Jajangmyeon is addictive!

Buk Kyung -jajang myeon. (Photo by Anna Ing)

For those who crave the Korean version of Chinese food, Buk Kyung (which means “Beijing” in Korean) is one of two locations in the Boston area). This stand out dish does not look appealing, but don’t be deterred by its appearance. Jajangmyeon ($8.95) differs from the Chinese Zha Jiang Mian “fried sauce noodles” by using a salty black bean sauce stir fried with pork, onions, potatoes,and zucchini served over chewy hand-pulled noodles topped with cucumber slivers. To make eating this messy a bit easier, kitchen shears are given after mixing the noodles and the sauce together. Damuji (yellow pickled sweet radish) and raw onions to be dipped in jajung sauce are always served with this dish. Once you have tasted it, you want to have it again!

This dish is so addictive! It is no surprise that the Korean government in 2006 called this dish among the top “100 cultural symbols,” it is a popular take out dish akin to the popularity of pizza here. A more recent celebration on every April 14 is called Black Day where singles in South Korea eat jajangmyeon.

As with Korean restaurants, the banchan (side dishes)is a wonderful and favorite part of the meal with three different types of kimchee (korean pickled vegetables) and blanched parsley. Our server gave us a rare and special serving of a beef marinated in soy banchan a first as she noticed we appreciated Korean food.

Buk Kyung’s Ganpoongki. (Photo by Anna Ing)

Ganpoongki ($16.95 small) is a boneless, battered and deep fried chicken, tossed in a sweet spicy sauce. The amount of batter is just right with also has an extensive menu with other Korean favorites as well, so make sure to try out this gem in Allston.



Buk Kyung
151 Brighton Avenue
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 254-2775

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About Anna Ing

Anna Ing is a food writer for the Sampan Newspaper. 吳家儀是舢舨報紙的美食記者。
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