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DTW Chow alert: Hankuk Oriental Grocery & Restaurant (long)

RedTop | Mar 28, 201211:32 AM

Discovered this little gem on the eastside in Clinton Township, several months ago.

I'd been reading online reviews of Korean Bar-b-que for days, and out during a drive, noticed the small shop.

On that first visit, I studied the 19 item menu and settled on a soup called Duk Mandoo Guk--a Korean Dumpling soup with rice cakes, sea weed, and well-chopped fried egg in a beef broth. Gawd, that was a revelation. Now in my Top Five restaurant soups ever consumed. After that lunch I went from the spartan dining room into the grocery and asked a cheerful clerk to set me up with the ingredients that went into the soup so I could try to duplicate it at home.

Second visit back for lunch, I brought the dear wife. I had zeroed in on the DoaeGi-Bulgoki, Hot Spicy Barbequed Pork, my wife opted for the Soon-Tofu, Soft Bean Curd Soup. The four top we were sitting at resembled a rainbow explosion after the mains and the sides were set before us. "Pul-eese, this is too much food!" Have to make an aside here: this was only the second time I had eaten kimchi, and Hankuk's was terrific. My hot spicy barbequed pork was delightful, a couple of different flavor notes playing out with each bite. But...the dish wasn't spicy! I only surmized that the Halmuni in the kitchen took a look at me and decided I couldn't take the heat. So, next time...

My wife is a soup maven, so she delighted in the soft bean curd soup. She confessed that she was looking to go safe in her first venture at a Korean table, and she came away very pleased with her choice.

So today I appeared at Hankuk's door intent on sampling the restaurant's Bibim-bab. This Korean, almost Signature dish came to me eye appealing in every way. And again, the go-withs flooded the table space. I liked everything about this dish, described in english on the menu as Vegetables to mix w/Rice. The three standout components (of eight total) were a most sprightly cucumber, a sampling of fern braken, and red pepper paste. Definitely deserves a re-order from me.

The grocery side of the storefront is chock-a-block with Korean and Oriental staples and refrigerated and freezer items. While browsing the aisles, you're sure to think that this place is The Real Deal based on the ethnicity of the other shoppers here.

The store and restaurant are owned and run by a most pleasant couple and their extended family. Anyone working the grocery is sure to offer great advice to novice hounds looking to take up Korean foods for at home consumption.

Hankuk Oriental Grocery & Restaurant
33717 S. Gratiot Ave.
Clinton Township, MI 48035

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