Korea via Hungary
Her Korean food is highly authentic, she says: bibimbop (which on campus probably needs no introduction), japchae (stir-fried cellophane noodles with veggies and beef), jajangmyeon (noodles topped with black soybean paste), galbi (short ribs), and bamboo bowl tofu (a soup served in a carved-out bamboo boat). She makes her own kimchi. Waiter Suzi Chou, from Taiwan, recommends the mapo tofu, saying it tastes like home cooking to her.
Formerly the home of grungy undergraduate fast food stop Rio Wraps, the space is now unrecognizably elegant. It's sparkling clean, painted a gentle peach, and furnished with polished wood tables and Asian art. "I wanted to make it pretty," Lin says, "so people feel comfortable."
Tianchu, 613 E. William. 769-1368. Daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
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[Originally published in April, 2010.]