Korean food long has been popular in Duluth, but now kimchee is just about as common as cornbread throughout metro Atlanta. Here are five dishes that epitomize the best of Korean cooking in the city.
Dolsot bibimbap at Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl House
The simple pleasure of bibimbap — a bowl of rice, veggies and egg — is given a magnificent touch at Woo Nam Jeong. The stone bowl arrives smoking hot, the rice still sizzling and frying to a crisp at the bottom. Around it, a half-dozen bowls of crisp, flavorful banchan are delivered, either to be added into your bowl or eaten on their own.
Breakers Korean BBQ and Grill, 3505 Gwinnett Place Drive, Duluth. 770-946-1000, breakersbbq.com.
Andong jjimdak at Yet Tuh
Chicken stewed down in a salty, rich sauce over chilies, onions, scallions and sweet potato noodles is a dish worthy of the holidays, a special occasion feast originating in the town of Andong, Korea. The umami-rich platter is such a comfort food that it can remind anyone of home.
Is this barbecue sandwich Southern because it puts pork shoulder and cabbage on a bun? Or is it Korean, because what is more Korean than pork and gochujang and kimchee? It doesn’t matter, because it is delicious. There’s no better example of the way Atlanta and Korean foods have become indivisible than this sandwich.