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Oct 1, 2006 10:09 PM

Korean Food in Seattle?

Anyone have a good recommendation for Korean restaurants in Seattle?

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  1. I really like Hanami, in a shopping center, in Mukilteo, 25 minutes north of Seattle. It has Japanese and Korea dishes. Try the lunch bento with bulgogi. Also a tasty spicey chicken. 11811 Mukilteo Speedway - Suite 109.
    Phone: (425) 348-4646

    1. The city of Seattle itself doesn't have very good Korean food. You'll have to drive either south to Federal Way or north to Lynnwood and Edmonds, all of which have larger numbers of Korean residents. These three restaurants are excellent:

      1. Mirak, 31260 Pacific Hwy S Ste 1, Federal Way, 253-839-6522.
      Very good all around.

      2. Kawon Restaurant, 15004 Highway 99, Lynnwood, (425)787-3214.
      Probably my favorite in the area. Best known for samgulsal, which is thinly sliced pork cooked on a convex iron skillet at your table.

      3. BCD Tofu House, 22511 Highway 99 #102, Edmonds, 425-670-6757. A restaurant specializing in soon-dubu, soft tofu stew. Excellent and open late. The tofu salad is also surprisingly good (and very large).

      Have a great visit.

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      1. re: happyharriston

        What's the difference between this BCD which is in the 99 Ranch shopping center, and the tofu place a couple blocks south on 99?

        The soft tofu stew is an interesting meal, starting with the usual condiments, then the rice cooked in stone bowls, the stew itself, and finaly the 'rice tea'. I'll have to try the salad.

        I bought an inexpensive porcelain convex gridle at one of the Korean groceries in north Lynnwood. It works pretty well for grilling thin cut pork (or other meat) at the table.

        Before 99 Ranch openned, the Korean owned groceries were the best source for Asian ingredients in the Lynnwood/Edmonds area. For some items they are still better, though Ranch is has broader Asian coverage.


        1. re: paulj

          I've only been to the BCD Tofu House in the 99 Ranch shopping center so I don't know what the tofu place down the street is like. I understand that BCD is a juggernaut with a host of locations in southern California, several in Korea, and one in Japan. If you go to the other place, I'd love to hear how it is (and I'll do likewise).

        2. re: happyharriston

          Had some really rude service at KaWon, won't be going back. We left and went to Hosoonyi.

        3. Happyharriston is wrong, both Old Village and Four Seasons in Shoreline are very good, Four Seasons used to be the only place you could get gopjang gui.

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          1. re: bugmenot3

            I think Old Village and Four Seasons are just okay. There's no comparison.

          2. So what's the word on Hosoonyi?

            1. Never had a bad meal at hosoonyi. It gets packed though so be prepared to wait. By the time you're eating you won't remember how long it was anyway. Servers are slow in refilling water also.

              BCD Tofu is good too. I'll have to try the Tofu salad next time. The restaurant across it is Secret Garden. You can order your kalbi or bulgogi and cook it on the grill at your table. Your server guides you through everything you're eating very nicely. She'll pretty much turns the meat for you as you sample each dish of kimchee, soup and salad. Don't know if it's traditional to serve lettuce leaves to wrap with the meat, but they do so at Secret Garden. Last I heard the restaurant changed owners so the menu may be changing. Our server seemed enthused. They open late, till 10 I believe.