King Sejong is an authentic Korean food restaurant located on Yates Street near Broad in downtown Victoria. It’s a spartan little hole-in-the-wall but serves some pretty decent fare. We lived in Seoul, South Korea, so we have a pretty good idea of what’s authentic Korean cuisine, and King Sejong is definitely one of the better options in Victoria.
Complimentary oksusu cha or “corn tea” was provided. It’s a popular beverage in Korea that is made with dried and then roasted corn kernels that are brewed with boiling water until the liquid turns a pale yellow color.
Jae Yook Duk Bap – Spicy sliced pork stir fried with vegetables (cabbage, onions), topped with roasted sesame seeds, and served with bap (rice) on the side.
Dolsot Bibimbap – Steamed white rice topped with veggies, beef, egg, and served in a tremendously hot stone bowl. Rice on the bottom is coated with fragrant sesame oil, making that layer golden brown and extra crispy. Gochujang (red chili pepper paste) sauce is added at the table and then you mix the dish to create a delicious concoction of varying textures.
Like other Korean restaurants, complimentary unlimited (within reason) side dishes were served to accompany the meal. On this occasion they consisted of spicy kimchi, savory sesame bean sprouts and sweet honey coated potatoes.