Sip and Bite Encounters with Lynne O’Meara: Woo’s Kitchen

By: Lynne O’Meara, Southern Maryland Restaurants

I love Korean food…especially Bulgogi! I discovered a great place for fresh, fast, flavorful Korean food, in St. Mary’s County.

Woo’s Kitchen is in the San Souci Plaza in California, just north of Lexington Park. They offer counter service with most of the menu available when you order. If you are limited on time, this place is perfect!

Woo has been cooking for over 25 years. He started with restaurants in Annandale and Centerville, Virginia. He moved to Southern Maryland five years ago and worked at several area Asian restaurants. He opened Woo’s Kitchen in April 2018, wanting to serve authentic Korean food in a quick, casual environment.

Woo’s has several traditional Korean favorites, to include: Bulgogi (marinated, thinly-sliced rib eye), Spicy Pork, Gal bi (thin-sliced short ribs), and Bibimbob (bowl with rice, nine vegetables, meat, and an egg). His homemade sides include Japchae (sweet potato noodles), Kimchi, Cucumber Kimchi, Watercress Salad, and Spicy Noodles.

When you enter you select your protein and your sides, it doesn’t take long. Everything is fresh and made in-house. Woo told me “The side dishes are made fresh every day”. He also told me there is Tofu as an alternative for protein and they have vegan/vegetarian options.

There are several tables for eating in, or you can get food-to-go. The day we went (lunchtime), the tables were full and there were a lot of carry-out orders (the Navy base is nearby).

We had the Mandu, Spicy Chicken, and Bulgogi. Mandu is a crispy fried dumpling filled with meat (mine was beef). It was not greasy, had a nice dipping sauce and was very good. The Spicy Chicken was great! It had very tender, flavorful chicken and the sides were delicious. The Bulgogi was fabulous! So good! I love the flavors in the marinade! My sides were radishes (with just a little bit of spice) and Japchae. The Japchae is served cool and was outstanding! The noodles soaked up all the flavors.

Woo said his most popular dishes are Bulgogi, Bibimbob, and Spicy Pork. Woo cooks the meats and his mother cooks the sides (every day). Woo is very nice and friendly. I enjoyed talking with him, and I look forward to visiting with him again!

Next time (and there will be a next time) I’m getting the Gal Bi and the Japchae! I’m already planning my next visit!

The bottom line…go get authentic Korean food at Woo’s Kitchen – Korean Grill Express!!

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Rating (out of 5):

  • Food – 4.8
  • Service – 4.7
  • Ambiance – 4.2

Total – 4.6

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