Coreanos in Allston MA

Great new place for us. Coreanos is Korean fried rice with onions and carrots along with a meat of your choice. It is topped with spices. So good.

The star at our table was the sweet soy garlic wings. We ordered a large and got 11 pieces, odd I know. They were fantastic though. Large sized wings with so much flavor and cooked perfectly.

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Oppa’s Kitchen and Bar

This place is right next to Malden Center on Pleasant street. Plenty of street parking on the weekends. Portions were small, prices were a tad high. Flavor is hit or miss. The spicy pork belly was very good and melts in your mouth. The Galbi is ok..not the best or worst but it was $20. The seafood jigae wasn’t very flavorful. I think Woojeon in Hmart is much better and almost half the price. The chewy rice cake thing with cheese came out better than expected. Spicy chicken gizzards was something unique.

For $250 and 9 of us we only had 4 very small side dishes. This is not normal for eating Korean!! I would’ve taken pictures of the side dishes but you wold the notice them cause it’s so small and insignificant. They didn’t look good either so whatever.

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Woojeon and Woojeon II, Burlington

The first place is dedicated to Korean hot soups. The second place is for rice dishes and noodle dishes. The second place has a Super long wait for food to be cooked. If you order multiple dishes they do not cool them together. You’ll see your delicious pad Thai sitting there for 15 minutes till your second dish is made. Meanwhile, many other orders are prepared. So inefficient! But food is good. Just be prepared to wait.

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Sweet and sour pork from Young Chow Loo at HMart

Wow what a rip off! Over $17 for this dish and it comes with nothing…not even white rice. Here’s the thing, I’ve bought this before and it came with white rice. These guys have gone cheap. They are like the only ones there that doesn’t have the pagers to let you know your order is ready. As a result you see the poor lady walking around and around trying to find out who ordered what. The pork is good but damn, $17.11 and no rice! There are so many good food options for half the price…and those come with rice. Stick to Woojeon!!

Here’s the plate. Everything you see is what I got:

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Here’s the receipt:

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Instead of getting ripped off, go to Woojeon and get this for $9…look at everything you get. It was so delicious!!

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Spicy Korean soup – Woojeon Hmart, Burlington, MA

Korean soup… Very flavorful and spicy. It’s all about the super hot brothy soup with various meats, mixed with rice. It is very satisfying and you’ll enjoy every last drop of the soup. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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And here is a shot showing how it is served (rice, soup, kimchi, bean sprouts):

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Food at Woojeon is very good and the prices are well worth it. These dishes range from $9-$14. This restaurant is located inside Hmart where it can be tough to find a table if you go with a group larger than 4. Parking is plentiful, the grocery store has some of the freshest meats and veggies you’ll ever find and the location is good. There is also a new Hmart opened in Central Square in Cambridge.

Minado sushi buffet – Natick, MA

We come here a few times a year and the food is consistently good. The decor is nice and everything is clean. Expect delicious food along with excellent service.

There is more than enough sushi to satisfy your cravings here. If you have some that prefer hot or cooked foods, the hot foods selection will also impress them.

Plenty of parking and easily accessible off route 9 or the mass pike. They have added two new noodle options at the soup end of the hot foods section. The one thing that disappointed me was that there was no fried shrimp in the tempura platter. I waited for a fresh refilling but was disappointed to see all veggies. It’s dinner and a weekend so I’m surprised the fried shrimp was missing… They usually do this during lunch hours when they charge less. We paid $33 for each adult. Depending on height, kids pay a portion of the adult fee. It’s not cheap for a family or large group to eat here. However, the food seems fresh and clean…It’s like that every time we’ve come here over the years. To some that’s more important than saving a few bucks.

This place is directly across from the Natick mall. Other notable food joints in this same plaza are Minerva and smash burger. The former is an Indian buffet and the latter is a burger joint.

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Home made bulgogi!

It’s always dangerous when your wife decides to experiment and make a popular dish at home. You come in with high expectation and often leave disappointed. It’s tough to make a popular dish since you know exactly what it should tastes like.

I have to say though, this experiment was a home run! The dish had the right look, smell, and most importantly the right tastes. Screw that. This tastes better than some bulgogi I’ve eaten at some Korean restaurants. No lie.

My wife made these out of steak tips. She also made the marinade from scratch. She followed an online recipe. To top it off, some sesame seeds. On the side is some green veggies. Not sure what kind but that is not important as the main attraction is the meat.

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