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Ethnic.City: Dan Moo Ji

posted on July 7, 2010 at 10:03 am

The heat intensifies with every bite of dduk bok gi. Beads of sweat form on my brow, my nose runs and my mouth begs me to stop. I can’t. The thick red spice paste that coats each chewy fat noodle, glutinous cylinder of rice cake, cabbage slice and triangle of fish cake beckons my chopsticks back. This fiery street food dish — like many others on the menu — contrasts the chipper and deceptively innocent energy at Dan Moo Ji (3230 Steve Reynolds Blvd., Nukoa Plaza, Duluth, 770-814-2310).

Entering the colorful restaurant feels like you’ve accidentally stumbled into a teen girl’s bedroom. The walls are covered with hearts, cartoon faces drawn in marker, narrow Polaroid photos of cute girls posing with friends, and clusters of neon Post-its doodled by happy customers. Waitresses bounce around the room in microscopic jean shorts and tight white tees never missing an opportunity to shout out the traditional Korean welcome — “Anyong haseyo!” — when anybody walks through the door. An endless loop of Beyoncé, the Black Eyed Peas, and Korean pop videos layers with the sounds of sizzling, slurping and chatter to create a unique soundtrack.

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