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Little Pusan; Korean in Maynard

galleygirl | May 28, 200807:08 AM

Trying to convince me how much better metro west is than Boston; The Commodore suggested we go to Little Pusan in Maynard for Korean food Sunday night. I loved it from the second we parked in front of the 70’s coffee-shop style storefront, replete with houseplants on steroids. The handful of Formica tables continued the ambiance, as well as my favorite linoleum flooring. Rice harvesting paraphernalia graced the walls, but my favorite décor was the wooden boxes on each table that held metal, Korean style chopsticks. I’d read about them, but never actually used them before.

Panchan were very good, but a little skimpy in my experience. I guess I could have requested more, but our entrees soon came, and I was distracted. I had ordered the stir-fried octopus, (“You know that’s hot?) on a stone plate, and I was soon busy stirring the sizzling pile of shredded scallions, onions and cabbage under the mound of sauced octopus. The octopus was a pinch firm for my tastes, but so flavorfully sauced, and combined with such fresh, veggies, that I didn’t mind. Next time, though, I would probably opt for the squid, which probably responds better to this quick cooking style. (Note to self; do NOT stick chopsticks right into mouth after scraping bottom of searingly hot stone plate..)

TC had the Galbi, cross-sections of bone-in ribs, marinated, and serve on the same hot platter with the seared veggies. This provided a much more toothsome, and less ‘steamed’ kind of consistency to the meat than I’ve observed at places in town. He scarfed every bit.

Mama-san seemed a little brusque and no nonsense, but friendlier to a table of teenagers, who seemed to be from a family of regulars. My only quibble with the menu was the lack of Hue Dup Bap, or a large number of fish-based soups. I asked, but got a quick “no”. Still there were lots of tofu options, so one could do worse. Hey, they serve beer and wine, so I’m good….

They also have the cold summer noodles hounds have been looking for mool nengmyun and nengmyun, starting June 1…None with skate, though!

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