Sung Korean Bistro – at the corner of 7th and Elm downtown – has become one of my favorite restaurants. Both for its food, and for it’s proximity to the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Makes for a topflight evening – an excellent and comfy dinner, then a trip halfway around the block to attend an excellent theater production.
Friday night, we ordered for the table the pancake stuffed with tons of veggie goodies, with a sort of Korean salsa to put on top. One of the best dishes available in this entire town. I then made a point of trying the only vegetarian item on Sung’s menu that I hadn’t had before – the vegetable stir fry with tofu. The entree choice I make almost all the time is the dolsot bimimbab – a stone bowl heated to incredible temperatures, and full of veggies, tofu, rice and a raw egg. The egg is cooked as the contents of the bowl are stirred and turned. Much of the food ends up crispy and crusty – and as much spicy heat as you desire is stirred in as well.
But Friday, I wanted to try that stirfry. It was very good. The vegetables were in just a bit of a dark sauce, the tofu was well marinated. A good dinner. But it did not replace the bimimbab as my favorite – which, admittedly, would have been hard to do.
You should give Sung a try. Easy to be an American and eat there. And the staff is very helpful.
p. s. One more thing to try – the corn tea. An interesting experience.