Parma, OH

Visit Seoul Garden for a Delicious Lunch Box

Isla Chiu

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If I had to use a bad metaphor to describe my writing career for the last few months, I would say that it has felt like throwing many, many darts at the board and having none of them land.

Yeah, it’s been a struggle.

Sometimes, I feel like the various algorithms are conspiring against me. But I know making a full-time living from writing is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes a lot of time and effort and hard work, and a dash of dumb luck.

Still, the struggle sucks, haha.

Anyway, the other week, to make myself feel better about my writing woes, I went to Seoul Garden, one of my favorite restaurants in the Cleveland area.

It’s a small place with unremarkable decor. However, their food is delicious.

Like any decent Korean restaurant, Seoul Garden gives you an assortment of free banchan: the classic spicy kimchi, seaweed, fish cakes, some kind of delicious sweet potato, et cetera.

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The banchan.Photo by the author

They also give you a steaming hot bowl of fresh gyeran-jjim, a delicious savory egg custard dish.

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The gyeran-jjim.Photo by the author

Really, the banchan and gyeran-jjim could be a meal in themselves (especially since they offer free refills of the banchan!).

But the real star of my meal was the kalbi lunchbox.

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The lunch box.Photo by the author

The lunchbox contained some japchae, a house salad, gyoza, pickled radish, a bowl of steamed white rice, and of course, the absolutely divine kalbi, beef short ribs marinated in a delicious sauce.

Everything in my lunchbox was good. But the kalbi gave me a total mouthgasm. The beef was tender and moist and flavorful. It was so good that I sucked on the bone for a few minutes to get more of the flavor of the marinade.

When I got my check, my server also gave me a complimentary bottle of yakult, a carbonated yogurt drink, the perfect way to end a delicious Korean meal.

Hopefully, by sometime next year, I’ll have achieved some success with my writing career. As long as I got money in the bank, I’ll continue trying to do the writer thing and nursing my soul at restaurants like Seoul Garden.

Was that punny? It probably was too punny. Jeez, Isla, with writing skills like that, it’s a wonder why you’re not making much money, you might be thinking sarcastically. Whatever, I’m a fool.

And I’ll continue being a fool.

If you’re ever in the Cleveland area and looking for some great Korean food, here is Seoul Garden’s Yelp page. Located at 5270 Pearl Rd, Parma, OH 44129.

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