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Koreana, Central Sq., Cambridge


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Koreana, Central Sq., Cambridge

Limster | May 2, 2003 12:54 AM

The best Korean food I've had in the Boston Area so far.

Light crispy surface plays well against the soft, slightly and pleasantly doughy interiors of the scallion veined korean pancake. Well balanced amount of chopped seafood (I sensed squid and shrimp).

A fairly decent seaweed salad, good flavours, but icy.

Japchae (chewy noodles made from sweet potato flour) presented its characteristc bouncy texture well, contrasting against the fresh colourful snap of vegetable and shreds of beef.

Squid comes stir fried with scallions and onion in the emblematic Korean red sauce, slight sweet, bold with chilli sauce and fermented soy bean paste. Very well cooked squid, firm but not rubbery.

A smokey kim chee stew, somewhat chilli hot, wityh tofu, kimchee and pork. Good deep flavours, but I would have loved it spicier. Loved the sliced of chewy rice cakes in it.

Nice array of pan chan: good kimchee, soy bean sprouts with sesame oil, stewed lotus roots (a bit pastey for my taste, I prefer them sharp and crunchy), cucumber pickled in chilli sauce and a flat wakame seaweed like salad.

The point of the meal was the marinated beef short rib (galbi). Everything up to this point was an excellent warm up. Miss the richly branched marble slices cooked at the table and the dinner would have been wasted. The wide ribbons of meat was incredible, and the Bits of meat still attached to the pieces of short rib bone were delicious.

A light dessert of a sweet, lightly fermented millet water (according to my Korean buddy), hinting of ginger, with soft bits of rice at the bottom.

BTW, I had a fairly decent meal at Korea Garden on Pearl Street (satisfying korean pancake, light cleansing cod fish stew with a good touch of spice), but this is significantly better.

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