“Fire meat.” If those words make your mouth water head to Pulaski County Bulgogi Trail in the Missouri Ozarks for grilled Bulgogi dishes that will make your taste buds sing!
Bulgogi is thinly sliced ribeye, sirloin, or other prime cuts of beef. The meat is marinated in a mixture of black pepper, garlic, sugar, sesame oil, and soy sauce and then grilled or stir-fried. The marinade and the heat combine to create a mildly sweet, smoky, savory flavor bomb that makes each bite a treasure.
Bulgogi is usually served with a side of white (or fried) rice. It pairs well with egg drop soup and Kimchi. Traditionally made with beef, the dish can also be prepared using pork, chicken, or seafood.
Saint Robert, outside the main gate of Fort Leonard Wood, has been a haven for authentic Korean Bulgogi for decades.
Gather your fellow foodies and road trip to Central Missouri in the Ozark Mountains for authentic tastes of South Korea!
Bulgogi House (1018 Missouri Avenue, Suite 14, Saint Robert, 573-336-7550) is a mainstay for Bulgogi in Saint Robert. It has been described as “totally authentic cuisine and atmosphere.” Bulgogi House is a favorite for many people who miss Korean cuisine.
“Bulgogi house is my go-to Korean restaurant in town. I typically cook Korean dishes at home each day. Sometimes I get lazy or too busy to cook and call in for an order. I am a huge critic when it comes to Korean food and this place always delivers.”Nahyun K. via Yelp
Café Korea (839 VFW Memorial Drive, Saint Robert, 573-336-3232) has been a hit with hungry patrons in Saint Robert for ten years. Bring cash or be prepared to pay with a check. An ATM is available on the premises.
“Friendly staff and amazing food. Our favorite is the beef bulgogi. We travel 45 minutes sometimes just to eat at Café Korea!”Eric & Nikki F. via Google
Lucky House Chinese Restaurant
Lucky House Chinese Restaurant (119 St. Robert Boulevard, Sant Robert, 573-336-2313) is primarily known for their delicious Chinese food. In addition to traditional beef Bulgogi Lucky House offers chicken, pork, & shrimp Bulgogi.
“Nice food to eat for a lazy weekend! Prices are good for what you get, and the food comes steaming hot! Delicious too!”Oasia R. via Google
Mi Suks Oriental Restaurant
No other eatery has been serving Bulgogi in the Fort Leonard Wood area longer than Mi Suks Oriental Restaurant (1058 Missouri Avenue, Saint Robert, 573-336-4770). Mi Suks does not take cards, so bring cash.
“Best bulgogi ever! The owner says it’s a secret recipe she brought from home and you can’t go wrong with original homestyle cooking. These are humble people with authentic food.”Tye E. via Google
If you prefer your Bulgogi in an all-you-can-eat setting pay Ocean Buffet (225 St. Robert Boulevard, Saint Robert, 573-451-2178) a visit!
“This was probably the best Asian buffet I have ever been to in my life. They had such a diverse amount of selections available.”Jacob S. via Google
For Bulgogi off the beaten path head north to the charming town of Richland. Richland locals get their Bulgogi fix at Silk Road (215 South Pine, Richland, 573-765-5900).
“Here on business and Silk Road was recommended for lunch. Wonderful lunch special. Went back for lunch on Day 2!”Jacquelyn W. via Facebook
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Some reviews have been edited for clarity and length.