Tofu kimchi – K-pop

Tofu kimchi - K-pop
Sliced tender prime pork marinated in spicy sauce, pan fried with kimchi and tofu. $13.95
K-pop, San Francisco CA

The menu description made it seem like the tofu was incorporated in the pan fried pork and kimchi mixture. I was kind of annoyed when the dish arrived and there were large slices of fresh tofu on the side. Ugh! The tofu was bland of course so that’s why I was hoping it would have already been added to the spicy kimchi mixture so that it could have acquired some flavor. Otherwise, I like the dish enough.

Steamed rice - K-pop
Side of steamed rice.

de Young Museum

de Young Museum atrium area.

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Spicy soy garlic Korean fried chicken – K-pop

Spicy soy garlic Korean fried chicken - K-pop
Breaded Korean style fried chicken thighs in a spicy soy garlic sauce. Served with daikon non-spicy kimchee and a mixed green salad with strawberry dressing. $14.95
K-pop, San Francisco CA

Ugh, I keep thinking that the Korean fried chicken will get better at K-pop, but I’m wrong again. The chicken is way over-fried, has too much breading, and uses tiny sad cuts of chicken with little meat. I like the flavor of the sauces, but that doesn’t make up for the poor quality of the chicken pieces. 😦

Banchan - K-Pop
Banchan. Complimentary

Pax Jerusalemme

Pax Jerusalemme, 1999, painted steel, Mark di Suvero. Legion of Honor.

Beef dol sot bi bim bap – K-pop

Beef dol sot bi bim bap - K-pop
Rice bowl mixed with cooked vegetables, fried egg, nori and served on a hot stone pot with soup. $14.95
K-pop, San Francisco CA

Mmm, salty beef with rice and a runny egg. Sounds like heaven to me! This is a sizable bowl which is good for the fifteen-buck price tag. Like I’ve said, the food here tends to be on the salty side but the Korean flavors still shine through.

Spicy chicken with ssam – K-pop

Spicy chicken with ssam - K-pop
Korean style marinated chicken mixed with onion, scallion, and sesame seeds served with vegetable wraps. $14.95
K-pop, San Francisco CA

Even though K-pop isn’t the best Korean food around and the food tends to be on the salty side, I still crave it once in a while because it’s the only Korean restaurant nearby. The flavors are great and the banchan selection is respectable, but they really need to dial the salt level down. They service is also hit or miss, but beggars can’t be choosers.

Banchan - K-pop

Banchan. Complimentary

Western beaked hazelnut
Western beaked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta var. californica, Betulaceae), Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.

Spicy and sweet Korean fried chicken – K-pop

Spicy and sweet Korean fried chicken - K-pop
Breaded Korean style fried chicken thighs in a spicy and sweet sauce. Served iwth daikon non-spicy kimchee and a mixed green salad with strawberry dressing. $13.95
K-pop, San Francisco CA

Ugh, this chicken was kinda yucky! I guess I did like the flavor, but the chicken itself was really weird. I don’t think there was any actual meat in the fried chunks. It almost seemed like it was all fried skin and filler. The pieces broke apart like fried chicharrones with lots of fat under the skin. I was not impressed. The best part was the daikon kimchee. I wouldn’t have minded the salad, but the strawberry dressing grossed me out. I would have preferred it undressed if they had told me that it was gonna arrive with pink goo all over it.

Frida Kahlo sidewalk stencil
Frida Kahlo sidewalk stencil, The Mission.

Dol sot bi bim bap – K-pop

Dol sot bi bim bap - K-pop
“Mixed rice” with soy marinated chicken strips, fried egg, assorted vegetables and served on a hot stone pot with soup. $13.95
K-pop, San Francisco CA

This was pretty good and super hot temperature-wise! I wish the egg was runnier (maybe even raw like other bi bim baps), but it still tasted good and the whole thing was flavorful.

I think this Korean restaurant is a great new option in the Castro. The food is a little on the salty side but the flavors are great. The service also needs improvement. At the end of our meal, we could NOT get our check no matter how hard we tried. We literally stalked all the servers until we could finally flag one down. I hope this places stays open though.

OB Lager beer - K-pop

OB Lager beer. I’ve always found Korean beer to be super drinkable!