Seoul Garden: Korean food to supplement the Ko Mart

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Seoul Garden is located at 6012 SE 15th Street in Oklahoma City, right in between Del City and Midwest City (map). They are open from 10am to 8pm Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays. You can reach them by phone at 405.732.3055.

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Ok, so I know I just did a review of the OK Ko Mart which is just around the corner, but Seoul Garden offers selections that the Ko Mart doesn’t have and is actually a good supplement to the food you can find at the Ko Mart.  So, if you’re not in the mood for Jja Jjang Myun or Jjam Ppong, drive around the east side of the building to Seoul Garden.

The ownership of this restaurant has actually changed twice in the last year.  The original owner sold it and then bought it back a few months ago. The ordering process changed with each iteration of ownership.  Currently, ordering is done up at the front counter and then you sit and wait for the food. Service is similar to the Ko Mart in that you make your own miso soup and help yourself to drinks and table settings.  They have iced barley tea in water pitchers. It’s really quite refreshing if you’ve never tried it before.  I think it goes really well with Korean food.  One unique thing about Seoul Garden is that they also have a nice selection of novelty Japanese sodas if you’re into that sort of stuff.

Every meal comes with a complimentary egg roll and two pork tempura balls with a bland sweet and sour sauce.  Seoul Garden has beef/pork bulgogi and bibimbap like the Ko Mart and, honestly, I prefer eating these at Seoul Garden because they offer a wider variety of traditional side dishes called ban-chan.  They also offer different menu choices like tang-soo-yook (battered pork in sweet and sour sauce), pan fried seafood (mixture of squid, octopus legs, carrots, and onions — this can get pretty spicy), gal-bi-jjim (slow cooked beef and vegetables marinated in soy sauce marinade), jap chae (sauteed vermicelli glass noodles with onions, carrots, shittake mushrooms and garlic — more of a side dish than a meal), pork and chicken cutlets, kim-bap (Korean-style California rolls), California and Tuna maki, fried fish, various soups and a few more obscure items.  Dishes range from $6-7 and this is a pretty good deal in my opinion.

I normally like to get the pan fried seafood and the kim-bap to share with others at my table. I know a plate of octopus legs and pieces of squid might sound creepy to you but it’s actually quite delicious. If you’re too scared to try it then just go ahead and select from numbers one through five off of the menu to be safe.

While many other people go to Korea House (map) for lunch, Seoul Garden is a lot less crowded, cheaper and better tasting in my opinion.  On the other hand, ordering food can become a little problematic if it gets too busy because the owner wears multiple hats including cashier, server, clean up crew, and, on occasion, cook.  I’m sure if it gets consistently busier she’ll hire additional staff, but their slightly obscure location hinders people from locating this place. Luckily, you now know about it, so give it a try, and let us know what you think in the comments.

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  • Katie says:
    April 30th, 2009 at 10:44 pm   

    I haven’t eaten dinner tonite (11 PM) and this just made me so hungry for bulgogi! I wish it was closer (and open)!

  • Bizzle says:
    April 30th, 2009 at 11:08 pm   

    I’ve only been to Korea house, but this sounds like a winner. Keep up the descriptions on the ordering process; it keeps my anxiety levels down on trying new places, lol.

  • Sam says:
    May 1st, 2009 at 12:02 am   

    Katie: Yeah, it’s 12am and I still haven’t eaten dinner either!

    Bizzle: I get kinda frustrated when people come into an asian restaurant and only try the same thing. There are so many other delicious dishes to try if people would just give it a shot. Hopefully you don’t get too stressed out.

  • Tim says:
    May 1st, 2009 at 6:53 am   

    Sam, you are going to have to take me here and maybe I’ll try the octopus / squid thing. It does creep me out but I’ll do it for you. :)

  • Ryan says:
    May 1st, 2009 at 1:26 pm   

    Their bulgogi tastes like crap. I didn’t like this place at all.

  • ballerinatoes says:
    May 1st, 2009 at 2:47 pm   

    I haven’t tried Korean but am very curious. I like hot and spicy. What dish would you suggest at SG?

  • Sam says:
    May 1st, 2009 at 3:22 pm   

    ballerinatoes: if you like hot and spicy, try the pan fried seafood dish (o-jing-oh bokkeum) or if you really want something good, walk around the building to the OK-Ko mart and get their jjam-ppong aka mixed seafood soup…HIGHLY recommended!

  • April says:
    May 5th, 2009 at 9:25 pm   

    I eat at this place at least once a week- the owner is very gracious and the food can’t be beat. It is a steal of a deal. The side dishes are my favorite part of the meal.

  • Shannon says:
    May 7th, 2009 at 8:39 am   

    Just went there again the other day and me and my friends all had the spicy beef soup, it was very good. It had clear noodles with shredded roast and egg with a spicy flavorful broth, perfect for a rainy day, and as always the mondu’s where awsome.

  • Kevin says:
    May 11th, 2009 at 8:32 am   

    I usually just grab drive through on the way back to the shop when I’m out of OKC but still in the metro. This review definitely has me thinking of lingering a bit longer after a morning appointment tomorrow.

  • Restaurant Reviews says:
    May 13th, 2009 at 1:51 am   

    I visit that place two times and take ice tea its good. But I don’t know about the food.

  • Jocelyn says:
    September 27th, 2009 at 5:25 pm   

    Heyyyy Sam,
    Do you like this place better than the KO Mart? I’ve been here a few times, and it seems like for 5.99, it’s not such a terrible value. The food isn’t the best Korean I’ve had, like the mondu (sp?) is okay, the eggrolls and pork ball things are okay, but for 5.99, which Rose State college kid is gonna argue that?! I get the jap chae here, which is pretty good, just overzealously greasy. =) The bulgogi is not pretty either. Just a plate of thin slices of greasy meat.
    Now I’m in the mood for Korean food.

  • Sam says:
    September 27th, 2009 at 6:54 pm   

    if you want GOOOOOOOD korean food, go to Moore…either Fusion Cafe or Dong-A Restaurant (means Dong-A east asian, not that other word you might be thinking of…)

  • Lily says:
    August 2nd, 2010 at 2:51 pm   

    That is our regular place meet with friends. Quite, family orientated. In the summer, I like cold noodle: noodle with vegetable, half egg and some beef slice. In the winter, I love No.5 in the menu: heated stone bowl with rice and beef in it. We love this place. We feel relaxed like home.

  • Kacy says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 7:57 am   

    I’ve been looking for a good Korean place. May have to try this out.

  • Sam says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 8:37 am   

    Honestly, the ownership has changed twice since I last reviewed this place and has lost its touch. There’s a newer restaurant on Sooner and Reno called Jun-Joo Korean restaurant that I think is probably better now.

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