Yupdduk Olympic is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, based on 179 reviews!
So delicious! Pretty spicy, but manageable. Very economical if you share with others, huge serving size.
I think I'm ADDICTED to the Yupdduk brand guys! I just can't seem to get enough! This is the third location I've tried so far, and the absolute best! Seating is way more spacious, dukbokki is spicier than the other locations, and they have an awesome text deal where you text Yupdduk to a number on the wall and you get a free add-in. (Although, we did have some trouble with our server not allowing us to use ours because we did it after we ordered since we saw the offer after we ordered.)
Anywaaaay, on to the food! Here's what was on our table:
- Yup Oh with extra sausages MILD (I like original but the bf can't handle the heat so we go lighter. Mild isn't so bad here though!): We always get this one because we normally like the fish cake more but OMG the rice cake here is so chewy and delicious I wish I ordered the original with more rice cake! I was fishing the bowl for duk but kept finding sausages, fish cake, cabbage, or cheese. Where was my delicious duk at?? Also, there wasn't as much sauce as there usually is. Not sure if they were rushing because there were A TON of to-go orders that night.
- Seaweed rice balls: Always get this to dip in the sauce. Or whatever sauce we could find that night. We were scraping sauce off the side of the bowl because there was barely any in it! These are so good though. You must try!
- Yup Fries: Basically their mixed tempura basket. Comes with a variety of sweet potato, kabocha, and other goodies.
- Mozzarella Cheese Sticks: Fried cheese is always good. Fried cheese and dukbokki sauce is a freaking orgasm in your mouth. Seriously. Try it.
- Fried dumplings: Typical frozen dumplings, fried to perfection, ready to be dunked in dukbokki sauce.
- Tuna Mayo Rice Ball: I don't really like this but the bf loves it so we always order it. It's just rice with tuna, mayo, sesame oil, and seaweed all layered into a ball of sorts.
This location doesn't have the fried seaweed roll or fried spam. Cry cry! But I'd still rather come back to this one. There's no valet, so no charge for parking. And way more seating. Food is tastier, although I'd need way more sauce next time to dunk my goodies in!
The spicy rice cakes were really good. The service, on the other hand, was not that good. They would take a while to come to our table whenever we needed something when there wasn't even a lot of people sitting there to begin with. I would come back for the food though.
THIS IS MY FOOD LOVE. I love this place so much I had vivid dreams for a week of me eating and smelling this.
So first off there are two locations in LA, I've been to both, but I usually get takeout so I prefer to come here so I can save on the $2 valet that the other location charges. I usually park in the parking lot across the street. This place is located in a sketchy part of town, but it is Koreatown I guess...
So I usually get the Yup Oh (the one with the fish cake) and the Yup Dduk (the one with the rice cake). I usually prefer the fish cake over the rice cake BUT THIS PLACE MAKES THE PERFECT RICE CAKES. THEY ARE AMAZINGLY AL DENTE! so I am super conflicted cause I want both! I also enjoy their tuna mayo rice ball thingie. Even just the seaweed rice balls are super yummy!
At first glance you may think, "holy! This is expensive! Almost 30 bucks for a meal?" but then when you get your order, you see how freaking MASSIVE the order is. Literally larger than 2x the size of your face. I suspect probably one meal is good for 3 people? Definitely more than enough for 2! After having visited Korea, I find that in Korean culture, food is meant to be shared, so portions are usually YUGE. They also provide yummy radishes as a banchan :) helps tame the spice. SO, speaking of spice. THIS PLACE IS SPICY AF. I get tears from all the spice, no joke. I get stomachache from the spice too unfortunately, but it's so good I keep coming back despite the pain. For reference I get the extra mild, but even then its super spicy... I can usually handle my spice OK. This is actually my only criticism of this place. I wish they had a nonspicy option.. My best friend doesn't eat spicy at all, but I'll never get to come here with her because of this lack of non spicy option.. I feel like they can attract a larger audience if this was available. GOOD STUFF LIKE THIS NEEDS TO BE ENJOYED BY THE MASSES! I do notice that the spiciness tends to be inconsistent. I always get the extra mild, but sometimes it's spicier than other days.
The Yup Dduk/Oh reminds me of pasta with their sausages and cheese. So for those unfamiliar with Korean food, you can think of this as Korean pasta :) good old comfort food. I recommend getting a topping of ramen for $2! I usually don't order toppings or extras cause I feel they're marked up, but they actually provide a large amount of ramen. Definitely worth it! It'd be the same if you bought it yourself at the market anyways. Their sausages are really good, it's a good mix of sweet and salty, unfortunately you only get like 3 pieces in the order, so you'll need to order extras if you're digging them!
One of the best spicey rice cake spots around. Anywhere from slightly spicey to stupid spicey. Great tempura as well.
We ordered Set C with the free topping deal (text "YUPDDUK" to 90407, you can choose from glass noodle, fishcake, and cheese). It was shared between 4 people, and we were pretty full after. Our yupdduk was extra mild with fishcake, ramen, glass noodle, and cheese. The set came with fried veggies and seaweed rice balls. We added the tuna mayo jumbo rice ball, which was pretty good.
Everything was really good and flavorful, would definitely come back again!
Chileheads and fans of the spice, take heed. Yupdduk isn't messing around here. After all, what more can you expect from a place that houses the super spicy challenge? Although they have different heat levels on their menu, even their mildest flavor still comes out quite hot. I don't even want to imagine how crazy it can get beyond that.
Ddubokki is definitely one of my favorite Korean foods. I came here with a party of 4 which is the perfect size for splitting one order. Although I had originally thought to order 2 different bowls, the portions here are ginormous! We even had leftovers afterwards. Because mild was already pretty hot and I'm kind of a wimp when it comes to spiciness, we went with the extra mild (sorry to my party) If your tolerance is on the low to normal end, then this is perfect for you. The flavor is out-of-this world good, just like how good ddubokki should be--sweet and spicy. Hint: dress up your order with ramen, cheese and sausage! You won't regret it.
We also ordered the spicy chicken gizzards and soondae (Korean blood sausage). The gizzards were served sizzling with a different kind of sweet and spicy chili sauce. Seriously bomb stuff. The soondae I could've probably done without, although some may enjoy it as a more acquired taste.
Great spicy rice cakes with cheese. Some say it's too spicy. I had the spiciest and it wasn't too bad. It is a bit sweet though. Would visit at least once.
This Yupdduk is very similar to Yupdduk LA. If I had the choice to I would definitely go to the LA location. I would honestly give this place a 3.5/5, but will give it the benefit of the doubt and 4 stars for this review.
The food here is good, but it isn't as good as the food at the other location. I came here twice, and the first time the rice cakes were too soft. The second time was much better, but something was still off about this place.
Also, the customer service is pretty bad. When there's only 2 or 3 tables, it shouldn't be hard to ask if they need anything (and since it's spicy food... water helps!). I was pretty disappointed that the waiter/waitress just sat at the counter the whole time I was here.
I'd definitely still come back though. There's a lot more seating at this location and parking is much easier at this location as well.
Good food decent price very clean decent staff I love this place and I recommend a lot and add sausage and seaweed rice it’s soo good
The best, no need words
This was my first time. They are very creative with their . Ddukk buggi. It is slightly sweet with cheese, cabbage, sausage and fish cake. Really delicious. The $20 bowl fed four of us. If you are sensitive to spicy get extra mild.
This place is so good! I've never been to the other location, and I don't plan to because I heard the wait is hell on Earth, but this place has the perfect wait and the service is also really good here! They readily warn you about the spiciness levels, and when my friends and I decided not to heed that warning, they gave us fresh cut radish to help ease the tasty, spicy pain I can't wait to come back here!
