K-Bap Korean Cuisine
G/F, 16 Man Siu Street,
Hung Hom (1-minute walk from Exit A, Whampoa MTR Station)
Tel: 2334 5567
Vibe: As the weather starts getting chilly, one of the best dinner options is Korean. This traditional Korean restaurant makes you feel like you are in one of those ajumma- (or “aunty”) run neighbourhood joints in Seoul. As you step inside, you’ll be instantly warmed not only by the cosiness, but by the attentive Korean wait staff, the wooden interior, chains of fairy lights. The cups of genmaicha (brown rice) tea served as soon as you’re seated also help!
Who to take: Bring a friend who enjoys food with a depth of flavour, and is happy to try a variety of Korean styles of food. It’s also a great place to bring a large group who are happy to share a bit of everything; there’s plenty of room, and tables can seat up to eight.
What’s hot: What’s most impressive is the wide range of choices. You get to taste the hottest, most on-trend Korean dishes in one place, from the cheese special menu and Korean barbecue, to Korean fried chicken and gejang (raw crabs in soy sauce).
If you do fancy the cheese special menu, we recommend the grilled back ribs with cheese (HK$238) – they’re sinfully delicious! The sweet and spicy meat is really soft and well flavoured, and works really well with the hot, melted cheese.
What’s not: The naengmyeon (cold buckwheat noodles) in spicy sauce (HK$108) was disappointing. While the noodles were pleasingly chewy, the sauce wasn’t very authentic: it was a bit bland and served with big ice cubes (usually the ice is served crushed), which made the noodles watery and diluted the flavour.
While the tuna kimbab (sushi roll) (HK$88) was tasty, it cost three times what it would in Korea, and despite the menu showing two rolls, a serving is actually only a single one.
Most annoyingly, you’re charged HK$10 to refill the side dishes, which is always free in Korea (and in many Korean places here.)
Cost: Dinner mains range from HK$80 to HK$240 while drinks are HK$20 to HK$40. It’s better come with your squad; a meal for two will come in at around HK$250 per person, but if more of you are sharing, it’s cheaper!