Da Rae Jung | Lincoln Square | Korean, Asian | Restaurant
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Mike Sula

Friendly family-owned Korean place.

Our Review

For 17 years the friendly suspender-clad owner of this tiny no-frills storefront has plied a simple menu whose highlights include naeng myun (cold buckwheat noodles), dolsot bi bim bap, and a tidy selection of individually portioned soups. The main draws are stewy tabletop soups and sautes for two, and none is more invigorating than yum so bokkeum, which is claimed to be a tonic for wrinkles, osteoporosis, poor circulation, liver and kidney troubles, and bad vision as well as being good for pregnant women, good for stamina in the summer months, and good for male virility—Korean Viagra, if you will. Here's what happens: an assortment of eight banchan arrive with rice and individual dishes of a condiment with soy, wasabi, and crushed perilla seeds. Then comes the portable gas burner topped with a wide, shallow pan bubbling with a spicy, brick-red broth swimming with more nutty-tasting perilla seeds—and ideally, leaves—green onions, and tender shreds of goat meat. Spoon this up. Slurp it down. Feel the blood pulsing through your veins. Typically the rice will be dumped in the remaining broth, but if this doesn't seem like it's going to happen, request it. The grains soak up every last drop of liquid and, if you can hold off long enough, develop a crust on the bottom—nurungi, it's called—that adds a crucial textural element to the rice. Read more >>

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