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donbui82 Mar 22, 2010 01:18 PM

I've had the pleasure of being here twice times now and decided a Chow review was in order.

SE corner of 15 and maple in a small mini-mall. Parkings a plenty. Inside is nicely decorated and clean. A bunch of korean writing on the wall with prices.. undoubtably hidden goodies encrypted from the non-indigenous. Everytime I've been here there has been no shortage of Korean families happily slurping away at their food. To me, that's as good of an endorsement as any.

the Menu is standard with all the greatest hits that any standard Korean restaurant should have: Bulgoki, Jap Chae, Bibimbap, kimchi chige, etc.

However, this place has a few interesting things I haven't seen since LA.

First time there I ordered Dduk Boki and Kalbi Tung. DdukBoki is rice fingerlings that are chewy stir fried with vegetables in the typical korean hot sauce. Its as good as about any place as I've ever had it. Kalbi Tung is a beef broth with large chunks of short rib. Vermicelli, leeks, and strands of egg are all floating inside. Its not terribly unlike Vietnamese Pho without the five spices. Hearty. AWesome comfort and\or hangover food.

on my return visit, I had the Kalbi and Jjam Bbong. Kalbi, the ubiquitous Korean short rib bbq beef. Really yummy here. Not too salty, well seasoned. Flavorful, good cuts of meat. I was extremely happy with this choice. Jjam Bbong: homemade noodles in a spice seafood stock. I was on the wall about this. It was my first time having it anywhere. The noodles were of very satisfying texture. Very slippery with good chewiness. The stock was decent too. Hint of seafoods with full-bodied seasoning. There just wasn't very much meat in it. One mussel, one shrimp, and handful of small octopus bits and scallop bits. The ratios were all off! HUGE bowl of noodles, meager scraps of seafood. Fortunately, the kalbi picked up some of the slack.

Important to assess in all korean restaurants: the panchan (sp?) Those little dishes of pickled veggies served with your dishes. Top notch here. Kimchi is done right. All my favorite daikon, cucumber, seaweed, and bean sprouts accompaniments were there.

Overall: Thirds please! If you like korean food, I'd give this place a whirl for sure.

My SE-MI korean restaurant power ranking list as of 3\22\10:
1: Korea palace
2: New Seoul Garden - Southfield (sorry old buddy, you've been bumped!)
3: Bibimbap - Novi
4: Old Seoul Garden (NE corner of 15\maple)
5: Shilla (troy - almost not worth going to IMHO)

I have yet to try the one in Farmington Hills but plan on making my way there soon.

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New Seoul Garden Restaurant
27566 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48034

Seoul Garden Restaurant
3321 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Korea Palace
34744 Dequindre Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48310

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    vtombrown Mar 22, 2010 08:16 PM

    Boagman!! That guy beats me to the punch every time....
    Hey, I second donbui82's salute to the MODEST Korea Palace at 34744 Dequindre Rd. in Sterling Heights. This place was started by a chef who used to work for Jai H. Park. Park is the shrewd N.Y. dude who launched all the various itereations of Seoul Gardens, before sequentially selling each, and who currently owns Bibimbap. Small world.

    Anyway, the breakaway chef's Korea Palace has no BBQ tables or liquor license (one might extremely discretely BYOB for your tea cup; though, you didn’t hear that from me), but this chef is a serious cook, and his Korean clientele dig his down-to-earth authentic dishes. The Je Yook Kimchi (pork belly sauteed with spicy pickled napa cabbage and steamed tofu) is flawless, in my opinion*. Let's see some more reviews on this place.

    *my only qualifications for judging Korean food (other than sampling SE Mich Korean restaurants/grocers) is that I've been to Korea but ONE time, for just two weeks, and I've eaten out at Korean restaurants in S.F. with Korean friends roughly ten times. I don't qualify as an aficionado or home prep guy. Maybe Moose734 studies this stuff?

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    Seoul Garden
    2101 15 Mile Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48310

    Korea Palace
    34744 Dequindre Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48310

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    1. re: vtombrown
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      kellycolorado Mar 24, 2010 11:04 AM

      Yuk Gae Jang is my go to dish, and Korea Palace does it well. I got carry out and it came with a side of steamed rice with barley mixed in (never had that in Cali or Colorado). It's the only Michigan korean place I've eaten at, but I really enjoyed it and the kim chi's.

      Their menu is here (though prices may be out of date): http://www.allmenus.com/mi/sterling-h...

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      Korea Palace
      34744 Dequindre Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48310

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        moose734 Mar 24, 2010 03:44 PM

        Someone call me ? lol
        I love Korean food, but unfortunately my experience is limited to Ann Arbor area and a couple places in Chicago ( One was a market with a panchan bar that you just picked what you wanted, now that was bliss). Outside of one dinner at Bimbimbab in Novi, all my Korean meals take place firmly in A2/Ypsi. That's not much of an issue though , since this area is pretty much Korean food central for the state. There's at least 11 restaurants in the area. This place does make me curious, the problem is anytime I set foot in that area I am automatically drawn to Vietnamese and Chinese BBQ.

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          vtombrown Mar 24, 2010 06:23 PM

          For petesakes Moose734, the Chinese BBQ is sold at room temp. When you're in Madison Hts, you can buy it takeout for a subsequent meal, and then have your immediate meal up Dequindre at Korea Palace. Donbui82 has set up the pins for you. Time to roll a strike. (bring your friends/family so you'll have an excuse for ordering more than one dish, since it's pretty rich family-style stuff.)

      2. rainsux Mar 22, 2010 02:59 PM

        Don,

        Have you visited the Korean restaurant on the NW corner of Nine Mile & Beech Daly? I'm
        curious how it ranks ...

        -doug

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        Nine Mile
        16028 US Highway 169, Grand Rapids, MN 55744

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          boagman Mar 22, 2010 02:43 PM

          I don't mea to be a stickler, Don, but 15 and Maple are the same road. I take it that, in the example of Korea Palace, you mean Dequidre and 15 Mile? What about Old Seoul Garden? The maps at the bottom point to New Seoul Garden in Southfield, but once again, the 15/Maple thing pops up and is confusing.

          Glad for the good report, though! Korean is sort of a mystery to me...I need to try more of it!

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          New Seoul Garden Restaurant
          27566 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48034

          Seoul Garden
          2101 15 Mile Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48310

          Korea Palace
          34744 Dequindre Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48310

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          1. re: boagman
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            donbui82 Mar 22, 2010 04:09 PM

            oh man. i'm an idiot.

            i meant 15 and Dequindre. At the same intersection where the american-polish center is. (I'm not polish..)

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