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Everyone knows Chicago is famous for their Chicago-style hotdogs, but have you heard about the city’s popular hotdog that has egg noodles, pickled green papaya, togarashi spiced fries, and kimchi salsa toppings? Belly Shack, which we featured on our Most Korean-American Cities series, is a small and casual neighborhood eatery incorporating a variety of ingredients to create unique and delicious Asian-Latino fusion dishes. And while Chef Bill Kim, who also owns/cooks at Urban Belly, does not serve traditional Korean dishes, the Korean influence can certainely be tasted in his food.
The Belly Dog, puts a very interesting twist to the classic American hotdog. As mentioned above, who would think of putting noodles and kimchi on hotdogs? The ingredients can make people question the taste, but the Belly Dog is one of the most popular dishes at the Belly Shack.
Another crowd favorite is their Asian Pork Meatball Sandwich, which consists of juicy pork meatballs, Somen noodles, gochujang (Korean chili paste), and mint all stuffed into grilled flatbread.
1912 N. Western
Chicago, IL 60647
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Tip: Non-Korean food related, but make sure to try their Bacon Chocolate Soft Serve for dessert!
[Photos: Martha Williams/Time Out, Gary C./Yelp, Belly Shack]