Oakland, CA

Oakland Eats: Hancook Korean Cuisine

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There are not many places in Oakland for all-you-can-eat hotpot options but Hancook is one of the restaurants you must visit if you are looking for ayce. Located on Telegraph Avenue, it is on a busy street and you have to find street parking. You can make reservations or in my case, I came on a weekday and was immediately seated around 6 pm for a party of two. Hancook serves traditional Korean cuisine but also offers modern Korean dishes. You’ll find categories like appetizers, rice bowls, Korean fried chicken, soups, barbeque, and more on their menu. However, I would recommend the all-you-can-eat hotpot option which costs only $30. If you would like to get drinks, they also have an all-you-can-drink beer and hot sake option for an additional $10.95 which is a great deal. On Mondays through Fridays from 11 am - 6 pm, they also offer a happy hour discount where you can get the hotpot for $26 instead of $30. I went for the ayce option and was surprised to see how delicious the food was. If you are in the Telegraph/Temescal area, add Hancook to your list of places to try!

For the all-you-can-eat hotpot, you first start with choosing the soup base and you can choose two options. I went for the traditional and spicy soup base. Afterward, you order your choice of meat which has beef or pork cuts. I initially ordered all 5 cuts for the beef option which is a great choice since you get to try everything. They also have seafood options like crab, mussels, clams, shrimp, and more. For noodles, you can choose from udon, ramen, or glass noodles. If you are looking for vegetables, it is not listed on the menu but it automatically comes with the hotpot. It comes in a platter form and you get a variety of vegetables from spinach, napa cabbage, lettuce, bok choy, beansprouts, and cilantro. In terms of appetizers, I would recommend going easy on them since they have a large selection but it also comes in huge portions. If you are trying to get the most out of your ayce hotpot, limit yourself to the appetizers. I would recommend the japchae and corn cheese if you plan on ordering some.

Overall, the staff was attentive and while the food took a while to come, I noticed that they wait for all the items to be ready before they bring them over. As you are close to finishing your food, make sure to get your order in. For $30, Hancook is a solid spot for hotpot and the ingredients are delicious.

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