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Jul 6, 2010 10:49 AM

At which Korean place do you like Dak Bok ki?

Dak bok ki is one of my favorite Korean dishes, homely and simple street snack dish that it may be, and I am craving it. At which resto do you recommend it?

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  1. I like Misung 888 for this dish. I think they are dinner only though but they are open quite late.

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    1. re: lixlix

      What is it? I've been to Misung 888, but I don't remember many of the Korean dish names.

      1. re: rudeboy

        It's these giant rice- tube shaped 'rice cakes' and fish cake patties or sliced sheets (yes, fish sheets!) in seasoned red-chile fermented bean paste sauce, usually with a hard boiled egg.

      2. I tried the dak bok ki at 888. (The Misung part must be written in hangul, so the sign only says 888 to me since I can't read Korean). The Dak bok ki was delicious. The kochujang sauce was very flavorfully done and they were generous with the dak and o deng. They also used some other thick noodle in it, a style I have never had before. The other noodle was another vehicle for the tasty sauce. Yum.

        We also ordered their squid stir fry, which had good flavor but the squid was quite overcooked and chewy, and their stir-fry bulgogi, which was gristly, (I always prefer table top BBQ for that, but my dining partner chose the dish). I wasn't too impressed with either of those dishes, but the dak bok ki was fabulous and I will definitely be back for that. Actually the serving is so huge, we really could have gotten away without ordering another dish.

        I suspect that their chigae and jeongol would be quite good, too and maybe they just don't excel in stir-fry type dishes, so I will try a soup next time.

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        1. re: luckyfatima

          OMG, THANK you for posting this! Never would have Dreamed that we had Ddukbokki available in Austin, it's my Favorite street food I had in Korea. I was also pleasantly surprised that Misung 888 was open until 2am, since i've been hoping for a late-night Korean restaurant in Austin as well...

          Ended up ordering the ddukbokki and the budae jjigae, the latter being a late-night favorite of mine. I'm glad they had hangul written on the menu, as i never would have been able to figure out what i was ordering based on the english translations. (btw, it Does say Misung in Hangul on the restaurant outside). The dishes themselves?... well, i think they both needed some more gochujang (korean red pepper paste), but alright otherwise. honestly, i'm just happy knowing that some version is available, especially that late at night. plus, i might be able to ask for extra gochujang next time?...

          i noticed they also had soju on the menu, but you wouldn't know unless you read hangul. might have to try some next time, though disappointed they didn't have my favorite one there... but who else really sells soju in town anyways?

          1. re: abidonfood

            It is actually just 888, Misung is the name of the owner. I say Misung 888 to distinguish it from the 888 Vietnamese restaurant on Oltorf.

            Their best dishes are their

            Kamja Tang : spicy pork bone and potato soup.

            Seafood Pajeon : seafood pancake

            sam gyeop sal : bbq pork belly which you actually cook yourself. They use a higher quality cut than most Korean places around town in my opinion.

            stir fried pork with kimchee

            stir fried pork with vegetables

            you can always ask for more gochujang.

            If you want a cheaper option for Ddukbokki, go to the Hang Yang market *the market, not the attached diner) at Lamar and Justin and they have prepackaged Ddukbokki made that day for quite a bit cheaper. It won't be as good but the price is pretty low.

            1. re: lixlix

              I don't eat pork, but the seafood pancake interests me. Thanks.