According to friends and family in and near Seattle, the place to get good Korean these days is Federal Way, a city-suburb roughly 30 minutes south of Seattle. I went to Woo Rae Oak (it's NOT part of that chain), on Pacific Highway South. It's on the most southern part of the strip mall with a Trader Joe's. Or, behind the Safeway and Petsmart perpendicular to that same strip (sorry for the confusing directions).
I was one of the "grillers", so I spent much of the time turning and passing around bulgogi, beef and pork kalbi (all had a good fat/lean, sweet/salty balance), and a type of bacon, from the table bbq. I grabbed big bites in between. The panchan included: fresh kimchi, radish water kimchi, kkaktugi (spicy cubed radish), lightly marinated bean sprouts, scalded spinach, stir-fried potato pieces, soybeans simmered in a soy sauce base, and mook (jellied, seasoned and cubed acorn powder). There was more panchan, but I forgot what they were. The only thing that tasted "off" to me was the water radish kimchi - it sort of lacked crispness.
My mom ordered a chigae (stew) with pork, and I had some spoonfuls. What is it about the right size chili pepper kick, that drives you to just keep eating? For dessert, it was small glass bowls of shikye, a sweet rice punch with a bit of ginger and sometimes pine nuts.
There are other Federal Way K-food places I'll check out later. Hopefully, more people on this board will get to them first...
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