Matparam Restaurant – Flushing, NY
On this sunny Saturday, we ventured to see relatives in Douglanston and stopped by Matparam for lunch. The sign above says Matparam, or “taste wind”. I would have anglicized it as Matbaram but hey I am not the owner. Their speciality is kal guksoo, knife cut noodle, noodle made with flour along with soo jebi, soup with dough flakes.
I had the myulchi kal jebi, combination of kal guksoo and soo jebi. The soup base is made with myulchi, dried anchovy. Wife had the dak kal guksoo, with chicken and mother-in-law, haemool kal guksoo, mixed seafood. I prefer soup base that is basic to say the least with no fancy schmancy things thrown in, but the soup was a bit weak than I would have liked. You should taste slight tanginess/saltiness with the soup because of the anchovy. Mind you these are not the can or jar that you are thinking of. These are air-dried anchovies that are usually sold in packages like shown here. Apparently they come in few varieties – for soup base and for frying. The soup also featured thinly sliced potatoes at first glanced looked like radish. It also featured hobock, squash/zucchini julienned and pyogo buhseuk, shiitake mushroom.
And on the other side of the 10 Commandment – they are main dishes or for appetizers for drinkers. All of them are spicy!
The kimchis were fantastic. The top one is made from radish stems and on the right is radish. The bottom one is from Chinese cabbage. Overall, it was a satisfying meal and I would definitely revisit and try the other dishes.
150-40 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY
Hours: Monday – Sunday 11AM-4AM, Closed 2nd and 4th Wednesdays
Yes that is not a mistake. They ARE open until 4AM.