RIP gastrointestinal lining! That is what I thought as I feasted on the "regular" spicy ddukbokki w fish cakes, ramen fried gim rolls and sausages w cheese. The server warned us that the regular is spicy but did we listen? NO! We love spicy foods and would not leave without getting what we came for! Aside from dying from the heat, the flavor was delicious. Thank God we got those free yogurt drinks w yelp check ins, although a part of me wished they were bigger.
This place doesn't mess around when it comes to spicy. We ordered "original" the first time - it was a bit too spicy but still so gooood!!!! The next time we got "mild"- just a perfect balance of sweet, spicy and savory for my palate. Just to compare, we got "extra mild" on our next visit - turned out to be too sweet and not enough spicy to my taste. So we stuck with just mild.
The 5 star is just for ddubokki. Because the rice ball with tuna that we tried last time was a dry, bland, sad mess.
Fishcake soup was pretty good, with plenty of fishcake. Can't wait to try the chicken feet and chicken stew on our next visit!
YAS. if you're looking to get your dukbokki, korean street food fix, here is the place to go. Definitely come with a minimum of 4 people to share the dukbokki because it is basically a bowl of carbs and spicy hotness. I've been to this location and the other one a little down the street, both were the same, no difference in service or taste. Like everyone says, if you can handle spice, I would still recommend getting the extra mild, unless you can REALLY REALLY handle spicy. Typically, the dukbokki comes with some seaweed wrapped rice balls on the side to balance out the heaviness and richness of the rice cakes, and I don't think its necessary to order anymore than the main dish.
I recommend this place when you're looking for spicy food in LA.
It's really good!! Their tempura and rice balls are amazing with ddepbokki!!Make sure you get set B!!
I am not too sure if there is a difference with the locations, but the one more in Koreatown was super packed so we went to this location instead. This location is so much more spacious than the other one. We got the set C and also added the tuna mayo rice ball. This meal was rice cake heaven, my only regret was getting it in extra mild because of everyone saying how super spicy the tteokbokki was :'-( portions are definitely meant for sharing, and the prices are not overly priced! This is a must to stop by whenever I'm in LA again :)
Really fast service. Food can be a bit spicy, but spicy good. Line is not long at all
Pretty good. But so spicy. Like really spicy.
Great place to fulfill your need for spice, but prepare for some turbulent times in your tummy. I love spicy food and this place does not hold back. I think level 2 was the perfect level of spice, just enough to get that kick but not so unbearable that you're not able to enjoy the food. Be sure to come with a group because the portions here are huge! I split a bowl with two other friends and we still had leftovers after the meal.
Trying to endure this meal can be pretty stressful, so I'd definitely recommend ordering the rice balls which I thought helped with the spice. Also be sure to eat slow. I found that I was instinctively eating fast because it was so spicy, but I think that just makes it worse. At the end of your meal make sure you check in so you can get a free mini-smoothie. It's pretty small, so probably best to save it til the end cause it was great at killing the lingering spice in my mouth.
I do have to say that after the meal my stomach was just not having it. Which is weird because I've definitely had spicier meals before and my stomach fared just fine. When I finished the leftovers a few days later my stomach acted up again, so it's definitely the food here. Maybe have some pepto on hand if you plan on eating here.
Always had the food too but this time we came in to eat. It's a small place that smells like oriental herb medicine smell probably due to the chinese herb clinic being next door. We ordered the yub oh which is ddukbboki and ohdeng, veggie fries and seaweed rolls with cheese on top. The order took a little longer than we anticipated. It look a little over 25 miuntes. The servers we're super slow and just not too happy to be there. They kept avoiding us when we had some questions.
Bring a jacket cuz it's a little chilly. They were super busy with a lot of take out order and delivery orders.
Went there for the first time when I heard about their spicy challenge and it definitely did not disappoint. Couldn't finish the challenge but it was still tasty. I got the "regular" level the second time I went back and it was more enjoyable but still gave a good spiciness kick to it. Definitely would recommend if you love dubboki, fish cake, and cheese.
This place is my favorite spicy ricecake restaurant i ever had!! i like to do spicy challenge. so i ordered original and it was pretty hot. i should try mild next time however i had this place several times, and it would be better to come to restaurant than take out. you would feel hot and spicy right away. i asked to server to get free toppings message codes, and i ordered more fried dumplings.
The combo is a great deal. Everything from that combo was perfecto.
Not exactly the flavor in Korea, but it will do when you need your yup dduk fix
This place is my favorite ddukbbokki place in ktown. Parking space is free. Price is reasonable. Also they close at 11 so you can come in latYou must try extra mild if you can't handle the spiciness!! Or you can try challenge if you dare!!
Definitely a good place if you are craving for spicy food, they specialize in Durk bokki- Korean spicy rice cakes. I had the mild before it was still very spicy. This time I ordered the extra mild for my dinner party... it was not spicy at all. Pretty good! There is no parking lot, street parking here
The food was great, thank you for the great service. Thank you for the great time. Keep it up!
Yup dduk can be super spicy and not my favorite flavor. It is a korean comfort food and can't be found many places outside of Korea. My Korean girlfriend says it doesn't taste as good as back home, because it's a but sweeter here and the rice cake is a too loose. Overall, she gives it the Korean thumbs up!
Really good ddukppokki! The mildest version was pretty spicy, but tolerable. Make sure you get the rice balls and fried veggies too. I came here with a friend on a rainy Friday evening, and surprisingly it was pretty empty. Not sure if that's usual. For parking, they have a small lot on the side for free, but you can also street park along Harvard.
Had my first taste of Yup Dduk from here a few weeks ago and I enjoyed it! I ordered mine extra mild and they spiced it perfectly. Everything in it - the rice cake, fish cake, sausages - were all cooked nicely. I'll definitely order from this place again (maybe I'll be a little braver and go for heavier spice).
I got the EXTRA MILD yup duk.... still spicy af! Btw, the portion size is gigantic. If you go by yourself, you'll for sure have lunch and dinner for the next two days. Very good though!
The spicyness is NOT, i repeat...is NOT for the faint of heart. However, if you enjoy spicy food like i do, go ahead girl.
Ordered the ddukbokki & kimchi fried rice ~ and shit, I was crying & drinking water like mad. The cost is pricey, but it was good. Good indeed. Will be back! :)
Yupdduk's spicy challenge game is on a WHOLE. 'NOTHER. LEVEL. Orochon, Booldak Boggummyun, King Taco red sauce, Curry House extra spicy level got nothing on this freaking delicious wrath of fire. I CAN'T COMPLAIN THOUGH BECAUSE THIS IS ONE OF MY FEW BELOVED GO TO SPOTS IN LA!!!
I've been here about 10 times now and every single time I always MAKE SURE that I take with me a spicy food connoisseur who can actually handle their shiz because I refuse to settle for anything less than spicy level (of course the challenge is more preferred). Now to emphasize the spicy level a little more, I have friends and colleagues that get mild and still need to dunk it in a cup of cold water to dilute. Proceed to read this nursery please.. if you can't handle the kick, and the lick on your lips, you'll get sick so take another pick.
So far, I've tried:
Combo C Set (Yup+Dduk 'rice cake' or Yup-O 'fish cake' , Boiled Egg, Yup Dduk Fries 'sweet potato, pumpkin, onion ring tempura' , Rice Ball 'seaweed rice balls' , Noodles) [$30] + Extra Cheese [$3] + Extra Sausages [$3] - KEEP IN MIND: The portions are HUGE. It can probably feed a group of 3-4 comfortably. I always get the challenge because I'm badarse like that JK I just love spicy food. This challenge is tooo yourrrr ownnnn discretionnnn
Soondae [$7] - The pieces are pretty small but the flavor is perfectly complex. This is a really good balance with the spiciness of the ddukbokgi
Original Chicken Feet [$14] - OK, I've tried this ONCE and vowed to myself I will NEVER get again. I don't know how it's possible but this dish is actually SPICIER than the Yup-O challenge!! It was just a little too much for little to no reward (meat).
