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“Havana Street is the most diverse conduit in the metro area, at least for culinary adventurers. But even amid Ethiopian, Somali, Mexican, Japanese and Vietnamese restaurants (and that’s just a sampling), Yong Gung stands out.
The menu at this bright and tidy eatery reflects Korean cuisine as it evolved during decades of Chinese immigration; the newcomers brought their recipes with them while learning to cook with new ingredients.
The result is a canon of noodle dishes, soups and stir-fries, from jajangmyeon noodles in jet-black fermented-bean sauce to aggressively spicy jjampong soup swimming with shrimp, mussels, mushrooms and long noodles. Some dishes are reminiscent of sweet-and-salty American-Chinese combos, while others — like chilled naengmyeon — share a kindred spirit with Japanese cold ramen. Just don’t skip the Korean fried chicken, coated in a spicy, sticky sauce so good you’ll forget there was ever a KFC.”
“Denver has hundreds of Chinese restaurants and a healthy portion of Korean restaurants, too, but for a culinary collision of the two, you’ll need to go to Yong Gung – an Aurora eatery that features dishes that originated in China but evolved in Korea, thanks to Chinese settlers there. The waiting area is strewn with fanned copies of Bon Appétit; the dining room is elegant and modern, flatteringly illuminated and eye-catching. But the real eye-catchers are the noodle dishes, including jajangmyeon, a flavorful explosion of black soybean paste, pork and onion spooned over long, housemade noodles and served with scissors for easier eating.”
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