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Korean restaurants in Shoreline/Lynnwood area

There are many Korean restaurants in the RT 99 corridor thru Shoreline/Edmond/Lynnwood. Which ones are good?
I love Korean food. Would like to know where is the best soft tofu stew, really good panchan, bbq, unusual items, etc. TIA

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    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/554852

    1. Hosoonyi in Edmonds has the best soondubu (soft tofu stew) I've had in the Seattle area and not bad banchan at least when I've been.

      Forget BBQ (gogi gui), nobody uses charcoal here. But I like Hosoonyi a lot.

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      1. re: terrier

        I agree that BBQ is lacking in this area, especially due to charcoal scarcity*. If you can tolerate gas, Sorabol or KaWon are good, if not specatular for BBQ, and Kaya looks quite promising though I've never been.

        New places are emerging all the time, and there are a couple in Federal Way I'd like to try.

        *The revamped (or re-revamped) Old Village is using charcoal ignited by gas. The meat quality and banchan are still subpar there as of my last visit a few weeks ago, so I'd still recommend elsewhere.

        1. re: terrier

          Hosoonyi was, for years, my favorite Korean restaurant in the greater Seattle area. But, sadly, since the change in ownership it has gone downhill. On a recent visit, the soondubu and the banchan were both good, but the kalbi, the daeji bulgogi, and especially the pajeon (seafood pancake) were awful.

          1. re: Tom Armitage

            Oh no not the dreaded change in ownership! Great...that confirms my suspicions. The manager was a bit too eager to come ask for my opinion on the food.

        2. For sentimental reasons, I like the little Korean restaurant inside Paldo World on Hwy 99.
          That was the first place I had my first Dol Sot Bibimbap and soft tofu soup about 4 years ago.
          I've dined at many Korean restaurants in the Lynnwood/Edmonds/etc. area since then, but I find myself wandering back to the Paldo World restaurant on a regular basis.
          I like Sorabol for BBQ. They are very, very accomodating.
          I like Hoosonyi too. Everytime I try Ka Won, they are closed.

          1. I've heard from several co-workers who I would consider to be in the know, that Kaya (apparently very close to or across the street from Costco) is a great place. I haven't had the time to get up there yet to know for myself, but I'm looking forward to it.

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            1. re: BallardFoodie

              FYI, some of the best dolsut bibimbap and regular bibimbap is at Bento Sushi on NW 85th and 15th (North Ballard). The owners are Korean and so have a couple Korean dishes, including ojingo bokum and gimbap.

              1. re: asha

                Do they do the hot bowls at Bento?

                1. re: bluedog67

                  That's what the dolsot part means, innit?

                  1. re: Lets_eat

                    ummm, don't speak korean, just know what i have eaten, and the sizzling rice is key part of the experience! but was somewhere downtown that had it in a regular bowl. Not as fun, but still tasty. if that is the case, then i can read the menu better! learn something new everyday!

                    Bento is waaaaay closer to my house than those places on north aurora, so will give it a go!

              2. re: BallardFoodie

                Kaya is way too expensive IMO.
                Go to Secret Garden for all you can eat Korean BBQ for less than $20.
                For Soontubu go to BCD Tofu House by Ranch 99 Market. A full meal for less than $10.
                I agree with Tom about Hosoonyi. Did not enjoy our last visit there as much as previously.

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                Secret Garden Restaurant
                21025 Highway 99, Lynnwood, WA 98036

                Hosoonyi Restaurant
                23830 Highway 99, Edmonds, WA 98026

                1. re: sandradeen

                  I found it expensive, and not particularly good. (Had kalbi and chicken.)