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There is More to Korean Cuisine Than Just BBQ!

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You know a place is worth visiting after Anthony Bourdain and  Chris Cosentino gave  it a thumbs up on the show “The Layover”. To Hyang on Geary and 2nd Ave. in the Inner Richmond is no exception. After seeing a short video Bourdain made about the place, I decided to try it out with two of my favorite foodie friends. All of us agreed it was awesome and had a memorable dining experience – without emptying our wallets!

The woman chef makes the majority of the ingredients she serves and grows her veggies in the back patio behind the joint. Some of her specialties include homemade noodles, kim chi and an amazing spicy-sweet-soy sauce. Of course, a lot of people get offended and over protective of their local gem being aired on mainstream television, as it automatically produces a crowd. However, we arrived just after the restaurant opened at 5 p.m. We got seated straight away, but the tiny place filled up fast. We drank my favorite Hite beer and the waiter was super helpful at helping us choose the best dishes.

I think my favorite was the Braised oxtail with daikon, carrot, boiled egg dish. The Bibimbap was delicious and on the cheap side. We also had an awesome soup with homemade noodles that was big enough to serve four. The Ban Chan was fresh and they kept it coming. The tofu was one of the best I’ve ever tasted. All in all, the main courses ranged from  $10-$20 and we ended up spending about $25 each on this authentic Korean meal!

To Hyang
Tues-Sat 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. / Sun 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
3815 Geary St
(between 2nd Ave & 3rd Ave) 
[Inner Richmond]


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Heidi Smith - The Ultimate Scavenger

Heidi works for a non-profit cultural exchange organization helping others experience life from a different perspective. She likes magnetizing the obscure and scavenging the city for fun, free things to do. She is a world traveler, a freelance writer and a spontaneous chef. She is also said to be part-mermaid.