Excellent Korean Food At The Seoul Bistro

By on August 30, 2012

Thai, Japanese, and Vietnamese are foods I adore. Packed with unique flavors and spices and generally with a touch of heat. But I have to admit that I don’t think I’ve ever tried Korean-style food. Odd. I have no recollection of ever eating a bite of bulgogi, yangnyum, bibimbob, etc. These dishes are quite foreign to me. But like the good values installed in my childhood years that have forever stuck, I must try everything once. So, I packed up and headed to east Tulsa to Seoul Bistro for lunch with an Asian friend of mine to help me walk through the menu.

The place is small and quite nice. Located in a small strip of tanning, massage, nails, etc., you could almost miss it. But it’s there and it’s been there for about 2 years now. Walking into the restaurant I’m instantly greeted with pictures of food plastered along the walls from the menu. Brilliant idea for someone, like me, that has never tried Korean. I’m able to see all the dishes before I even sit and order. Eyes wide open, I was already salivating by the time I was seated. The menu is quite diverse and sectioned out well between appetizers, meat dishes, noodle dishes, rice dishes, vegetable dishes, etc. It wasn’t overwhelming except for the fact that I wanted one of each on the menu. Everything looked and sounded incredible.

The fried dumplings seemed like a perfect start. Filled with pork and veggies and fried and served with a simple sauce, it was packed with flavor, but surprisingly light. Great for a warmer day out.

Then an assortment of sampler appetizers comes out with every meal too, apparently. This was a nice surprise. Radishes, kimchi, honey potatoes, egg foo, etc.

And on to the dumpling soup. Dumplings in a beef bone soup, topped with beef, egg, green onions, and seaweed. Wow. The dumplings had a great texture but the real star was the broth! Rich and wonderful! I’ve never tasted a broth like that.

The bulgogi came out and placed in front of me, which is Korea’s dish of marinated beef. They also have pork and chicken on the menu as well. Honestly, at first, it looked plain. So, naturally, I figured it would be tasteless and chewy as well. Looks can be deceiving though. This beef was tender, moist, and again packed with flavor that I haven’t tasted before. The beef literally melted in my mouth. Another great surprise.

My friend ordered the yangnyum chicken, which is lightly fried chicken in a sweet and spicy sauce. The flavor was on spot, and the texture was really great too…saucy and a bit crunchy as opposed to saucy and mushy like other dishes of similarity that you might find elsewhere. While it was served with rice on the side, I think it’d be better served on the rice to soak up that delicious sauce.

Seoul Kitchen exceeded my expectations. Large portions, inexpensive price, excellent food. Chalk up another Asian food that I would love to have over and over again. I still have all those pictures of the menu stuck in my head, and as I write, I’m getting hungry all over again. I may just have to stop by tomorrow and try their galbi; grilled and marinated beef short ribs with homemade barbeque sauce. Yes, I think so.

Seoul Bistro
3161 S 129th East Ave
Tulsa, OK 74134
(918) 960-2890

Jeremiah Ramey: Author – www.aleskitchen.com

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