New Korean street food restaurant opens in Plymouth Township

There’s a new place to get a taste of the streets of Seoul in Plymouth Township.

Those hungry for food like Korean street tacos have a new place to go: Kimchi Box, a restaurant that opened in July at 47249 Five Mile, east of Beck Road. Having such a restaurant is a good opportunity to extend its reach.

“He just said he wanted to open a casual Korean-style restaurant across the street, which is what he did,” said Sean Park, Plymouth Township restaurant manager and friend of owner Min Kyu.

The restaurant, which occupies the space that once housed various restaurants including Tomo Korean and Japanese Cuisine, looks a lot like the previous restaurant inside, Park said. Although they added a few plants and their own branding, guests who visited the previous iteration of the space will feel right at home.

“The whole layout is pretty much the same as before,” Park said.

What’s different is the menu. Park – who moved to Michigan from New York – said it’s a unique combination not found on many area menus, which includes tacos, chicken and more. Again.

Park said bento boxes are popular, as are popcorn chicken and chicken wings. As many other restaurants can attest, the chicken sandwich also attracted a lot of customers.

Unlike Popeyes or Chick-fil-A, Kimchi Box’s Chicken Sandwich uses Korean sauces to accompany their entrees, making it a unique offering.

“I feel like there’s a bit of everything in the chicken sandwich,” he said. “I think our sauce is what makes it the best here.”

Pearl tea has also been a popular addition to the menu, with guests stopping just to order a drink.

The Plymouth Township Restaurant is the restaurant’s second location: it opened its first location near the Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights earlier this year, Park said. Nor is the Plymouth Township space the latest in the expansion: Kimchi Box restaurants are also slated to open soon in Novi and Auburn Hills.

Park said he saw many customers lining up to try the food, especially younger people who may be more familiar with cooking. He said it also attracts many businessmen, who stop for lunch during the week.

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“Dinner is always busy, but at lunchtime every time we open we have people lining up,” he said.

With his unique menu, Park said the hope is to bring in a new flavor that many guests don’t know so well in the area.

“Especially around this area, there isn’t a lot of Korean street food,” he said. “We’re looking to open them up and make people enjoy the food here, definitely.”

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and from noon to 9 p.m. on weekends. More information, including a menu, can be found at kimchiboxusa.com.

Contact reporter David Veselenak at [email protected] or 734-678-6728. Follow him on twitter @davidveselenak.

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