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While K-pop has taken the world by storm and the number of Korean drama fans continues to grow, Korean restaurants have seriously penetrated the Macau dining scene. The first thing that pops into mind when thinking about Korean food is the barbecue, but a whole range of dishes awaits. Know your kimchi from your bulgogi in our round-up of Korean restaurants in the city.
Arirang Korean Restaurant
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“Gogi gui” is the Korean expression for everything grilled on charcoal, as Koreans do best. In Macau, one of the best places for beef, pork, chicken, or other types of meat on the grill is Arirang Korean Restaurant. Do you know how to eat these meats in a traditional way? Well, it’s quite easy–just wrap it in lettuce and add some condiments!
Have a try of “galbi” as well, which is beef short ribs marinated in a special sauce. It’s opened until late, which is great if you just got out of your favorite bar and need something to comfort that belly.
Opening hours: Daily, 11:00am–3:00am
Arirang Korean Restaurant Estrada Governador Albano Oliveira, 3 G/F Mei Keng Garden Building, Taipa, +853 2883 5562, www.facebook.com/macauarirang
Kim’s Food Korea Cafe
A big draw here is the spicy chicken and cheese. Eat it while it’s hot so the cheese remains gooey, and pair the chicken with one of their fun cocktail drinks such as the peach or grapefruit rita. Korean black noodles have always been on our foodie list to try, so we were thrilled that Kim’s had them. The dish is called jajangmyeon, a well-known noodle dish mixed with black bean sauce, consisting of chunjang (a salty black soybean paste), diced pork (or other kinds of meat) and vegetables.
Another popular snack to share among friends is their boneless seasoned fried chicken, you can also have it spicy if you prefer it with a kick. Cooking at home and looking for authentic Korean ingredients? Kim’s also owns a Korean supermarket “K Mart” that’s located right next to the restaurant! How convenient!
Opening hours: Daily, 5:30pm–4:30am
Hongjiade Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup
“Hongjiade” means “plenty” in Korean and you will definitely have plenty to eat in this Korean eatery located in SOHO, City of Dreams. Hongjiade specializes in samgyetang, or ginseng chicken soup. The soup is prepared with the freshest ingredients and the stock is cooked over a period of days.
The original style of extra crispy fried chicken is served with their special in-house ginseng sauce. Our favorite is the Korean style stir-fried chicken with mozzarella cheese served with rice and side dishes such as kimchi, lotus, radish chunks, and pickled cucumber. Try their bibimbap as well that’s full of vegetables!
Opening hours: Daily, 12:00pm–11:00pm
Goobne Chicken Macau
Although they also have some other homey dishes, one goes to Goobne for its Korean-style “fried” chicken, which not only has several variants, but it’s also very flavorsome in all its essence. In truth, their chicken is roasted, which means a healthier meal every time you go there.
They promote a low calorie, low cholesterol, low sodium and no trans fat way of cooking, so it’s a great option if you’re looking to have some wholesome chicken without worrying about your health. There are also soups, salads, some other dishes such as cheese, kimchi and other Korean-style pancakes (called pajeon), cheese rice cake, among others.
Opening hours: Daily, 12:00pm–3:00pm, 5:00pm–2:00am
Goobne Chicken Macau (Taipa) Rua de Seng Tou, J2, Taipa, +853 2883 5999, www.facebook.com/goobnemacau
Avenida Marginal do Lam Mau, G/F Le Jade Building, Fai Chi Kei, Macau, +853 28252890 or +853 28252895
Having opened in 2019, it’s Macau’s newest place to go for all things Korean, including wine from the region. When it comes to food, Bistro Seoul has a comprehensive list; from a seafood salad with dressing, a tapas kind of platter, Korean pan-fried baby oysters with chives pancake, to kimchi dishes and hot pot, there is an array of things to try. Head there with friends and family and get to know some perfectly addictive Korean delicacies. Check their menu here.
This article was originally written by Bel Faustino in December 2016 and updated in November 2019 by Leonor Sá Machado.