If you're looking for great Korean-inspired food in Seattle, look no further than Laurelhurst, just minutes from University of Washington. Sunrice is getting rave reviews on Yelp!, and it's easy to see why. The food is excellent, inexpensive, and totally healthy.
Everything on the lunch menu (and there's only a lunch menu; the restaurant is planning on extending their hours, but they're currently not open for dinner service yet) ranges from $4 to $10. Don't get skeptical about what your pocket change will buy you. Sunrice has a wide variety of Korean fare including tofu, chicken, or beef in Spicy Sunrice Sauce. For the more adventurous palate, try their Super Spicy Sunrice dishes. They also have some of the best kimpap on the planet. What's that you say? You're a vegan? No problem! While not all of the dishes listed on the menu are vegan, any dish can be made vegan.
When you pop into Sunrice, not only are you getting great eats, but you're also supporting a local business. When the owner, Kim, was a student at the University of Washington, she wished that there was more in the way of Korean food on campus. She eventually followed her dream and started providing Korean style ready-to-go meals to the University of Washington. Her restaurant came about after landing her first wholesale account at UW. Her goal? To provide wholesome, honest and conscientious food to her customers while avoiding preservatives and artificial colors and flavors.
Can't make it over to Laurelhurst for lunch? No worries. You can find Sunrice products at the Metropolitan Market, Madison Market, Children's Hospital, Virginia Mason Hospital, and even the University of Washington. If you don't live in Seattle, there's no reason to cry into your kimchi. Sunrice products are currently carried by Whole Foods, Safeway, and Thriftway on Vashon as well as co-ops in Olympia and Port Townsend. That means more coconut curry tofu, miso carrot tofu, and brown rice kimpap just for you. If you can't find it at your local store, pester the product manager about ordering Sunrice products wholesale. Enjoy!