Cana Korean Restaurant is a great find in Western MA; two other local Korean restaurants recently closed and the other one I know of in the Pioneer Valley is terrible. So this is my new go-to place for Korean food, they serve a good selection of banchan and the pork Soon Du Bu I had was excellent. Cana has an extensive Korean menu, that includes Korean table BBQ, traditional Korean dishes, Korean-Chinese dishes, a large vegetarian section and a gluten free section. Cana has two dining rooms with all of the BBQ tables housed in one of the dining rooms. This is a nice feature, vegetarians and vegans can eat in the other room and not get coated in BBQ meat smoke.
The Dumplings Cana has a pretty good array of house made dumplings; steamed or fried meat or vegetable dumplings, steamed or fried shrimp shumai and steamed kimchi dumplings. The steamed kimchi dumplings were stuffed with glass noodles, pork and kimchi and some of the best I have had, perhaps second only to those found in the Lotte Basement. Sometimes steamed kimchi dumplings taste bitter, like overcooked cabbage, but these tasted like fresh kimchi.
The fried pork dumplings were deep fried and arrived puffed up like little pillows, kind of like an Asian zeppoli. The filling was made of egg, scallions, glass noodles and finely ground pork, so I found these dumplings to be a little light on pork flavor.
The vegetable dumplings all contain egg to hold the filling together, so there are no vegan dumplings at Cana.
The Dipping Sauce I thought the dipping sauce at Cana was particularly strong. At first I thought the sauce was flavored with black beans, but while the soy sauce had been flavored with something unusual, it wasn’t black beans and the waitress wouldn’t give up the secret.
The Location Cana Korean Restaurant is on the outskirts of Chicopee, MA at 159 Grove street.