Daebak Wang Mandoo

Tucked away in a strip mall in the Korean neighborhood of Federal Way, Daebak Wang Mandoo is a family-owned restaurant that specializes in Wang Mandoo.


Mandoo (만두) or mandu is dumplings in Korean. Wang (meaning king) mandoo (왕만두) refers to buns.  Continue reading “Daebak Wang Mandoo”

Sushi Kashiba

Sushi Kashiba is an upscale sushi restaurant in Seattle. It’s conveniently located by the Pike Place Market and is owned by the Seattle legendary sushi chef Shiro Kashiba, who trained with Jiro Ono back in the 1960s. Sushi Kashiba is often regarded as one of the best sushi restaurants in Seattle. Tourists and locals alike queue up outside its door before the 5 o’clock opening time waiting to get a seat at the sushi bar.

But, does it live up to the hype? Continue reading “Sushi Kashiba”

Joule Restaurant, Seattle

First time I met Meredith, it was in the hallway of our third floor IT department.  I had never worked with her before, and chances are I never will.  But she had this smile that instantly brought warmth into my heart!  I liked her instantly.  Over the time, I kept messing with her every time I ran into her(things I do to people I like), and she always accepted it with a generous smile.  She resigned three weeks ago and went to work for Disney.  I have missed her smiles since.

Today Katia, Meredith and I finally met up in Joule after work.  Joule is the sister restaurant of Trove and Revel, whose chef Rachel Young has been nominated for the James Beard Award since 2009 and won several.  We had our first foodie group dinner in Joule, I have not been to Trove yet, but Revel is our favorite lunch spot.

Our first dish is their signature – White Stuffed Kimchi:

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The outside layer is moist and flavorful, and the inside crisp and nutty.  A good dish on its own or as a condiment to other dishes to follow. Continue reading “Joule Restaurant, Seattle”