A few New Eating places to Attempt Around Boston This Weekend

Southwestern Chinese in Boston’s South Conclude, Mediterranean sweets in Somerville, and Korean in Malden.


Wood ear mushroom salad at Yunnan Kitchen area. Photograph by Rachel Leah Blumenthal

Welcome to 3 to Attempt. On Fridays, we’ll share 3 cafe or dish suggestions for the weekend—sometimes new, sometimes previous, generally mouth watering.

Hi there every person! I’m the new foodstuff editor here at Boston journal, and I’m looking ahead to diving deep into our unbelievable neighborhood food scene with you, whether or not you are new to city or a lifelong resident. I was born and lifted in Massachusetts—I grew up proper about the corner from the best ice cream shop all over, Crescent Ridge—and I’ve been masking Boston-location dining places in several capacities for the previous 14 several years.

Soon the team and I will be sharing a lot extra restaurant 1st seems, guides, and news with you, but I wished to get the ball rolling with our new Friday series, Three to Consider, where I’ll be providing you three tips for the weekend—sometimes it’ll be a few places to eat in common, and at times it’ll be a few distinct dishes. I’ll be highlighting previous favorites, intriguing new places, and plenty extra from all in excess of Boston and nearby.

Very first up: three recent openings I’ve been making the most of a whole lot.

Yunnan Kitchen area

Mint, lime—these are flavors I hadn’t definitely encountered in Chinese meals till I frequented Yunnan Kitchen area, which opened this spring in the South Finish. The restaurant functions Yunnan, or Dian, delicacies from southwestern China, a regional delicacies not easily found in the Boston place, aside from a couple of noodle stores. (One particular, South of the Clouds in Brighton, is Yunnan Kitchen’s sibling place.) That location is known for bitter and spicy flavors and ingredients these kinds of as mushrooms and bouquets. Yunnan cuisine also notably characteristics dairy, a rarity among Chinese cuisines.

I kept issues relatively light-weight on my to start with check out: a cold wood ear mushroom salad with chili oil and herbs, garnished with lime skinny slices of beef with clean mint and sticky rice-based mostly pancakes served with condensed milk. The very first two almost reminded me extra of Southeast Asian food stuff than any Chinese food I have had, which can make perception offered the locale of the Yunnan province, bordering Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam. I’m now preparing repeat visits, as there is so considerably far more I want to check out on the in depth “Yunnan signatures” segment of the menu: Dali fried pea jelly, sticky rice meatballs, boiled pork in chili oil, lemon shredded rooster, and so on.

1721B Washington St., South Conclusion, Boston, 617-936-4123, yunnankitchensouthend.com.

Yafa Bakery & Café

Hospitality genuinely shines at this current addition to the Spring Hill neighborhood in Somerville, wherever you might obtain the friendliest staff members close to providing you a sample of the shop’s refreshing lemonada (lemon or lime juice with ginger, mint, and orange blossom) although you look through, or bringing you a piece of whichever baked good just arrived out of the oven, or changing the lover to retain your napping toddler awesome while you snack.

The slogan is “artfully delicious,” and inspiration comes from all all-around the Mediterranean: Count on dates galore (some lined in chocolate and garnished with 24-karat gold), pastries dripping with honey, and sesame-studded ovals of Jerusalem bread with a aspect of za’atar.

594 Somerville Ave., Somerville, 617-616-5310, yafabakerycafe.com.

Bab Korean Bistro

Bab isn’t completely new—it opened in Coolidge Corner 4 decades ago—but the Malden locale just debuted this summer season, the good news is for Malden (and for me, a person who life in the vicinity of Malden), as the city has a lot of good places to eat but only a tiny little bit of Korean food stuff. Tteokbokki is one particular of my menu kryptonites if it is on there, I’m going to buy it. I have not manufactured my way by significantly of the menu nonetheless, getting been right away drawn to the chewy rice cakes, stir-fried with fishcakes and other accoutrements in a fiery red sauce. But that and some fried mandu (dumplings), additionally the requisite banchan (minimal sides of kimchi and these kinds of), were being extra than more than enough to make me want to return.

The authentic Brookline site is much larger and a little bit more customized to dining in, but the small Malden storefront— purchase at the counter—is enjoyable more than enough to stay, and it is extremely shut to the Northern Strand Local community Path if you want to do takeout and hop on your bike till you obtain a good put to settle down for a picnic.

205 Centre St., Malden, 781-322-5333, babkoreanbistro.com.

Have a safe holiday getaway weekend, and be sure to get in contact with me at [email protected] if there is one thing in the Better Boston food earth that should really be on my radar.