Oriental Spoon Dishes

Oriental Spoon's sweet and spicy strawberry sauce is the Kim family’s answer to requests for orange chicken.

In Edwardsville, Illinois, there’s only one option for Korean food. Lucky for us, Oriental Spoon is a family-owned and -operated mainstay of the local restaurant scene.

For the past 12 years, hungry diners have flocked here for the first-rate bulgogi and noodle soups, among other items. Chef Tae Kim says his favorite dish is the spicy pork bulgogi noodle soup, but any of the restaurant’s dishes made with its sweet and spicy strawberry sauce – the Kim family’s answer to requests for orange chicken – are also worth a try.

With only 10 tables, plus a patio in the warmer months, this spot is small, but the Kims put a lot of thought and care into the food they serve.

Oriental Spoon, 229 Harvard Dr., Edwardsville, Illinois, 618.655.9633, orientalspoon.net