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putting seoul in food

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t says: A little while ago, I caught up with an old childhood friend (there’s the disclaimer!) who is opening of Seoul Food Philly, a Korean meets Comfort food.  Right now still in its infancy, Seoul Food Philly can be found at the Franklin Flea, open for a few more Saturdays between now and Christmas – we recommend checking it out!  We went today and this is what we found:

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pork sandwich: on a lightly toasted bun, this sweet-and-savory combination packs tender chunks of pork and some cucumber/cabbage with a light coating of aioli/sauce.  And in the background, there was a hint of spice, possibly in the sauce.  The balance of the sandwich is more on the sweet than the spicy, but it’s so good that you can’t help but keep on eating until it’s gone.  I think that most people will like prefer this sandwich to the other, as it has more wow factor …

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… but as for me – I prefer this one: the short rib sandwich, with kimchi and wiz on a toasted hoagie roll.  The trick, though, is to not confuse this with a run-of-the-mill Philly cheesesteak, or even a tweaked Philly cheesesteak.  Actually, just forget the Philly cheesesteak altogether.  Instead, I view it as a modernized vehicle by which to transport bulgogi to your mouth.  I think it’s because it had a distinctly bulgogi-and-kimchi flavor that reminds me of my childhood, and only the lightest smattering of wiz (just enough to moisten the roll).  If you go into it expecting flavors of cheese and friend onions or broccoli rabe, you’ll be disappointed, as those aren’t the primary flavors.  But if you go into it thinking about those table-side grills at Korean restaurants, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the update.

The stand at Franklin Flea didn’t offer their Koreanified mac-n-cheese or chicken wings (apparently they weren’t allowed to deep-fry things on site at Franklin Flea), but I look forward to trying them in the future, too.  Bravo to Seoul Food Philly – we wish you the best of luck!

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Written by afterdinnersneeze

7 December 2013 at 2:48pm

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