The Seoul of the South

Myung Ga Won

We all have our late night cravings, and for some there is nothing as satisfying as a good bowl of hot soup. In particular, galbi tang which is a long stewed beef shortrib soup. This dish is a specialty at Myung Ga Won.

This comforting dish starts with USDA choice beef shortribs simmered for hours with radish, leeks, mushrooms and Korean dates. Galbi tang is not only hearty, it is believed to offer health benefits through vital nutrients and minerals. For many Koreans, it is as chicken soup is for Americans—just feel good comfort food. This dish is great anytime of day, but there is something really special about digging into a bowl in the early morning hours. It is a good thing that Myung Ga Won is open 24 hours.

Myung Ga Won, also known by foodies as MK1, is a long-standing establishment in Duluth and conveniently located almost immediately off the exit to Pleasant Hill Road. The two story venue offers a range of dining options from Korean BBQ tables to more classic tables for those wishing to dine on something other than grilled meat. Upstairs offers private rooms for various sized parties that are perfect for meetings or celebrations. The decor is simple, but with a definite Korean flavor. Everything from the seats to the tiny ornaments located on display throughout the restaurant take you back to Korea.

Aside from galbi tang, Myung Ga Won offers really good BBQ options and a number of popular homestyle dishes including galbi jjim, a slow braised short rib dish with either a soy or spicy chili sauce base. For those craving lighter fare, there are also options for seafood and tofu soups. And as with any good Korean restaurant, these entrees are accompanied by a variety of side dishes that range from kimchi to small salads and pickled vegetables. Definitely make your way over Myung Ga Won and try a variety of dishes from their extensive menu!

Post by Sarah Park
Sarah Park is native to Korea, and she loves food. Community involvement is something Sarah is very passionate about.
She hosts a weekly segment on Atlanta Radio Korea informing the Korean community of local events and programs as well as new openings and hot spots for different types of cuisine.
Sarah serves on various advisory committees including the Korean Food Global Association Southeast and the Atlanta International Night Market. She also served with Atlanta Food Service Expo and has been recognized for her global food initiatives.
Currently a Gwinnett resident, Sarah is a true foodie who enjoys all types of cuisine and traveling to sample different tastes from regions around the world.