You probably don’t need an excuse to grab a plate (or two) of Korean barbecue, but celebrating the 2018 Winter Olympics is a one.
Whether you’ve had it before or are curious about trying traditional dishes like kimchi (a fermented cabbage with chili flakes, garlic, ginger and fish sauce), you don’t need to travel around halfway around the world to get an authentic Korean meal.
Here are five restaurants in Northern Utah that will cure your craving for bulgogi.
Location: 333 Second St., Ogden
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 8 p.m. Sundays
Delicious, authentic and “absolutely incredible” are just some of the ways Yelp reviewers have described the food they’ve gotten Ogden’s Beebop Korean BBQ.
Some of the most popular appetizers include the Kimbop, similar to a sushi roll with cooked beef, cucumber, egg, carrots and yellow pickled radish wrapped in rice and seaweed; the seafood pancake, with squid, shrimp and assorted vegetables; and the spicy rice cake, with vegetables and red pepper paste.
For the meal, there’s the option of short ribs marinated in a sweet spicy sauce served on a sizzling platter; beef bulgogi, marinated with vegetables; or soups such as the soft tofu or kimchi.
Seoul Korean Best Teriyaki Restaurant
Location: 2625 N. Hill Field Road, Layton
Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays
Need to grab lunch in Layton and want to try something new? Best Teriyaki is a favorite among those at Hill Air Force Base, according to reviews on TripAdvisor. The portions are big for a fair price and the service is good.
“My first Korean meal since my last trip to Korea in 2000. The portions are large and the food is good,” a reviewer wrote in 2016. “Many of the military workforce here have been to Korea and know how tasty their menu items are.”
Reviewers recommend trying the pork bulgogi, cucumber kimchi, and kimbop rolls.
Location: 1868 N. Hillfield Road, Suite 103, Layton
Hours: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday
Opened in 2006, this family-operated Layton business is home to both a Korean restaurant and market store featuring organic produce and imported goods.
“It can be so hard to find decent international food (from any country) in Utah, but this place is the real deal. Quirky interior, the place is run by a sweet Korean lady and her husband,” a Yelp reviewer wrote in 2017.
Other reviewers recommending trying the egg drop soup, beef bulgogi and fried dumplings, and praised the relatively cheap prices and service.
Location/hours: As a food truck, Cupbop’s location and hours in Northern Utah vary from day to day. To find out when the truck will make a stop in Ogden over lunch, visit the company’s Facebook page where it posts a schedule daily. Cupbop also has brick and mortar locations in Salt Lake and Utah counties.
If there’s anything better than Korean barbecue, it’s Korean barbecue in a cup. Visitors to the Cupbop food truck can choose from seven different “bops” with rice, noodles, veggies and meat. Cupbop also offers multiple spice levels to satisfy any foodie’s needs.
Location: 3353 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Readers picked Myung Ga as the second best Korean restaurant in the Salt Lake City Weekly Best of Utah 2017 contest. After you wolf down some stir-fried rice cakes or tempura covered rice, make sure to order a bowl of bingsu (Korean shaved ice) for dessert.
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