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11 Destinations for Korean Food in Metro Detroit

Where to find kimchi, bulgogi, Korean barbecue and soju

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Korea is one of the most interesting culinary countries in the world, with a variety of fermented and spicy foods to please any palate. Until a few years ago, Korean restaurants were few and far between in metro Detroit. But as Korean food and culture continue to thrive here, kimchi, bulgogi, and japchae now appear more often than ever before alongside Korean barbecue and fried chicken on menus. From modern takes on traditional Korean dishes to Korean restaurants pumping K-Pop through the sound system or tuning into K-dramas on TV, here are a few spots to check out around town.

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1. Wasabi Korean and Japanese

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15 E Kirby St
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 638-1272
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Seoul meets Tokyo in this cozy neighborhood spot across from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Order from the sushi/sashimi selections or from a full Korean-Japanese menu that includes many favorite dishes from both nations.

2. Daebak Korean BBQ

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27566 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48034
(248) 996-8932
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Located inside New Seoul Plaza, a complex with a trio of Korean restaurants, Daebak Korean BBQ is a great place for group gatherings. All platters (pork belly, pork jowl, beef ribeye, chicken, tofu) are served raw and meant to be cooked by patrons on the grills built into the dining tables. Finish things off with soju, an Asian beer, or maekgeolli.

3. Myomee Cafe

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27566 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48034
(248) 996-8514
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Pop into Myomee for a bubble tea or mid-day or after-dinner bingsu, a popular Korean shaved ice dessert popular in South Korean cafes. Myomee’s version uses a thinly shaved frozen milk and sugar base (instead of ground ice), which results in a snowlike consistency.

4. Jinji Korean Cuisine & Soju Bar

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27566 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48034
(248) 996-8922
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The second of three Korean restaurants in New Seoul Plaza, Jinji serves up traditional Korean dishes in a modern way. Start with the haemul pajeon, Jinji’s signature shrimp and squid pancake. Other standouts include the bibimbap, kimchi jjigae (spicy pork and kimchi stew), or japchae. Tip: Use the call button on the table to summon a server, as is often done at restaurants in Seoul.

5. Hola! Seoul

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39743 Grand River Ave
Novi, MI 48375
(248) 482-8059
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Hola! Seoul fuses the flavors of Korea, Mexico, and the United States in a fast-food (but delicious) menu that includes kimchi BBQ tacos, bibimbap, Korean fried chicken, and kimchi fries made for sharing.

Korean fried chicken wings with sauce and spices on top Hola! Seoul

6. Soora Korean Restaurant

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6580 Orchard Lake Rd
West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322
(248) 973-8110
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Start with a beef hot stone bowl, popular among customers at this Korean-Chinese institution. The menu is long, with a solid selection of bibimbap, fried rice, and fish and chicken entrees. No choice is a bad one here, and the hospitality is top-notch, too.

7. Sammi

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3634 Rochester Rd
Troy, MI 48083
(248) 457-1835
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There’s plenty to like at Sammi, a no-frills oldie but goodie housed in a Troy strip mall. This family-owned restaurant makes homey ginseng chicken, oxtail bone soup, and seafood ramyun.

Sammi’s dining room with yellow tables and black chairs, a clock and a chalkboard sign on the wall Sammi

8. Chung Ki Wa

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2101 15 Mile Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48310
(586) 264-4488
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Around for more than a decade, Chung Ki Wa’s claim to fame is its Korean barbecue. The squid salad, kimchi jjigae, and jjajyangmyeon (black bean noodles) also are tasty. Portions are generous, so take friends, or depart with leftovers that will last a few days.

9. Korea Palace Restaurant

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34744 Dequindre Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48310
(586) 978-0500
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Step into the Korea Palace (one of the region’s stalwarts) to be treated like a king or queen. Service here is fast and friendly. The menu here is long, and everything is homemade. Korea Palace classic standouts include bo ssam (steamed pork belly meat with kimchi and oysters on the side) and kalbi jim (prime beef ribs simmered in honey soy sauce). Prix-fixe meals are available.

lots of banchan (or side dishes) in small white bowls Korea Palace Restaurant

10. Kimchi Box

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13937 Lakeside Cir Suite 113
Sterling Heights, MI 48313
(586) 991-6907
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Tofu bibimbap, popcorn chicken, and bulgogi tacos are the stars at this fast-casual restaurant, which opened in February. The chicken is double-fried and comes with a choice of Korean sassy, soy garlic, or half-and-half sauce.

