Updated: November 01, 2019
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Where To Eat In Tokyo's K-Town, Shin-Okubo!

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If you haven't already, you should definitely explore Shin-Okubo, Tokyo's Korean Town. The area boasts some of the city's best affordable restaurants. Here's an article that introduces 5 of the very best Korean restaurants of Shin-Okubo that aren't too hard on your wallet!

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Korean Town: Shin-Okubo (新大久保)

Tokyo's Korean town is located around Shin-Okubo Station, which is one stop away from Shinjuku. There are many Korean restaurants and cafes located in this area, but because there are so many, it can be difficult to choose one. Here are some Korean foods and restaurants you definitely should try when you are exploring the area.

1. Samgyeopsal (サムギョプサル)

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Samgyeopsal is a popular Korean dish that uses thick slices of pork belly meat. First, the meat is grilled onto a hot plate with kimchi, and cut into small pieces. You take a piece of Korean lettuce called sanchu, put the meat onto it, and add ssamjang (Korea chilli paste) and wrap everything up. Enjoy the harmony between the juicy meat with the fresh lettuce and spicy sauce!

Have Samgyeopsal Delicaondoru(でりかおんどる)

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This restaurant has over 160 dishes to choose from in the menu, and all come with 6 small Korean dishes such as kimchi and vegetables. However, amongst all the different types of meat and Korean dishes in the menu, the "Beehive Samgyeopsal" is the most recommended.

The surface of the pork meat is cut like a beehive, and this is the secret to make the meat softer and juicier. Many customers line up to eat this dish, and is highly recommended to eat in a group! During dinner time they also have courses that serve samgyeopsal along with Korean appetizers and other famous dishes!

2. Dak Galbi (ダッカルビ)

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Dak Galbi

Dak galbi is a dish that is served on a hot plate and consists of stir-fried marinated diced chicken with gochujang sauce, sliced cabbage, sweet potatoes, scallions, onions and tteok (rice cake). In Japan, the cheese dak galbi is very popular, and all the toppings get dipped into the super hot and creamy cheese.

Shijyan Dak Galbi (市場タッカルビ)

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Cheese dak galbi is their speciality, but this restaurant serves various types of dak galbi and other side dishes as well. As the Seoul Market, a Korean food market, is in charge of this restaurant, fresh meat and vegetables are served every day.
You can also add toppings such as udon noodles, fried rice, cheese, ramen, rice cake and vegetables.

The meat is dipped into their original sauce and marinated for more than 2 days in order to express the local taste of dak galbi. Please enjoy the sweet and spicy taste of the dak galbi!

3.Yangnyeom Chicken (ヤンニョムチキン)

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Yangnyeom chicken can be directly translated to seasoned chicken, and is a Korean style fried chicken. The chicken is deep-fried and smothered in sticky red sauce. The sauce is made mainly from gochujang, Korean chili paste, and ketchup.

Have Yangnyeom Chicken At Shinchan(辛ちゃん)

This restaurant specializes in serving Korean style chicken. Although yangnyeom chicken is usually deep-fried, they have both fried and grilled yangnyeom chicken!

For lunch, they have a set menu for two people, which you can choose one main menu item of chicken, a side order, and two beverages. They have a similar set for dinner as well, but they also have various a la carte dishes, and a variety of chicken dishes if you want to try many different dishes.

4. Kimbap (キムパ)

Kimbap can be translated to "seaweed rice." Unlike Japanese sushi rice that has vinegar, the rice is seasoned with salt and sesame oil. The ingredients inside the kimbap may vary, but usually, it consists of cucumbers, spinach, carrots, kimchi and ham, or the ham is substituted with bulgogi (Korean beef bbq).

Myeongdong Norimaki (明洞のり巻き)

Myeongdong Norimaki specializes in serving kimbap, but they also serve jijimi (Korean pancakes), sundubu-jjigae, and other local Korean food. This store serves food at a rather reasonable price, and is therefore popular for group gatherings during dinner time as well as for young people hanging out during lunch time. Also, it is one of the only stores that is open for 24 hours!

They have a variation in types of kimbap, such as the basic myeongdong kimbap, vegetable kimbap, bulgogi kimbap, tuna kimbap and more. You can eat the kimbap at the restaurant or take-out to eat outside or at home!

Monnan Gamja

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This is incredibly tempting dish is the claim to fame of the restaurant: the Fondue Chicken! For ¥2,080, you get a mountain of crispy Korean-style fried chicken standing in a pool of cheese sauce, and on top of which more cheese is added.

The flavour is also customizable. They make it in eight different flavours from which you choose when you order. Flavours include bbq-style, spicy shrimp, and soy sauce for instance. If you want you can choose two flavours and have it a 'half and half'.
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Check Out Tokyo's K-Town For Delicious Korean Cuisine!!

Hopefully, you found some Korean dishes that you want to try. Shin-Okubo is a very popular area for local Tokyo citizens, but it is now becoming popular among many tourists too! To have a taste of local Korean cuisine in Japan, visit the Shin-Okubo area!

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