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Happy Time Korean dishes cool noodles and a scorching soup

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MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
Our kimchi jjigae ($13.99) arrives at a rolling boil, a bright orange-red superlative scorcher of a soup, maybe the closest local stand-in for the Chambers of Fire inside Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings. But before you toss your wedding ring in, know that it’s not that hot, especially ladled over some rice to mitigate a bit of the chili fire. A tangy sourness leads the flavor, giving way to the fizzy fermented cabbage hunks then bits of onion, silken tofu, chicken (chewy pieces, a bit dry inside), and a handful of compressed rice coin slivers. Add some of the banchan (the freebie side items) to your bowl to shift the flavor profile a bit — sesame oil here, cucumber crunch there, etc.
Location Details Happy Time Korean Restaurant
5547 Powers Center Point
Powers
Colorado Springs, Colorado
282-2110
Korean
We also cool the heat with a plate of jap chae ($6.99), oily, gelatinous noodles boasting bits of delicious pork bulgogi, plus crunchy, half-cooked green bell peppers, white onions and carrot. We appreciate that Happy Time, now 7 years old, includes complimentary, faintly sweet oksusu-bori-cha (corn-barley tea).

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