The barbecue masters at CJ BBQ Restaurant serve up slow-cooked meats including ribs, hot links, and pulled pork. They slather four types of ribs in housemade sauce, allowing guests to choose from pork, beef, baby back, and Korean-style versions. Other Korean specialties on the menu include kimchi ramen, hot spicy chicken, and bibimbap.
From bowls of vegetable-filled bibimbap to sizzling platters of marinated beef bulgogi, the hefty portions that Korea House piles onto plates leave diners stuffed with the peninsula’s most authentic tastes. Chefs show off techniques learned here and abroad, marinating Korean-style short ribs in a barbecue sauce and serving broiled eel over smoldering coals. Their signature hot pots pair morsels of crab and pork with squirts of hot sauce and kimchi. Although meat often plays a leading role in the dishes, the Sunnyvale eatery also caters to vegetarians by slicing and dicing fresh ingredients into traditional mung-bean pancakes and frying vegetables into the shape of the letter V.
Roll House celebrates the spicy, tangy, and savory flavors of Korean cuisine in a casual, low-key setting. Chefs roll rice with ingredients such as barbecue and kimchee, encasing the snack with nori and then slicing it into bite-size morsels. They also simmer ramen noodles, pack seafood hot pots with flavorful components, and prepare bi bim bab?a rice-based specialty that's nearly as fun to pronounce as it is to eat.
In Japan, the cuisine is as colorful as it is flavorful. At Asian Grill, the chefs pay homage to Japan with their own eye-catching renditions of sushi, teriyaki, ramen noodles, and other Japanese classics. They wrap a paper-thin layer of bright-green avocado around the mini caterpillar roll, and radish sprouts add height and a pop of color to the Salmon Dreams roll. Beyond sushi, their menu also spotlights hot dishes, including pan-fried noodles and barbecue short ribs.
Lucky for MoGo BBQ Inc. and its fleet of Korean food trucks, MoGo—a portmanteau of mobile and gourmet—also happens to be Korean for to eat. Proudly displaying this play on words in their metallic exteriors and everybody else’s car horns, the vehicles take to the streets of the Bay Area and open their awnings to release succulent wafts of a menu filled with Asian fusion specialties. Korean–style tacos hold piles of chicken, pork, short ribs, or tofu beneath a barbecue marinade and hand-cut slaw as massive burritos wrap around a half-pound of the same proteins with the aid of kimchi-fried rice and a chipotle sauce. Meanwhile, 100% beef hot dogs and spicy pork quesadillas pair up with tangy kimchi, and Hawaiian–inspired sliders brim with a combination of short ribs, spam, slaw, and jack and cheddar cheese.
Though U Pick Cuisine specializes in Vietnamese food, its expansive menu covers many pan-Asian favorites, from Hong Kong?style rice porridge to mongolian beef. Diners or large groups can gather together to indulge in a hot pot or traditional Vietnamese pho?broth filled with noodles, meat, and veggies?or opt for one of many seafood, rice, or fried noodle dishes. The authentic Asian cuisine doesn't stop at entrees; U Pick Cuisine also prepares Thai iced tea, Vietnamese coffee, and mango with sweet, sticky rice for dessert.