I recently headed over to The Lucky Pig SF, a new Korean spot in San Francisco, and was honestly impressed with everything I tried. I’ve had each of the dishes I’ll be talking about in this post before, but they put their own spin on each one, which made the experience new and exciting with each bite. The Lucky Pig SF is conveniently located in the Tenderloin along the 38 bus line, so it’s always easy to grab a bite if you’re on your way to or from downtown. If you’re as big a fan of Korean nomz as I am, then keep reading to see the deliciousness you need to try!
Buddae Jjigae (Army Stew)
So, quick side story: My brother-in-law is Korean and had told me awhile back about how American Cheese goes surprisingly well with a bunch of different Korean dishes. I trust his taste in food, but I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about his bold claim. That is, until I tried the buddae jjigae at The Lucky Pig SF and realized he was totally right! I’ve had army stew at other restaurants, but this one really tasted unique. It’s a spicy stew loaded with kimchi, ramen noodles, spam, sausage, bean sprouts, enoki mushrooms, and topped with some good ol’ American cheese. If you’re feeling hungry, give this one a try!
Here’s another classic Korean street food that The Lucky Pig SF has made their own. Traditionally, tteokbokki is stir fried rice cakes with a sweet and spicy sauce. That’s the gist of what they’ve done here, but it seems as though The Lucky Pig stir fries everything together including the sauce, which results in the sauce being more sticky and less “saucy.” Even if you’ve had tteokbokki before and think you know what it’s about, I highly recommend trying this one and seeing what you think!
Korean Fried Chicken
There’s something magical about Korean fried chicken and I can’t put my finger on it, but it’s just scrumptious. The chicken from The Lucky Pig SF is no exception, and in fact, it’s super bomb! The outside is nice and crispy and the chicken was flavorful and moist. We all know how dry fried chicken is the worst, so it was a very pleasant surprise to find some awesome quality chicken. The breading could have had a bit more flavor, but the most important thing for me is the chicken being good quality and moist. You also get some sweetish dipping sauces that totally compliment the saltiness of the chicken, so make sure to try those!
The Lucky Pig is a great spot to grab a quick bite after work if you’re heading west out of downtown. It could also be a great option for some pre-gaming and filling up on delicious noms before hitting the bars or clubs in the area. Definitely give them a try and let us know what you think when you do! Till next time, Nomsters!
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