No, this is not a poor attempt at an Abbot and Costello “Who’s on First” skit, but a cool little Korean restaurant that just popped up on the outskirts of Koreatown (31st/Madison).
We were all set to go to Take 31 for their outrageous Bossam & Jok Bal, but the owner kindly suggested we try their sister restaurant next door, the aforementioned “Her name is Han”.
What an interesting place. Good, comfort food, upped a notch with a modern flair typical of places like Danji and the more recent Goggan or even perhaps Dadam.
We had the following:
Cold noodle salad with black sesame dressing. Noodle are hand-made, inhouse, and had a nice toothsome texture to them. Sesame dressing was nutty and aromatic, without being sweet or grainy. The Beef Kalguksu was similarly outstanding.
Sweet and sour chicken fried rice. Don’t let the name food you, this is one of the must-get dishes here. There’s something about the tangy nature of this dish that makes it addictive.
Mandu was good, but not something I would target on the menu. And something about the ratio of kimchi to pork was a bit off to me.
Pork dishes. We had the slow cooked pork belly and the deep-fried pork shoulder. Both were outrageous. Rich, fatty (in a good way), flavorful, and the aroma was just out of this world. These had to have been the star of the show.
Need to go back to try other dishes, including their various chicken dishes.
Her name is Han