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Discover 5 Korean restaurants in Curitiba

Practically unknown in Brazil 10 years ago, Korean cuisine was brought here in the wake of the success of K-dramas (also known as “doramas”) and the K-pop . The fact is that establishments are now popping up in Curitiba full of the culture of this Asian country.

At a global level, the success was the result of a large investment by the South Korean government in the late 1990s to expand Korean pop culture. Nowadays, this movement is nicknamed the “Korean wave” or hallyu.

If years ago sushi and sashimi became a rage, today kimchi which is a fermented food made from vegetables, considered the basis of the Korean diet, is a big bet for chefs, even in non-Korean restaurants.

Pillars of Korean cuisine

South Korean food is known for presenting a great fusion of flavors, ranging from sweet to spicy in a single bite. There are many vegetables present, such as chard, nirá, burdock root, lotus root, soybean sprouts and khaennip (wild sesame leaf).

Five ingredients, however, are the pillars of the country's cuisine: Sesame oil , ganjang (soy sauce), gochujang (fermented pepper paste), sick (Korean miso, stronger than Japanese miso, made exclusively from soybeans and salt water) and chilli powder . Don't like pepper? There are non-spicy dishes too!

With the “Korean wave” in mind, check out five places below to experience some of the Asian country’s cuisine in Curitiba:

  • Yoribogo – Korean restaurant

Korean dish from Yoribogo restaurant, in Curitiba

The small space opened in the second half of 2023 and is located in the Spot Compact Mall food court. The service is provided by the owner himself, who has lived in Brazil for 20 years and is pure friendliness.

If you are a fan of pepper, and it is cold, you can bet on Chef's Ramyeon (R$35), which is a very spicy and tasty Korean ramen, served with kimchi, of course. Another great option is Tteokbokki (R$35), an iconic dish of Korean cuisine. It consists of glutinous rice pasta served with a spicy and slightly sweet red sauce, fish pasta, sausage and boiled egg.

To drink, there are several alcoholic Korean drinks, such as the typical Soju, and non-alcoholic ones, such as Korean soda.

Yoribogo: Rua Vicente Machado, 520 – store 8 – Centro, Curitiba – PR / No telephone / Opening hours: Monday, from 11:30 am to 9 pm; Tuesday, from 11:30 am to 3 pm; Wednesday to Saturday, from 11:30 am to 9 pm.

  • Saiso Korean Food Market

Kimbap, Korean sushi consisting of seaweed, sausage, ham, omelet, carrot, cucumber, turnip and fish paste

Saiso operates as a restaurant and emporium of Korean products, being the go-to lunch destination for workers in the region looking for an unusual meal.

Good entry options are Pork JjimPam (R$ 18 for 3 units), which is a steamed pork dumpling, or the classic of Korean street food Mixed Corn Dog (R$ 18). It is a sausage skewered on a stick, interspersed with cheese, breaded in a slightly sweet dough and panko flour, sprinkled with sugar and finished with ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise. Strange? Maybe, but it works, believe me.

If you want something lighter, ask for the Kimbap (R$ 22), a Korean sushi consisting of seaweed, sausage, ham, omelet, carrot, cucumber, yellow turnip and fish pasta. From main go from Chapaguetti (R$ 35), which is a noodle with soy-based seasoning, toasted black beans and olive oil, and a fried egg on top. Nothing spicy — if you like pepper, just ask for more.

Saiso Korean Food Market: Rua Nunes Machado, 30 – Centro, Curitiba – PR / Tel.: (41) 98723-4385 / Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, from 11:30 am to 3 pm and from 6 pm to 10 pm.

  • Yü Oriental Cuisine

Salão do Yü, an oriental cuisine restaurant in the center of Curitiba

One of the first restaurants of its kind in Curitiba, Yü has a spacious atmosphere, great for group lunches. The place serves a buffet per kilo every day for lunch with Asian dishes, but also serves an à la carte Korean menu.

The classic dish is one of the most popular in Korean cuisine, Bibimbap (R$55). It means “mixed rice”, and consists of white rice covered with meat and vegetables, which all arrive separately, with an egg cracked on top. Everything should be mixed at the table and seasoned with sesame oil, the Korean pepper gochujang and kimchi. Unmissable.

Yü Oriental Cuisine: Praça General Osório, 485 – Centro, Curitiba – PR / Telephone: (41) 3232-3500 / Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 11:30 am to 3 pm; Saturday and Sunday, from 12pm to 3pm.

  • Shiny's Kitchen Curitiba

Korean carbonara from Shiny's Kitchen Curitiba

The small door, which is located at the back of a gallery in Praça Osório, shares space with several other establishments in a food court. The service is always friendly and the food is ready quickly.

Mandatory dish is Mixed Corn Dog (R$ 15), which has a very fluffy and light dough, perfect breading and cheese that melts. It is highly addictive.

Innovation is due to the Korean carbonara (R$ 36.90), which is a noodle with a very spicy sauce, which also contains cheese, garlic and chicken broth. Served with cabbage and corn salad and rice.

Shiny's Kitchen Curitiba: Praça General Osório, 333 – store 18 – Centro, Curitiba – PR / No telephone / Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, from 11am to 3pm; closed on Sundays and Mondays.

  • Yami Asian Food

Miso Ramen dish at Yami Asian Food restaurant, in Curitiba

Yami is already a traditional Korean restaurant in Praça Osório. With a more contemporary atmosphere, it features shared tables and it is common to see groups of Asians having lunch and chatting animatedly in a language that is completely incomprehensible to Westerners.

A good option, especially for cold days, is the Miso Ramen (R$ 42), which consists of noodle noodles in a pork broth seasoned with miso, with slices of Char Siu (pork belly), boiled egg, carrot, bean sprouts, seaweed and chives.

Another more daring option is the Japchae Bap (R$49), which is sweet potato noodles sautéed with sesame oil, soy sauce, meat and vegetables. The noodles, which are transparent and more elastic, make the dish a unique experience.

Yami Asian Food: Praça General Osório, 447 – Centro, Curitiba – PR / Tel.: (41) 3029-4840 / Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, from 11:30 am to 4 pm.

*The texts published by Insiders do not necessarily reflect the opinion of CNN Viagem & Gastronomia.

About Caroline Grimm

Food content creator Caroline Grimm

Curitiba native, doctor by training and gastronome at heart, Caroline Grimm is also a content creator and accumulates thousands of followers on social media. As she describes it, she lives to cook, eat, drink and travel – not necessarily in that order, but always in search of the best experiences.

Source: CNN Brasil

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