Kimchi Hamburgers and Bulgogi Fries in Texas — K-Town

Kimchi Hamburgers and Bulgogi Fries in Texas — K-Town


– This week on K-Town, we’re
gonna to go to this place in Carrollton, Texas, which is
a little bit north of Dallas and it’s considered the
new Korea Town here. And there’s these two brothers that actually grew up
in L.A.’s Korea Town. They’re gonna do their spin
on the all-American burger. That means things like
bulgogi on their burgers, it means kimchi on their fries, it means like basically
how can we make this stuff as Korean as possible? – [Matthew] So you guys
were in the Air Force, what was that like? – It was a huge culture shock for us, being in a small bubble, Korea Town, and then getting stationed, I was stationed in Dyess, Abilene. All we had was a Chinese
buffet, but it wasn’t enough, it definitely needed a little
bit more authentic Korean, so I had to come to
Dallas on the weekends. – Yeah. – That’s how I discovered Dallas and after our four years
I kinda told my brother like “We should definitely
move and make Dallas our home.” We wanted to introduce the
Korean flavors that we grew up on and incorporate that into L.A. burger. – Tell me about this K-Town burger, it seems like it, is it
your signature burger? – It definitely is. – What makes it K-Town? – [Jon] The main ingredients that makes the burger stand out is the kimchi. We use for all our burgers
certified Angus beef, for that burger in particular
we glaze it in teriyaki sauce, we add jalapenos as well as the kimchi. – [Matthew] Right, that’s
K-Town right there. – [Jon] That’s K-Town
right there, exactly. – So you get fries of your choice, so we’ve got regular fries,
curly fries, et cetera, and we top it with shredded cheese and then we do our
housemade kimchi diced, and then we saute it on the grill. We do bulgogi beef,
which is a sliced rib-eye that’s double-marinated,
and then we do diced onion, chopped cilantro, and then a
sriracha mayo on top, yeah. – [Matthew] That sounds so– – Really, really good. (laughs) (soft techno music) – This is nice, this is a legit burger. The use of this bun is definitely curious because it is not a
traditional burger bun. It’s got enough to really
hold it and keep it together, unlike let’s say an In-N-Out burger, which tends to dissipate
the more that you eat it. There’s something on my face? – [Woman] You got a lot of egg on you. – Alright. (laughter) This is a damn good burger. So he said it was a teriyaki sauce, but I guess the intention
behind that kind of sweet glaze is that it would resemble bulgogi, and I think it really does that. Now we’re talking. The beef is excellent quality, really nice grind, well seared, so juicy, like there’s a little pink on the inside. I mean, kind of the first impression is that you get the sort of
teriyaki burger thing going on with the bulgogi glaze,
but I like the kimchi. I mean kimchi, you know, is
a useful flavor component in a lot of really fatty
things because of its acidic and also funky punch, it works in this. Just around, like well under $10, this is gonna fill you up. A Cali burger, or a
California style burger is gonna have iceberg lettuce, tomato, maybe some Thousand Island type dressing, that’s what comprises a
signature California burger. So yes, how does this taste like K-Town? I mean, definitely the bulgogi seasoning, the kimchi, it’s a good sit-down burger. (bright techno music) Let’s go onto their K-style onion rings, this looks spectacular. Cilantro and onion, that’s
sort of like an L.A. thing because that’s like a taco. Yeah, they really dice up this kimchi. It is battered. It’s fried. It’s thick. I mean it’s good, and the
kimchi does a nice job like trying to foil the
richness of the onion ring, which is so hefty, I mean
this thing is really beefy. Let’s just, I like to do this test. (laughs) This is just the batter. Instead of something meaty
or even like carne asada over your carbs, you
get bulgogi, solid move. (upbeat techno music) You know, I can see that, especially if you’re Korean-American and you leave the confines
of your Korean community, you want something that’s
gonna be comforting, that’s gonna remind you of home. And for people that grew
up in L.A.’s K-Town, a burger, tacos, bulgogi
on the most random things, is what’s gonna remind you of home. And I love that these
brothers have taken the things that they like to eat,
burgers, fries, tacos, they’ve Koreanized it just a little bit, just to kinda give it something different. Yeah, so this is a
really solid L.A. burger, a really solid California-style burger. They did a really, really
nice job with the meat. This is Texas, they better
do their meat right. What’s not to love? Thank you so much for watching
and if you want to see more of K-Town in Dallas, click right here.

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