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· MAY 26, 2006 ·
KOREAN FOOD IN GRAND RAPIDS

Yesterday, for a co-worker's birthday, a group of us went out for lunch at a Korean restaurant I'd heard about but had never been to. K-Garden is a tiny free-standing building on the corner of 32nd and Madison. Apparently it's been around forever - at least 15 years or so according to one of my co-wokers who frequents it. The food was excellent and really unusual. The menu is half Chinese food, half Korean food. The Korean food is more expensive ($10-$15 entrees, average) but worth it. No one at our table ordered Chinese food, but those dishes were more in the $6-$9 range.

We started with two orders of potstickers, one pan-fried and one deep-fried. Both were delicious, especially with the sauce that accompanied them. I ordered 돌솥비빔밥 (dol sot bi-bim bap), a dish consisting of rice, vegetables, shredded beef and a fried egg all served in a hot stone bowl. Seasoned to taste with 고추장 (go-chu jang, a spicy chili sauce), it was incredibly flavorful, with just enough kick to clear the sinuses. The portions are large enough to have leftovers, and all the Korean dishes come with sides, which are little separate bowls of variously prepared vegetables - cucumbers, radishes, cabbage kimchi, and others i couldn't identify. All very good. I had never had Korean food before, and it was a great experience. I will for sure be going back.

As the restaurant also serves Chinese food, we received fortune cookies at the end of our meal. Here was mine, which definitely ranks as one of the funniest fortunes ever:

Posted by joanna at 12:11 PM.

word. I will have to check that out... although, I am never out that way.

- docbeezy | May 26, 2006 12:42 PM

THE KOREAN SIDE DISHES ARE MY FAVORITE PART OF GOING TO KOREAN RESTURANTS.

Bulgogi is amazing too. I just had Be Bim Bap a week ago. If you're ever in Ann Arbor go to BeWon. It's very good and the owners are so nice. They gave all sorts of free deserts and watermelon.

- Cory Weaver | May 26, 2006 01:14 PM

the korean kids at calvin say that K Garden is the best, but over the last two years they have raised their prices quite a bit. apparently they have gained some popilarity.

I also had some Bi Bim Bop at the place on the corner of Breton and 28th St (SW corner) and really enjoyed it.

- benner | May 26, 2006 04:07 PM

http://www.vimeo.com/clip:69000

miss saigon for vietnamese, apparently.

- george | May 26, 2006 04:29 PM
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