In this series, columnist Lingbo Li will tackle all your questions about foodie life at Harvard and in the Cambridge/Boston area. Got a query? Leave a comment or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is hipster an ethnicity? If so, you might want to try Zing! Pizza. They have a divine "Blue October" which pairs a thin, crunchy crust with dreamy swirls of caramelized onion, blue cheese, and mozzarella with a butternut squash sauce. They also stock gluten-free crusts for the wheat-wary.
But to answer your question more directly, you'll find the most joy comes from Porter Exchange Mall, inexplicably housed in a Lesley University building, a hop and a skip from the Porter Square T stop. There, you'll find a Asian food court brimming with goodies like steaming bowls of ramen at Tampopo; warm, luscious pieces of unagi nigiri at Blue Fin; satisfying bowls of Japanese curry and rice bowls at Cafe Mami; and for dessert, don't miss out on the decadence of cream and azuki-stuffed buns at Japonaise Bakery. The deliciousness of all of these meals is compounded by the fact they're really wallet-friendly.
If you're looking for a stone bowl bi bim bap, Seoul Food (clever!) down the street does a perfectly acceptable version. I like to supercharge mine with a few buckets of gochujang—the hot pepper paste that comes with it.
So get fat, and enjoy.
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