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Bring on Korean Breakfast at JeonJu Bbop near Seattle

This classic mom-and-pop restaurant has a simple one-page menu that’s heavy on the Hangul, but ask for help and you’ll discover satisfying dishes like pollock soup and bibimbap available as early as 8 a.m.

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7 Places to Find Great Fried Chicken in Seattle

From Southern-style gizzards to crackly Japanese karaage, Seattle is a fried chicken lover’s paradise. Here are seven of my favorite spots to satisfy your craving.

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Grilled Pork Belly and Gateway Korean Food at Kimchi House in Seattle

Checking out the bibimbap, grilled pork belly, and more at this cheery family-run Korean newcomer in Seattle.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Seattle’s Asian Food Scene This Year

In my restaurant research for a recent trip to Richmond, British Columbia, I stumbled upon one of those menu items that shows the challenge in translating from Chinese to English: Diversity of Flavor Tastes.
I won’t hammer you, yet, with accolades about the amazing dim…

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10 Terrific Tofu Dishes in Seattle

Yesterday, Serious Eats posted my roundup of “10 Terrific Tofu Dishes in Seattle.” An excerpt:
I probably wouldn’t have connected the words “tofu” and “terrific” twenty or thirty years ago. Before I’d been exposed to the wide array of Asian cuisine, tofu was merely a…

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The Mein Man: Ka Won Wins with Bulgogi and Noodles

Dish: Ttukbaegi Bulgogi
Place: Ka Won Korean Restaurant, Lynnwood
Price: $7.99 lunch, $8.99 dinner
In the bowl: Per the menu: “Marinated beef tenderloin, sliced rice cake, vegetables, and clear noodles are cooked in beef rib broth. It is served in earthenware pot.”
Supporting cast/What to…

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The Mein Man: Sam Oh Jung Sets Up Summertime Noodles

Dish: Mul Nengmyun
Place: Sam Oh Jung, Lynnwood
Price: $9.99
In the bowl: Per the menu: “Cold noodle in beef broth soup with sliced beef and pickled vegetables.” Those vegetables are cucumbers and daikon. There’s also Asian pear, half of a boiled egg, and–check this…

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The Mein Man: Chan Is a Cute Little Place with Little, Little Dishes

Dish: Buckwheat Noodle Salad
Place: Chan, Downtown
Price: $9.00
In the bowl: From the menu: “buck wheat noodle salad with mixed vegetables, hardboiled egg and spicy vinaigrette.” Those vegetables include shredded cabbage, red onion, cucumber, bean sprouts, kaiware (daikon sprouts), and maybe some microgreens.
Supporting…

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Oma Bap’s Bibimbap is So-So Bap

In Bellevue, Oma Bap is a new Korean restaurant in the midst of a grand opening celebration through tomorrow. “Inspired” is a word they tout, but I’m not quite feeling the inspiration.
Part of the problem is in the honesty that the food is “Korean…

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The Mein Man: Counting Noodles at Kimchi Bistro

Dish: Job chae
Place: Kimchi Bistro, Capitol Hill
Price: $10.00
On the plate: Per the menu: “stir-fried potato noodles w/assorted veg and beef.”
Supporting cast: Banchan (including cabbage kimchi, bean sprouts, and daikon) and a small portion of rice.

What to do: Dig in, eating…

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