Whenever I need a lunch of utter comfort, I head to Naru in Williston and ask for a lunchbox. Why? I don’t have to choose; I can have lots of favorites all at once.
Sometimes I go for the sweet sesame-flavored chicken bulgogi, other times the spicier red pork. With a more than ample portion comes two gingery goon man doo dumplings, a pile of fluffy glutinous rice — which mixes masterfully with the meat — and a salad with honey mustard dressing. Best of all is the snack-sized portion of chap chae, cellophane-transparent, perfectly al dente noodles made from yams in a ginger-soy based sauce with cabbage and carrots.
For my Korean-shy boyfriend James, there is a wide selection of Chinese-American lunch boxes, too. He likes the one with nearly fist-sized, crispy-yet-moist General Tso’s chicken. It comes with creamy crab Rangoons as well as the salad and rice.
Don’t feel like the lunch box? I recommend the hot stone bowl bibimbap. I love being presented with the sizzling cauldron of rice topped with ground beef, spinach, carrots, mushrooms, zucchini and sprouts and crowned with an over-easy egg. Think Korean paella.
Another pleasure of a Naru lunch is the practically nonexistent wait time. Last time I ate there, I was in and out in 40 minutes. During the brief cooking time, I snack on kimchee, pickled daikons and broccoli, then get a bowl of miso soup. There is no dessert at Naru — beside the fortune cookies that come with the check — but with a lunch like that, who has room?