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Korean B-Won Restaurant
4517 S. Sunnylane Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK
(405) 670-1170
Cost: $$ 21 Korean Tea: Korean (bags)
Smoking: No Smoking
Best Items: Kimchee, Fish Cake Side Dish
Kimchi Chee Kae:
Fish Cake Side Dish:
Seaweed Side Dish:
Korean Hot Tea:
28-May-05 1
It is not often that I get excited about Korean food, but B-Won's varied menu and quality food are certainly worth exploring.

I am not an expert on Korean food, but I appreciate good Kimchee, and the one here is one of the best I have tasted. It has a fermented flavor that tastes as if it comes from a family's traditional way of preparing it--there is no hint of ingredients that come from jars or are shipped in, as I sometimes find in Korean restaurants.

Kimchee is served as a side dish with all dinners, but other side dishes are impressive as well. The Fish Cake was my favorite--it is probably the only one I've had that is actually enjoyable rather than just making you think you are eating it because it is "healthy." This is also the only restaurant at which I've had seaweed that I actually enjoyed.

For a main course I tried Kimchi Chee Kae, which seemed to be the recommendation of all the people working there. It is a thick soup made with kimchee, tofu, and just enough meat (beef or pork) to offset the other flavors, but I would not really call it a meat dish. This is supposed to be one of the spiciest dishes on the menu, but I found the chile to be comparable to medium-hot enchiladas or rellenos that are served in New Mexico. I thought it had just the right spiciness to be flavorful, and I enjoyed it probably more than any other Korean dish I have ever eaten. However, if you are used to really spicy Korean food, I think you will have to tell them to make it extra hot.

The Korean hot tea was very enjoyable, the restaurant was comfortable, and the service was good. I did not have any problem whatsoever with anything about this restaurant, except for the fact that I am still trying to learn about the different Korean dishes.

B-Won actually had several items on the menu that looked good, including some vegetarian items, and with this place's food quality and reasonable prices, it would definitely be worthwhile to try some of them.

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