Dong Dong Cup Bap
6, Lane 498, HuaMei St, West Dist
Hours: 11:30 am-2 pm, 5-8 pm (closed Mon)
No service charge.
Situated along a quiet alleyway behind the Gap store beside SOGO Department Store, this authentic Korean-run eatery serves up reasonably-priced,authentic Korean street-style food that you won't find at other Taichung Korean restaurants. Several "cup rice" choices (NT$120-200) come in paper boxes, convenient for eating in or taking out. Diners simply mix up the fresh meat, vegetables, half-egg and rice to enjoy a savory, instant Korean meal. The delicious Noodles with Black Bean Sauce cup rice is made with black bean sauce and chewy noodles, with the recommended seasoned sauce from Korea being Dong Dong's specialty. Other equally tasty cup rice options include BBQ Pork Rice and the separate dish, Stir-fried Spicy Sticky Rice. Besides cup rice, there is also the Seafood Pancake (NT$200) and Army Style Stew (small NT$260, large NT$500) as well as various appetizers like Korean Sausage, Oden Soup, and Korean beverages (NT$40-250) such as sweet malt tea. Savoring a plate with Red Sauce Fried Chicken and Fried Cheese Dumplings with a cooling Soju in this creative place is a cultural experience straight out of a Korean soap opera. --By Niang Chen, translated by Anna Yang