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Massive Cheap Feast at WooRiJip

After my friends and I finished filming for an AP Chinese project in Koreatown (as ironic as this sounds), we went to grab a bite at the cheapest, fastest Korean restaurant in the area: WooRiJip.

WooRiJip

is like the Korean version of Cafe Zaiya. They both serve food grab-n-go style, with a wide selection of boxed lunch sets, sushi/kimbap rolls, and other various ready-to-eat packages. This is especially convenient for all the busy workers and students in the city.

Although most customers just pick up their food and leave, the restaurant itself provides generous seating and…free self-serve water! (similar to being in a doctor’s office) This saves the time and economic burden of purchasing a drink. Plus, you can get as many refills as you like.

Most of my friends and I felt like eating sushi or kimbap (Korean version of sushi, difference lies mostly in the ingredients used).

Ewica's Eel Sushi

Ewica's Eel Sushi (contains eel, crabmeat, avocado, cucumber, eel sauce). This was not authentic, but what do you expect from a Korean restaurant whose best known for its price? It was passable, but the rice was definitely not real sushi rice. If you want real sushi, I recommend Chiyoda Sushi, or at least a Japanese place.

Lulie's Cheese Kim Bap. I didn't try these, as the thought of having ham and cheese in my kim bap disturbed me. However, there are many people whose favorite type of kim bap is cheese kim bap. I guess if you like ham and cheese sandwiches, you can give this a shot!

Lulie's Cheese KimBap (contains ham, cheese, crab meat, carrot, yellow radish, cucumber, egg). I didn't try these, as the thought of having ham and cheese in my kimbap disturbed me. However, there are many people whose favorite type of kimbap is cheese kim bap. I guess if you like ham and cheese sandwiches, you can give this a shot!

My Beef KimBap (contains beef, carrot, yellow radish, cucumber, egg). I loved these since I first ate them at Chwis's house. Delicious as WooRiJip's beef kimbap are, they're still no match for Chwis's mom's. No matter, I devoured these in delight!

My Beef KimBap (contains beef, carrot, yellow radish, cucumber, egg). I loved these since I first ate them at Chwis's house. Delicious as WooRiJip's beef kimbap are, they're still no match for Chwis's mom's. No matter, I devoured these in delight!

Aside from kimbap, Oniichan (the carnivorous one) bought a box of sweet & sour chicken, which tasted like the usual sweet & sour chicken one buys at Chinese take-out. The only difference is that WooRiJip’s wasn’t as fried and oily.

Oniichan's Sweet & Sour Chicken

Oniichan's Sweet & Sour Chicken

I also bought my favorite WooRiJip item: kimchi jun (picked vegetable pancake). Unnie agrees that WooRiJip’s kimchi jun are very authentic. Best eaten when warm, the kimchi jun are spicy, sour, and savory all at once. This is best explained by the large proportion of kimchi in the pancake.

Kimchi Jun

Kimchi Jun

Lastly Ewica bought us a ricecake sampler to share. I’m not sure what exactly is in the three ricecakes, but they were all thick, chewy, sticky, and sweet, as ricecakes should be.

Ricecake Sampler

Ricecake Sampler

Grade: B/B+

Conclusion: Food is mediocre, but satisfying. Cheap, fast, convenient. I come here often with friends because we’re poor students. Go for the Korean food, avoid Japanese food. Boxed lunches are stored in temperature-insulated cabinets, so the food is nice and warm when you eat it!

Location: Map

12 W 32nd St # 4
New York, NY 10001
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(212) 244-1115

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5 comments on “Massive Cheap Feast at WooRiJip

  1. lena
    June 9, 2009

    the cheese kim bap actually looks very appealing to me. i guess it’s because i like grilled cheese sandwich. the kim bap all look so pretty and neat with the white layer of rice. i only tried sushi, never kim bap, so i’ll try this place next time i go to karaoke. =D

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  4. borinboy
    July 12, 2010

    the kimchi fries rice from the buffet is good not as dry as other places.

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