by Tara Nurin - 221 Reviews - 105 List
Contrary to popular belief, barbecue is not strictly an American pastime, reserved for outdoor summer festivities and southern competition. No, barbecue is widely popular in many other regions as well, particularly in Southeast Asia. That's why today, in the spirit of cooking over an open flame, we are highlighting some of Philly's best Asian barbecue.
Updated: September 29, 2009
If you're looking for friendly service, a bustling atmosphere, and delicious Korean BBQ, then Miran is the place to go. Offering a variety of meats, pots, and stews, Miran has a dish suitable to almost any taste. Expect well-portioned plates, savory meats, and, if you can handle the heat, spectacular spicy dishes.
For a cosmopolitan twist on traditional Korean barbeque, check out International Smokeless Barbeque, where you and your friends can experience a communal atmosphere while dining on delicious meats and sauces. As is the Korean tradition, your meats will be served sauceless, but don't fret, because a selection of bowls filled with exceptional dips is offered at every table. Located near the Italian Market, the International Smokeless Barbeque is a wonderful place to share your unique tastes with friends and family.
If you enjoy traditional Korean barbeque, but really crave some sushi on the side, then look no further than Sam Won Garden. Located on Castor Ave., the food at Sam Won has done nothing but improve over the years as they constantly add new dishes to their menu. With exceptional service and great food, Sam Won Garden is definitely worth checking out.
For another restaurant that serves food in the traditional Korean style, with raw meats, tabletop barbeques, and delicious dipping sauces, Pastoral is the place to go on the east side of Philly. Order fresh barley tea and crisp vegetables to start, with a wide variety of meats, fish, and stews as the main entree. If you're looking for a clean and quiet atmosphere, Pastoral will not disappoint.
One of the few places left in Philadelphia that uses a charcoal grill to cook their meat, Kim's offers excellent service, juicy meats, and an all-around fun dining experience. When you order, a part of your table is removed, revealing a grill to cook your meat (which is served raw). Once you cook the food to your liking, you have a choice of sumptuous sauces for dipping.