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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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The Mein Man: Ja-Jang Is So-Sorta Good at Red Lantern

Dish: Ja-Jang Noodles Place: Red Lantern, International District, Seattle Price: $11.95 In the bowl: Fresh, Korean wheat noodles (thick spaghetti size) with a julienne cucumber garnish Supporting cast: A second bowl contains fermented black bean paste, beef, shrimp, squid, onions, and zucchini. And a side…
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The Mein Man: Red-Hot Korean Noodles in a Silver-Cold Bowl

Dish: Bee Bim Naeng Myun Place: Hae-Nam Kalbi & Calamari in Shoreline Price: $8.95 In the Bowl: A fiery red mass of buckwheat noodles with daikon kimchi, cucumber, beef slices, Asian pear, and half of a boiled egg. Supporting Cast: Scissors, and a small bowl…
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Sexy Feast: Tempted by the Taste of Tang (and Vanilla Sex)

When Jonathan Kauffman, Seattle Weekly‘s former food guru, recommended a restaurant, I always went without hesitation. His reviews resonated with me, as we have similar food preferences. But when a recent shopping trip to H Mart in Lynnwood enabled a visit to Original Sul Lung…
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Sexy Feast: The Changing Taste of a Tai Ho Dish

Go to Tai Ho (despite repeated recommendations, it took me 11 years), and if you’re observant, you’ll notice two different-colored take-out menus at the front counter. If you’re staying, that’s your clue to ask your server for both menus, as they’ll otherwise just give you…
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Prelude to Portland: Soondae at Country Korean

Yes, it’s been a little quiet here at Gastrolust. Don’t worry: I’m still eating. And I’m still writing. But a little less so here at this humble website. (And also not at City Arts, at least for now.) Stay tuned, though, for an announcement or…
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Dishin': Red Bowls by Day

We found ourselves downtown one day, an unusual thing, and walking by a little Asian eatery called Red Bowls, I saw Matthew Amster-Burton’s little “Out to Lunch” review posted. “Hey, we’re out to lunch,” we thought, “And that guy knows food.” So we went in,…
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An array of Asian eateries

Still catching up on all my pre-December restaurant reports. Consider these quick bites of the Asian variety: Buddha Ruksa serves up some beautiful plates, placing it in the upper echelon of Thai restaurants in the Seattle area. Not as high as Noodle Boat in Issaquah,…
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BCD Tofu House: Have you got the guts?

Before I get into a negative rut, here’s a place I like – and it’s even a chain! I discovered BCD Tofu House a few years ago when shopping at the Ranch 99 in Edmonds. Now there’s another branch, this time in the same shopping…
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