Dan Sung Sa, aka “Porno Palace,” is the most well known, and maybe the most raucous, Korean pub (or soju bang) in Oakland. No porn is involved — the restaurant is actually named after an old movie theater in Seoul, hence the (non-pornographic) movie posters plastered everywhere. You can, however, order “Porno Fries,” a fusion-y riff on chili cheese fries topped with spicy pork. The menu is heavy on street snacks, but you can also order the same dishes you’d find at more formal Korean restaurants: barbecued meats, tofu stews, and such. Among the several different kinds of fried chicken available, the whole-chicken option (a Cornish game hen) has awesomely crispy skin. Finally, if — and only if — you’re feeling daring, try the chrysalis soup: a spicy broth chock-full of maybe a hundred crunchy, peanut-size silkworm pupae.

— Luke Tsai

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