My high school friends and I decided to eat at Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu for dinner last month. We go to Buk Chang Dong for soon tofu similar to how we go to Owl of Minerva’s for pork bone soup. A meal here is $10 with tax and tip. Their menu is mainly a variety of soon tofu however you could also get bibimbap or bulgogi. The restaurant is cosy but the lighting is bright. All of the soon tofu comes with purple rice and you can choose the spiciness level of the broth which ranges from no spice to very spicy.
A friend ordered the combination soon tofu which has a decent sized mussel, shrimp and beef along with tofu in a spicy broth. It comes with a raw egg that you crack into the soon tofu.
Another friend ordered the dumpling soon tofu which has dumplings, beef and tofu in a spicy broth. A third friend had the kimchi soon tofu which has kimchi, beef, pork and tofu in a spicy broth. A fourth friend had the Veggie soon tofu which has mushroom, broccoli, onion, zucchini and tofu in a spicy broth. They all come with a raw egg as well.
I ordered the soybean soon tofu. The broth is soybean based as opposed to its regular broth and it doesn’t come with a raw egg. The soybean soon tofu has beef, mushroom, a decent sized mussel and tofu.
If you have a craving for soon tofu in either downtown Koreatown or uptown Koreatown then you should eat here.
Categories: Canada, Cuisine, Downtown Toronto, Korean, North York
Tags: Beef, Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu, dumpling soon tofu, kimchi soon tofu, seafood, soon tofu, soybean soon tofu, veggie soon tofu
My friends and I decided to have lunch at Jeon Ju. I decided to get a combo. I got the mackerel and kimchi chi gae ($9.99). Another friend had the mackerel and soon tofu combo ($8.99) instead. It comes with a bowl of white rice and numerous side dishes. I was only able to finish eating the mackerel and a spoonful of the kimchi chi gae.
Kimchi served at Jeon Ju Hyang
The kimchi chi gae has 3 slices of tofu, enoki mushroom, green onions, kimchi, slices of pork, rice cakes and the fat, clear noodles.
The mackerel is grilled Korean style. It is served on a sizzling plate and garnished with a lemon wedge and a sprinkle of green onions. The mackerel I had had lots of bones in it while the mackerel my friend had had no bones.
Overall, the mackerel and soup combo tastes yummy at a decent price.
Categories: Canada, Cuisine, Food, Korean, Restaurant Review, Scarborough
Tags: Bamburgh Circle, grilled mackerel, Jeon Ju Hyang, kimchi, kimchi chi gae, Korean, mackerel, soup
My friends and I ate at Owl of Minerva located at First Markham Place afew weeks ago. The restaurant itself reminds me of Huh Ga Ne but has none of its fanciness and it could be as small as or even smaller than the Owl of Minerva located in North York that’s open 24 hours. There aren’t any traditional tables and seats at First Markham Place, at least out front. The menu at First Markham Place differs from the menu at Uptown Waterloo or North York. It focuses on kam ja tang (pork bone soup). There’s a variety of pork bone soup on the menu at First Markham Place. Three of my friends and I had some variation of pork bone soup while another friend had jap chae. My friend likes the jap chae at Owl.
Kimchi served at Owl
One friend just got the original/regular pork bone soup.
Rice Cake Kamjatang
Another friend got pork bone soup with rice cakes while another friend had the pork bone soup with dumplings. They both enjoyed it.
I had the pork bone soup with seafood ($10 with tax). The seafood is miniscule. There were mini-mussel, mini shrimp and mini oyster. It also has rice cakes. The kam ja tang itself is comparable to the ones I had at other locations.
I still like Owl of Minerva for their pork bone soup.
Categories: Canada, Cuisine, Food, Korean, Markham, North York, Restaurant Review, Uptown Waterloo
Tags: Dumpling, First Markham Place, jap chae, kam ja tang, kamjatang, kimchi, Owl, Owl of Minerva, pork bone soup, rice cake, seafood
This past Sunday my friends and I went to Made in China for lunch. Despite the restaurant name, they also serve ramen, hot pot and Korean food. The Chinese food they serve is mostly from Southern China. The decor at the place is quite modern and the lighting is fairly bright. The service is quite prompt especially since we were a group of nearly 16 people.
Hainanese Chicken Rice that I got on Apr. 27, 2014
My friend got their Hainanese Chicken Rice and it’s the most authentic looking Hainanese Chicken Rice I’ve seen so far in Toronto. It actually has the black sauce, hot sauce and ginger sauce. The rice also looks like it’s been cooked in the chicken fat to give it flavour.
I ordered the beef sizzling platter ($6.99). The beef sizzling platter includes kimchi, daikon, spicy fried tofu, a bowl of rice and a choice of iced prune juice or pop. The beef sizzling platter is beef with onions, leeks, carrots with some sesame seeds sprinkled on top and served on a sizzling hot plate. It’s very filling.