Side notes: the interior is pretty small and the largest table seats 6-7 people. On a busy dinner night, expect an average 45 to an hour wait time. The servers here are super friendly and there's a valet fee of $2. If you do decide to take on the challenge, the yellow radish side dish really helps and they do sell flavored milk or yogurt as well!
super spicy but good they were very slow in preparing the food! When there were no one in front only us
Basically, awesome food but terrible service. Very unfriendly. They really need some training on how to treat their customer. Sucks that I have to deal with it because the food is goo
The food and service is remarkable and the portions are perfect! I loved their spicy rice cake! Topokki is so spicy, but fabulous
The food here is so good and service is great too! The waitress, doeun is so sweet! Will definitely come back :)
Basically, awesome food but terrible service. Very unfriendly. They really need some customer service training. Sucks that I have to deal with it because the food is good. Go with the mild. It's still very spicy. Extra mild was good too but didn't have that kick.
I am crazy about this place and need to eat it at least every other week. It is true comfort food, and spice level is no joke. If you eat spicy food regularly and enjoy it, I would say you should still go mild.
They have huge portions! I definitely recommend getting a wrap of somr kijd to eat with the ddubokki!
I love spicy rice cakes. It's one of those things that I crave all the time. Yupdduk is actually really well known in Korea and I'm so glad that I don't have to fly back to the motherland to get this nostalgic dish. I've tasted a bunch of different things on the menu (mainly to combat the roaring fire in my mouth from the spice level) and I highly recommend you just stick to the spicy cakes and nothing else because everything else is mediocre at best.
Yup Dduk #1 (rice cake, fish cake, sausages, cabbage, green onion, mozzarella cheese, red pepper flakes, corn syrup) is my favorite thing to order on the menu. Definitely stick to mild or medium because the medium itself is enough to hurt your stomach. I always have a stomachache afterwards but it's so worth it. Their sauce has a great umami flavor that I can't get enough of. My husband likes the grilled pork bulgogi for an extra order of protein but I prefer the tuna mayo rice ball. Stay away from the donkatsu because it is one of the worst ones I've ever tasted.
A single order will feed at least two people so don't go alone. It can even feed three if you aren't feeling that hungry. They have some of the best spicy rice cakes I've ever tasted and even my husband who doesn't even like rice cakes enjoys the dish here. Add extra cheese to combat the spiciness and enjoy it! 4/5
To cut to the chase, the 4 star review is mostly for the hassle and service I received. Otherwise, the food would be given a solid 5 stars. I considered giving a 3 star review, but I felt like the food outweighed the experience I had.
I was coming with a group of 12 and I checked Yelp before to see how big the place was. It's not at all. It's tinnyyyyy! It seats maybe 30 people at a time. So we called ahead to ask if we needed a reservation and they said we wouldn't need one. We also were coming at around 8:30/9pm on a Friday so I didn't think it would be that crowded anyway. However, when we came, they told us that 12 people was too much and that we needed a reservation. We weren't in the mood to argue and they had enough seats anyway, just not together. Our party was split into 2 tables of 6.
When the table next to mine was cleared, I asked the party waiting if they would take one of out tables so that our party could sit all together and they agreed. However, the staff said that we couldn't switch tables because the other party had already ordered and that it would be confusing when they brought out the food. But like... there are literally only 8 tables and only 3 of them were really being used.... The staff was visibly annoyed so my group and I didn't want them to get any more annoyed. Plus, it wasn't a big deal I guess. The way it was handled was just a hassle.
The food is reallllly good though. Our group got the yupdduk in Original, which is the 3rd spiciest. I can handle my spice really well so it was actually a really nice kick, but my friends couldn't handle it at all. We were still hungry so we ordered another in mild and everyone agreed it wasn't as good as the other, even though it hurt less LOL.
I would definitely recommend going with a small group, despite the lack of space. It's worth it to share an entire bowl because it'll come out cheap! It's also pretty filling if you order a rice ball to share. The rice ball will also help out with the spiciness if you can't handle it!
Overall, I probably wouldn't come back to this location since the menu is a little more limited than the other locations and the parking is HORRENDOUS. However, I would recommend it to others to at least give it a try (or their other locations).
What a hidden gem!!! I'm constantly craving spicy rice cakes for some odd reason, and this place definitely fulfilled my cravings and then some!
Their portion size is HUGEEEE. Definitely enough to feed three or four in my opinion. We went with just us two, and basically packed a full meal home!
The ddukboki comes with a side of seaweed rice balls, vegetable tempura, and if you check in, a mini yogurt drink (I felt my childhood days coming back while drinking this haha). Everything was super flavorful and filling! We got extra mild and that still had a bit of a kick, but it was perfect for us. Who knew extra mild was an option?
Parking seemed to just be street parking but at the time we went we got a spot right up front!
Would DEFINITELY return.
Came here to try some dukbokki with cheese and was pleasantly surprised how delicious and spicy it was. I ordered the set menus (which I recommend) and came with more than enough food. Regular is the perfect level of spiciness for me.
Tip: Street parking is findable and free!
One of the best dduk bboki places in Koreatown. It can be very spicy for some. Overall, all menu that I've tried so far are delicious. Definitely coming back here. Just found out that they're also available for delivery through RushOrder app (HUNGRY3 for new users). Good food is life.
I saw a review on yelp that said they charge for radish. Last time I went there, they just gave it to us for free so when i came here again i asked if they charge for radish. They said radish is always free and all you have to do is ask for it and theyll just give it to you.
This is probably my favorite Yupdduk location. There is usually little to no wait and I have been able to find free street parking every time I've been here.
my sister made me go here. also made me put 5 stars but I wanted otherwise.... there is a TON of parking all around the area as well as their service was amazingly fast. when I asked for my food, I got it but u know I thought that they give u ur food automatically?? after i order u know?
This place is very cute and very clean. I like the environment of this place. The menu is extremely simple and straight forward. Everything is spicy so beware. I really like the rice balls here because
A restaurant where the main dish is dduk bokki? That can't be right, can it? I was definitely a bit skeptical about eating at this place before trying it but I'm glad I did!
One order is definitely enough to feed 2 people, and while we only ordered the mild it was still spicy enough to have me sweating as I ate the rice cakes. I love spicy food and the heat level was just right! I'm pretty sure anything higher though would have devoured my soul.
They have different yogurt drinks and banana milk (my favorite) to help with the spiciness. Street parking was easy to find on a Saturday night, and while the place was relatively empty expect a good wait (30 minutes) because of all the takeout orders.
Olympic yupdduk is so good, and portions are huge so you can take leftovers home. Service is very satisfying! Never been disappointed whenever I came~ definitely should go and try!!
I think they have more stuff on the menu than Yupdduk LA or it seemed like there were more pictures of other items in the yelp pictures. I went with just 1 other person, so I couldn't order that much too try. I'll just have to go back and see.
Last time, I had the mild, so I wanted to try the extra mild. It was pretty mild for me, like a normal dukkbokkee flavor but super sweet. I thought it was pretty tasty but much sweeter than the spicy one or how you would make it at home. We got combo A with extra kimmaree - fried seaweed/noodles... i dont know what it's called in english. I like that they have self-service miso soup as i love having some soup with my korean street foods.
I was going to drop a star for the service and atmosphere, but I reconsidered because the overall experience wasn't bad. I went for lunch on a weekday so there wasn't that much business and we ended up sitting there for around 2 hours eating and talking. The girl who worked there didn't see too enthused, but I think my service was fine because we were basically the only ones there when we needed something.
