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Boston Trip Report, Day 1

Seconding this. And a small-cup order is really enough to satisfy.

Feb 08, 2014
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Ramen Ramen Everywhere, and Not a Chair to Spare

Collecting your own share of yam from the belly of a freshly-slain wild boar, however, will be required.

Feb 08, 2014
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Ramen Ramen Everywhere, and Not a Chair to Spare

Someone should do a Tampopo screening + ramen tasting event.

Feb 08, 2014
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Dumpling House (Central Square)-- details & Chinese name?

"Stick to the Seafood", ha. Made me chuckle. Not as fun but Buk Kyung means Beijing in Korean - it's just the Korean pronunciation of the same two characters - as the focus is on Korean-style Chinese food. Maybe it's common knowledge...

Feb 05, 2014
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Snappy Ramen Davis Square

I went for lunch today. My last visit was several weeks ago and things have changed a lot. Sushi and related items have disappeared entirely; there are more ramen dishes; they also serve bao. See my pics of the new menu; they don't have one online yet.

The tsukemen comes with dipping soup/sauce with anchovies, quite salty but tasty esp. with the soft egg. The pork belly is a side order for $3, two quite large tender chunks. Warning: make sure you're hungry if you're gonna order the extra serving of noodles - it's not just a little bit extra, it's a whole other bowlful.

I talked to Yuji the chef afterwards. He seems to be in a consultant role; see biz card below. I asked about the two "assari" and "kotteri" types of ramen they serve. They seem to be those Japanese words without good equivalents. Yuji explained it as "light" and "filling" but said it's about the feeling in your mouth not your stomach. He stressed that the menu is still in flux and said they'll be adjusting it as time goes on and they get more feedback and understanding of the customers' prefs.

Oct 11, 2013
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Affordable Food in and almost-in 02143

I miss Tacos Lupita as well. Zoe's too.

Buk Kyung for the stone-pot bibimbap. It's decent enough. For me it's comfort food for cold days or when I have an upset stomach. It's on the lunch special menu I believe.

Koreana for gomtang. It's the closest place that serves this, as far as I know. Another cold-weather staple for me. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gomguk

I think both are under $15

Oct 11, 2013
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Curious why ramen is so rare and yet sushi joints are on every corner?

Resurrecting this thread to say: I've enjoyed the kakuni ramen at Osushi in Harvard before, but I had it yesterday and it had gone downhill. Soup was milder and the 3 pieces of kakuni had noticeably shrunk in size. There's been a change of chef and other staff in July which might have something to do with it.

Oct 05, 2013
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Kaju Sundubu

Quick search seems to show this hasn't been mentioned - might be old news: the Harvard branch of Kaju is open. It's at 57 JFK St, above Wagamama in the same bldg as BonChon. There used to be a shabu shabu place there, and they seem to have merged the 2 menus. (The biz card says "KAJU TOFU HOUSE & shabu shabu".) I didn't eat there yet but did ask a waitress if they were indeed related to the Allston restaurant and she said yes. Hopefully it's the same quality.

Oct 05, 2013
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Yume wo katare - the real deal

YWK has been my regular Wednesday night late-dinner spot. Great for stuffing myself after my regular volleyball league. I wish they'd serve beer.

I'm not sure anymore though if I really enjoy jiro ramen per se. In a sense it does pack lotsa flavor, what with the garlic on top of everything. But the salty porkiness gets to a point where I don't really taste anything. I still enjoy the texture of the diff components, which is fine too. I can always go across the street and get Rod Dee's tom yum noodle soup if I want noodles (ramen or not) that are more delicious, for my lack of a more precise term.

Oct 02, 2013
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Have Car; Will Pilgrimage for Fries?

Thank you for reminding me of Hell Fries at ASSBar. (Hmm that doesn't sound so delicious...) I went today and got a good batch - crispy and spicy.

Oct 01, 2013
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Best Fried Chicken

The tatsuta age fried chicken at Ebi Sushi in Union Sq is pretty tasty. They nailed the crunchy outside / moist inside combo.

Oct 01, 2013
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Quiet Cambridge spot for coffee/tea

Does Dwelltime have free/paid wifi? Is it time-limited, like Bourbon in Porter Exchange?

Sep 30, 2013
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Patty Chen's Dumpling Room

Eager to try it soon. Is it really open until midnight 7 days a week? If so, wow.

Sep 17, 2013
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Food trucks at Somerville's Pop-Up Plaza, 9/9-9/11

Coming to the Cutter Square parking lot (the small triangular parking lot opposite Rosebud Diner on Elm St. in Davis Square):

Tenoch Mexican (Mon.-Wed., All Day)
Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese (Mon., 4 p.m.-9 p.m.)
Mei Mei Street Kitchen (Tues., 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Wed., 5 p.m.-9 p.m.)
Kick*ss Cup Cakes (Mon. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wed. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.)

Details:

http://www.thesomervillenews.com/archives/42004
http://www.somervillebydesign.com/

Good that I can try Mei Mei without going to Boston.

Sep 09, 2013
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Zoe's has partial collapse

Yikes. That's a lot of debris. Hope no one is hurt.