If you and your friends can’t decide what to eat then this is the restaurant for you with its variety of cuisine options!
Categories: Canada, Chinese, Cuisine, Food, Hong Kong Cafe, Japanese, Korean, Restaurant Review, Scarborough
Tags: Hainanese Chicken Rice, hot pot, Korean cuisine, Korean food, lunch specials, Made in China, ramen, Scarborough, sizzling hot plate, sizzling platter
At first my high school friends and I decided to eat at Lim Ga Ne however we went at the wrong time (at 7pm on a Friday night) so we were in for a long wait since the people before us got the last table for 3+ people. Instead we walked over to Huh Ga Ne. Huh Ga Ne recently opened and it’s under the same management as Lim Ga Ne. It also has Lim Ga Ne’s cooks in the kitchen. The decor there is much nicer and it’s much brighter and it has more space compared to Lim Ga Ne. Huh Ga Ne doesn’t have the homey feel that Lim Ga Ne has; it looks more upscale and classier which may probably be due to the chandelier. As with Lim Ga Ne, Huh Ga Ne has traditional style tables and seating and regular tables and chairs. My friends and I sat at the regular tables and we had the kam pung ki ($15-medium) and soondea jeon gol ($25).
side dishes at Huh Ga Ne
The kam pung ki is a fusion dish. It is deep fried chicken with sweet, sour and spicy sauce. My friends thought that it’s almost like a spicier version of sweet and sour pork. The deep fried chicken can be abit fatty.
The soondea jeon gol comes with 2 bowls of purple rice since the serving size is for two people. Soondea jeon gol is basically several types of korean style sausages with vegetables cooked hot pot style. It has soondae (blood sausage), rice cakes, carrots, onions, napa cabbage, pickles, clear noodles, pig ears, enoki mushrooms and vegetables. It’s quite delicious and it has the perfect level of spiciness.
Overall, I found Huh Ga Ne to be on par with Lim Ga Ne in terms of pricing and the quality and quantity of food. The only bad thing about Huh Ga Ne is that there was this smell that came from the food that other people in the restaurant were eating that reminded me of fermented tofu except my friend said that it looked like pork. If you can let that smell not bother you then I prefer Huh Ga Ne to Lim Ga Ne.
Categories: Canada, Cuisine, Food, Korean, North York, Restaurant Review
Tags: blood sausage, deep fried chicken, hot pot, Huh Ga Ne, jeon gol, kam pung ki, Korean, Korean cuisine, Korean food, Koreatown, Lim Ga Ne, North York, soondae, soondae jeon gol
I’ve been to Gal’s Sushi multiple times in the past. The last time I came here was with a bunch of friends for lunch on Sunday in early November. It’s a Japanese-Korean restaurant that makes delicious and authentic Japanese and Korean food in Markham. It’s a fairly large restaurant with a nice ambiance however the lighting there is quite dim.
I had the Sashimi, Sushi and Rolls Bento box ($8.99). It includes miso soup, house salad, noodles, rice and a small selection of sashimi, sushi and rolls. The sashimi are red and white tuna, salmon and red snapper. The sushi are shrimp, salmon, yellow tail and white tuna. The rolls are 2 pieces of 3 varieties which are spicy salmon, california roll and dynamite roll.
If you’re in Markham and craving Japanese or Korean food then I recommend coming here.
Categories: Canada, Cuisine, Food, Japanese, Korean, Markham, Restaurant Review
Tags: bento box, California roll, dynamite roll, Gal's, Gal's Sushi, Japanese cuisine, miso soup, Red Snapper, red tuna, salad, Salmon, sashimi, spicy salmon roll, sushi, tuna, white tuna, yellowtail
My university friend and I decided to eat at Lim Ga Ne this past Friday because she wanted to eat Korean food. It’s a fairly small restaurant. What I like about it is that on one side of the restaurant there’s the traditional tables while the other side has regular tables and chairs. The restaurant is also open 24 hours. The chopsticks at this restaurant aren’t the Korean metal chopsticks with nice designs on the handle but the one-time use wooden chopsticks. Also the prices on the menu include tax.
assorted kimchi at Lim Ga Ne
My friend ordered the Kalbi Tang ($9). Kalbi Tang is beef short ribs stew with clear noodles and vegetables. She liked it.
I ordered Mo Deum Soon Dae (small serving is $10) and Jae Yook Bokeum (medium serving is $15). Mo Deum Soon Dae is assorted Korean style sausages which meant blood sausage, liver and pig ears. The blood sausage is delicious. It’s sausage skin stuffed with intestines, glutinous rice and noodles. The boiled liver is ok. The pig ears are tasteless. My high school Korean friend later told me that I was suppose to dip the pig ears into the bowl of salt (featured in the kimchi picture-top right). I would recommend ordering the dish with only the blood sausage. There are 3 portion sizes for you to choose: small, medium and large. The small portion is good either as a meal for 1 person or split between 2 meals. A word of advice, finish the entire dish at the restaurant. I had only eaten the pig ears, liver and a few pieces of the blood sausage on Friday and I had the leftovers for lunch on Monday and it wasn’t as delicious, comparatively speaking.
