I don’t know if anyone would believe that I happened upon Yet Tuh on accident, but that’s what happened when my brother and his wife and I tried to go dine at Woo Nam Jeong a few weeks ago. We missed the turn into the parking lot, turning into the next lot possible. This put us in the strip mall which houses Sushi House Hayakawa, where luckily an alley connects and elevates to the rear of the Stone Bowl Property, et voilà, Yet Tuh is staring us in the face. Change of plans.
From reading Brad’s article on Yet Tuh a while back, I knew there was some interesting food to be found there, outside of the dishes that have become my standard go-to Korean fare – bibimbap, soondubu, galbi, and jap chae. Not that I dislike those selections, and Yet Tuh can certainly provide them.
We picked a few items, making it through the language barrier, which was a little challenging. It’s funny – my sister in law is Korean (her parents are not) and she grew up in South Carolina. When we dine Korean the staff always looks to her for assistance, only receiving a blank stare or perhaps a “do what now?”, delivered with a Southern drawl.
Of course the meal started with banchan, nicely done too.
A bowl of kimchi jigae was excellent, also small and inexpensive enough (maybe $6-7?) to allow one to try other items as well.
Grilled mackerel – really great. Next time I would like to try one of the simmered versions from the Creative Loafing review.
We also tried the bori-bop that Brad mentioned, which I really liked though the rest of table thought was a little boring.
The pancake was the weakest dish, a mushy version of no note.
We barely scratched the surface of Yet Tuh, and I will be back. There are more intriguing items I’ve not seen elsewhere, not that they don’t exist elsewhere, my breadth of Korean restaurants is fewer than ten. And even though it’s “standard fare” I’ll definitely get the stew again, it really rocked. We made our belated trip to Woo Nam Jeong a week later on a cold and rainy stew night (our go-to, So Kong Dong, was closed) and I thought their version was very weak, a surprise as I find WNJ Stone Bowl to be very reliable.