Mild was too spicy last time so we got the extra mild. Check in to yelp for the free yogurt. Dip the riceballs in the ddukbokki sauce
Yupdduk's got it goin on!!! Definitely satisfied my late night craving for something spicy and yummy. I'll be back!!!!
Yudduk quality is pretty much guaranteed
Super duper chewy and spicy. But it's the delicious kinda spicy... I don't know what they put in here but it's working!! Tad bit pricey. I come here whenever I'm stressed out and in need of something hot.
Omg. Unless you have extreme confidence in your ability to handle the heat, you're definitely going to want to start with extra mild. Husband and I did mild because both of us are well versed in spicy foods. It was delicious but definitely pretty darn spicy. Not the type of food you can wolf down. I ended up springing for a chocolate milk because my mouth was on fire. Pretty good portion size. Most people I saw were splitting one bowl between 2 people. Not terribly expensive for what you get but also not super cheap.
These rice cakes are truly amazing.
One portion is enough to feed 3 (or 2 very hungry) souls, and is the perfect answer to an intense duk craving.
The spice is on the heavy side - for context, I'm generally a huge fan of spice and will ask for as spicy as most American restaurants will allow, but I am a wimpy mild here, which still packs an incredible amount of heat.
I've also tried the medium, which still burned on the way out. You've been warned.
I got mild a set to go and it was still quite spicy. The set came with fried vegetables on the side. The spicy sauce is more watery and less creamy than the other place. I recommend grabbing milk or something to calm your mouth before you start eating. Also they offer free drink with check-in.
The kimchi was delicious! Nice and spicy
My favorite dduk bokki place EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Okay first of all, the ambiance of this place is very hipster like and clean. All the servers are fast and on point which I love the most.
I usually get the combo 2 which is yup dduk with joomukbap and assorted fries. I get mild or extra mild since I eat it with my little sister. I find mild okay to eat but my sister said even extra mild is too hot for her tongue.
* Extra Tip *
Try to make fried rice with the left over of yup dduk. Add some cheese and its absolutely the best fried rice you will ever taste :)
I am a dukpoki holic , i usually get dukpoki 3days a week! I like the mild spicy the taste of the food is good!
When i togo it was first time giving out korean radish (plus to that employee!). But one thing I kind of dont like is the customer service. I know i am togoing the food but the cashier should as least smile while I walk in. I was trying to be understandable but thats only thing that I dont like about togoing the food but everything else is perfect!!!
This place is awesome! Spiciness of the food is the same as yupdduk in Korea! Not too sweet just very tasty! Free steamed egg was good,too. Servers were friendly and cute! They also sell beer and soju. Next time we are going to have soju and chicken gizzard!
I like spicy foods and I really enjoyed eating spicy chiken feet. I want to try other foods in the near future.
food was bomb & service was great!!!! would recommend 10/10
Omg. Even the extra mild is spicy!!!
We really enjoyed the dish, we got the dduk with ramen, eggs, and sausage. It was a bit too salty for my liking but if you get the seaweed rice balls, it balances out. Fun for sharing, dishes are sizeable and food is very filling. The staff is nice and service is pretty quick but there are only maybe 8-10 tables total inside the restaurant. I can see them having a long wait if it gets busy.
I always come this location and it's really delicious! If you like spicy food, then try it.
I'm pretty sure the other location is more popular but I think this one's my favorite (it's by a small margin though). I haven't dined in at this Yup Dduk location because I mostly do pick-up or postmates but it's way more spacious inside than the other LA location!
So I'm a huge fan of ddeokbokki (spicy rice cakes) and Yup Dduk makes the best I've ever had in LA! They're known for being super generous with the spice here so stick to mild (extra mild is basically the spice level of other ddeokbokki you'll find in Ktown). The mild is already pretty spicy and one time I accidentally ordered the Challenge spice level (....I know, this was a pretty bad mistake) which is definitely not for those who can't take the heat.
One yup dduk or yup oh can literally feed three people until they're super full (or two people with leftovers) so this place is pretty affordable when you split. I recommend getting the yup dduk set b which comes with fried veggies (think tempura) and seaweed rice balls to help combat the spice! Add ramen and you will be SO FULL. Definitely recommend if you love spicy food/ddeokbokki!
We ordered the regular Yupdduk with fish cake, ramen, and cheese. The portion is HUGE! It was only two of us and even then we took home more than half home. Adding the cheese is a must!
Their service is great. Their food is fantastic. Their restroom is super clean. They check if the food was alright. The made the place so that the people could walk freely.
The spicy rice cake looks so red but it was not that spicy and so yummy. And i tried the fried sweet potato and it was good too hehe
I love this place so much although the food is really spicy. We ordered too much but both chicken stew and C set are great!
Bomb...but spicy..but really good..would recommend this to my friends. One of the best around the area!!
The rice cake here is so good and chewy.
If you like spicy food I recommend this place.
The rice cake here is so delicious. It has a perfect soft texture. We got mild but should have got extra mild. It was spicy AF!! I'll definitely come back here again but it get less spicy for sure.
It was so great. The service and foods are rlly good as well. Love this place.
I tried many kinds of spicy rice cake but this place actually the best.
Is this serious? Omg
I had spicy chicken stew and it is insanely gooood. Its sooo much better than the other store(6th+normandie?)
This place has the best spicy rice cake in la, also it's not as crowded as yupdduk la. So, I really recommend this place when you're craving spicy rice cake. (p.s it can be spicy)
This place is known for their extremely spicy ddukppoki (rice cake). Even their mild is very spicy, so proceed with caution. The extra mild here = regular spicy level everywhere else.
They have set menus, but you don't get any discount. It's the same price as ordering the items individually, so I would recommend that you just pick and choose your sides.
COMPARISON TO YUPDDUK LA (original location):
The "Yupdduk fries" here are much bigger and the batter seems a bit lighter, but no onion rings. It also comes out separately in a basket. At first I thought I preferred the "fries" here, but by the end, we both felt kind of sick. We're not sure if it was because we over ate, or because the fried items were more greasy here.
The cabbage at Yupdduk LA is strangely super delicious. It's not as good here, but still pretty good. As I noted in my Yuppduk LA review, I never eat ddukppoki for cabbage, but I would at Yupdduk LA.
Free miso soup here!!!
The to-go packaging at Yupdduk LA is superior.
They have a lot next to the restaurant, but it's VERY small. If there's no space, you'll have to look for street parking.
Yupdduk is well known for their super spicy ricecake but i'm really glad they cameout with the extra mild
The mild flavor was still too spicy for me to enjoy but the extra mild has the perfect kick of spiciness.
The rice cake is really chewy (just the way i like it) and the portions are HUGE. They also have self serve miso soup to balance out with your meal :)
If you're good with spicy food, I recommend mild. if you're reaaalllllyyy good with spicy then get the original. basically know your level of tolerance before you go or you'll regret it in the morning :) I recommend getting the rice balls. It's literally just balls of rice but it's a good neutralizer to the spicy.
Like the sign this place has some kicking spicy food! The rice cakes are served in a huge bowl with so much sauce and flavor it blows your mind when you see it! Mild is actually really spicy so be warned! We went around Thursday and there wasn't much people. We actually were by ourselves haha. The server told us to try mild and we did! Good thing we did, because it was really spicy. We've done the spicy noodle challenge and this is way hotter, so be warned! Also, ask for water and daikon! They also serve free miso and it's self served. The miso was phenomenal!
Pro tip: go with mild, have some miso, and get some rice too! Or glass noodles!
I made a take-out order about thirty minutes before closing time and they had my order ready within 15 minutes. I went late at night so there was plenty of parking in the lot on the right side of the restaurant.
