Bibimbap is a Korean rice bowl filled with various vegetables, beef and egg. Photo for representational purpose only; Getty Images
Chennai is home to a sizable Korean expat population, thanks to the presence of Korean automobile MNCs that have set up their plants and factories here. So, it comes as no surprise that Korean culture and cuisine has rubbed off on the city, leading to some hidden gems and restaurants serving authentic fare, from bulgogi to bibimbap and everything in between. Here’s a handy list of places to order from the next time you’re looking for your Korean barbecue fix with a side of K-drama.
5 places to order Korean food in Chennai
Ambrosia offers a wide selection of Korean fast food and casual plates. While the menu lists several crowd-pleasers like the Korean fried chicken, buldak (literally translating as fire chicken), which is a heavily spiced barbecue dish and kimchi mandu (Korean dumplings), there are other offerings worth trying such as the rice burgers that swap the buns for sticky rice, bulgogi rice bowls, japchae bap which is a sweet and savoury mash-up of sweet potato starch noodles with veggies or meat, and dak gomtang, a comforting Korean chicken soup. Sweet treats include a traditional soboro or streusel bread. Available on Swiggy and Zomato.
Tucked away in a quiet corner of Adyar, this quaint Korean eatery offers a compact selection of traditional eats ranging from light bites to hearty soups and mains. You can order from plates like the gimbap, which is essentially rice and other savoury ingredients rolled together in seaweed sheets, kimchi pancakes, spicy jjamppong, a Korean noodle soup with a seafood or pork-based broth and flavoured with gochugaru, spicy Korean rameyon noodles, and a traditional bibimbap. Available on Zomato.
New Seoul Hotels
Serving casual Korean and Japanese fare in a fuss-free setting, New Seoul Hotels in Alwarpet is a popular go-to with Korean expats as well as locals. You can choose off an extensive menu with options ranging from the classic beef bulgogi, bibimbap, and dakgangjeong — crispy and crunchy fried chicken, to plates like the potato pancake, kongguksu, which is a cold noodle soup, kimchi meyon, a hot and spicy kimchi noodle soup with meat or seafood, and other lesser-known Korean specialties. Available on Zomato and Swiggy.
North East Kitchen
Don’t be fooled by the name of this little eatery located in Egmore. While it does serve some Northeast Indian fare, on offer is an extensive selection of Korean plates and seafood. The menu lists specialties like the Orirose, a Korean-style smoked duck meat, jabchae bokum, which comprises sweet potato noodles with veggies or meat, samyubsal, a spicy barbecued pork belly, kochujang kalbi bulkogi, which is sweet and spicy beef paired with veggies, and nakji bokum which is spicy octopus fried with vegetables. They also offer an exhaustive list of Korean pork and seafood specialties. Available on Zomato.
This all-women run eatery in Alwarpet doesn’t exactly serve Korean fare but if there is one standout dish on the menu worth trying, it’s the bibimbap, cooked in a hot stone bowl, served with gochujang chili paste, crunchy vegetables, meats and all the fixings you could think of. It comes highly recommended by locals and expats. Order off the Pumpkin Tales app or via Swiggy