Dae Jang Keum

When it comes to Korean food, this is where my coworkers and I come for lunch when I’m in town. Why? Their dolsot bibimbap (hot stone pot with rice, meat and vegetables). For $10 (including tax and tip) we get a huge bowl of this yummy goodness. The bowl is always steaming hot so that you get that nice crust of crunchy rice at the bottom (provided you let it sit long enough). For you vegetarians, you can order it without meat. The bibimbap sauce they serve here is not spicy-hot; rather it is really flavorful and adds to the dish.

There are a lot of other items on the menu. The bento boxes (also $10 with tax n’ tip) are a good deal. The spicy pork bbq one has a lot of heat to it so only order it if you like to take a walk on the spicier side. The chicken and beef are safer bets if you want something flavorful but won’t burn your mouth. Sometimes, the bbq beef can be a little on the greasy side, though. It comes with rice, a large helping of salad, 2 pieces of California roll and vegetable tempura. And if available, there’s also a piece of shrimp tempura as well. Note, though, that the bento boxes are only available M-F during lunch.

Other dishes I’ve had here is the mul naeng myun (a cold buckwheat noodle soup), mandu guk (dumpling soup), bibim naeng myun (buckwheat noodle dish mixed with the bibimbap sauce) and kimchi jigae, all of which are good and remind me of what I grew up eating.

The banchan here is great and changes every time we come though the staple kimchi is always present.

There’s the “cook your own meat” option that most people think about when they hear “korean bbq” though I have not tried it here.

The service is typical of all Korean restaurants I’ve been to…you have to ask for what you want , including refills on water since they won’t come by to check on you.

3 1/2 NOMs for Dae Jang Keum!

Dae Jang Keum
7905 Engineer Rd
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 573-2585


2 Responses

  1. your restaurant review struck me because of the words “kimchi chiga.” my family and i concocted a very hot side dish, or condiment, if you wish to call it that. coincidentally, the name of our product is “chiga” which we have been promoting/marketing since a few months ago. we are based in cagayan de oro city and through some korean friends, have sold the same very hot sauce in a korean tourist gift shop in manila, philippines.
    this is not just a business. we are doing it as a social enterprise. while we DO make profit in the process, we help also a chili farming community of natives by buying their product at a much, much higher price and also by assisting them to form an associative.
    our “chiga” is a concoction of native, organically grown chili and garlic cooked in olive oil. we are a newcomer in the market. although we also want to target the mainstream market in the future, we are more focused for now on the alternative market promoting a healthy lifestyle and organic farming for sustainable communities.
    just sharing out of curiosity.

  2. Thanks! Sounds like a promising endeavor…hopefully we’ll get some “chiga” in the States so I can try it one day. 🙂

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