So Gong Dong warms up Schaumburg with Korean food

The moment you walk into So Gong Dong, you are greeted with a warm welcome and seated right away. This new Schaumburg restaurant is great place to try flavorful Korean food. So Gong Dong, also known as SGD DUBU, is a tofu and barbecue restaurant located at 687 E Golf Rd, right down the street from Conant. It’s a perfect place to dine with friends and family for lunch or dinner.

The restaurant’s interior has a unique design. It was narrow, but still spacious. The design was heavily modernized with Asian influences. The effect was a simple, yet elegant feel in the restaurant. Gigantic photos of fresh food and bowl-shaped objects decorated the walls.

The menu had a decent amount of options to choose from. If you want something to share before your meal, there are two appetizers to choose from: boiled and pan-fried dumplings or a seafood pancake. Even though they sounded appetizing, my date Stephen Ly, ‘17, and I decided to save room for our main meal. Options for the main course included Soondubu Jjigae, Bibimbap, and Korean barbecue.

Soondubu Jjigae is Korean Silken Tofu in a savory, spicy stew combined with your choice of meat, vegetables, seafood, and several other options. You also choose the spice levels, which are plain, less spicy, regular, or hot.  Bibimbap is steamed rice with your choice of a marinated meat, vegetable, seafood, or other ingredient. The Bibimbap is also served with a soup. Korean barbecue is your choice of meat marinated with different sauces.

I ordered the Soondubu Jjigae with vegetables, a less spicy spice level, and the hot stone bowl of rice. Ly ordered the Soondubu Jjigae as well, but he got beef, with a regular spice level, and the hot stone bowl of rice.

While we waited for our meal, the server brought out cucumbers, bean sprouts, fish cakes, radishes, kimchi, and salad. When our meal came out, the Soondubu Jjigae was literally boiling. I must warn you: eat with caution because you will burn your tongue! I got the less spicy level;  however,  I could have gotten it a little spicier. Everything was piping hot and tasted very fresh. Ly and I finished both of our meals with no problem.

By the time our meal was over, we were both full thanks to the generous portions. We received a lot of food for a decent price of $10.99 per serving. There was no shortage of drinks either, as the restaurant offered free refills. There were many staff members that always kept an eye on tables. If you needed something, the servers were eager to help, so customer service was clearly a priority.

My experience at SGD Dubu was satisfying. With the cold temperatures this winter, you won’t regret trying this restaurant’s sizzling hot food. Not only will it warm you up, but it’s a great way to sample Korean cuisine.

Rating: 5/5 popper bowls
Graphics credit: Eleanor Park
Gallery credit: Renee Moore

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