Korean BBQ NYC… Seoul Garden.

On Bobby’s birthday we went out for an old favorite – Korean barbecue. Seoul Garden is on West 32nd Street right in K-town (Korea-town) across from H-Mart (one of my favorite places). I did not get bbq (Bobby did); instead I got cold bi-bim-bap, which is a salad-type-thing with a side of rice. (Bi-bim-bap literally means “mixed rice”.)

25 cold bi bim bap 450x298 Korean BBQ NYC... Seoul Garden.

I forgot to snap a pic before I mixed it! This one came with lots of things: carrots, spinachy stuff, burdock, lettuce, an egg, bean sprouts, mushrooms, and I don’t even know what else. All (or most at least) of the veggies are cooked, sauteed, oiled, and seasoned, so you don’t need much dressing – I just add a bit of that special Korean red sauce.

What you get before the meal, though, is the best part…

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Side dishes (banchan/panchan)! My favorites were the broccoli and cauliflower (we got seconds) and the bean sprouts. The fried tofu and potatoes are yummy too; they also gave us 2 kinds of kimchi, which I love (but not all do). That is a raw egg for Bobby’s soon dofu, a boiling hot spicy tofu soup. You crack the egg in when it gets to the table (broth still bubbling).

I’ve been busy with work, wedding planning, and classes, but I’ve managed to get in some good exercise, which I will update about soon – I have some great recs for all you Netflixers!

Do you like kimchi? I love it.

5 Comments on Korean BBQ NYC… Seoul Garden.

  1. Gaby
    14 June, 2010 at 6:05 pm (5 years ago)

    I love kimchi! I made my own once, which was nice because I toned down the spice A LOT. I’ve only been out for korean once here because I think we only have 2 or 3 places in Houston but I really liked it. Not the most vegan friendly food but I made an exception for the soft boiled egg in the tofu soup and I loved the clay pot of crispy rice.
    Can’t wait for the netflix recommendations!

  2. claire
    14 June, 2010 at 6:19 pm (5 years ago)

    I haven’t had Kimchi but so ironic you mention it because I just saw it at our local health food store and was deciding over that or the sauerkraut. I bought the latter though for tempeh reubens. The dinner looks great!

  3. sophia
    15 June, 2010 at 3:54 am (5 years ago)

    Kimchi! The best thing ever, but I find them so lackluster unless it’s served in a real, authentic Korean restaurant. Don’t even consider buying the ones in H-Mart…they suck!

  4. Biz
    15 June, 2010 at 11:42 am (5 years ago)

    I haven’t ventured to try kimichi yet, but I love fried tofu. I love your dish! I am going to see if I can find a recipe for that – and of course add the spicy red sauce – yum!

  5. Cindy
    15 June, 2010 at 12:04 pm (5 years ago)

    first of all
    Happy Birthday Bobby!

    second, YUMMY.
    third, I have never had kimchi, but would love to try it!

    boy you are so busy!
    can’t wait to hear all about it!