Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Dining Out: Stone Korean Restaurant, Redmond WA
Korean in downtown Redmond?
Stone Korean Restaurant has (IMO) the best Bibim Bop in the area. What is that? It's a traditional Korean dish that is served in a HOT clay bowl. Inside you'll find rice (that is sizzling from the intense heat) topped with a variety of veggies like bean sprouts, carrots, shitake mushrooms, zucchini, dried seaweed. Some may have beef. And it's all topped with a raw egg which gets cooked by the hot clay pot. You are also given a bottle of hot sauce that is a combination of heat and fermented soy beans. You pour so you determine the heat.
Preparing to eat - stir you ingredients, hear the sizzle and notice the crust that is formed on the rice. Steam rises. The smell of all the flavors just blend in together for a fantastic one pot dish. It's fantastic.
In addition to this lunch special, I enjoyed a bowl of miso soup (nothing special) and a great assortment of side dishes the Koreans call banchan. It rotates but on this day I got pickled cucumbers, kim chee, peppered bean sprouts, potato salad, colesalw, and fishcake.
They have an extensive menu - every Korean dish you can think of.
Tip: It's located in the Value Village shopping plaza. It's way in the back. Big parking lot but seems to be always full. Service can be a little slow. Clip the coupon from the Community Shopper.