone. I stumbled across Ka Ram at Post and Lagna, a basement hole-in-the wall (or maybe that should be hole-in-the-ground). I can't vouch for the authenticity, being a near novice to Korean food, but all of the other customers were older Korean men who seemed both surprised and amused to see a paleface on the premises. I conferred with the extremely friendly but not fully bi-lingual waitress over the menu, and managed to convey that I wanted something not too heavy but spicy. When I hesitated over the menu choices, she pointed to a special, which she said was a new dish, posted on a handwritten (in Korean) sign, and I decided to go for it, whatever it was.

It turned out to be a very beefy and spicy thick soup with beef, seaweed, winter melon, and some other je-ne-sais-quoi's in it, served with a bowl of rice on the side. From my mental notes of what the waitress told me it was called in Korean, and some assiduous Googling, I've determined it was "ttaro guk bap" (in one phoneticization, at least) and said to be good for hangovers, which I would agree with.

Ka Ram had a banned proclaiming "Grand Opening" but the waitress told me it had been there for a long time but was under new ownership.

Does anyone else more qualified than me to comment on Korean Food have any experience with Ka Ram?

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