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RAVE: Korean spots in Ann Arbor, MI


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RAVE: Korean spots in Ann Arbor, MI

Jim M | Dec 4, 2007 05:34 PM

There are no fewer than four of these places, with just a counter or a few tables, within three blocks of the University of Michigan campus, plus at least three more in other parts of the city. The best is arguably BeWon on Plymouth Road, but all are good, and there's enough competition that sometimes they'll try to outdo each other in serving the largest number of small side dishes--kimchi, little omelet strips, bright green seaweed, taro root or radish, various less easily identifiable things (unless you're Korean). The bi bim bab, chap chae, and simple stir-fries (chicken, pork, or squid) are always fine. But since the weather turned ugly I've been trying the soups. Yook ge jang is a spicy egg-drop soup with shredded beef and scallions. And tonight, at Seoul Korner, I had a soy-based soup with tofu, potato, and green onions. The soups come out boiling in a hot pot, and they'll still be hot half an hour later. They are just incredibly satisfying on a cold night! And between the soups and the sides, my mother would be proud of me for eating my vegetables. Some college towns have concentrations of these Korean places--there are at least a couple in East Lansing--but certainly not every place does. If you're in Ann Arbor and want a good hot lunch, think Korean. Though spicy, the food, except for the kimchi sometimes, is never blazing hot.

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