BEST STREET FOR HOMESICK KOREANS (2005)
Northwest corner of Dobson Road and Southern Avenue, Mesa
If the only thing you know about Korean culture is what you learned from reruns of M*A*S*H, it's time to turn off the tube and make a trip to this Mesa strip mall. There are the standard favorites: a Korean grocery store (Asiana Market) to pick up some kimchee, and a restaurant (Hodori) that serves huge portions of kalbi (Korean barbecued beef short ribs). For some after-dinner entertainment, hit up Koreana Video and pick out popular subtitled goodies like My Sassy Girl or movies starring Korean superstar Lee Byung-heon -- both have earned cult following from Koreans and non-Koreans alike.
If Kim Jong-il ever visited the Valley and wanted to feel at home, this corner in Mesa would be the place to go.
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