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BEST STREET FOR HOMESICK KOREANS Phoenix 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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