If your knowledge of Korean food starts and ends with fried chicken or BBQ, it's time to get yourself fully acquainted with this incredible cuisine. Fortunately, Hong Kong is filled with a vast number of global restaurants including those that offer everything from bibimbap to banchan and more. Not to mention some great places to wash it all down with a glass of soju or two.
The Best Korean food in Hong Kong
This unassuming eatery is exactly what a hof, as in a local Korean tavern, in Seoul would look like. Dark and moody with tanks of beer and soju to get through, this is as authentic as it gets in Hong Kong. Opt for an order of half original fried chicken and half yangnyeom, or sweet and spicy, chicken to get the best of both worlds and wash it all down with a tower of Korean beer, or swig those bottles of fruity soju, and you’ll be spouting all the Korean words you know in no time.
Hansik Goo, by chef Mingoo Kang of Mingle’s in Seoul, is the real deal. A contemporary Korean restaurant that takes inspiration from classic dishes, home-cooked fare and Royal cuisine, but reinterprets it for modern palates, this is where you’ll find Samgye Risotto. It combines two popular chicken dishes: samgyetang, or ginseng chicken soup, with Korean fried chicken, and results in a glutinous rice risotto served in a clear chicken bone broth and topped with a crispy slow-cooked chicken breast. There is no a la carte menu available at this time, but the tasting menu includes the Samgye Risotto and many more brilliant inventive dishes. Their KFC Bucket for takeaways is also great, simply dip the chicken in yuzu jang or gochujang and enjoy.
This stylish little hub, located just across the road from PMQ, offers inventive Korean cuisine with an Italian accent. The chewy rice cakes are a must-order and are tossed with sauces such as carbonara and pesto, although there's also a more conventional K-style version made with gochujang. We'll also wax lyrical about the tender pieces of Korean fried chicken, as well as the small but deliciously satisfying sea urchin rice.
Mr Korea offers an authentic K-BBQ experience in Hong Kong with barbecues sunken into each round table, adjustable smoke vents and K-pop videos blasting from television screens. The meat on offer is top notch and deliciously marinated and there’s plenty of non-barbecue dishes like bibimbap, kimchi jjigae, and marinated raw crab. For the uninitiated, this dish may seem a little daunting but for hardcore Korean food fans, this is a winner. And though we don’t have too many places to enjoy it here, Mr Korea BBQ provides the goods and offers a flavourful brine that holds the fresh and sweet taste of crab.
Nene is popular in South Korea for good reason and can now be found all over Hong Kong. The portions are big, the chicken is crisp (even with all the sauce poured on top) and the prices offer value for money. Order your choice of crispy fried chicken and select your preferred flavour such as original, cheese, sweet and spicy, and many more. Perfect for when you have a hankering for some fried chicken and beer.
This Korean drinking and eating joint, or sooljip (which directly translates as alcohol house in Korean) is located in the alleyway behind Old Bailey Street in Central. OBP stands for Old Bailey Pocha, which refers to the covered street food vendors in South Korea, aims to bring the classic Korean drinking experience, which always comes with a side of food, to Hong Kong. Think wagyu beef tartare paired with Korean baekseju made from glutinous rice, or kimchi pancakes and galbi dumplings washed down with makgeolli (raw rice wine), and spicy braised pork ribs, among other dishes.
Located in Sai Ying Pun’s Water street, Oppa Chicken is a Hong Kong-based restaurant managed by actual Koreans. Their authentic menu boasts a wide variety of tasty Korean dishes, but the highlight is no doubt their Korean-style egg rolls and crispy fried chicken. These two house specials are popular even amongst Koreans, and for good reason. After all, who in the right mind could possibly say no to fluffy, cheesy egg rolls and luscious honey and soy sauce fried chicken?
Another South Korean import, Seorae is a popular Korean restaurant that offers quality meat for the barbeque. Though the branches here can’t benefit from charcoal grilling like the outlets in Seoul, Seorae in Hong Kong does offer their signature pork skirt meat, a cut that is favoured for its somewhat beefier flavour. Order this along with naengmyun, or cold noodles, and yukhoe, or raw beef with egg, and it will be easy to imagine that you’re in Seoul.
Offering affordable and tasty Korean food available to-go and via online home delivery, Seoul Recipe is the answer to K-fast food in Hong Kong. They also have so much variety that you're really spoilt for choice. From customised lunch boxes and party sets to individual soups, stews and dishes including the sides, kimbap sets, fried chicken, kimchi, pickles and more. Seoul Recipe also provides frozen products and BBQ meats as well as catering options, and they even have a private chef for hire. The Soho branch is Seoul Recipe's first independent store and can be found at Lower Staunton Street.
Offering a Korean takeaway experience like no other, Zanchee introduces over 50 different Korean dishes, including various banchan (side dishes), to Hong Kong. All the while, broadening their experience and knowledge about Korean cuisine. The menu ranges from stir-fried meats, bibimbap, soups, stews, raw meats to cook yourself, a wide range of banchan to go with a steaming bowl of white rice, and much more. All you need to do is order your food online, which available for delivery or pick-up, and get ready for a Korean feast at home.