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8 Places to Eat Korean Food in DFW

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Truth is truth: Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and even Vietnamese food get top billing around DFW when it comes to Asian cuisines. But don't sleep on Korean food — it's a hidden gem whose popularity is definitely on the rise. From traditional barbecue dishes like galbi (or kalbi), to the popular bibimbap and even comforting hearty soups, authentic Korean fare has a lot to offer people who love Asian bites. So grab this map by contributor Robert Strickland and go hit up one of the options on the list; they'll have plenty of gochujang waiting for you.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Charm Juk

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Specializing in Korean rice porridge (juk), Charm Juk is one of your only DFW options for this traditional comfort food. Enjoy toppings that range from savory (ginseng chicken, various seafood) to sweet (pumpkin, red bean). And hipsters take solace: It may be a chain, but it's the only US location!

Dal Dong Ne

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Open seriously late (until 4am), Dal Dong Nae has a reputation for great banchan (the awesome small plates you get at many Korean restos) and solid spins on the classics. Notable stops on the menu include the seafood pancakes (pajeon), purple (or “black”) rice, and spicy potato and pork bone soup (gamjatang).

Dan Sung Sa

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A favorite of Samar exec chef Ji Kang, Dan Sung Sa is a dive bar equipped with a restaurant’s menu. Try the tteokbokki (stir fried rice cake, veggies and toppings of your choice), the fried chicken, or the kimchi pancake. For the budget minded, the $1 box of rice, fried egg and kimchi hits the spot.

Koryo Kalbi Korean BBQ

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While the menu at Koryo is Cheesecake Factory-huge, and the non-BBQ dishes are strong contenders, the main focus here is the sizzling do-it-yourself spectacle that is Korean BBQ. From galbi and bulgogi to the slightly more exotic pork belly and duck, Koryo is stacked with plenty of grilling options.

LA Hanbat Sul Lang Tang

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When you're looking for traditional Korean beef soup (sul lung tang), you only have a few options in Dallas, and LA Hanbut makes for a strong choice. They do the broth right, cooking it until milky white, and topping it with meats (brisket is a popular choice) or dumplings (mandu). The bulgogi soup also gets star or two.

Seoul Garden

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Seoul Garden is an institution in Dallas's Korean BBQ scene. And while tasty grilled meat is the featured attraction here, plenty of favorites like pajeon, bibimbap, jjigae, and naengmyun are the menu as well. If you're going to do the BBQ thing here, snag an order of bulgogi gui, too — a standout on their menu.

So Gong Dong Tofu House

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Sure, you can chow down on bibimbap and Korean BBQ here, but don’t get confused: So Gong Dong’s rich tofu soup is the star of their show. From dumplings, to fish eggs, to pork and kimchi, the soup selection is pretty expansive. Bonus: There’s also a Plano location if that’s more to your liking.

Yun Tan Gil

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With gravel on the ground and Christmas lights strung about, Yun Tan Gil has a unique interior that's meant to give a more authentic Korean street eating experience. As for the food, meat is the focus here — glorious grilled meat. Galbi, bulgogi, pork belly and plenty more options are ready to be in your life.

Charm Juk

Specializing in Korean rice porridge (juk), Charm Juk is one of your only DFW options for this traditional comfort food. Enjoy toppings that range from savory (ginseng chicken, various seafood) to sweet (pumpkin, red bean). And hipsters take solace: It may be a chain, but it's the only US location!

Dal Dong Ne

Open seriously late (until 4am), Dal Dong Nae has a reputation for great banchan (the awesome small plates you get at many Korean restos) and solid spins on the classics. Notable stops on the menu include the seafood pancakes (pajeon), purple (or “black”) rice, and spicy potato and pork bone soup (gamjatang).

Dan Sung Sa

A favorite of Samar exec chef Ji Kang, Dan Sung Sa is a dive bar equipped with a restaurant’s menu. Try the tteokbokki (stir fried rice cake, veggies and toppings of your choice), the fried chicken, or the kimchi pancake. For the budget minded, the $1 box of rice, fried egg and kimchi hits the spot.

Koryo Kalbi Korean BBQ

While the menu at Koryo is Cheesecake Factory-huge, and the non-BBQ dishes are strong contenders, the main focus here is the sizzling do-it-yourself spectacle that is Korean BBQ. From galbi and bulgogi to the slightly more exotic pork belly and duck, Koryo is stacked with plenty of grilling options.

LA Hanbat Sul Lang Tang

When you're looking for traditional Korean beef soup (sul lung tang), you only have a few options in Dallas, and LA Hanbut makes for a strong choice. They do the broth right, cooking it until milky white, and topping it with meats (brisket is a popular choice) or dumplings (mandu). The bulgogi soup also gets star or two.

Seoul Garden

Seoul Garden is an institution in Dallas's Korean BBQ scene. And while tasty grilled meat is the featured attraction here, plenty of favorites like pajeon, bibimbap, jjigae, and naengmyun are the menu as well. If you're going to do the BBQ thing here, snag an order of bulgogi gui, too — a standout on their menu.

So Gong Dong Tofu House

Sure, you can chow down on bibimbap and Korean BBQ here, but don’t get confused: So Gong Dong’s rich tofu soup is the star of their show. From dumplings, to fish eggs, to pork and kimchi, the soup selection is pretty expansive. Bonus: There’s also a Plano location if that’s more to your liking.

Yun Tan Gil

With gravel on the ground and Christmas lights strung about, Yun Tan Gil has a unique interior that's meant to give a more authentic Korean street eating experience. As for the food, meat is the focus here — glorious grilled meat. Galbi, bulgogi, pork belly and plenty more options are ready to be in your life.

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