An Afternoon of Dining and Shopping in Lakewood’s Koreatown on South Tacoma Way

Korean Tofu Soup, Bibimbap, and side dishes

Korean Tofu Soup, Bibimbap, and side dishes

Dining and Shopping at Lakewood’s Koreatown

My wife and I enjoyed a recent afternoon at what has become known as Lakewood’s Koreatown (officially: the International Business District).  Koreatown is a collection of 200+ business along South Tacoma Way between approximately 84th and 96th Streets.  Two grocery stores, Pal-Do World Market and Boo Han Market, and the large Shin Shin variety store anchor the shopping district.  Pal-Do World had a couple interesting sights I photographed: a beautiful European style bakery and a tank of live (ugly) flatfish from Korea for $69.99 each.  The flatfish looked like they have two ounces of meat on them at most – I didn’t see the attraction.

Many fine Korean restaurants abound in the area.  For our lunch, we chose Cho Dang Tofu (see review on Yelp.com), around the corner from Pal-Do World.  What we knew of Korean cuisine is Kim Chi and barbecued meats.  Cho Dang offered a specialty new to us: tofu soup.  They offered about a dozen varieties of tofu soup.  They were out of oysters, so I tried the dumpling tofu soup.  The soup came out piping hot – still cooking really – in a miniature metal cauldron.  Elizabeth ordered Bebimbap, another signature Korean dish of rice topped with vegetables, chilis, and meat or egg.  The waitress brought us also a fried fish each and another half dozen side dishes.

After lunch, I dutifully tagged along, while Elizabeth shopped to her heart’s content.  We visited a linen store with beautiful bedding and authentic Korean silk dresses.  We ended at Shin Shin, a big housewares and variety store.  Elizabeth likes to look at every little thing in a store like this, so I had a good hour nap out in the car.

BACKGROUND ON LAKEWOOD’S KOREATOWN

LAKEWOOD KOREATOWN MAP

LAKEWOOD HOMES FOR SALE

Pal-Do World Market in Lakewood

Pal-Do World Market in Lakewood

European style bakery at Pal-Do World

European style bakery at Pal-Do World

Cho Dang Tofu Restaurant

Cho Dang Tofu Restaurant

 

Korean silk dresses

Korean silk dresses

Expensive flatfish

Expensive flatfish

 

Cute frog humidifier

Cute frog humidifier

 

Kim Chi

Kim Chi

Shin Shin variety store

Shin Shin variety store

 

Elizabeth buys a hat

Elizabeth buys a hat

 

 

About Bob Kelly

Experienced buyer's agent with eXp Realty based in Bellevue. I encourage my buyers to negotiate from low bids and save money. Service area is King, Snohomish, Pierce, and Thurston counties - even more widely for vacation homes. Specialties include vacation homes, working with investors, general home buyers, and listings. Based on my real estate investing experience, I can advise clients about property analysis, landlording, effective online advertising, running a vacation rental, creative financing (lease options, owner financing), flipping/rehabbing, and much more. Contact me at bob.kelly@exprealty.com.
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