Korea Comes to Ubon Ratchathani

An-Yong Korean restaurant Ubon Ratchathani

An-Yong Korean restaurant Ubon Ratchathani

I love the Thai cuisine here in Ubon Ratchathani. I frequently patronize restaurants that feature one type of Thai or Isaan dishes and enjoy the food and service. I also love variety to maximize life experiences and to help keep an open mind.

There are not a lot of shops that feature non-Thai food but there are enough. However new choices are always welcome to expand the Ubon Ratchathani dining experience.

My wonderful wife informed me a few days ago she heard there is a newly opened Korean restaurant in town. There are many Neua Yang Kowlee (Korean Barbeque) that use Korean technique but the food you are offered to cook is mostly Thai.

It is nice to know that now in Ubon Ratchathani we have a traditional Korean restaurant that serves authentic Korean cuisine. Of course, I had to go investigate.

The name of the restaurant is An-Yong but the sign is written in only Korean and Thai. You might be able to identify it by the only Korean writing town. Or maybe you can read Korean or Thai but if not I will tell you how to find it.

If you head along Rajabhat Road towards to clock tower turning circle from the Mazda dealership on Chayangul Road, just before you are in front of Ying Charoen Park (formerly SK) you will see an alley on the left hand side. It runs beside the mall. Keep down the alley until you see the side entrance to the mall on the right hand side, then look left. You will see Nana restaurant, if you look up you will then see An-Yong Korean restaurant on the second floor above Nana.

To get to the restaurant go passed Nana and at the end you will see an opening containing a staircase. Walk up the stairs and at the top is the door to Korean cuisine. The shop is open daily from 16:00 to 23:00. The shop is small, maybe 10-12 tables inside and 5-6 more outside on the balcony.  Some of the tables inside are set up for authentic Korean barbeque. The cookers are gas or electric, no charcoal fires inside.

Thankfully the menu had pictures. I have been to Korea an average of 3 times a year over a 7 or 8 year period for 1-6 weeks at a time but it has been 10 years since my last visit. I could not remember the name of even one single dish from there, oh, except for Kimchi.

It is not a large menu, maybe twenty items in total. There are a couple of sets for Korean barbeque, an assortment of rice dishes, soups and Korean pizza. The owner stopped by the table and assisted in explaining the dishes for us. We were grateful.

We sample 3 different dishes, a pizza, a rice dish and some kimchi soup. The dishes were spicy, except for the pizza, but not the blazing spiciness of many Thai recipes. The food was tastey, presented well and served in sufficient quantity.

The prices were mostly 150-200TB and a bit more for the barbeque sets. I think the prices were reasonable and especially so since many of the ingredients have to be imported.

The restaurant itself is clean, fresh and comfortable. To enhance the Korean atmosphere Korean movies are played on DVD or Korean music is playing softly in the background.

All in all it was a nice dining experience and a truly international affair. This American was accompanied by my Thai wife, our Japanese friend and all of us enjoying a fine Korean meal.

If you are up to putting a bit of variety in you culinary experience or have just been craving some Korean food you should really make some dinner plans in the near future to visit An-Yong. If you do go please come back and comment on your opinion and experience.

Ubon Ratchathani welcomes An-Yong Korean restaurant to the city’s International cuisine family.

Comments

  1. Korean in Ubon? Nice… We had one here for a couple of months and it closed. It was a little higher priced, but that was fine with me – to actually get kimchee again was heaven. It was just right too. Maybe they moved up to Ubon?

    I hope it does well for you and stays. What all do you have there now in the way of INTL cuisine? Indian/Paki, Japanese, Chinese (of course), Western… you’ve eaten at Choke Dee down near Anuban Ubon and Teung C Muang -yes? Great cheeseburgers and the fries are best in Ubon.

  2. Darwin says:

    Vern,
    thanks for the comments.

    The restaurant here is owned by a 30ish Thai man and his Korean wife. I think he is an Ubon native. He seemed to be conscientous so maybe he can do it for the long run.

    Korean is now added to the list along with Italian, several Japanese, Chinese, Viet Namese, Indian, several steak houses and an assortment of international menus.

    I would love to see a good German restaurant here but don’t see it happening anytime soon. So I will make the most of what Ubon offers and satisfy my other tastes when I am out and about.

    I have never eaten at Chok Dee so haven’t had the pleasure of trying their Cheeseburgers.

  3. michael hare says:

    Hi Darwin,

    I will give that Korean restaurant a try one day. However, if any one brabecue’s next to me I will probably leave. Smoke really gets to me. Also I can not take MSG. I hope they don’t put it in their food.

    Franco, an Italian, will open his restaurant in June or July opposite Home Mart on Changsanit Road. He said that he would have more than just pizzas. He is building it at the moment.

    Tonys will open under new management this week. new name-Peppers Bakery and Cafe. Andrew Mock, one of the partners, said that the baking will be excellent and the service amazing. Full western breakfast and mixed Thai-Western lunch. I wonder if they will serve fresh fruit, weetbix and muselli for breakfast? Also marmite/vegemite on toast?

    Regards,

    Michael

  4. Hi Michael,
    Thanks for the plug! We are just a few days away from opening now. The shop is about ready and we are now just practising the menu so that everything is ready for opening day. We have already had some very good feed back on our coffees which has been exciting.
    In regards to the breakfast. We may not have weetbix but we do have Muesli with fresh fruit on the menu as well as vegemite!
    Hope to see you there sometime.

  5. Michael,
    Thanks for the heads up on the 2 new establishments. I was unaware they are in the works. Will have to go check them out soon.

    About the Korean restaurant I am not sure. The owner speaks English or you might be fluent in Thai so can ask before ordering. The barbeque tables are along the far wall when entering, there are tables away from that area inside and no barbeque on the balcony area.
    Darwin

  6. Andrew,
    You shouldn’t have kept this a secret. All you told me was you had a business opportunity. I would have been over to your service. Now I know so will plan a visit.

    Darwin

  7. Hi Darwin,

    Not a secret at all! I just don’t want to start shouting it from the roof tops until the place is actually open that’s all.
    Still a few days away from opening but as soon as it is I already had you on the list to contact and will make sure I do!
    Can’t wait to have you visit and finally get to meet you.

  8. KeHoeff says:

    hey this is a very interesting article!

  9. Hey Darwin,

    Thanks for the comment on our site.
    Were you 25th ID over on Schofield? I went over to Schofield for some field training back then…grenade range, M-60 range, etc. Whenever we weren’t in K-Bay we were out in the Kahukus or Schofield Barracks.

    Not sure when we’ll make it back to Ubon, school has started again for me, so I kinda gotta wait for the kids to have a break before I can make it over there. But I don’t think I’ve missed a Candle festival yet! We’ll see.

    And you can guarantee, when we make it out there, we’ll be trying out the new place “Anyong”…thanks for the heads up! We may become a fixture there!

    Guy

  10. Guy,

    thanks for the visit. I spent my time on Oahu with SOCPAC out of Camp Smith. I got sent out to many places around Pacific Rim Malaysia, Philippines, Korea, Guam, Singapore and Thailand.

    Love the travel and experience and loved coming home to Hawaii.

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