Korean Food USA is a new series that showcases Korean and Korean-inspired eateries all around the nation.
CHAM Korean Bistro in Pasadena, CA puts a modern American twist on popular Korean dishes. “CHAM” directly translates into “meal for the workers,” but at this bistro, “CHAM” embodies its philosophy of providing “well-prepared meals for a healthy mind and body.” As a result, CHAM doesn’t use any MSG or high fructose corn syrup.
CHAM’s menu is broken down into general categories of dishes (i.e. salad, noodles, bibimbap, etc) from which you can choose one that suit your tastes. Deliciously distinctive dishes on CHAM’s menu include their BBQ + garden platters and tofu pockets.
CHAM’s BBQ + garden platters are loose interpretations of the traditional Korean ssam. Here, you can have your choice of seven BBQ options (we recommend the seared ahi and kalbi bbq). The garden platters come with buckwheat noodles and an array of vegetables, which include butter lettuce, radish pickles, and sesame leaves.
Tofu pockets are stuffed with sweet rice and topped with your choice of pickled seaweed, spicy tuna (highly recommended!), blue crab, and arugula & radish. At only $1.50 each, CHAM’s tofu pockets are highly addictive, and it’s hard to just stop at one.
CHAM’s menu is also vegetarian-conscious and lists vegetarian options for many of its dishes. Some vegetarian favorites are the watermelon arugula salad, crispy spicy rice cakes, and California bibimbap with seared tofu.
With clean presentations and inventive dishes, CHAM is a great option for those looking to experience Korean food in a casual and contemporary setting.
Tip: Mention that you have AAA membership and get 10% off your bill!
CHAM Korean Bistro
851 Cordova St.
Pasadena, CA 91101