1840 N Damen Ave
Rating: 4 Flutes
When it comes to dining out, one thing that upsets me greatly is wasting money on a bad meal (second only to wasting stomach space). Getting the best bang for your buck is priceless. (See what I did there?) And En Hakkore delivers on that value. A huge bowl of bibimbap starts at just $8. These things come out in what can only be described as a serving bowl. Like a serving-bowl-for-your-family’s-dinner-salad type bowl. If it’s all you order, you might be able to finish most of it alone.
I have talked about bibimbap before when I reviewed Bite Cafe, but En Hakkore is cemented around this stuff. Aside from serving this authentic Korean rice dish, they only have a couple other items on the chalkboard menu. (Some of which are not to be ignored.) You can get man doo (steamed pork dumplings), jap chae (sweet potato stir-fried noodle) or paratha tacos.
The paratha tacos are un-be-lievable. Dare I say I like paratha better than naan? Yes. Yes I dare. It too is an Indian flatbread but it is a more flaky and somewhat sweet, doughy version. It’s almost like a hybrid between a pancake + naan bread + puff pastry. It’s incredible.
The tacos are stuffed with BBQ beef (or spicy pork) that is perfectly tender and juicy, kimchi, onion, cilantro, cabbage and En Hakkore sauce (A.K.A., spicy mayo). An order of two is $7.50. Done.
They have two base versions of bibimbap to decide between: traditional and sashimi. The traditional features 16 kinds of veggies with rice (white, brown or black) and your choice of protein if you want to add it (tofu, Korean BBQ beef or spicy pork). The veggie line-up is as follows: kimchi (fermented cabbage), carrots, hard-boiled egg, bean sprouts, pickled radish, onion, zucchini, cucumber, spinach, lettuce, mushroom, spring mix, white and purple cabbage, romaine and shredded beets. Phew. (I guess they are counting eggs as vegetables. Whatever. They can do what they want.) Again, this starts at $8. If you want to add a protein, it’s a whopping $9.50 total.
My personal favorite is the sashimi-bap. It’s so light and refreshing, and the fish they use is really fresh. This bowl has only 13 veggies: carrots, pickled radish, cucumber, lettuce, spring mix, red and yellow bell pepper, white and purple cabbage, romaine, daikon sprouts, shredded beets and cilantro. It’s topped with sashimi of tuna, salmon, super white tuna, tilapia and shrimp. I love it with the brown or black rice ($1 extra).
En Hakkore is fresh, cheap and offers quick service. What beats that?
Let me know in the comments below if you have had paratha. This will determine whether or not our friendship will move forward. Remember: honesty is the best policy.
Best of luck,