Mo Deum Soon Dae
Jae Yook Bokeum is stir fried pork with kimchi. It doesn’t come with rice. It looks spicier than the actual taste which is quite disappointing. The kimchi was spicier than this dish. It’s pork belly with kimchi which is quite good, despite the lack of perceived spiciness. Funny thing, when I reheated the leftovers at home to have with rice, it was alot spicier than when I ate it at the restaurant. There are 2 portion sizes for you to choose: medium and large. The medium portion is quite filling for 3 meals.
Jae Yook Bokeum
Overall, I would recommend this restaurant for the blood sausage and the fact that it is open 24 hours and the menu prices already include tax. On my future visit, I want to try their deep-fried chicken.
Categories: Canada, Cuisine, Food, Korean, North York, Restaurant Review
Tags: 24 hours, blood sausage, boiled liver, bokeum, dinner, jae yook bokeum, kalbi, kalbi tang, kimchi, Korean cuisine, liver, mo deum soon dae, pig ears, pork belly, sausage, soon dae
Another high school friend and I went to eat at Jeon Ju Hyang on the first Friday of August. Another friend had recommended this restaurant to me.
a decent selection of kimchi
Jeon Ju Hyang has a good selection of kimchi compared to other Korean restaurants however it doesn’t have the large variety available at Oh Geul Boh Geul. I equally liked all of their kimchi dishes although my friend preferred the non-spicy kimchi dishes.
My friend and I both ordered the Pork Galbi ($10.99). It comes with a bowl of rice and miso soup. Pork galbi is marinated pork ribs. The pork galbi is on a sizzling hot plate. It was quite savoury. I really enjoyed it.
Jan Chi Guksu
My friend also had the Jan Chi Guksu ($7.99). Jan Chi Guksu is Korean noodles with chicken soup, beef, zucchini, egg, seaweed and carrot. My friend absolutely loved it. She said that it tasted very delicious.
Overall, if you’re in Scarborough and wanting to eat Korean cuisine then I recommend this restaurant.
Categories: Canada, Cuisine, Food, Korean, Restaurant Review, Scarborough
Tags: galbi, kimchi, Korean, Korean cuisine, miso soup, pork galbi, sizzling hot plate
I’ve been to this restaurant many times over the past 6 years. It’s as established as Sapporo Sushi and Owl of Minerva in the neighbourhood of Yonge Street between Shepperd Ave and Finch Ave. My high school Korean friend first recommended this restaurant to me. In this neighbourhood, if you want pork bone soup you go to Owl of Minerva and if you want soon tofu you go to Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu and for everything else there’s Oh Geul Boh Geul!
On one side of the restaurant there are a row of wooden booths that can seat up to a group of 8. On the other side of the restaurant there are regular tables and chairs. The restaurant is quite small and there is an outdoor patio in the back although my friends and I always sit inside. The parking lot is shared with Owl of Minerva and it’s quite small.
Oh Geul Buk Geul has the most variety of kimchi!
Most recently I went with a university friend to Oh Geul Boh Geul back in mid-June. She had the naengmyun ($10) while I had jajamyun ($8). Naengmyun is cold buckwheat noodles. Jajamyun is blackbean noodles with minced pork and cucumber slices. My friend really liked the naengmyun. She was able to finish her naengmyun while I had lots of leftovers since the variety of kimchi made me full.
If you want Korean food (excluding pork bone soup and soon tofu), I recommend this place in North York.
Back in early April when the power was out in most of Waterloo, my friends and I had dinner at Owl of Minerva because I still didn’t have power at 7pm. I’ve been to Owl of Minerva before at Uptown Waterloo and in North York on Yonge Street. The first time I went to Owl of Minerva, I was in elementary school. The last time I went to Owl, I ordered dolsot bibimbap.
One of my friends ordered Japchae because he’s a vegan and he liked eating Japchae. Another friend ordered seafood stew because she loves the seafood stew at Owl. The rest of us ordered pork bone soup because that’s the specialty of Owl. I really enjoy the pork bone soup at Owl. The kimchi we were given are spicier compared to kimchi at other Korean restaurants in Ontario. There’s only 3 kimchi dishes at Owl compared to the usual 4+ kimchi dishes at other Korean restaurants.
Pork Bone Soup
If you want pork bone soup or any other Korean dish, Owl of Minerva is a good place to go to.
Categories: Canada, Cuisine, Downtown Toronto, Food, Korean, North York, Restaurant Review, Uptown Waterloo, Waterloo
Tags: Bibimbap, bulgogi, Gamjatang, Japchae, kalbi, kimchi, Korean cuisine, North York, Ontario, pork bone soup, seafood, seafood stew, Yonge Street