The presence of bulgogi and dak galbi-topped hot dogs might suggest this Korean restaurant is a fusion fast casual or even a fast food joint. But Hanki Everyday Korean is neither of those. Everything, even the hot dog, is prepared to order on stoves in sizzling pans, taking several minutes to cook. You pay up front on a touch screen tablet. The food comes neatly organized in a special glazed ceramic plate with three compartments: one for the rice (either multigrain or regular white molded into a cylinder), one for the meat, and one for an array of four vegetable panchan side dishes. It’s a complete Korean meal with everything you need and nothing you don’t.
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Contrary to its name, Hanki Everyday Korean is not something you see every day. It's nothing like any restaurant I've seen before, at least in Orange County. There's a branch of it in Brooklyn, New York, tucked between a falafel sta...