11. Honey Wings

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2028 W Auburn Rd
Rochester Hills, MI 48309
(248) 710-8440
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This restaurant was inspired by the street food found in South Korea, but adds an American twist. Think spicy Cheetos waffle fries; corn dogs with Fruity Pebbles, or cheese; and spicy wings and chicken sandwiches.

1. Wasabi Korean and Japanese

15 E Kirby St, Detroit, MI 48202

Seoul meets Tokyo in this cozy neighborhood spot across from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Order from the sushi/sashimi selections or from a full Korean-Japanese menu that includes many favorite dishes from both nations.

15 E Kirby St
Detroit, MI 48202

2. Daebak Korean BBQ

27566 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48034

Located inside New Seoul Plaza, a complex with a trio of Korean restaurants, Daebak Korean BBQ is a great place for group gatherings. All platters (pork belly, pork jowl, beef ribeye, chicken, tofu) are served raw and meant to be cooked by patrons on the grills built into the dining tables. Finish things off with soju, an Asian beer, or maekgeolli.

27566 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48034

3. Myomee Cafe

27566 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48034

Pop into Myomee for a bubble tea or mid-day or after-dinner bingsu, a popular Korean shaved ice dessert popular in South Korean cafes. Myomee’s version uses a thinly shaved frozen milk and sugar base (instead of ground ice), which results in a snowlike consistency.

27566 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48034

4. Jinji Korean Cuisine & Soju Bar

27566 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48034

The second of three Korean restaurants in New Seoul Plaza, Jinji serves up traditional Korean dishes in a modern way. Start with the haemul pajeon, Jinji’s signature shrimp and squid pancake. Other standouts include the bibimbap, kimchi jjigae (spicy pork and kimchi stew), or japchae. Tip: Use the call button on the table to summon a server, as is often done at restaurants in Seoul.

27566 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48034

5. Hola! Seoul

39743 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48375
Korean fried chicken wings with sauce and spices on top Hola! Seoul

Hola! Seoul fuses the flavors of Korea, Mexico, and the United States in a fast-food (but delicious) menu that includes kimchi BBQ tacos, bibimbap, Korean fried chicken, and kimchi fries made for sharing.

39743 Grand River Ave
Novi, MI 48375

6. Soora Korean Restaurant

6580 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322

Start with a beef hot stone bowl, popular among customers at this Korean-Chinese institution. The menu is long, with a solid selection of bibimbap, fried rice, and fish and chicken entrees. No choice is a bad one here, and the hospitality is top-notch, too.

6580 Orchard Lake Rd
West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322

7. Sammi

3634 Rochester Rd, Troy, MI 48083
Sammi’s dining room with yellow tables and black chairs, a clock and a chalkboard sign on the wall Sammi

There’s plenty to like at Sammi, a no-frills oldie but goodie housed in a Troy strip mall. This family-owned restaurant makes homey ginseng chicken, oxtail bone soup, and seafood ramyun.

3634 Rochester Rd
Troy, MI 48083

8. Chung Ki Wa

2101 15 Mile Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48310

Around for more than a decade, Chung Ki Wa’s claim to fame is its Korean barbecue. The squid salad, kimchi jjigae, and jjajyangmyeon (black bean noodles) also are tasty. Portions are generous, so take friends, or depart with leftovers that will last a few days.

2101 15 Mile Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48310

9. Korea Palace Restaurant

34744 Dequindre Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48310
lots of banchan (or side dishes) in small white bowls Korea Palace Restaurant

Step into the Korea Palace (one of the region’s stalwarts) to be treated like a king or queen. Service here is fast and friendly. The menu here is long, and everything is homemade. Korea Palace classic standouts include bo ssam (steamed pork belly meat with kimchi and oysters on the side) and kalbi jim (prime beef ribs simmered in honey soy sauce). Prix-fixe meals are available.

34744 Dequindre Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48310

10. Kimchi Box

13937 Lakeside Cir Suite 113, Sterling Heights, MI 48313

Tofu bibimbap, popcorn chicken, and bulgogi tacos are the stars at this fast-casual restaurant, which opened in February. The chicken is double-fried and comes with a choice of Korean sassy, soy garlic, or half-and-half sauce.

13937 Lakeside Cir Suite 113
Sterling Heights, MI 48313

11. Honey Wings

2028 W Auburn Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48309

This restaurant was inspired by the street food found in South Korea, but adds an American twist. Think spicy Cheetos waffle fries; corn dogs with Fruity Pebbles, or cheese; and spicy wings and chicken sandwiches.

2028 W Auburn Rd
Rochester Hills, MI 48309

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