Aug 29, 2022 - Food and Drink

Review: Korean beef sandwich at J's Corner Hot Dogs

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A bulgogi sandwich from J's Corner Hot Dogs. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

👋 Hey, it's Monica. Thanks to "The Bear," the whole world is finally wising up to Chicago's Italian beef sandwiches.

  • But what about our Korean beef (bulgogi) sandwiches?

Context: Korean bulgogi is made with marinated and griddled beef, usually served with rice and vegetables or on top of bi bim bop — not so much in a sandwich.

The bite: But a bulgogi sandwich from J's Corner Hot Dogs on Elston in Irving Park features beef, lettuce, tomatoes, mayo and onions on an Italian roll ($7.59) and is very tasty.

  • Prepared by the stand's Korean-American proprietors, the sandwich is sold alongside hot dogs, hamburgers, Italian beef, cup ramen and egg rolls.
  • J's Corner has been selling the dish for at least five years, but I just heard about it from food writer Dennis Lee.

The verdict: With its fresh soft bun and caramelized onions, it delivers a comforting, sweet, meaty and carby bite.

Yes, but: I was dying for the cool, sharp counterpoint of kimchi the whole time I was eating the sandwich.

  • Next time I'll bring a jar with me.
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