September 22, 2023


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Editor’s Note: In prior tales, CultureMap contributor Lila Levy has chased down the top rated bagels in Dallas, sampled lavender lattes, and tackled scorching puppies. Now she tries out a new cuisine: Korean foodstuff.


The Dallas spot is very well known for getting property to the largest Korean American inhabitants in Texas, and one particular of the top rated 5 in the U.S. A person fringe profit of the bustling Korean populace is the reality that DFW has dozens of Korean places to eat — specifically in Carrollton, wherever you can uncover overall purchasing malls devoted to Korean-concentrated goods.

I don’t faux to be anything but a Korean foodstuff beginner, but I was drawn to the different meats, vegetables, and spices commonly made use of in this cuisine, and made a decision it was better late than never ever to start off finding a taste.

My approach was considerably from scientific. I seemed for Korean dining places with favourable testimonials on-line — not usually the very last word but valuable if you are starting off out and really don’t know where by to try out initially. I visited at lunch, not meal, when costs are a minimal less expensive.

Right here are 3 of my favourite new Korean finds:

Gen Korean BBQ Household, 2540 Outdated Denton Rd. #134, Carrollton
Gen Korean BBQ is a chain established in California with extra than 32 areas throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, New York, and Texas, exactly where they have 4 outposts like this initial in Carrollton, moreover Frisco and a further opening in Dallas in the fall.

They supply an interactive working experience where by you happen to be introduced raw meat, from time to time marinated, which you cook dinner on a table-top rated grill. I went with two good friends so that we could share and sample a large wide range of meats which include beef bulgogi, garlic chicken, honey rooster, honey soy beef tummy, Hawaiian steak, shrimp, and spicy chicken. There was also a enjoyment array of side dishes, known as banchan.

We also experimented with their Japchae, a noodle dish combining stir-fried glass noodles and greens with a sweet-and-savory interplay. No speculate it’s one of Korea’s finest-cherished dishes.

Grilling with close friends is component of the fun and the charm of locations like this. But none of us are cooks. We were not certain if we ended up cooking the different meats for a very long adequate interval of time.

The foods was contemporary and provider was diligent: The waitstaff arrived and cleared out the used grilling containers and replaced them speedily, so that any new meats we had been grilling did not mix with the residue of what we had by now grilled.

Chanmaru, 4070 SH 121 #220, Carrollton
Domestically-owned Korean tofu home in northwest Carrollton specializes in smooth tofu soup, with an astonishing 15
alternatives ranging from seafood to beef tripe to clam to mushroom to a quirky ham & cheese.

We commenced with Kimchi Jun, an astounding pancake created with a little flour and loads of kim chi (Korean fermented cabbage), which we ordered as an appetizer. Savory, spicy, delectable, and large, it was nearly a meal unto its individual.

“Entrees” have been Mushroom Soontofu soup with ramen, and Dolsot Bibimbap, a steaming-warm bowl of rice topped with carrots, mushrooms, bokchoy, beef, and a fried egg. Purple chili paste (gochujang) gave the dish an further flavorful kick that was addictive. In English, “dolsot” usually means “stone pot.”

It was accompanied by a generous variety of Banchan, including Korean bean sprouts, spicy cucumber salad, uncooked Kimchi, chilly green beans, eggplant, and mushrooms.

Crispy fried garlic tofu bites.BCD Tofu Residence

BCD Tofu House, 1050 E. Trinity Mills Rd., Carrollton
Established in California’s Koreatown district, BCD is a modest chain specializing in tender tofu soup, with about a dozen locations in California and on the East Coast. This is the only one in Texas, which they
opened in late 2018.

At a Saturday lunch, we started off with fried popcorn dumplings — bite-measurement dumplings loaded with a flavorful blend of beef, pork, and vegetables, deep-fried until crunchy and crisp.

I could not resist the Hot Stone Bibimbap, their model of the rice dish with beef, bok choy, onion, carrot, mushrooms, and zucchini. We also ordered BBQ quick ribs, served on a bed of white onions, sporting appetizing grill marks, and accompanied by steamed white rice alongside with Kimchi, sprouts, onions, broccoli, cucumber salad, and even a full, little fried fish.

Unusually, we did not order tender tofu soup, regardless of the reality that it is really the specialty, and the tofu does not prevent there: They also have an appetizer of fried crispy garlic tofu bites, and a Japchae featuring glass noodles and vegetables topped with battered and fried tofu reduce into julienne-design strips. They phone by themselves “The Household That Tofu Built.”