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Wu Chon House in Union Square, Somerville


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Wu Chon House in Union Square, Somerville

yumyum | Jul 31, 2006 02:31 PM

Started with mung bean pancake which was greasy and heavy -- not a great start, but luckily things improved from there. The panchan delivered with our mains was very fresh and quite generous. Two kinds of kim chi, two kinds of mung bean salad, cold brocoli with that thousand island dressing, tiny fish of some sort, some sweet soy beans....other things I'm forgetting.

The cold buckwheat noodle soup (in cold beef broth) was perfect for the heat of the day. Slices of daikon and asian pear gave a nice fresh crunch, and the broth itself was delicous. Our server cut the noodles and then showed us how to doctor up the broth with mustard and vinegar. The result was even more delicous. I've never had this dish before but I'll have it again.

Finally, my favorite item of the day -- spicy soft tofu and seafood soup. This is all about the texture, with the tofu melting in the mouth like a custardy pudding -- small pieces of octopus and maybe some tiny shrimp. One littleneck clam open in the bottom of the bowl. The red broth was spicy but not overwhelmingly so. Brought to the table still sizzling the heat of the soup was actually a great foil to the temperature outside.

The decor at Wu Chon house does nothing for me (Seoul food on Mass Ave is so much nicer), but the food was great. Now I need to compare to Byuk Kyung (sp?) up the street.

Remember -- Korean food is your friend in the heat. Try it and see.

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