Mo Du Rang Korean Restaurant
2012 is the year of the red pepper paste.
Back in January Baum+Whiteman, a food consultant company, declared that Korean cuisine would be the next hot flavor trend in restaurants. Meanwhile in-the-know foodies predicted kimchi and kalbi as the “new Thai” to sweep American taste buds.
Everyone in favor, raise your spoon and chopsticks.
Thankfully Sacramento is on trend and houses a pocket of outstanding Korean restaurants. If you’re looking for a family-friendly venue with minimal wait times and good food, opt for Mo Du Rang on Folsom Blvd. near Bradshaw.
Dinner at Mo Du Rang started off with a delicious and complimentary scallion pancake. We gobbled it up so quickly I forgot to snap a picture!
For those unfamiliar with Korean dining, an assortment of kimchi (pickled and seasoned vegetables) is central to the meal and serves as a flavor accent for the various dishes. Our small army of kimchi sides arrived promptly, and we happily nibbled as we waited.
Mo Du Rang features a do-it-yourself tabletop BBQ and you really can’t go wrong with bulgogi, a Korean classic featuring thinly sliced beef marinated in soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil and garlic. The sweet meat is delicious, especially when enfolded by fresh lettuce, garlic, jalapeños and a swab of miso-chili sauce.
We came ready to sweat through the spice, and sweat we did with this next dish: tofu soup with seafood!
The grilled mackerel was a great idea but was a tad too salty, yet easily solved with a bite of rice.
One of my favorite Korean dishes is bibimbap, a mound of rice topped with veggies and an egg, all mixed with red pepper paste. This dish satisfied perfectly.
Mo Du Rang
9545 Folsom Blvd. #2
Sacramento, CA 95827