Earlier this week, I was yearning for some authentic korean dishes. Tteok-bokki, Korean fried chicken, Japchae, Bulgogi, Jajangmyeon; shit, I wanted all of them. Lol. I have some Korean friends but I haven’t contacted them in awhile and I thought it would be distasteful to call out of the blue and act like I care what’s going on in their life when I actually just want them to cook me some dishes. Smh….I am horrible. For the people out there who don’t know these dishes, I will explain some of them to you.
Tteok-bokki or stir-fried rice cakes is a popular Korean food made from small-sized garae-tteok (long, white, cylinder-shaped rice cakes) called tteokmyeon (떡면; “rice cake noodles”) or commonly tteok-bokki-tteok (떡볶이 떡; “tteok-bokki rice cakes”). Fish cakes, boiled eggs, and scallions are some of the most commonly added ingredients. It can be seasoned with either spicy gochujang (chili paste) or non-spicy ganjang (soy sauce)-based sauce; the former being the prototype, and the latter often called gungjung-tteok-bokki (royal court tteok-bokki) – Wikipedia. The one I like also has fish cakes in it as well.
Japchae is a sweet and savory dish of stir-fried glass noodles and vegetables that is popular in Korean cuisine. Japchae is typically prepared with dangmyeon, a type of cellophane noodles made from sweet potato starch; the noodles are topped with assorted vegetables, meat, and mushrooms, and seasoned with soy sauce and sesame oil. – Wikipedia
All Korean dishes are so delicious to me when cooked right. If you haven’t ate any, I strongly recommend that you do. You might get lucky and run into an older Korean woman who married a black american and learned how to fuse korean dishes and soul food dishes together. I did, and I wanted to move in with her and never leave. But, that’s another story.
I Googled korean restaurants near me and then I remembered a Filipino co-worker of mine told me about one that her and her husband goes to. I found it in the list Google brought up. It is called Chung Ki Wa. It is located in Sterling Heights, MI. My nephew, and I went there. Upon arrival, it didn’t look like anything from the outside. It actually looked like a closed section of the strip mall. When we walked inside, the atmosphere was really chill. The decor was ok. You definitely will feel like you transported to Asia. The flat screen tv behind the bar was playing a Korean channel. The tables had the table grills built in. I wasn’t ready for that yet. I made a mental note to come back another day for that. Maybe, when I go with my friends to see Black Panther next month, I will try to get them to come there afterwards or before. I ordered a bowl of bibimbap which is rice topped with grilled vegetables and an egg cracked on top with chili paste. It is delicious! For an appetizer, I order fried squid rings. My nephew ordered Tteok-bokki and Jajangmyeon. He is a big growing boy, but I am still shocked at how much food he can eat. I did help him eat his food as well. Lol. Everything was delicious and just as I remembered them from my time spent in Korea. The Jajangmyeon sauce was to runny for my taste but it was very flavorful. The squid rings was very crunchy and seasoned well. There was a good even ratio of batter to squid. I really appreciate that. I hate getting fried stuff that is mostly batter. The Tteok-bokki was fantastic! It had just the right amount of spicy and they didn’t skimp out on the fish cakes and rice cakes.
The wait staff was very friendly and attentive. I felt very comfortable there and I will be going back. I recommend this place to everyone.
If you’re not from Michigan, I advise you to come visit. Many people think of Florida, California, New York and stuff when they think of traveling around the US. Michigan does have a lot to offer and Detroit is coming up! I love hanging out downtown Detroit and Midtown. Just something to throw out there and put on your minds. I will be traveling this sumner, so many of my blogs will cover places outside of Michigan.