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O-Bok (Lakewood)

equinoise | Nov 9, 200908:37 AM

I found this place on Yelp while approaching Lakewood on I-5, and stopped off for dinner. I had read that O-Bok specialized in soups, including a beef noodle variety called "sullung-tang". I originally planned to order it, but instead opted for bo ssam with oyster kimchee, which turned out to be a poor decision. I had never had bo ssam before, but had imagined that both the cabbage leaves and the steamed pork would be served hot. They weren't. I also found that the flavor and texture of the raw oysters slathered with pepper paste was unappealing, and I can't be sure if its the quality of the tiny specimens they use (or the age?) Perhaps I'm just spoiled by the locally available premium oysters, which are best enjoyed plain and raw, IMO.

That being said, the banchan was of good quality, and it included a sliced frankfurter braise of some sort, which I understand is a vestige of cookery intended for US servicemen stationed in S. Korea. It seemed appropros for O-Bok, a little homestyle cafe on the S. Tacoma Way Korean strip near the Air Force Base. My wife enjoyed the bi bim bap. I'd go back for the soups.


8600 S Tacoma Way, Lakewood, WA 98499

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