Restaurant Review: So Kong Dong

I’ve kind of been a social butterfly this weekend.  Ethiopian food on Thursday, going out for drinks for a friend’s birthday on Friday and dinner at So Kong Dong on Saturday.  This was not really great for my weight loss efforts, but we won’t get into that now.

So kong dong

This was only my second time trying Korean food, and I didn’t quite know what to expect.  We met our friends Emily and Brian there at 7 and the place definitely had a lot of people inside, but we didn’t have to wait.  They brought out some hot tea to the table, though oddly enough they brought three cups of tea and one cup of water.  After we ordered, they brought out banchan, which are little Korean side dishes or appetizers, basically.  The restaurant brings out whatever they bring out, you don’t choose them.  I think they’ll bring more if you ask, but I’m not sure.

Banchan

Cold veggies, noodles, some sort of soup, potato salad and kimchee.  The egg and the rice were part of my meal, and not banchan.  There was also something else…

Whole fried fish

Each person was served a whole fried fish.  I kind of picked at it for a second, but it wasn’t really my thing, especially when I noticed the eye.  My favorite part of the banchan was the noodles.  I could have eaten a whole plate of those.

Noodles

I ordered the Tofu Seafood soup for my entree.  It came out in a bubbling cauldron.  The rice and the egg that were on the table were meant to go in the soup.  It was so hot that the egg cooked with no problem.

Tofu seafood soup

I ordered this spicy, but I didn’t find it so. They provided some sort of sauce though, that I liberally put in the soup to add some spicy.  Jason ordered some sort of combo that had short ribs and tofu and ground beef bibimbap.  I missed getting a picture of the ribs, but here’s the bibimbap.

Bibimbap

That’s a fun word to say: bibimbap.  In hindsight, I probably would have ordered this too, but asked them to leave out the beef.  It looked good.  Emily ordered the same thing as Jason and Brian had a seafood pancake, which was good, if you like a lot of big pieces of seafood.

I don’t really have much to compare it to, but according to Emily and Brian, Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl House is better, so we’ll try that next time we get a Buford Highway craving.

Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl House

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5 Responses to Restaurant Review: So Kong Dong

  1. Bi bim bap is one of my favorites too. Although at the place we go to I usually get vegetarian kimchee fried rice. It’s so spicy and good! They have banchan too, but it’s a lot smaller than what you got. Looks like a great place!
    (I wouldn’t have been able to handle the whole fish either.)

  2. I want to go here! I love bibimbap… and when they just bring out random stuff. Though I may have not been keen on the fish after seeing the eye either.

  3. Mmmmm…Korean food. The little fried fish creeps me out too.

  4. I have neer been out for Korean food. I shy away from it because I’m pretty sure it’s hard to get vegetarian food from it.

    I’m glad you got out and enjoyed some friends this weekend. Sounds like a great one!

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