Visiting Koreatown in London

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Why K-Town?

As you may know from reading my blog, I lived in South Korea for two years from 2010-2012. During that time, I fell in love with a dish called dak galbi (닭갈비), which is composed of chicken, red pepper paste, cabbage, green peppers, sweet potatoes, and rice cake. Dak galbi became my favorite dish while I was living in South Korea. Upon moving back to New York City in 2012, I was disappointed to find out that it was impossible to find the dish in Korean restaurants around the city.

When I found out that London had a large Korean community, I thought that I might be possible to find dak galbi there. I went online and searched for dak galbi in London and came across Anne Cole’s article on The Korea Blog about A Night Out in London’s Koreatown. I was not only excited that a Koreatown existed in London, but I was even more excited to find out that DAK GALBI EXISTED IN LONDON. I was ecstatic and I vowed to make a visit K-Town a part of my London itinerary.


Getting to K-Town

Technically, Koreatown is not anywhere near central London. In fact, it is in a place called New Malden, which is located about a half an hour outside of metropolitan London in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. In order to get to KUT, you can either drive, or take the train (Motspur Park Station + 15 minute walk; or New Malden Station).


What I Did in K-Town

I wanted to go to Koreatown, but I did not necessarily want to go alone, so I headed over to the London Couchsurfing group to find out if anyone wanted to accompany me to dinner. A Korean guy named Damien, who had just moved to London, offered to go with me, so we met at You Me Korean Restaurant on Burlington Road.

Dak Galbi from You Me Korean Restaurant

Dak Galbi from You Me Korean Restaurant

The dak galbi at You Me made my night. I was so happy to finally be eating a dish that I had craved for over a year (yes, it was that serious). The food was served quickly and prepared for us before it was brought out (unlike in Korea where that provide all the ingredients and you cook it yourself).

We both decided that we wanted to explore Koreatown some more, so we went in search of a Noreabang. Koreatown in London was not at all how I imagined it would be. It was comprised of a few  shops and restaurants that were scattered around a concentrated area in a residential neighborhood. We stumbled upon a noreabang

[karaoke]/restaurant called Han, on High Street, where most of Koreatown was located. I really enjoyed belting the night away at the noreabang while drinking Hite and gulping down shots of soju.


Further Reading

By | 2017-07-30T01:10:12+00:00 November 4th, 2013|Culinary Tourism, England|11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Tom @ Waegook Tom Nov 29, 2013 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Wait wait wait…THERE’S DALKGALBI IN LONDON?!?! 오마이갓! It’s one of my favourite Korean dishes, and I haven’t had it since I was last in Korea….well, which was only August, but still, I’m craving it! Also, noraebang! If I ever move back to the UK, my plan is to open a noraebang and introduce the good people of the UK to Cass, Hite, and of course soju 😉

    Now trying to think if I’ve got enough time to get down to London before I depart for Taipei in mid-January. Hmmmm!

    • Chanel Nov 29, 2013 at 3:46 pm - Reply

      YES!! I had the same reaction! I was so excited to find my favorite food while I was there. You definitely have to share Korean goodness with the world 😀

  2. Wayne Jan 2, 2014 at 6:43 am - Reply

    Hi Chanel, Love the blog, I am due to move back to the UK after living in Asia and Australia for last 7 years. The thought of not being able to get good Korean food and especially Dak Galbi was terrifying me. I love this dish and cant believe that it wouldn’t go a storm in UK. Wonderful news it goes so well with OB, which is my fav Korean beer.

    • Chanel Jan 4, 2014 at 3:41 pm - Reply

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting Wayne! I am sure that you will be satisfied with Koreatown when you move back to the UK.

  3. Angela - TeslaTours Jan 16, 2014 at 2:30 am - Reply

    Hi Chanel, Really a nice post with useful information on K-Town in London. Great to know such things and Many thanks for sharing your wonderful experience with us. Keep Sharing.

    • Chanel Jan 16, 2014 at 6:46 am - Reply

      Thank you for coming by and reading Angela! 🙂

  4. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Nov 27, 2015 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Enjoy Ram! 😀 Dalkabi is the best!

  5. Amber Short Mar 19, 2017 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    Me and my friends are going there in two months time, and are going to stay just down the road in Kingston Upon Thames, so we will probably walk or catch the train from there to it, and I’ll be sure to try the Dak Galbi and let you know what I thought of it

    • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Apr 4, 2017 at 11:16 pm - Reply

      Have a wonderful time! I hope that the dakgalbi restaurant is still there. Now that several years have passed, you might be able to find something in central London as well.

      • Amber Short Apr 5, 2017 at 11:28 am - Reply

        The dak galbi restaurant is still there, it shows up on goggle maps

  6. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Dec 23, 2017 at 10:04 am - Reply

    There is a lot of Korean food in London, much more than I listed in this article now, so you will definitely have the opportunity to enjoy Korean food in London 😀 This article might be a good place to start – https://londonist.com/2016/06/london-s-best-korean-restaurants

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