Part of feeling at home in a city, at least for me, is knowing where the good food spots are. That is probably the #1 thing I miss about Memphis! No matter what my craving, I know exactly where to get it in the 901. The DMV on the other hand. . .smh. I’ve got a ways to go.
Luckily, a classmate introduced me to Seoulia Korean restaurant. It’s located about 10 minutes from the University of Maryland College Park campus and serves a variety of Korean staples. On my first visit, I had to try the kimchi chigae. If you read this post, then you’ll remember that knowing where to get a delicious spicy bowl of kimchi chigae is of utmost importance. Seoulia’s was pretty good. It was perfectly spicy but with a much thicker consistency than I’d ever had. This probably will not be my go to kimchi chigae. On the next visit, I had the daen jang chigae. It wasn’t bad but it also wasn’t spectacular. Though those two soups weren’t super amazing, let me tell you what was – the haemul pajeon and the bibimbap with raw beef.
Pajeon is the Korean version of a pancake, a savory versatile pancake. The basic version consists of a batter of eggs, white flour, rice flour, and green onions. Then, typically other ingredients are added like other vegetables, meats, and/or seafood. We had haemul (seafood) pajeon. I do not remember ever having pajeon this scrumptious! Seriously! It was overflowing with seafood and flavor and expertly fried. The pajeon was slightly crisp on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside. It was so good that I almost totally ignored my entrée. I will definitely be back just to have another haemul pajeon.
Bibimbap is another very common and popular Korean dish. Served either hot, inside a piping hot stone bowl, or cold, bibimbap consists of rice, sautéed and seasoned vegetables, and usually sliced meat topped by a raw or fried egg. Once served, you mix all the ingredients together and add red chili pepper paste to taste. Typically, I’m not a fan of bibimbap. Don’t get me wrong, it is good and I’d recommend it, especially for someone trying Korean food for the first time, but it’s not my preference. However, my classmate’s friend ordered the bibimbap with raw beef and offered me some so I couldn’t say no (and I don’t even eat meat regularly! Lol). This bibimbap was amazing! Everything tasted so fresh, and the amount of chili pepper paste she added made it the right degree of spicy! I’m tempted to order this the next time I go to Seoulia.
Seoulia is a solid Korean food find, and its proximity to school adds to its appeal. I’m looking forward to returning and having a meal of haemul pajeon and banchan (side dishes)!
10280 Rhode Island Ave.
Beltsville, MD 20705