Every time I drove down Great Mills Road last semester on my way to tutoring sessions at Carver Elementary, I was always intrigued by a tiny gray shack with a sign for “Yummy’s Korean and Japanese.” In my experience, restaurants with adjectives for names – especially adjectives promising that the food is good – are always a little dubious. After considering the fact that it was located in a small standalone building in front of a trailer park, however, I was convinced that this place had to be good – a diamond in the rough, if you will. How else would it still be in business?
Don’t let first impressions fool you; Yummy’s is the real deal. On the recent Thursday evening that my friends and I went to dinner there, we were the only eat-in customers in the restaurant’s small but very clean dining area with red and black oriental decor. It’s definitely a family-owned place. The cook’s kids were sitting in the corner doing their schoolwork, which made the place feel very home-y, as if we were eating in their family dining room. A family dining room punctuated by steady phone calls for take-out.
The first thing we concluded after browsing the menu is that Yummy’s is cheap, which made our college-student wallets breathe a sigh of relief. On their sushi menu, you can get an avocado or cucumber roll for $2.95, and their most expensive rolls (caterpillar or baked scallop, the latter of which my friend ordered and enjoyed, and he’s not a huge sushi fan) were only $6.95.
The main meat dishes here were Korean bulgogi beef and Japanese chicken teriyaki, which you can have served on a plate with a side of seaweed salad, squid salad, or kimchi (spicy Korean cabbage). You also had the option of putting these meats in a burrito or a sub.
Yummy’s also had a few specials written up on a whiteboard behind the counter, and from these choices I ordered the bibimbap. It’s a popular Korean dish made with of clumps of beef, steamed spinach, cucumber, broccoli, fried egg, rice noodles, and shredded carrots over a bed of rice and some spicy red chili sauce on the side. Mix it together and bibimBAP. Deliciousness. The different colors and textures of the dish make for a meal that is pleasing to the eye as well as the taste buds. Another positive aspect of the bibimbap was the fresh ingredients, which complimented each other without a hint of the gummy MSG usually found in Asian take-out.
One friend ordered a side of lumpia, beef-filled Filipino egg rolls that she appreciated for their crunchy savoriness, as well as the Las Vegas sushi roll, deep-fried with avocado, salmon, cream cheese, and eel sauce, which she said was equally delightful. Another dining partner ordered the special of yaki soba noodles and vegetables, as well as an avocado roll, and he left feeling very full and happy indeed.
We decided that a return trip to Yummy’s is definitely in order, as we are growing tired of other Asian take-out options in the County. If you yourself would like to give this hidden gem a try, I advise you to plan accordingly: Yummy’s closes at 7 p.m. (earlier than most restaurants). After all, those kids have to get their sleep. But if you go for a filling, tasty, and cheap early dinner, you will not be disappointed.
Yummy’s Korean and Japanese Fusion Cuisine, 21009 Great Mills Rd., Lexington Park, MD 20653, (301) 737-0191