Hoodadak Restaurant Serves Korean-Style Chicken & More
There is plenty of Korean-styled chicken on the menu at Hoodadak Restaurant in Katy, Texas. It comes in many different guises. The chicken combo featured at the top of this page consists of 4 wings, fries, some sliced cabbage…a coleslaw of sorts…and a soft drink.
Patrons can order an entire chicken, half chicken, wings or popcorn chicken. But the choices do not end there! People also have to choose what flavor they want. The flavor choices are the following:
- Hot Fried
- Sweet and Spicy
- Soy Garlic
- and Honey.
For our first taste test we ordered the soy garlic fried chicken which our waiter told us seemed to be the favorite. The chicken is twice fried and made to order. The exterior of the chicken is extra crunchy with a soft juicy interior. The chicken is good but oh my gosh…those fries are extra special! They are some of the best fries we have ever eaten!
Whoever was responsible for the design of this small restaurant with a total of 10 tables and about 38 seats certainly made good use of chalkboard. It serves as decor but is also utilized to feature some of the menu items. There are 3 cubicles which offer more of a semi-private dining experience.
My husband and I wanted to order what they considered to be their signature dishes so we did that the first time we visited there. With extra plates on the table it was easy to share the Chicken Katsu and the Dak-Galbi.
Chicken Katsu is thin crispy fried strips of panko breaded chicken served with rice and cabbage slaw. Katsu sauce according to one recipe that I read has ingredients like soy sauce, ketchup, sherry, ginger, sugar, Worchestershire sauce and garlic powder. That may or may not be the exact recipe that was used to dress the chicken here but we both thought that it was good. Sliced scallions garnished the top of the chicken.
Good as the Chicken Katsu was we enjoyed the Dak-Galbi even more! Tender pieces of chicken are typically stir fried with an assortment of vegetables, pieces of rice cake and enhanced with a spicy sauce. A bowl of rice was served on the side. It was optional to order a fondue style mozzarella cheese to accompany the dish. After discussing it with our waiter we decided to try it. It was good but if we order the Dak-Galbi again we would omit it.
An appetizer we tried one time was the pork and veggie dumplings. What tasted just like a regular soy sauce was offered for dipping. They were good for fried dumplings. If given the choice I generally order steamed. Many of their offerings are easy to share and with 10 dumplings per order this one is no exception.
I guess I will get my steamed dumplings elsewhere given their penchant for frying. Not everything in Hoodadak is deep fat fried.
They offer a Korean-style marinated thinly sliced rib eye beef dish called Bulgogi. It is typically char grilled or cooked over high heat in a cast iron pan. There are different ways of serving it in Hoodadak.
- One way is to have it cooked with vegetables and served over rice.
- It can be served topping some of their waffle fries with other additions such as kimchi. Some people sitting at a table next to us ordered that one day and they were really enjoying it.
- We decided to try their Bulgogi Burger with fries. We added the optional kimchi, mushrooms and Swiss cheese to the burger. Wow! It was stupendous!!!
The sliced cabbage with spicy topping seems to accompany many of their dishes and that spicy topping is also served with french fries. Of course there is also the Sriracha Ketchup for use with the fries if desired.
I cannot wait to go back and have more of that Bulgogi. I had never even heard the name before and now I am enamored with that dish!
There is a television show on the food network called The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Different chefs go around the country and tell about the restaurants serving their favorite dishes. Usually they go into the kitchens where the chefs show how the dishes are prepared.
Another food network show features Jeff Mauro and he is known as the Sandwich King. If Jeff Mauro or any of those other chefs could taste this Bulgogi at Hoodadak I would bet that it could be a contender to be featured on one of those shows! It is that good! It is certainly one of the best sandwiches that I have had the pleasure of eating in a long time. My husband and I split one and he also thought that it was delicious.
Looking up recipes for what goes into a Bulgogi marinade…no wonder it is so flavorful! It has ingredients such as soy sauce, sesame oil, minced garlic, honey, rice cooking wine, pear puree, grated peeled ginger and more. Every recipe is slightly different. Look online to get ideas if you are interested. The beef was savory, sweet, juicy, tender and oh so delectable!
We have thus far chosen to drink only water with our meals. They have a few wines on their menu but seem to offer more in the way of beers. Quite a few are on tap as well as their bottled beer offerings.
I neglected to ask our waiter how many people have taken up that Beer Challenge. If someone chugs an entire quart of beer without resting, no fee is charged and that person can receive a free large order of chicken or select a free Hoodadak T-shirt. Hopefully there would be a mandatory designated driver if such a feat is ever undertaken.
This unique casual restaurant has been open about 2 years now at the time of this writing. The owner is considering opening another one in the College Station locale sometime in the future.
This is certainly a nice addition to the other restaurants in the Katy area and the western part of Houston for that matter. They seem to do a nice take out food business. People were regularly coming in to pick up and pay for their orders. I overheard one patron say to the waiter as he was paying the bill the following: “I am always surprised at just how good the food is here!”
I wish Hoodadak much long term success!