Picking favorites can get tricky, really. But after many years of thought, dare I say thousands of meals, I’ve come to the conclusion that my favorite cuisine is Korean. I love Korean food. I love kimchi. I love dolsot bibimbap. I love bulgogi. I love tteokbokki. Japchae. And of course, banchan.

No matter my mood, I can go for Korean food. Happy, sad. Tired, lively. In the mood for something light? Tofu stew. In the mood for something… not so light? Kimchi pancake and tteokbokki, or japchae. I somehow doubt this is a thing in South Korea, but many restaurants here offer the option of melted cheese over tteokbokki. Mmmmmmmm.

I’ve eaten at a few Korean places in Allston, which seems to be the epicenter for Korean food in Boston. There are like eight Korean restaurants in a three block radius. So far, I’ve tried Kaju Tofu House, Bibim, and Seoul Soulongtang. I’m trying to rank them, but it’s tough. Honestly you can’t go wrong with any of the three, and I’ve been to each a few times, with consistent positive experiences. I think Bibim and Soulongtang tie for first place thus far. Bibim seems a bit less authentic, but I love their banchan, soup, bibimbap, and tteokbokki. I most recently ate at Seoul Soulongtang, and this is decidedly the busiest and most authentic Korean spot I’ve ate at thus far. Tons and tons of stews and sizzling meats, and their pancake was actually really different from most. It didn’t seem fried, but baked. I loved the consistency. Their japchae was also super tasty, and while there were less variety for banchan, each was very good.

I’ve only scratched the surface of Korean cuisine here in Boston. I’ll be eating at a few more Korean places as soon as I can. So, here’s to that! And here’s to many more Spotlights to come.