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Review: First thanks to Happy Cow for steering me to another golden pasture of food on a business trip. I did the typical pre-trip search, print, and highlight of establishments before getting on the plane. Once in NOLA I decided to go ahead and make my first dinner a stop at the Wandering Buddha. I have limited experience with Korean food but was excited by the prospect. I had a little trouble finding the spot as it is up a side street (Marigny Street which is one way) off of St. Claude. For you GPS enabled, it is -90.055529, 29.968992. One of the owners graciously answered the phone spotted me and guided me in for a landing. The beginning of great service. As discussed in previous reviews, this is an outdoor/take out place but this is NOLA so this is what you want! One of the staff took the time to educate me on the menu and made a recommendation - the gungjung tteokbokki which is stir-fried rice cake with vegetables and I added the braised tofu to the meal. Cooking took about 10-15 minutes which was quickly passed listening to what sounded like great polka music from the lounge next door. The staff brought the food out and I scurried off to my hotel to eat. I felt like the Pied Piper returning through the hotel with strangers noses turning toward and leaning as the smell of the food passed by them. I should have grabbed a handful of menus to throw at them. Finally, I made it to my room and unwrapped the food and dined. The dish was simple and elegant in composition with wonderful flavor. Lightly stir-fried carrot, zucchini, and onion with hints of garlic and sesame in a lightly sweet soy sauce base were intertwined with deliciously chewy rice cakes. This was topped with a braised tofu and chopped scallions. A side of wonderful kimchi balanced the sweetness and nutty flavors. There was no wandering around the plate for me and it quickly disappeared! There is a lot of talent in the kitchen and I hope that you will visit and give them a try. I know where my first stop will be next time I go to NOLA and the food won't be in a bag with powdered sugar.