Traditional Korean music from Morning Star Cultural Center
Cooking demonstration from Chef Heong Soon Park of Chan
Bird nest salad and spicy pumpkin jook
Citrus kimchi galbi (short ribs)
Creme filled pear
Earlier this month the team was invited to the 1st Seattle Korean Food Festival. The event was put on by the Seattle Korean Consulate to help showcase local Korean cuisine. The program included food from the winners of the Korean Food competition that took place among the local culinary programs, Le Cordon Bleu, the Art Institutes of Seattle, South Seattle Community College, and Lake Washington Institute. The winners were judged on their creative and modern interpretations of Korean cuisine.
The judges of the competition were renowned members of the Seattle food community, Chef Rachel Yang of Revel, Chef Heong Soon Park of Chan, and food critique Hanna Raskin. The winning team, Le Cordon Blue, served a tasty three-course meal that included a bird’s nest salad with spicy pumpkin jook appetizer, citrus kimchi galbi (short ribs) entrée, and a crème filled roasted pear dessert. The food was delicious and it’s good to see programs like this help inspire a young generation of chefs in Seattle.
Short rib tacos
The Namu Street Food stand is the Nordstrom Rack of Namu Gaji. The stand is a fraction of the cost with fraction of the menu. The cuisine is Korean and fused with the other Asian cultures. We had the short rib tacos and okonomiyake. They were good choices and had tons of flavor. However, as another patron walked by with the KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) I saw goodness, spiciness, and delicious! I guess that’s on my to do list for next time.
Soon Dubu (Tofu Soup)
Bi Bim Bap
Steam pork dumplings
Ban Chan (side dishes)
BCD Tofu House
Since I’m on a korean theme for the week I’m going to do my another foodhipster fave Soon Dubu (spicy tofu soup). The tofu soup came out bubly and served in a clay pot. The silky soft tofu melts in your mouth and warms the soul. Soon Dubu is soothing, comforting, and perfect for the gloomy Seattle days. BCD Tofu House is as good and as real as they come. The joint is a chain but but does not have the negative chain appeal.
To round out my korean dining experience, I can’t pass on the stone pot bi bim bap, some steamed dumplings, and the Hite. Also you got to love those side plates especially the korean mashed potatoes.
Chef Park doing work in the kitchen
Bi Bim Bap
Nicole Munson, Alix Rose, Jess Estrada
Chef Park chilling with the ladies (Nicole Munson, Stacee Edwards, Chef Park, Eileen Labert, Alix Rose, Terri Ann Johnson, and Keridwyn Deller).
About a week ago, I had the opportunity to check out the Chan Seattle restaurant opening party. And man….was it a party! Who doesn’t love good food and drinks? Chan Seattle is a new korean fusion spot with a focus on local ingredients, located in Pike Place Market on Post. Chef Park whipped up some nice dishes which consisted of bi bim bap, bulgogi sliders, chicken wings, tuna tartare, and ginger creme brulee. I missed out on the tuna tartare and the creme brulee but was told by everyone that they were to die for and went fast. Of the dishes I did try, they were all delicious and had me taking multiple servings.
In addition to Chan Seattle’s creative menu, they make pretty solid asian inspired curated cocktails which were also served at the party. Midway through the nite I had to go with the traditional OB beer since I love lagers. The event was pretty social and got to hang with @JessEstrada and company. I can’t wait to come back for dinner. Shoutout to Keridwyn Deller for the kind invite.
Fried Chicken (regular & Korean style)
Wood grilled kalbi short ribs
Curry bacon fried rice
Brown butter mochi cake
Ma’Ono Fried Chicken & Whisky (formally Springhill)
Can’t express how much I love fried chicken. Ma’Ono is one of my go to friend chicken spots in Seattle and along with popeyes (don’t hate). Ma’Ono originated from the Springhill Monday pop up and then chef Mark Fuller converting to fried chicken and progressive Hawaiian/Asian inspired food full time.
Ma’Ono serves their fried chicken three way and your choice of two - regular, korean (spicy), and chinese (sweet mild mustard). All of them are definitely cracking so I recommend going with original and asking for the other two sauces on the side (sampler style). The other dishes that also hit home were the woodfired kalbi short ribs, clams, bone morrow, and curry bacon fried rice. I have yet to make my way through the whole menu but I plan to. Also, the burger gets a lot of attention as one of the best in Seattle. Occasionally they will serve the red velvet shake which is money and can compete with any desert in town.
To me the Ma’Ono concept of fried chicken and whisky theme is a perfect harmony. I’ll warm up with some whisky and close out with some draft beer. The hardest decision is not wanting to order everything.
Hands down Revel is one of my favorite Seattle restaurants. It serves a korean urban inspired cuisine that is done with a modern touch. Also you can see influences in their dishes from all of asian flavors. My favorites are the short rib dumplings, mussel pancakes with pickled coconut, argula corned lamb salad with fish sauce (spicy), dungeness crab with seaweed noodle, oxtail ragout noodle, and the earl grey truffle dessert (all shown above). It has an industrial modern setting that is complimented by hip pop art, which in all promotes a fine social experience. For busy dinner nights, hop into Quoin next door for cocktails.