Seoul Garden: Korean food to supplement the Ko Mart
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.
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.