Over the phone, i asked for "extra yellow radish" and she seemed to have jotted that down. Even when i got there, she asked me if i was the one that asked for extra radish. When i went home, i was surprised to see that she didn't put in any of the radish i requested.. I was kind of shocked because i expected to see a bunch of packages of radish in the to-go bag since she referred to me as the "radish girl"
This place has the best chicken stew. It's tastes really amazing and I love how you can choose the level of spiciness. Also, the service is great. Whenever I walk in, they all greet me with a nice smile on their face. Delivery service through Runningman is awesome here. It's so fast. I definitely recommend this place. You won't regret it.
Super tasty and spicy!! I highly recommend it if you like spicy ddeokbboki!! Love this place
I came here really hungry and I was very pleased with the food. I ordered a Yupdduk and Chicken Feet and it was soooooo delicious. They give a lot of food too. The parking lot is right next to the store. I really suggest everyone to try it at least once.
. . .. I ordered #1 with mild spicy sauce and it was
Soooo good! And the fries and dumplings were good too
I can't believe how spicy the original is. I don't know if I have the courage to try their "spicy" version. There was just one other table here on Saturday for lunch. Plenty of street parking available. It wasn't very clean at all. I had to pass up on 2 tables b/c they were dirty. The floors were as well. I told my husband I felt like something was biting me while we were waiting for our food. He didn't believe me but now he has bites on his legs too. :) I really liked the food, but I don't like the environment. Therefore, I dinged it 1 star.
Unlike the Yupdduk in NY, you don't get to choose from a base ddukbokki and get add-ons. It's $18 for a large bowl of rice cake, fish cake, vienna sausage, and mozzarella cheese. Though pretty pricey for ddukbokki, I always get a craving for yupdduk. The rice cakes are distinguishable by their chewy texture here.
The place was decently clean. Miso soup was self-serve. Service was good.
The original flavor is still pretty darn spicy for the average person so make sure you know what you're getting yourself into. I saw YoCool in their fridge so that may help with the burn ;)
Very nice place to eat here. The food is very spicy and good!! It's a challange place yourself that eating hot and spicy . I would defiantly come here again. And the service was awesome..
First time here..Like the food , especially "Grilled Pork"..Very tasty, fresh and very delicious! Love it! However , I could not give 5 stars rating cause I was kind of disappointed about the order of side dish " Ramen"($5) ..Its just like ..couple of cups of instant noodles putting into a big bowl !! ...Honestly I could prepare that dish much much better than that!!..Besides that , like it there !
Came here on a Saturday at about 1pm and the place was empty with the exception of two tables of two. Next door is a Chinese medicine store, and I swear that they share the building or in a way, are connected through back near the kitchen, because once you step into this place, you get a STRONG whiff of Chinese medicine and you would probably question yourself if this is a Korean restaurant or if you had the wrong address.
Nevertheless, the spicy rice cake here is pretty amazing. Having a Korean girlfriend and having traveled to Korea, I have been exposed to many forms of spicy rice cake. We ordered the yup dduk ($18) and a giant tuna rice ball ($4).
The spice level we got on the rice cake was original, and it was spicy. If you don't like spice at all, you should probably avoid this place, because I'm sure the mild is spicy as well. The original spice is like a 7-8 if you were to judge it on a spice scale of 1-10. The rice cake came out in a large bowl, big enough for 3-4. The texture of the rice cake was nice and soft, not mushy. The bowl had little sausages, cabbage, and fish cake as well.
Good thing we got the tuna rice ball, because it helped in controlling the spice. But, other than that, it was really good. You wouldn't think tuna and rice would taste too special, but give it a try, it's more tastier than said. And dip your rice into the rice cake sauce!
Service was meh. The guy there wasn't too attentive.
Mild is HOT. Let's me say this again. Mild is really HOT! Traditional Korean late night snack in the middle of K town. Do yourself a favor and drink some of the complementary miso soup. You'll need to temper the fire. Bottom line if you don't like spice stay away.
The ddukbokki here is amazing. It's super spicy but really good. Service can be better for sure, but the taste is the same as the restaurant in Korea.
The servings here are huge. It comes in a huge bowl.
Its a bit expensive to feed one person as it definitely feeds more than two people.
Got set B and split it with 4 girls and it was more than enough. We got the original spicy level and was pretty spicy but doable!! Highly recommend for authentic ddukboki :) taste very good and includes a lot of toppings !! would come again
This place is spicy yet flavorful! It's a great experience to come with friends! Fun times! Be wary it is VERY SPICY!
Amazing place the food was amazing best ddok bokkee I've ever had. Got the medium and it lowkey destroyed me so be careful!! cute lil restaurant with great fast and friendy staff/service! definitely recommend coming to this location
ddukbbokki was super spicy but with gyeran jjim it was AMAZING!
If you leave the comment here, they give you the secret menu! Great marketing :) !!!!!!!!!!!! Excited!!!!!!!
Ddukbboki here has the same flavor as that in Korea!! I had yupdduk just two months ago in Korea and this is just like that! Not too sweet not too spicy!(Ddukbboki in US is too sweet for me and I don't like sweets) I'm gonna have ddukbboki at only this place. They also have a parking place next to a herbal store. Servers were so friendly!! Fully satisfied!!
More space than on 6th. Nothing to dislike about this place they have a small private lot with no valet. Taste the same as the one in 6th. Ill be coming here more often than on 6th.
So spicy but so goood!!! Got mozzarella cheese as the topping YAYYYAYAYAYAYGAYA on the yup dduk (: theres a lot of tables for people to sit at so i think its a really good place to hang out with friends(: also, the customer service is really good and they were really nice!!!!!! I want to come here again for sure~
What a best ddukbokki. You must try super spicy yup ddukbokki with rice balls. I loved it so much and I will definitely come back here again
so glad they opened a yupdukk on Olympic. Now I don't need to go all the way to 6th street to get a great challenging meal.
I just had the set c and it was quite good, quite hot spicy wise so you really have to take your time. Real deal.
So spicy!! But it was sooo good. I added mozzarella cheese, sausage, and eggs. The seaweed rice ball was really good as well. When it gets too spicy, you can have mini smoothie and it will get better:)
I ordered mild yup dduk with mozzarella cheese and seaweed rice ball. It was really really really gooooood!!
The ddeokbuki here is very good! If you like spicy food I definitely recommend this place!! ALSO This place is a bit bigger than the other store in la! It is very clean !! All of the workers are very nice and friendly!
I really love the taste of original ddukbokki here. It is fantastic! Staffs here are also so kind too.
Way better than the one on 6th street the food is spicy but not hard on your stomach. Their food taste great and serve good portions
Best ddukboki place in koreatown! They have 3 spicy levels, but i recommend mild level. Other levles are way tooo spicy to eat. Also jumukbob is good.
This place has a good vibe, and the food here is incredibly delicious! This was my first time eating at a ddukbokki place and I fell in love in my first time! This is guaranteed a place I would return to!
Always looked for a good spicy rice cake place and im glad i came upon this place! But be warned its for the faint hearted! Im personally good with spicy foods but the original spicy level was a little painful and my friend was crying hahaha but dont let that take away from the level of delicious-ness! Ill be back! And be recommending to friends as well!!
It is spicy but so addictive. Can't stop. You can choose spicy levels. Not only ddukpoki but their sides are also good! *yocool is a must!
We just ordered yup dduk combo. Hell gate entrance is getting near. Definitely recommend if you like spicy food It is so addicting!
Bout to get my spicy on. Love this place, i just suffer for the next two days when i go to the bathroom.
If you are into spicy food in ktown; this is the place too go. I would recommend people to order the spicy chicken feet. The spicy rice cake and fish cake with with cheese is flaming hot good!
They serve steamed egg on the house!! Super clean. Super tasty and friendly workers:)
Omg sooooo spicy but very gooooooodd. I love it !!
