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Best Korean Restaurant St. Louis 2006 - Hangook Kwan (a.k.a. Korea House)

Hangook Kwan (a.k.a. Korea House)

Hangook Kwan (a.k.a. Korea House)

1261 Castillons Arcade Plaza

Creve Coeur, MO 63141

314-878-8893

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Hangook Kwan looks like the quintessential semifinished basement of the 1980s: spacious, equipped with a wide-screen television, a fish tank, a few photos and an it's-OK-if-you-spill-down-here air. The d?cor plays an indifferent supporting role to top-flight Korean cuisine. Start with the spicy cabbage condiment/appetizer known as kimchee and steamed or fried pork dumplings; then move on to a classic specialty like bi bom bop, a rice, beef, and vegetable dish served piping hot in a clay bowl that burns to the touch. The vegetables pop, the beef is sweet and moist, and the hot sauce comes to taste, pleasing the pickiest palate. Hangook Kwan's waitstaff scores high marks for service, even though the tab for a couple might come to only $30.
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Joe
Joe

Is there anyway to find out what part of Korea the owners are from? Mainly I would like to know what style of dalkalbi they serve. Is it a a bright red color with sweet potatoes or is it a reddish brown with just dak?

Jim
Jim

This is a WONDERFUL Korean restaurant. True, the decor is a bit drab, but the food is amazing and authentic. Each entree comes with an assortment of 5 or 6 small Korean appetizers - such as KimChee, Egg Cake, Dried Korean Anchovies, Spicy Seaweed, etc. This adds a nice touch to the meal. The menu is in Korean, but the staff is very helpful. The claypot dishes are top notch. Try the Bulgogi - a flavorful Korean beef dish. They also do Korean tableside BBQ. Very nice.

Yasmeen
Yasmeen

The restaurant definitely needs some renovation. I like their Ak Cham Boh, a big bowl of spicy seafood clear noodle soup. It's not listed in their menu, but if you order, their chef will make it. Pretty expansive for a noodle soup (about $13) but it's my favorite.

Vengst Heidrich
Vengst Heidrich

DO NOT EAT HERE. My wife and I decided to give it a try per this critic's "recommendation". The soda they give as marked up drinks comes from cans (could hear them open them in the back), the whole place smells musty and old, and the food is pretty bad as a whole.

It was fun watching Korean TV though.

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