Located on the corner of the Sukhumvit Road and Soi 12, Sukhumvit Plaza is informally known as Korea Town in Bangkok because it is packed with three floors of businesses selling imported Korean products. Over time this shopping plaza has become the centre of Bangkok’s Korean community and the best place in Thailand to eat authentic Korean food.
Korean food is a distinctive Asian cuisine and very different to Thai food. The mainstay of Korean restaurant food is the BBQ, which comes in the form of a grill over hot coals set in the middle of the dining table. Typically beef and pork is used. In the restaurants featured below the waiter and waitress will manage the cooking which is done at your table.
Korean food is, however, much more than just BBQ. Other famous dishes include:
- Bibimbab: a warm rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujung (chilli pepper seasoning) and meats and egg
- Naengmyeong: buckwheat noodles on cold or hot spicy broth
- Sundubu: kimchi stew with raw egg, vegetables, clams, tofu and various other ingredients served boiling at the table. Adding rice is optional
Below is a list of just some of the restaurants on the 1st Floor of Sukhumvit Plaza. The menu and prices for these establishments are fairly similar, although some of the restaurants are more popular than others. On some nights Korea Town gets very busy as the food has caught on with Thai people and some of the restaurants get the majority of their trade by catering for the overspill from the most popular restaurants.
Full Moon Bakery House
Doo Rae is a small restaurant over 3 floors serving BBQ. Beef ribs (520 THB), ox tongue (370 THB), pork neck (320 THB). If you don’t fancy BBQ they have some other interesting dishes like ginseng chicken soup (350 THB). The service is good at this restaurant.
Myeong Ga is one of the most popular restaurants in Korea Town. It’s a big restaurant over 3 floors but it is often difficult to get a table. They do BBQ but also they do a full range of other dishes like bibimbab and seafood pancake. The BBQ comes with a good range of free side dishes like rice, salad and sauces. Korean food lovers rate this restaurant largely because of the quality of these side dishes.
Kwang Han Roo
Il Mi Jung
Salroman is not a BBQ restaurant! They specialise in Korean fried chicken. This one is very popular with Thai who love fried chicken. The fried chicken comes in two styles: cooked in sauce, or cooked plain with sauce to pour over. Most people order a plate of ‘half and half’. You pay by weight. 250 gram is 200 THB and 500 gram is 400 THB. It comes with free side dishes like kimchi. They also serve bibimbab (200 THB) and other dishes like Korean rice wrapped in seaweed (140 THB).