I ordered yup dduk with mozzarella cheese and seaweed rice ball. Its very worth it to come all the way here. Its kind of addictive i wanna eat again!!
The servers are really friendly and they try to make the customers as satisfied as possible. They also give free korean egg soup for service if you dine in! The food is bomb. Everything including food and togo boxes are shipped straight from Korea! I also love the interior and it's bigger than the one on 6th!!
I really like this place! I came here with my sisters and friends and they had a lot of tables to sit us. And the server was very kind and generous. The food looks really reallly good and its just a place that i want to come again next time with my friends. I think the atmosphere is so good to uust chill and hangout with friends. They played really food music to just talk with people and have a good time!!!!!!!!!!!!!
love the with yupdduk!! great service and complimentary steamed egg if u dine in! definitely going back again :))
Delicious ddukbokki and super spicy. We ordered mild and even that was extremely spicy. I like that they have other items in the menu. One drawback is that their parking lot is extremely tiny, shared by numerous businesses. We came during a non-peak hour and we still had to park on the street, and we know how challenging that is in Koreatown. I would come back though because the food was definitely tasty!
SO YUMS! I ordered spicy Yupdukk with dumplings & rice balls. I remember the cashier reconfirming my order when I asked for the spicy Yupdukk. She suggested that I go with the mild Yupdukk instead of spicy Yupdukk since mild does the job on the spiciness. I disregarded her friendly comment as I reconfirmed my order Spicy Yupdukk please. I've always been a fan of spicy food and surprisingly spicy Yupdukk was exactly what I was looking for! I guess I was expecting it to be really spicy, don't get me wrong though, it was very spicy, but it was perfect level of spiciness for me. I love how the Yupdukk comes with a lot of cheese on top. It counters the spiciness. I haven't tried the mild Yupdukk yet, but Spicy Yupdukk was a good spicy for me personally since the cheese was there to even it out. I recommend spicy Yupdukk to those who can take and like spicy food. Overall, I had a pleasureable experience with the food and service here, will come again.
bombbbb! came here with my siblings last night because we were craving tteokbokki and this place had really good reviews and was open pretty late. was not disappointed. best tteokbokki i've ever had. i also love the toppings that you can add. we ordered #1 Yup Dduk with extra mozzarella, made it 100000x better. also, be weary if their spiciness levels. i used to think i can handle spicy pretty well but their original was a little too spicy for me, but still delicious! also, the vienna sausages that it comes w/, BOMB!
We order Mild but was still spicy. However its sooooooooo good. Challenge yourself how spicy you could eat!!!
Yubdduck original spicy really goooood~~~
We love it!!!
This is number one K-town dduckbokki!!!!
Love this new location! Food is really yummy and the workers are super attentive :) I recommend getting some cheese sticks on the side:))
I enjoyed my visit here. Food was absolutely delicious. Service was great. The waitress was kind. Be aware that mild dduk buk ki is still pretty spicy for those of you who can't handle too much heat. I ordered a banana milk to help with the heat and it worked like a charm. I will definitely take my family here to enjoy the spicy food. They love spicy food.
I love the food here! I usually get togo just because the place is a bit small and when your mouth is on fire it's not the most pleasant feeling to be surrounded. The parking here is not the most convenient, the lot for the little plaza is rather tiny, but they do have valet when it gets too busy! Bring your cash ;)
Honestly, I love this place. Sometimes I regret it cuz it is so spicy, but it's addictive and I come back every time! (:
I go this place almost twice in a month. Love this place, delicious food and nice worker. Especially the guy who works at night is really friendly. I don't know he's still working but yeah, he works alone all the time. Sometimes they give us really small amount of ddeok even though we order to add extra of it but it's still great tho.
Place is really good. First time here and I don't give too many stars but this deserves it only 4 because they didn't give yogurt drink. Wish they had but oh well still good I will be back again. This food is too much for one person
Wow! So spicy and so good. My first time here so I got the first thing on the menu: Yup Dduk. Fish cakes/rice cakes in an extremely spicy red chili sauce with thick noodles, Vienna sausage and topped with mozzarella and onion rings. Everything by itself is great but the combination is amazing. Full of flavor. Plenty for two. Very nice atmosphere.
This is a must-go place in Korea Town. Dduk Bok Ki is one of my favorite plates all time. Having that said, I have my own way of judging(?) the taste, I heard the name from Korean newspaper (I mean from the paper from Korea) and I thought it would be just one of those famous places. I cannot tell you how spicy and tasty the dishes are here. You simply stop by and try out. I think a couple is running the restaurant and they super nice and extremely good at what they are doing.
Awsome!! Super delicious
You should check this place workers are very friendly and of course the food are amazing.
THE BOMB!!! But definitely not for the faint of heart when it comes to spicy food.
YupDDuk is not new to me since I've been to the one in NY before they opened in Los Angeles. But as far as consistency, the food is great & tastes original. I typically get their combo B to share for two. I feel it's enough food for two, unless you'd like to try something new. I often get their tuna or spam rice which is simple but tasty. The simplicity in taste goes well with the main dish. It's a great place to go with friends that enjoy spicy food. I can't handle the original spice, so I get the mild-which is perfect. This location seems a bit larger than the one on 6th street. I personally like this location better!
The yup dduk here is pretty addicting. Definitely satisfied my craving for spicy food. We got mild and it's already as spicy as we could take. Two of us shared this dish and we both left with enough leftovers for lunch tomorrow. The food is 5 stars, but I took off one star for service. No one brought us menu for the longest time, and we have to go up to get the menu ourselves. It took forever to get the waiter's attention and when we did, he's always running away before we finish all our requests. It wasn't even that busy. He looks really young though, so maybe he's just inexperienced and shy. My friend who came here before said the service was a lot better last time with different staffs. I would come back again for the food.
More space and imho it tastes better than the 6th st location. Parking is right next door too. Get the no.1 mild with ramen + rice balls.
This restaurant is really good!! If u like spicy Korean food I highly recommend u to visit here!! I love tokkpockii+! Also next to this restaurant there is karaoke. Good location. Reasonable price!
This place is amazing
I thought I can take the spice because Im Indian but I died
I highly recommend this place if you guys like deokkboki
Came here drunk with some friends. Oops :) I actually didn't expect to eat much or at all coming in, since I was 0% hungry. But then the food came and I forgot all of that.
So my friend did the ordering. We got the yup dduk, side of seaweed rice balls, fish cake soup, and spicy chicken gizzard. I LOVED everything. It might be drunk me talking, but whatever, drunk me has good taste. We also ordered a few beers to drink with our dinner.
I LOVED their rice cakes here. It's nice and chewy, and the fish cake was delicious too. I LOVE the sauce. We ordered original spicy, and that is pretty damn spicy enough on its own. If you can do spicy (I like to think I can), good for you, but I can't really imagine what the challenge spicy is like. It doesn't sound enjoyable though, if the original is already that fiery. That said, it's spicy but it's yummy! I really enjoyed it.
But my favorite thing, actually, was the seaweed riceballs dipped in the sauce. I LOVED it so much! I'm not sure what it is that's so good about a simple rice ball dipped in some spicy sauce, but I could eat that all day. So good.
The fish cake soup was good, really nice and cleansing. The spicy chicken gizzard was tasty too.... I think. I don't remember eating too much of it, but that's definitely a dish I enjoy.
We also played credit card roulette that night, and I don't know how much the bill was but I don't think it was that cheap lol. But my drunkass didn't looooose LOL. We probably were a bit obnoxious here and the place is kinda small. Heh. Had fun though, and the workers were very nice.
I also ordered food from here through Postmates, and did the combo B. The fries that came with it was guuuuuuud. Love this place. If I'm ever craving rice cakes, this is definitely the spot.
