Wang Dae Bak
If you find yourself in San Francisco craving some good Korean food…well look no further! Wang Dae Bak is where its at. It has been on my go-to list for SO LONG. I finally had a chance to check this place out and boy was it a hit. Even though Eric and I arrived only minutes after opening, there was still a line that formed! Luckily we managed to snag the last available table!
Every table is nicely divided, so we were not back to back against our neighbor. This gave us so much privacy and space to enjoy our meal in peace (=
The menu itself is packed with so much goodies that deciding what to get can take awhile. But have no fear! If you love Korean pancakes or Kim chi fried rice, my top recommendations will def leave you wanting more. (=
Four words: KIM. CHI. FRIED. RICE. Honestly, you cannot go wrong with this dish at any restaurant. The fried egg on top cools down the heat of the Kim chi a bit and adds the perfect amount of texture to the rice. Plus, the seaweed gives the dish color, taste, and spunk.
It only took us a second to recognize the star of the show….the SEAFOOD PANCAKE!! Oh my lord. This dish was insanely delicious. Just check out the size comparison between the pancake and the rice! It was hugeee and could have easiest served up to four people. Needless to say…we had no problem finishing it (=
There was SO MUCH squid and octopus scrambled in the dish that every bite was incredible. And can I take a moment to shine some light onto that sauce in the middle…it was so good that we started dipping everything in it!
Here we have the four main side dishes. This is a bit less than normal, but it is very different and unlike the other kinds of side dishes I am use to seeing. From left to right, we have the fruit salad, broccoli, potato salad, and fish cakes! (my favvv). The fruit salad was by far the most unusual. I have never see anything like it before! It had an interesting taste and texture, and though I could not make out what sauce it was, it was still quite delicious.
Now…lets move our attention to those KOREAN SPICY CHICKEN WINGS for a sec. This was BOMB. Even though it was not spicy whatsoever, it had the perfect crispy coating and tender meat. So juicy and so worth it. Dunking this into that pancake sauce was H.E.A.V.E.N.
Wang Dae Bak has easily become one of my favorite Korean gems in San Francisco. And though it is more on the pricer side, I think it is worth it! I hope you check this place out and show it some love.
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