Restaurants & Bars

korea palace - sterling heights, mi

donbui82 | Mar 22, 201001:18 PM     7

I've had the pleasure of being here twice times now and decided a Chow review was in order.

SE corner of 15 and maple in a small mini-mall. Parkings a plenty. Inside is nicely decorated and clean. A bunch of korean writing on the wall with prices.. undoubtably hidden goodies encrypted from the non-indigenous. Everytime I've been here there has been no shortage of Korean families happily slurping away at their food. To me, that's as good of an endorsement as any.

the Menu is standard with all the greatest hits that any standard Korean restaurant should have: Bulgoki, Jap Chae, Bibimbap, kimchi chige, etc.

However, this place has a few interesting things I haven't seen since LA.

First time there I ordered Dduk Boki and Kalbi Tung. DdukBoki is rice fingerlings that are chewy stir fried with vegetables in the typical korean hot sauce. Its as good as about any place as I've ever had it. Kalbi Tung is a beef broth with large chunks of short rib. Vermicelli, leeks, and strands of egg are all floating inside. Its not terribly unlike Vietnamese Pho without the five spices. Hearty. AWesome comfort and\or hangover food.

on my return visit, I had the Kalbi and Jjam Bbong. Kalbi, the ubiquitous Korean short rib bbq beef. Really yummy here. Not too salty, well seasoned. Flavorful, good cuts of meat. I was extremely happy with this choice. Jjam Bbong: homemade noodles in a spice seafood stock. I was on the wall about this. It was my first time having it anywhere. The noodles were of very satisfying texture. Very slippery with good chewiness. The stock was decent too. Hint of seafoods with full-bodied seasoning. There just wasn't very much meat in it. One mussel, one shrimp, and handful of small octopus bits and scallop bits. The ratios were all off! HUGE bowl of noodles, meager scraps of seafood. Fortunately, the kalbi picked up some of the slack.

Important to assess in all korean restaurants: the panchan (sp?) Those little dishes of pickled veggies served with your dishes. Top notch here. Kimchi is done right. All my favorite daikon, cucumber, seaweed, and bean sprouts accompaniments were there.

Overall: Thirds please! If you like korean food, I'd give this place a whirl for sure.

My SE-MI korean restaurant power ranking list as of 3\22\10:
1: Korea palace
2: New Seoul Garden - Southfield (sorry old buddy, you've been bumped!)
3: Bibimbap - Novi
4: Old Seoul Garden (NE corner of 15\maple)
5: Shilla (troy - almost not worth going to IMHO)

I have yet to try the one in Farmington Hills but plan on making my way there soon.

New Seoul Garden Restaurant
27566 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48034

Seoul Garden Restaurant
3321 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Korea Palace
34744 Dequindre Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48310

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