Yummy food and great service! A must for spicy food lovers. I got the set B which came with the yupdduk, rice balls and fried tempura ($28) ! We also got a free soda and some miso soup. Will come back!
Came here after a different spot we wanted to try ended up being closed. So glad my friend suggested this place, even though she warned me THIS PLACE IS HELLA SPICY. Thank god she's had this before or I probably would have had a bad time. Parking is the super small lot to the right if you're looking at the store front. Street parking might be hard to find.
My friend and I ordered the yup dduk, $18 and we added boiled eggs for $2. We got mild but they told us there's an option less spicy than mild so we actually agreed. I thought this was the perfect amount of spiciness!! Just the right amount of kick that still left me w a mild runny nose. The rice cakes are the perfect consistency and the fish cakes are really good too. My favorite part was the mozzarella cheese but be careful because it hardens once it's left for too long so I would eat that first. The sausage links were really good but there was only 3 pieces. I think the difference here is the sauce, the sauce is really good and more salty than sweet! I enjoyed that, and I think it's cause of the sausages. I enjoyed the eggs too but I think if I came with more people I would add noodles too.
Service was really nice! There's also self serve miso soup. This place also has wifi although I'm not sure why, but I won't complain I guess. Overall it was $12.50 per person which seems kinda pricey but we had a LOT left over so definitely share it with 3-4 people!
Yupdduk is a cafe-style spot on the corner of Olympic & Harvard. The customers are mostly young adults, and it's great for a quick, casual meal. This was our first time here, so we ordered the #1 Yup Dduk ($18), which is essentially a GIANT bowl of spicy ddukbokki rice cakes with sausage links and fish cake strips, topped with melted mozzarella cheese. It was so good, but we made the mistake of ordering the Original level spicy and ended up having to down two pitchers of waters. I'll opt for the Mild spicy next time. The servings are really large here. Two of us shared the #1, and we still had half the bowl left. There is also complimentary miso soup (serve yourself) and a free mini yogurt drink with Yelp check-in.
This place is nothing fancy, but it could be (or feel) a tad cleaner. There is metered street parking out front.
So good. It's better than the place in Korea. Yup dduk chicken stew is so good as well!
I keep coming back bc it's that good here!! I keep getting immune to the spicyness so I get spicier every time I come back. The service is always great too so it's a plus!!
Wow .... I love this place. This is my first time in here. I found my favorite Korean food. I love spicy food. Their set menu is really worth it. I will surely come the next time. Their service and food is really superb. They have other side dishes. I wanna try other menu also.
Sooooooo hot! But it's sooo good haha nothing better than a spicy food in rainy day. They give a lot of soup so you can cook ramen in it XD
Always satisfies my Ddukbokki cravings!
But beware of their spiciness... mild is still SPICY :p
Olympic location seems less crowded, which means less wait + better service (?) lol
My most recent Yupdduk experience was a little disappointing...
We ordered "original" spicy level as usual, but didn't taste as spicy as other times.
Also, the sauce was more oily and greasy (from the sausage maybe?).
I hope they fix this because I liked their sauce before!
Don't forget to check in to get free "mini smoothie" aka yogurt.
Trust me, it helps you relieve the spiciness a bit...!
It is clean inside and server is friendly and nice food is super tasty
I dont really enjoy eating spicy food but yupdduk is the best
Feeling spicy food? Check out this place! If you want to enjoy your meal, you might want to go with Mild spicy. Mild in here is already spicy. If you are feeling really spicy today, then go with original spicy. Original is much spicier than you think. If you feel like you are ready to die today and there is no tomorrow, definitely go for the spicy challenge.
When you first walk into the restaurant, it smells like herbal/tonic.. realized that there is a herbal tonic store next door.. service was okay considering it was one person working he front. He was friendly enough but he forgot to sub the standard rice ball with the spam one so I had to tell him again. He was too busy trying to deal with the broken cc machine that he didn't bother coming to check on the tables after giving our food.
Ordered the set b combo medium spicy level and that was really spicy. The flavor was really good though so I kept on wanting more. Next time I will try the mild spicy. The spam and tuna mayo rice balls were good but nothing extra special. The fried tempura veggies were perfectly crisp and good. Parking lot is tiny. Better luck with street parking
Here is really good i love yupdduck . I eat it once in a week. When i was in korea i met friends i usually went to yupdduck place . Now i am here !! I was missed yupdduck thank u god!
Dubokki (cylindrical rice cakes) stews, served with an array of ingredients such as fish cake, Vienna sausages, mozzarella cheese, and more is nice spicy rich stew that is quite tasty. Some in my party weren't as enthusiastic as I was. Perhaps had we added additional ingredients, that might have made things different. Who knows. I do know that unless you order the stews "mild," then be prepared to get a nice spicy kick and a nice burn on your tongue (we ordered the "original" version, which was quite spicy).
The other stew we got was the Yupdduk Chicken, which has a similar sauce base and dubokki, but this time with generous pieces of chicken. The was a hit at my table.
Another hit was their Spam Rice Balls, made with cubes of Spam, sticky rice, shredded nori and mayo. Sounds weird, but it was delicious.
Their Veggie Fries, aka vegetable tempura, was nice and crunchy, and addictive.
Service was pretty good. Only puzzling issue was our order of Spicy Pork Bugolgi which came out at the very end of the meal, even after we ordered our 2nd round of dishes.
It was pretty good and what I expected. I went for dinner on an early Wednesday evening so parking was not an issue. My friend and I ordered a mild ddukbokki and also a kimchi tuna mayo rice roll. The rice roll was a bit disappointing because we couldn't really taste the kimchi, and it was a $1 more than the normal tuna mayo rice roll. The ddukbokki itself was pretty good but we were disappointed that it didn't have very many vegetables to balance out the spiciness a little bit. Overall, pretty decent. Even though our stomachs felt the aftereffect the next day, I think it is worth trying if you like ddukbokki or spicy food in general!
All Yupdduks are not the same. They have different owners! Koreans know that this location tastes the best. Woop woop!
Super delicious ddukbboki!! Steamed egg on the house! Interior was great and clean! Servers were friendly and above all yupdduk at Yupdduk Olympic was just the same as that in Korea! Should be back!
Bomb food w/ great service!
Their service is great. Their food is fantastic. Their restroom is super clean. They check if the food was alright. The made the place so that the people could walk freely. But one thing I wish they could have changed was the smell of the restaurant because it smells like a sauna in there.
Spicy, sweet, mix of many different flavors!!!
I love it here! Be prepared though.... It's no joke when they say it's spicy..... IT IS SPICY
The food is really good and spicy. Anyone who loves spicy food should come here. Those who can't handle the spicy-ness need something to drink with the food.
#1 spicy food in Ktown.
If you like spicy, u should try.
It comes with really large portion too
Omg. So good. So spicy. Why did I get original? The rice cakes are legit though. Please please get mild unless you're directly from the motherland, has experience with eating spicy food on a daily basis, or just...okay with BTS. Anyways, I really liked Set B. Comes with a variety that'll cool you down while you attempt to eat the main dish. Plus the service is amazing~~~
Good luck everyone!!!!
I thinks it's more spicy than the one on 6th st!
Its more spacious and the parking isn't too packed.
Great place if you want spicy food! One of the best spicy rice cake in the town and the staffs are very friendly. I'll be definitely coming back for more
Spicy but love their rice cake. I always order it with rice with seaweed and they are the best combination. Yum!!
First time trying yup dduk!
I love ddukppokki and spicy food.
You have to try their ddukppokki, rice balls, and tuna rice. Dont forget the mozzarella cheese on the ddukppokki!!
Tip: the mild is spicy.. Like if you cant eat spicy food, it will be hella spicy!!
