At Tiger Pop, kimchi and other traditional Korean ingredients mingle with influences from the Americas. Chefs layer authentic Korean KimPop rolls, which resemble sushi but contain only cooked ingredients, with pineapple-sautéed ham and american cheese, and draw from Mexican recipes to whip up spicy burritos and tacos with Korean kogi steak. Sunlight pours through the eatery’s tall windows, and cheerful bright walls and an absence of haunted suits of armor create a welcoming atmosphere.:m]]
The name WooGak—meaning “realize taste of beef” in Korean—fits this modern eatery to a tee, as chefs rouse all the senses by grilling succulent meats tableside in front of diners’ eyes. Cobblestone floors lead the way from the bright entrance into a spacious, contemporary dining area, where gold walls surround simple black tables. Amid this open and airy space, grill-masters prepare 14 types of barbecue including braised beef, pork belly, and short ribs. Vegetarian options abound with tofu-packed rice bowls and sides of spicy kimchi, the favorite piñata filling of film star Shaquille O’Neal.
"Gogi" means "meat" in Korean, but the Oh My Gogi! food truck doesn't cater to carnivores only—when ordering a kimchi quesadilla, you can fill the tortilla with short ribs, chicken, Spanish pork, or veggies. Indeed, the truck is more concerned with playing with your food than limiting your options. Its menu combines Mexican street food with Korean barbecue, complete with homemade marinades and secret sauces. Add-ons such as a fried egg to fries and caramelized kimchi make meals out of barbecue tacos, which come with meat, double meat, or doubledouble meat. To find the truck at any given hour, fans can check Twitter and Facebook or commit to sleeping on top of it.
Open an Asian-American dialogue with the guidance of a wide-ranging menu and the goodwill of taste-bud ambassadors. Start off with an order of spicy Thai Dynamite shrimp served over Asian slaw (S $5.49, L $8.99) or potstickers—dumplings filled with pork, green cabbage, scallions, and ginger and served with a citrus soy dip (S $3.99, L $6.99). Rice dishes and noodle bowls, such as Spicy General Fu and Pad Thai, are priced by main star, with chicken, beef, or tofu for $8.29, shrimp for $9.29, or veggies for $7.29. After selecting a hunger weapon, dive into the eastern seas of flavor with a wok-sizzled order of fried rice, which includes bean sprouts, scallions, carrots, egg, chopped broccoli, and brown sauce, or a spice-tastic Singapore noodle bowl with rice noodles tossed in a spicy yellow curry with carrots, onions, scallions, celery, garlic, and basil. A gluten-free menu and two special seared entrees are also available: seared ahi tuna steak, encrusted in sesame and served over a bed of sautéed spinach ($14.99), and flat- iron steak, marinated in a red-wine soy sauce and served on a bed of red bell peppers, mushrooms, and green and yellow onions ($12.99).
Named after the Korean word for meat, GOGHEE Korean BBQ Tacos began as a simple drive-thru shack, where guests could grab tofu tacos or Korean chili-sauce pork burritos inspired by equal parts Asian street food and no-frills Mexican fare. Now, owners Janice and Terry continue that tradition in a new permanent brick-and-mortar diner where they offer Kor-Mex fusion food, a combination of Korean BBQ and Mexican tortillas. Like the world’s most complicated bus system, their menu brings together three disparate parts of the globe, introducing American fries to crispy-spicy kimchi or Mexican carnitas to a ginger garlic marinade, as well as Korean BBQ's ginger-soy marinated meat accompanied by zesty soy-vinaigrette-dressed lettuce. Guests sample extras, such as the crispy tortilla chips and Korean chocolate-covered cracker sticks, or build their own plate of nachos, tacos, or salad with ingredients such as soy-marinated short rib, chili-kissed chicken, brown rice, and jalapeno salsa.
When the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport opened a route to Seoul on May 9, representatives from both sides of the Pacific commemorated the inaugural flight by mixing together the sprouts, carrots, radishes, mushrooms, and eggs in a gigantic bowl of bibimbap. Bull Asian Fusion Bistro provided that bibimbap, and also catered the event with bulgogi burritos, tri-color BBQ skewers, and a buffet of other traditional Korean dishes, all served with the bistro's signature contemporary flair.
That same flair is on display every night at Bull Asian Fusion Bistro's Frisco location. Kalbi beef short ribs arrive tender and seasoned with the chef's special 10-ingredient marinade. Newcomers to Korean cooking can also sample kimchi in all its forms, including varietals sweetened with Korean pear or given a cool finish with cucumber. A slate of inventive sushi rolls and Chinese classics round out the pan-Asian roster. Each plate comes packed with fresh, healthy ingredients such as red-pepper paste, bursting with vitamins C and A to prevent cell damage, or spinach, full of lutein to promote the eyes' natural X-ray vision.
Bull Asian Bistro favors minimalism and clean lines in its presentation, both in terms of food and decor. The bar's neon-blue glow and modern stools create a chic counterpoint to the dining room's unadorned surfaces and amber pendant lights. Decorative screens similarly juxtapose the football-tuned TV screen that dominates one wall of the bistro.