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"School Food" Serving Fusion Korean for the Common Hong Konger

School Food is a popular Korean fusion restaurant chain that opened its first Hong Kong branch on August 1 in Causeway Bay Times Square (Shop 1302, 13/F). The establishment serves affordable food typically sold by South Korean street vendors and diners with a broad appeal among men and women both young and old. Such dishes include gimbap (Korean-style sushi rolls) and tteokbokki (salty-sweet and spicy stir-fried rice cakes).

The School Food chain, which got its start in South Korea, has expanded its business to Japan and the United States under its concept, "Dreamy Taste in Your Mouth." While the menu mainly adheres to South Korea's culinary culture of snacks and light meals, School Food stands out for its very Asian vibe. Popular in its homeland as a modern Korean-style restaurant, School Food currently has 86 locations worldwide.

The interior has a warm atmosphere produced by the wood interior, which is furnished by seats with unique colors and shapes. With K-pop playing on the speakers, guests can fully immerse themselves in South Korean culture as they enjoy their meal. The big "Made to Order" logo has a conspicuous presence to remind customers that meals are prepared only when ordered.

Even in faraway Hong Kong, this School Food branch employs skilled South Korean chefs. Dishes such as the Mari sushi rolls (HK$62+) and the Street Topokki dish of tteokbokki (HK$62) are made with novel cooking methods employing carefully selected ingredients from South Korea. Other selections include special home-made drinks; the Gangnam Style Patt Bing Su (HK$40), a South Korean shaved ice dessert made of milk and ice sprinkled with rice cakes and fruit; as well as signature Korean dishes like bibimbap (rice topped with meat, egg and vegetables) and naengmyeon (cold noodles).

School Food's Hong Kong branch is currently in a soft open. Hours are from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for lunch and from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. for dinner.

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