Korean cuisine lends itself well to specialized restaurants that focus on one particular facet, like chimek (crispy fried chicken and beer), bibimbop, or do-it-yourself Korean barbecue. But one establishment in Philadelphia has won a loyal following for offering a bounty of Korean food (and sushi), from a menu with over 130 items. Eater LA editor and host of K-Town Matthew Kang stops by this week to sample a platter of some of the restaurants’ most popular dishes: Korean sashimi, fried flounder, and eel unagi.
Seorabol is located in Olney, a North Philly neighborhood that’s historically functioned as the city’s Koreatown. While doctors’ offices and hair salons in the area still boast signage in both English and Korean, second- and third-generation Koreans in Philadelphia have started moving out of the centralized zone, into other parts of the city and the surrounding suburbs. Seorabol — now run by Chris Cho, the 31-year-old son of the original owner — is a relic of K-Town’s heyday, drawing fans back to the epicenter for a lunch special or late-night meal.