A well-established food truck recently set down roots in the Delmar Loop. K-Bop STL debuted its first brick-and-mortar restaurant on Dec. 10, featuring a menu of casual Korean rice bowls and sides.
The concept, which fills the space previously occupied by Guerrilla Street Food, comes from South Korea natives Hye Keeley, Dae Lee and Yu Duck Lee. The trio rolled out the first K-Bop food truck in 2015, followed by a second truck two years later.
Yu Duck, who is Hye’s brother-in-law, also owns Kampai Sushi Bar in the Central West End. According to Hye, Yu Duck received a formal education in Korean palace cuisine and also served as a military chef, while Dae has 17 years of experience in kitchens.
K-Bop gets its name from a combination of the Korean music genre K-Pop as well as the Korean word, “bap” or “bop,” for rice bowl. At its new location, which serves as a hub for the food truck that is currently in service, guests will find a selection of signature rice bowls and newer offerings.
“We wanted people to experience authentic Korean food right here in St. Louis,” Keeley says. “You can come here and have all these flavors in one bowl.”
Popular picks from the original food truck include a spicy chicken rice bowl featuring grilled chicken in a gochujang-based sauce. Each bowl comes with rice, mixed greens and japchae, or sweet potato glass noodles. Add-ons to the bowls include vegetable or pork egg rolls as well as mandu – Korean potstickers filled with japchae, vegetables, pork and beef.
Newer additions include a bibimbap bowl with your choice of protein such as the restaurant’s top seller: beef bulgogi. The bowls come with rice, greens, bean sprouts, seaweed salad, stir-fried zucchini, cucumber, carrots and an egg. Tteokbokki – a common Korean street food – is another recent offering with rice cakes and fish cakes in a sweet and spicy sauce.
Bottled and canned drink options include green tea, Milkis, sweet rice punch and cinnamon punch. The business is currently applying for a liquor license and hopes to offer Korean beers and soju in the future along with small plate food options to coincide them.
Online ordering is currently available for pickup orders. The restaurant offers limited dine-in and a large patio with picnic tables. Delivery is available via Uber Eats, DoorDash and Grubhub.
K-Bop STL is open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 9pm and Sunday from 11am to 8pm.
K-Bop STL, 6120 Delmar Blvd., Delmar Loop, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.296.3001, kbopstl.com