by Tony Chai | Chief Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
▲ (from left) John Lee of Landmark Realty Group, Steve Shin of bbbop Seoul Kitchen, H.K. Kim president of GDKACC.
Steve Shin, owner of fusion Korean restaurant bbbop Seoul Kitchen in Dallas, sponsored lunch for the 2019 Landmark Classic.
The Landmark Classic is an annual event in which the members of the Dallas Police Department and the Korean-American community get together and play a friendly game of softball.
Steve Shin and John Lee, the organizer of the event, goes to the same church, Global Harvest Church.
“I found out about today’s event from John. When he told me he needed someone to sponsor lunch, I was more than willing to help out. This is the least we can do to thank the Police officers” Shin said.
Steve Shin’s goal for bbbop Seould Kitchen is more than just a successful business – he wants to introduce Korean food to mainstream Dallas.
“We started in 2007-2008. We opened the restaurant out the Harry Hines and Carrollton H Mart area to see if we can do Korean food outside the typical Korea Town environment. And we’ve been received very well and now I’m seeing more of that happening” Shin said.
The name ‘bbbop’ comes from one the most popular and well-known Korean menu – Bi Bim Bop. Typical Bi Bim Bop is a bowl of rice mixed with various meats and vegetable toppings, with spicy Korean sauce called ‘Go Choo Jang.’
“We do different kinds of Bi Bim Bops. We do traditional and fusion Bi Bim Bops. We are constantly trying to figure out how Korean we can be and still be accepted” Shin said.
Early on, from 2008 all the way to 2012, Shin couldn’t make his menu as Korean as he wanted to. But things started shifting.
“With popularity of Korean food rising, we could start being more Korean in flavors and toppings because that’s what people wanted.” Shin Said.
Shin said he is glad and proud to see that the Korean food is becoming more popular among non-Koreans and hopes to see more people trying other Korean food as well.
For more information on bbop Seoul Kitchen, check out the Facebook Page @BbbopSeoulKitchen