In the midst of COVID-19, a new restaurant opened in Slave Lake for takeout and delivery. Seoul Kitchen Express had a soft opening on May 5. It was so busy that it ran out of food. For the next two days, it sold bubble tea only. By Friday, it was back to offering food.
Slave Lake has been very welcoming and supportive, says owner Bryan Kim. The Kims weren’t expecting so many people on the first day.
Kim, his wife Diane and son Aaron moved to Slave Lake to start the business. Kim is semi-retired after running a hotel in Hinton for 20 years.
In 1981 when Kim first emigrated from Korea, most Asian restaurants served Chinese food, but now Korean food is popular too.
Seoul Kitchen isn’t a chain.
The menu is based on three types of food, says Kim. The first is Korean fried chicken, which is double fried. This comes with a choice of six sauces.
Number six, the Seoul Supreme, is a secret in-house recipe.
Kim describes this as a red sauce with white on top and a little bit spicy (see left photo).
The second is Korean rice bowls including teriyaki and bulgogi (a marinated and barbecue beef dish). The third is bubble tea.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines bubble tea as “A sweet drink of Taiwanese origin that in its basic form consists of tea mixed typically with milk or fruit syrup and small balls of tapioca.”
Seoul Kitchen is off Hwy. 2 on the south side of Slave Lake, by the Petro Canada by the Dodge dealership. It is where Dominos used to be.