Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong is another one of our favorite places to eat Korean BBQ in the city. The meat here is very high-quality, and they give you some cheesy corn along with the usual banchan. This place is perfect for group dinners, and if it’s your birthday, they’ll probably wave glow sticks in your general direction. Other than that, this place is a little less festive than Jongro, although the food might be just a little bit better. Wait times get very long here, but you can make a reservation if you have six or more people.
As soon as you sit down, your table will be hit with a selection of complimentary side dishes - pickled radishes, a spicy scallion salad, a green salad, soft tofu in soy chile sauce, and possibly even something seasonal like squash. Some of these are to cut the rich meats, but dig in right away. The rules aren’t strict.
The Beef Combo should be the basis of your meal - the smaller version is a good amount for two people. It comes with thin brisket, which tastes like bulgogi; marinated boneless short rib, which comes coated in the sweet, classic Korean BBQ sauce; and a choice of either prime boneless short rib or prime rib eye. The rib eye’s more like a typical steak, while the short rib is richer and gets crispier on the grill.
The combos come with either a kimchi stew or a soybean stew. Get the soybean. You won’t eat much of it, but it’s unusual and delicious.
If you’re a larger group, you can add on a whole Pork Combo. If you just want to add on one pork item a la carte, go with the pork belly.
The name here doesn’t indicate some kind of lunch special. This dish literally comes in a tin lunch box. It’s a bibimbap-type item with rice, egg, and spicy sauce, which your waiter will shake to mix it all up. It’s a fun part of the whole production, and it tastes great.