Spicy seafood noodle soup at Han Sung BBQ
“It’s definitely the best in the Bay Area,” Cho says of Santa Clara’s wealth of Korean establishments. Really, the city is the only place in Northern California where you’ll find so many Korean restaurants devoted to a single dish or ingredient (say, Korean blood sausages), a whole economy of closet-size takeout operations hawking the boxed lunches known as dosirak, and not one, not two, but three gigantic Korean supermarkets. Spend a day exploring the city’s strip mall splendors, and you’ll see why the Korean food there is the food that Korean Americans themselves deem best.
At Jin’s Bakery & Coffee , for instance, you can order a sweet potato latte and a chewy tapioca-and-red-bean pancake and join the elderly Korean gentlemen who hang out on the café’s sunny wraparound porch. And if you want to delve into the world of traditional Korean rice cakes, there’s Ewha Dang Rice Bakery , a tiny shop (open only on weekday mornings and afternoons) whose selection of elegant, barely sweet treats includes steamed rice cakes, layered with pumpkin or assorted nuts and cut into thick slices, and mochi-like rice cakes filled with red bean paste. Jin’s Bakery & Coffee 2792 El Camino Real; EWHA Dang Rice Bakery 1076 Kiely Blvd.