Lucky Pig SF: Bomb Korean Food in the Tenderloin

I recently headed over to The Lucky Pig SF, a super bomb 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!

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The Lucky Pig SF - Flat Lay

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!

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The Lucky Pig SF Army Stew Noodle Pull

Dosirak Lunch Box

If you ever want to be completely full and totally satisfied for ONLY $10 freakin’ dollars, grab the Dosirak Lunch Box and drop us a virtual πŸ™Œ! If you’re just stopping in for a quick bite by yourself during your lunch break or on your way home from work, instead of ordering one big plate of the same thing or a bunch of large plates and having way too many left overs, this is the perfect combo of kimchi fried rice, spam, egg, fish cakes, broccoli and even more tasty kimchi for a complete meal. Try it out!

The Lucky Pig SF Dosirak Lunch Box

Tteokbokki

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!

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The Lucky Pig SF tteokbokki

Cheese Tteokbokki

In a completely different style, the cheese tteokbokki is a heavenly combination of a little spiciness with ALL that melted cheese on top of rice cakes, fish cakes, and optionally ramen, spam and fried mandoo if you’d like to really fill the bowl out. Having the variety is a great touch, and you can’t go wrong with either one.

The Lucky Pig SF - Cheese Tteokbokki

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!

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The Lucky Pig SF korean fried chicken

The Lucky Pig SF Korean Fried Chicken Dipped in Sauce
The Lucky Pig SF Flatlay

 

Daeji Galbi

Whereas the galbi most people are used to is thinly cut through the bone, the daeji galbi is full sized ribs and the meat literally falls off the bone. The ribs are marinated in gochujang, a sweet and spicy sauce, and for $16 you definitely get your money’s worth! You can also add some delicious cheese for only $2 more if you really want to go in on these.

Daeji Galbi

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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