For comparison, here's a Google Street View of the facade:

https://maps.google.com/?ll=42.383449...

Sep 09, 2013
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Sports bar close to the Paradise

I hope so too. At least the songs will be good enough that he can't butcher it much. Looking forward to hearing the gruff Bass God sing the words "Our love / Is like the flowers".

At worst, the gig gives me a reason to make it out to Allston and try Inaka again.

Sep 09, 2013
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Sports bar close to the Paradise

Thanks for the suggestions. Will try T's Pub as it's so close by, then move on down Comm Ave / Brighton to the other spots as needed.

Sep 09, 2013
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Sports bar close to the Paradise

I'm seeing a show Tuesday night at the Paradise in Allston. I'd also like to catch the USA vs Mexico footsoccerball game starting shortly before the gig. Where would be a good place? There's a bar in the same bldg as Paradise - would they show matches there? There's also a Sox game the same night, so I guess I'm looking for a place with multiple TVs where one might be tuned to the World Cup quals. Thanks.

Sep 08, 2013
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Yume Wo Katare, new hours?

I went Wednesday night, and while the ramen was as tasty as I remember, they had two new Caucasian gentlemen working as servers. They didn't even speak Japanese as far as I could tell. It totally ruined the authentic Japanese flavor that I was seeking; as we all know, no respectable Japanese restaurant has a non-Japanese service staff. I will never go back.

Just kidding. Of course I don't care and I'll be back. I just read something about a Seattle sushi chef who was mad at "bigoted" customers - they didn't like his fellow chef who wasn't Japanese, and they had complained about it on Yelp or something.

Sep 06, 2013
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Snappy Ramen Davis Square

I wrote this earlier:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8826...

Since then I went back once more for the spicy miso. Didn't wow me much but the pork had improved a lot - very tender this time. I'll go back to try the tsukemen sometime - they didn't offer it yet when I last went.

It's a diff beast from Yume Wo Katare. More comparable to Sapporo, Pikaichi, Inaka. If you're around Davis Sq, I'd suggest Snappy for tonkotsu, Sapporo for shoyu, and YWK for jiro - it just depends on what you're in the mood for. (And how hungry you are: Snappy's portions are closer to Sapporo, not YWK.)

Sep 06, 2013
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September 2013 Openings and Closings

Google turned up this, from July:

http://www.wickedlocal.com/cambridge/...

Sep 05, 2013
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September 2013 Openings and Closings

I spoke to the Buk Kyung woman. A hotel is going to be built where Kaya is currently at. She said she heard a restaurant will be rebuilt either at or near the hotel to serve the hotel guests. It sounded like it will still be Korean (she mentioned grills for meat) but not 100% sure.

Sep 05, 2013
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September 2013 Openings and Closings

Yes.

Sep 05, 2013
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September 2013 Openings and Closings

I went to Kaya earlier for my probably last hwedeopbap of the year, and it was closed and more. The insides looked like a scene after a zombie uprising or drunken frat party or both - missing/upturned furniture, bottle caps strewn all over the floor, big hole in the floor of the middle of the restaurant. just a giant mess. No sign of any sort on the door.

Sep 04, 2013
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September 2013 Openings and Closings

About 45 minutes to go before the bread-breaking ceremony that will open the store, and there's already a one-star Yelp review!

http://www.yelp.com/biz/whole-foods-s...

Sep 04, 2013
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YumeWoKatare Ramen - anyone been yet?

Yume Wo Katare is open again since 8/30. I passed by on the way to lunch at Rod Dee, and they had this little poster of the September schedule.

Sep 03, 2013
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Best Rice Cake Dishes?

I should've been clearer - the cheese thing is a personal peeve. I grew up in Seoul (left in the eighties) and we would never have considered putting cheese in our tteokbokki. Times change.

Aug 26, 2013
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Best Rice Cake Dishes?

Bonchon's tteokbokki had ok flavor but WHAT IS CHEESE DOING IN THERE? Someone's ancestors are rolling in their graves.

The Chinese dishes posted here sound delicious - I'll try to track them down.

Aug 26, 2013
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Taipei Cuisine in Quincy - any experiences?

Oh this place! I didn't realize I had been here a few weeks ago - I had forgotten the name - until I saw the photo of the restaurant on Yelp. Which also has lots of photos of dishes by helpful users:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/taipei-cuisin...

I enjoyed my meal. A Chinese friend ordered a fish dish with bones that had great flavor but not much flesh and high difficulty of eating. We also had the soup dumplings - agreed with the other reviewers - very flavorful. I wish I remembered the other dishes - it was dinner after a couple of hours of Carson Beach volleyball, and my brain was pretty much dead.

That 3 cup chicken dish sounds great. Looks like lots of whole garlic.

Aug 25, 2013
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Harvard's Science and Cooking 2013 Lecture Series

Yes they are free and open to the public, except the Adria one for which there will be tickets. I don't know if that means paid tickets or just a crowd-management free stub. I imagine most of the popular ones will require lining up earlier.

Aug 25, 2013
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