Cup Bop Restaurants Have an Interesting Beginning in Utah

S. F. Mori

Korean BBQ in a Cup
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Korean Barbecue has become a favorite of many people in the United States when they are dining out. It generally features meats grilled at the table along with a variety of small dishes of vegetables and pickles served with rice.

Some people have figured out how to serve those popular tastes in an easy to eat cup of rice and meats with Cupbop, which is basically Korean BBQ in a cup. It simply means "steamed rice in a cup." They add specialty sauces to authentic Korean recipes to create this new style of Korean food.

The menus at Cupbop are tasty and simple. The Cupbop dishes include rice, cabbage, sweet potato noodles, and a protein of choice. They are topped with sauces which can range from 1-10 in levels of spicy from mild to very hot.

Junghun Song visited a food convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2013. He saw many different cuisines but no Korean food. He thought Korean food would appeal to the world. He got two Korean friends together and started a food trailer, which they called Cupbop Korean BBQ. They had four main dishes.

Food trucks and Korean food were relatively new to Utah at that time. The Korean immigrant owners were entertaining but had a language barrier with many of their customers so they developed their first slogan, "SHHHH...JUST EAT!"

There are still food trucks of Cupbop along with restaurant locations such as at various locations in Salt Lake County and Utah County. There are also franchises in some other states as well.

Cupbop has become a popular place to have Korean food in a fast food setting.


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