This week I had the great pleasure to visit KJ Sushi and Korean BBQ in Fayetteville. It’s tradition in our family to go out to eat for birthdays, and the birthday boy (or gal, in the case of my wife) gets to pick where we eat. Luckily enough, my wife was craving Korean food, so we decided to go to KJ Sushi and Korean BBQ on College Avenue, in Fayetteville (I do love Korean food).
My wife ended up getting the dolcet bap, pictured above. Dolcet bap is a variation of bibimbap, essentially chopped vegetables and an egg served on cooked rice in a hot stone bowl. It’s usually served with a spicy gojuchang pepper sauce. The sesame oil in the hot bowl fries the rice at the bottom, making this exquisite crust, almost nutty in flavor.
For the kids we got a big plate of japchae (sweet potato noodles stir fried with sesame oil and vegetables). Our kids loved the japchae, and had fun using the kid chopsticks (they gave us these little plastic things to attach to the chopsticks, making them easier to use). My daughter particularly loved the mushrooms in the japchae. Pretty odd for a four year old, but then again the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, I suppose.
I ended up getting the bulgogi, or Korean BBQ.
The bulgogi was sinfully delicious, the beef cooked to perfection and served on a bed of cabbage and other vegetables. The beef was flavorful and tender, with a slight sweetness.
We also had a large number of little side dishes, or banchan, as well as miso soup. Our kids devoured the miso soup (something I’m going to have to remember the next time they’re craving soup). The kimchi was amazing, as was the cucumber kimchi.
We couldn’t resist getting the gyoza dumplings, either. They served it with a yummy sesame/ginger/garlic/soy sauce dipping sauce. They were crunchy on the outside, with a light and airy texture, but the ground meat filling was tender and savory.
This was the end result of our feast.
So yes, please give KJ Sushi and Korean BBQ a chance. They’re quite friendly and make amazingly delicious food. Next time I think I’m going to try the sushi.