Korean Restaurants in Rowlett

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Kor-BQ specializes in Korean tacos, or "takos," whose myriad blasts of flavors seem to defy their simple construction. Marinated meats such as short rib, rib eye, and pork form the basis of these fusion delicacies, while a Korean fusion salsa and sesame seeds add the zesty kick. The tacos come three ways: with a cilantro and onion mix, dressed in lettuce slaw and drizzled with soy sauce vinaigrette, or "nude," a style that foregoes the fixings to avoid cilantro-shaped tan lines. Those who prefer to use a spoon instead of their hands can find similar sustenance in the rice bowls, which feature hearty mixes of marinated meat, sautéed vegetables, clear glass noodles, and lettuce slaw with vinaigrette.

6505 West Park Boulevard
Plano,
TX
US

If you haven't heard of Da Won, it's not for a lack of quality. According to D Magazine, when the restaurant first opened in 2010, Korean-born chef-owner June Lee took all the money she might have spent on advertising and instead funneled it into buying the best beef she could find. This dedication to freshness translates into everything Lee serves, especially banchan, the small side dishes her restaurant is known for. Instead of prepping each small bowl of homemade kimchi, tofu, steamed eggs, and savory pancakes in the morning like many restaurants, Lee makes two batches a day, ensuring that what hits the dining table is never more than a few hours old. Along with sushi and hibachi dishes, the restaurant serves a multitude of soups, including a Soon Tofu soup beloved by D Magazine.

1301 Custer Rd
Plano,
TX
US

After moving to America at 3 months old, Steve Shin didn?t have much time to learn the culinary traditions of his native South Korea. But when he returned for a year in 2001, he witnessed the cuisine's slimming properties firsthand. Though he consumed lots of food, his waistline shrank, most likely due to the minimal grease and fat content in South Korean cuisine. Inspired by his journey, he tried to eat a more healthy diet when he returned to the U.S, but after several rounds of salads and sandwiches, fast food lured him back to his old habits. Frustrated, he started brainstorming ways to build healthy and balanced meals, which led to B B Bop Seoul Kitchen. At his Asian-fusion restaurant, the menu is centered on wholesome bowls of rice, veggies, and protein, steering customers away from heavy, fatty meals, such as a giant butter sculpture. Customers are free to indulge if they wish as B B Bop also serves up dip ready roundhouses including kimchi fries and a wide selection of wings.

To whip up B B Bop Seoul Kitchen's signature entree, cooks line bowls with a rice of the customer's choice, from a jasmine-scented Thai type to a nutty, fiber-filled brown variety. Next, the customer selects a lean, flame-grilled protein from options including pulled pork, chicken breast, or marinated tofu. Veggies such as bell peppers and bean sprouts add color and crunch to the dish, and sauce?the finishing touch?comes in more than a half-dozen flavors, from spicy red pepper to sweet teriyaki.

5323 Greenville Ave.
Dallas,
TX
US

The menu at Gui Korean Japanese Bistro & Bar shows off the time-honored culinary traditions of the restaurant's namesake nations. Miso soup, edamame dusted with sea salt, and seafood-topped rice bowls represent the eatery's Japanese roots. The Korean side of the menu tends toward hot and hearty dishes such as the spicy kimchi jji gae, flavored with scallions, pork, and, naturally, a liberal dose of kimchi.

The bistro's modern dining room contrasts sharply with the old-school cooking. Strands of lighted crystal beads dangle from the ceiling, dividing the space's two main seating areas. Track lights and conical pendant lamps cast a soft glow across the simple banquettes and gleaming sushi bar. Outside, stout wooden tables populate the bistro's patio seating area, which rests in the shade of a tall tree.

2719 McKinney Avenue
Dallas,
TX
US

2817 Greenville Ave
Dallas,
TX
US

The family behind Pho is for Lovers slow-cooks their broth for eight hours, working in the fiery flavors that bespeak an authentic recipe. The seafood pho here contains shrimp, scallops, and calamari with all the standard fixings. To round out the oceanic theme, ask for a side of fried shrimp chips.

5521 Greenville Avenue
Dallas,
TX
US