For those of you out there who are woefully unexposed to the joys of Korean cuisine, Buk Kyung restaurant of Union Square does a great job of describing some of its unique allure:

“First off: what exactly does “Buk Kyung” mean? The oft-mispronounced moniker — the -uk in “Buk” contains a long oo sound — translates to “Beijing” in Korean. This name signifies the Chinese influenced dishes Buk Kyung specializes in, and is renowned for. Many of our patrons come to our restaurant knowing what they are going to order in advance, and there is rarely an order without “the big 4”. The unsuspecting diners that wander in soon become acquainted with these dishes in a matter of minutes as they see servers delivering plate after plate and bowl after bowl of similar courses to nearby tables.

Which leads us to the next inquiry: what are those dishes? The four in question are the Tangsuyook, Ganpoongki, Jajangmyun, and Jambong. The former two dishes are meant to be community dishes and are presented in large platters comprised of deep fried pork, beef, chicken, or shrimp bites and smothered in either a tangy, sweet & sour sauce or a sweet, spicy one.

Jajangmyun.

Jajangmyun.

The latter two are noodle dishes: Jajangmyun is known for its sauce – a hearty mixture of ground black beans, potatoes, zucchinis, and pork. Jambong consists of a brimming bowl of mildly spicy and hot broth filled with seafood & vegetables. Of the four, the Jajangmyun may be the most acclaimed dish as Buk Kyung is often referred to as a “jajangmyun jib”, or “jajangmyun house”.

For the “Faithful”, our deepest gratitude for your continual support. And for the novices – what are you waiting for? Trying new foods can be daunting, but also an exhilarating and rewarding treat. If daily homemade noodles don’t suffice, then perhaps a quote from The Boston Globe on Jajangmyun will do the trick: Looks like an oil spill, tastes like heaven.””