My South Bay Korean Favorites

Helena Seo
Bossam Jungsik, steamed pork belly, from JangSuJang

There is no better way to learn about the cuisine of a neighborhood than to get the perspective of a local. Helena Seo has lived and patronized Korean restaurants in Sunnyvale since 2002 and generously shared her perspective.

I lived in Sunnyvale from 2002-2008 before moving up the Peninsula. But, I missed the restaurants in Sunnyvale and eventually moved back to be closer. I’ve tried almost all the Korean restaurants in the area. I usually rely on word of mouth from my Korean friends, but also check out Yelp reviews from other Koreans as a guide.

I’ve personally known the owner of SDG Tofu House since 2002 when I just got married. He still greets me to this day as “newlywed” everytime I come in with my husband or friend or colleagues. The location in Sunnyvale is his first location and he has since expanded to multiple locations in the Bay Area.

So, from my personal experience, I can recommend the following as my favorites:

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Great variety of Korean food in quality, good service and amazing side dishes (unlimited refill!). There are tables with Korean barbeque grills as well. It's group friendly!

Bossam Jungsik

Steamed pork belly slices with cabbage wraps. It’s an art to prepare this cut of meat properly.

LA Galbi

BBQ beef short ribs.


Spicy beef soup.

SGD Tofu House

My father who's super picky about food approved this restaurant for their tofu soup. Authentic and flavorful. This is the original location of a very popular Bay Area Korean chain.

Original Soft Tofu

Tofu boiled with your choice of meat and mushrooms. Served with your choice of side and an assortment of kimchi dishes.

JSJ Street Kitchen

You can get a variety of authentic Korean street food including fancy corn dogs, spicy rice cake, Boonguhbbang (Fish-shaped pastry with no fish inside). This kind of food is very popular in Korea right now.

Squid Ink Batter with Stacked

Korean style corn dog using rice and wheat flour, coated with panko bread crumbs and optional sugar. Mozzarella Cheese on Top, Sausage on Bottom. Touch of squid ink. Creatively sliced to look like a squid.


Two Taiyaki fish shaped pastry. You customize from a long list of sweet fillings such as Black Sesame Cream, Nutella, Oreos, Red Bean, or Green Tea, Strawberry or Vanilla Ice Cream.

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This is the globally popular Korean Fried Chicken chain. My husband would eat here if I let him eat fried chicken.

Fried Chicken

Choice of wings (shown above) or drumsticks or both. With your choice of spicy or soy garlic or half spicy and half soy garlic. Served with a complimentary side of pickled radish or coleslaw.

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