-Mild is pretty spicy
-Good service with friendly workers
This location is bigger than the one on 6th street
The Food: My party shared a B set and boneless chicken feet and it more than enough food to go around. The yup dduk is your typical ddukbokki with rice cakes, fish cakes and some vegetables. What sets it apart from other ddukbokki I've had is the spiciness of it. We got the original spiciness and that was a little too much for me. However, the sauce is made extremely well, which made me want to keep stuffing my face despite how much my mouth was burning. I would recommend getting a set so you can have some vegetable tempura and rice balls to help balance out the heat.
My visit to Yupdduk also included my first experience with chicken feet. We got the chicken feet with mild spice and even though it was tolerable, there was still a considerable kick to it. Because it was my first time trying chicken feet, I can't say for sure if it was good or bad, but I can say that I'll be sticking with just the yup dduk the next time I visit.
The Service: Workers are very friendly and service is fast. As others have noted, we got a complimentary steamed egg, which was a nice touch. In general, the servers were quick to get us anything we needed (mostly refills of water).
Overall: Good place to eat and hang out. Yupdduk has a very casual environment and while it's not a large place, there is still quite a bit of seating available. There is one tv at the restaurant if you want to watch something while you eat.
This place is so damn spicy!
First thing first, if you normally order mild - this is probably not the place for you. If your normal level is medium spicy, the mild here will be quite challenging for you. If you normally go spicy and up, you could possibly handle the mild here.. like what I just did. No comment on anything beyond mild since I don't think I would enjoy. lol but I liked the mild Yup dduk combo C we ordered. It took a while for us to adjust.. I mean at the beginning I just felt like x_x oh crap can't eat this thing.. after a while I felt getting used to it and it actually tasted pretty good! I'm not 100% sure but I guess Yup dduk is mainly rice cake roll and Yup Oh is fish cake. We went with Yup dduk because one of our Korean friend recommended it.. We all got sweaty and messy eating this, but like I said, if you can handle it, you might get addicted to it :D
We also ordered tuna mayo jombo rice ball. Compare to Yup dduk, it tasted almost like no flavor. I mean It just didn't stand out.
Service - needs improvement. We came in at 7pm. There was no one in the restaurant but as we seated I noticed the table was not fully cleaned and there was food left on the ground underneath our table.. We didn't order food immediately since we were waiting for another friend. Then it slowly got busy and the waitress (only one waitress there) just ignored us.
Parking - there's a small parking lot next to it. Also can park on Olympic blvd after 7PM.
Yum!! Yupdduk serves really delicious dukbokki. Along with chicken feet. Yes, you heard right.. chicken feet!!
I've been to their other location on W 6th Street, where I ordered the #1 Yup Dduk (rice cake, fish cake, sausages, cabbage, green onion, red pepper flakes, corn syrup) for $18 (3/5 stars). The bowl is HUGE, can be shared between 3-4 people easily. I ordered it in mild, and boy was it spicy! Their "mild" is more like "danger" at BCD. Pretty tasty, but lacking some ingredients as it felt like I was just eating endless amounts of rice cake and fish cake. I did really like that they put lots of mozzarella cheese on top, adding to the flavor, as well as the sausages.
At this new location on Olympic, I ordered:
- Chicken feet (with bones) @ $14 (5/5 stars): This dish came out on a sizzling platter. The skin fell off the chicken feet super easily, making it easy to consume. Flavor was ON POINT, I loved it the same or even more than chicken feet at dim sum places! Apparently there's a "no bones" option, but I can't imagine eating boneless chicken feet... wtf? How does that even work? Half the enjoyment comes from chewing the skin off the meat and spitting out the bones. I'll definitely be ordering this again!
- Yup Ki Chicken Stew (chicken, rice cake, potato, carrot, green onion, red pepper flakes, corn syrup) @ $24 (4/5 stars): We ordered this in "regular" spicy, which was wayyy too spicy for me but perfect for my boyfriend. By the end of the meal, my face was super blotchy and I felt kind of dizzy.... But OMG I loved this dish! I've never had it before, and it was sooo good. I loved that there were plenty of clear noodles for me to slurp on, as well as an abundance of carrots + potatoes. So well flavored and delicoius, except next time I'll be sure to get it in "mild".
Yay!! Finally found a legit dokbukki spot in Ktown, and the best part is that it serves other delicacies hard to find, such as chicken feet. Highly recommended as long as you're down to eat spicy spicy food!
I've never eaten like this Ddukbokki.
It's really spicy and delicious!!
And they have enough parking lot on the right side.
When I ordered yupduck, they gave me a heart shape of mozzarella cheese that my favorite topping. I'll go this place again.
We've been to the one on 6th and the parking is a disaster. Heard this new location opened up and it was less crowded.
We ordered the
YUP DDUK Original Spicy - Omg even the medium level is super spicy .. and I'm a huge spicy food lover.
YUP KI FRIES - They gave this to us for free. I thought it was french fries but its squash, onions, deep fried. Yum!
SEAWEED BALLS - Very simple balls of rice wrapped with seaweed but perfect pairing to the spicy food.
SPAM MAYO RICE JUMBO BALLS - same as the seaweed balls but with bits of spam inside.
If you check in they give you a free drink :)
Definitely delivers what it advertises! Very spicy ddukbbokki with a variety of other dishes to eat along.
-Ddukbbokki: be aware-very spicy (as it is famous for)
-Odeng guk: Pretty good
-Deep Fried Dishes (sweet potatoes, pumpkin, etc): Good- a vital part of the bunshik food combo
Okay/Not Recommended (for the price at least):
-Chicken feet: Okay, not bad; has bones
-Rice ball: plain and rather overpriced for its simple dish but a nice compliment to eat with the spicy food
Overall, very good with its strength in its main dish. The price however can build up quickly! Last time I ordered the spicy rice cake, odeng guk, chicken feet, and rice balls and the total was around $80!! The food was good but definitely not worth that much money.
This is absolutely the wrong place for me to go to, and I probably can't come back to eat unless it's just for a literal bite. Because it's SPICY here! After finishing a midterm I decided to visit here since I just so happened to find relatively easy street parking around the block.
Got the #1 Yup Dduk and wondered why it was so expensive. Turns out that it's a giant bowl that is meant to be shared, so don't eat here by yourself unless your stomach is a black hole. Right when it comes you can smell the pepper paste, but then you get this sweeter aroma that comes off from the cheese, fish cake, and corn syrup they use. You don't taste the corn syrup sweetness until you bite into the sausage or fish cake, then it quickly becomes savory, spiced flavor of the pepper paste with a nice crawling heat starting up.
Then comes the second bite. Fire.
The rice cake is chewy yet springy, cooked perfectly al dente; be thankful the sauce only sits on it and not absorbs it because after grabbing the next rice cake: brushfire.
Third bite? Volcano.
And no, water doesn't help. It's still burning.
Fourth bite? I'm in tears.
But the flavors are so balanced and it's comforting! Just that I can't feel my tongue anymore. Sigh.
Service was good! The waitress made sure that I had water .. lots of water cause it was apparent that I was dying ..
Quick kitchen diner feel with cheaper metallic tables that are fit for this kind of restaurant. It's simple and comfortable.
Overall, I can't come back here to eat unless for their rice balls and a couple pieces of their yup dduk, but I would highly recommend anyone with a high spicy tolerance to come here and try it out.
I always get the challenge when I'm craving spicy food! Seriously don't take their challenge too lightly because after you take a few bites, you feel the spice. No joke. Make sure you get either the "rice balls" or "tuna mayo jumbo rice ball" to save you from the spiciness.
My favorite extra topping is "fried seaweed roll" dunk it in your ddukbokee and wait a bit and you're good to go!
One of the best ddukbokee places in town! Trust.
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