Let’s face it, Hong Kong will always be hot for Korean food, and with so many restaurants to choose from – ranging from fiery nibbles to belting-busting barbecues – we’ll never be short of ways to spice up our evenings in the 852. So next time you crave a fix of kimchi, fried chicken, and all the spicy meat you can handle, why not check out one of these sizzling hotspots around town.
With culinary royalty at the helm by way of chef Judy Joo – whose CV includes training at New York’s French Culinary Institute, and stints at a number of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants – this is probably the K-resto with the biggest pedigree behind it. That all means little though if Jinjuu can’t deliver when it comes to the food. Thankfully, it definitely does, with the menu reflecting the Korean ‘anju’ culture of drinking and eating, but with a fine dining upgrade. Expect top shelf fried chicken, bulgolgi wagyu beef sliders, tacos, dumplings, and some carefully curated snacks and larger plates.
Jinjuu, UG/F, 32 D’Aguilar St, Central, (+852) 3755 4868
This restaurant has become something of a home away from home for Hong Kong’s Korean contingent and you’ll often hear the language being spoken as you tuck in, which to us is as good a recommendation as they come. Sorabol has also become famed for its generous portion sizes, so make sure you arrive hungry, and be sure to try the amazing Pat Bing Soo (shaved ice topped with sweetened red beans and syrup). Also, if you’re a part of the aforementioned Korean contingent and you’re missing some of your favourite goodies from home, you can purchase Korean groceries to take away!
3. Uncle Padak Korean Fried Chicken & Beer
Originating in Seoul in 2001, this popular eatery is usually packed to the grills, thanks to its delicious signature dishes such as the must-try Padak spring onion chicken, tasty sides like the fishcake soup, kimchi, ramen, and egg rolls, and its impressive range of Korean alcoholic drinks such as makgeolli and soju. This is also a popular spot for the bargain weekday lunch combo which serves up fried chicken, salad, pickled radish, and rice balls at a piddly $88.
Uncle Padak, 59 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, (+852) 2117 9792
4. Hon Wo Korean Restaurant
Continuing our belt-busting list of the hottest Korean restaurants, we come to Hon Wo. For better or worse (and we’re leaning towards better) this Korean mainstay offers an all-you-can-eat buffet for a shockingly reasonable $198 at weekends and $188 for weekdays, which includes soft drinks and beer. It also has a hugely useful ventilator on top of the barbecue so you don’t leave the place smelling like an old kebab.
5. Mr. Korea BBQ
When it comes to the best Korean barbecue joints in town, Mr. Korea earns a well-deserved spot on our list. It’s a cut above the rest by virtue of its relative authenticity – from the round tables, to the individual smoke vents, it nails the feel of a typical Seoul eatery. Mr. Korea is so much more than authentic aesthetics, however, as the quality of meat is immense, with the hanger steak and short rib standing out as being particularly good.
Mr. Korea BBQ, 1/F, Surson Commercial Building, 140 – 142 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2907 6678
6. New Korean BBQ Restaurant
If you’re on the hunt for a belt-busting barbecue that won’t cripple your wallet, then this is the spot. The all-you-can-eat buffet invites you to enjoy a night of DIY cooking with cuttlefish, pork belly, beef chop, and all the favourites for a very reasonable $188 per person (drinks not included). What’s more, the strong air conditioning stops the smell from lingering on your clothes too much. Due to its popularity, it can get pretty hectic in the evening, so book ahead to avoid disappointment.
7. Seoul Brothers
For a quick and simple no-frills Korean food fix, head to Seoul Brothers on Hollywood Road and get stuck into kimchi fries, meaty bahn mi, and bibimbap, each coming in at under $50. It’s not only your bank balance that will thank you – the social responsibility initiative “Happier Hour” ensures that for every dish purchased between 2pm and 5pm, the same dish will be given to underprivileged children in the local community through Foodlink. Now how’s that for food with heart?
8. Myung Ga Korean Restaurant
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