Bibimbap and Barbecue: Qingdao’s Best Korean Restaurants

Bibimbap and Barbecue: Qingdao’s Best Korean Restaurants

Since Qingdao and South Korea are only separated by one small body of water, it makes sense that Qingdao would become a beacon for Korean industry in China. And these days, elements of Korean fashion, culture and entertainment can be found all over the city. Authentic Korean cuisine is also quite ubiquitous around Qingdao, so if you're a fan of bibimbap and barbecue, you're in luck!

1) Hanshunyuan Korea Charcoal Barbeque Store View In Map
The relaxed atmosphere and classy décor at Hanshuyuan (韩顺沅韩国炭火烤肉专门店) really stand out from most of the other Korean restaurants in Qingdao. And even though this is a Korean restaurant, you'll still notice subtle Chinese influences in the flavour of many dishes (which in this case, is a good thing). Simply put, this place is a meat lover's paradise, so vegetarians beware! Hearty favourites such as traditional Korean barbecue, pork belly, and beef tongue are all popular amongst the locals, as is Hanshunyuan's delicious homemade barbecue sauce—one bite and you'll surely be hooked. As with all Korean barbecue joints, the barbecue is do-it-yourself, making it a great choice for partying with friends or going on a fun first date.  Recommended dishes: pork belly (五花肉), fatty beef (肥牛), mashed potatoes (土豆泥) and stone pot bibimbap (石锅拌饭).

Add: 113 Jiangxi Lu, Shinan District, Qingdao
地址:青岛市市南区江西路113号
Tel: 532 8895 5555
Price: 65 RMB average, credit card acceptable
Opening hours: 11:30-21:30
Getting there: take bus No. 33, 205, 227, 320, 322, 374 or 604 to Yan'erdao Lu (燕儿岛路站)

2) Hengbo's Famous (Laoshan branch) View In Map
The Hengbo's Famous chain of Korean restaurants is famous in Qingdao, with the Laoshan branch (亨伯名家 - 崂山店) being our personal favorite. The traditional Korean décor will make you feel like you've just entered a Korean home. After you order, you'll receive free delicious vegetable sides to snack on while the cooks prepare your main dishes. The choices here are both delicious and numerous, so be careful not to over order.  Recommended dishes: pickled beef ribs (腌渍牛排), beef mixed with fresh egg (生拌牛肉), pork belly (五花肉), mashed potatoes (土豆泥), honey melon (蜜汁南瓜), miso soup (大酱汤) and dolsotbap (石锅饭) steamed rice.

Add: Building 12, Jianfei Gardens Outlet 1, 87 Xianggang Dong Lu, Laoshan District, Qingdao
地址:青岛市崂山区香港东路87号建飞花园1期网点12号楼
Tel: 532 8801 1070
Price: 105 RMB average, credit cards accepted
Opening hours: lunch: 11:30-14:30; dinner: 17:30-21:30
Getting there: take bus No. 104, 110, 125, 301, 311, 321, 382, 403 or 501 to Haiqing Lu (海青路站)

3) Chunchuan Iron Plate Chicken View In Map
Chunchuan Iron Plate Chicken (春川铁板鸡) is one of the best places to sample Korean hometown fare in Qingdao. Their most famous dish is their namesake: Iron Chicken. The dish has cabbage, glutinous rice cake, sweet potato, and chicken. The flavour is a bit on the spicy side, but it's a really great treat if you can handle the heat.  The portions are also quite good—three people can easily share a two-person serving.  Since much this Korean restaurant's fare tends to be hot and spicy, it's recommended that you come here during the winter months. Recommended dishes: Iron plate chicken (春川铁板鸡), Fatty pork iron plate chicken (五花肉铁板鸡), udon noodles (乌冬面), potato pancake (土豆饼).

Add: Opposite of Gaokeyuan Erzhong (near the Qingdao City Museum), Laoshan District, Qingdao
地址:青岛市崂山区高科园二中对面(近青岛市博物馆)
Tel: 532 8889 6839
Price: 50 RMB average, credit cards accepted
Opening hours: 09:30-23:00
Getting there: Take bus No. 230, 321, 386 or 612 to Qingdao City Museum bus stop (青岛博物馆站)

4) Hanlixuan Barbeque Buffet View In Map
Hanlixuan (汉丽轩自助烤肉) is Qingdao's most popular Korean barbecue buffet restaurant.  As such, it's best to show up a bit early so as to avoid waiting in line for a table. Despite being a buffet-style restaurant, the quality of the meats and vegetables is still very high. Recommended dishes: pork belly (五花肉), bacon (培根), chicken wings (鸡翅), chicken hearts (鸡心), squid (鱿鱼) and sushi (寿司). 

Add: 138 Shandong Lu (north of Carrefour), Shibei District, Qingdao
地址:青岛市市北区山东路138号(家乐福北)
Tel: 532 8092 5765
Price: 45 RMB average, credit cards accepted
Opening hours: 11:30-14:00,17:30-21:00
Getting there: Take bus No. 19, 33, 119, 224, 318, 368, 374, 502, 605 or 761 to Anshan Lu (鞍山路站)

5) Donggulai (Donghai Lu Branch) View In Map
Donggulai (东古来 - 东海路店) is an all-in-one Korean restaurant, entertainment centre, bathhouse and inn.  The east side faces the Old Stone man's beach (石老人海水浴场) and the west side faces Polar Ocean World (极地海洋世界), so from a tourist's point of view the location couldn't be any better. The free fruit and vegetable platters served before the main courses arrive are numerous and refillable. You can barbecue the meat yourself or you can request that a server do it for you. Recommended dishes: mashed potatoes (土豆泥), barbecued pork belly (烤五花肉), barbecued steak (烤牛排), barbecued mushrooms (烤蘑菇), barbecued pork ribs (烤猪排), bibimbap (石锅拌饭) and miso soup (大酱汤).

Add: in Qixiang Holiday Hotel (next to the Korean Embassy), 87 Haidong Lu, Laoshan District, Qingdao
地址:青岛市崂山区东海东路87号气象度假村内(韩国领事馆旁)
Tel: 532 8097 8899
Price: 90 RMB average, credit cards accepted
Opening hours: 11:30-13:00, 15:00-21:30
Getting there: Take bus No. 623 环线to Haikou Lu-Hai'an Lu bus stop (海口路海安路站)

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