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
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
My friend and I went to Bahn Mi Boys for dinner this past Monday. A university friend recommended this place to me. I’ve been here before with a high school friend who got the Five Spice Pork Belly Bahn Mi. The five spice pork belly bahn mi has braised pork belly, carrots, cilantro, pickled radish and house mayo. She liked it alot but she couldn’t finish it.
Five Spice Pork Belly Bahn Mi
My friend had the Grilled Chicken Bahn Mi ($5.49). The grilled chicken bahn mi has grilled chicken with garlic soy, Asian BBQ sauce, carrots and cucumber. She liked it.
Grilled Chicken Bahn Mi
I had the Duck Confit Bahn Mi ($7.49). The duck confit bahn mi has braised duck leg with onion chutney, carrots, cilantro, cucumbers, and house mayo. It was delicious. I liked how the flavours combined together and that there was this non-spicy kick to it that reminded me of lemongrass and fish sauce. The duck was quite tender.
Duck Confit Bahn Mi
I also ordered the kimchi fries ($5.99) for takeaway for Tuesday’s lunch. Kimchi fries are fries with kimchi, mayo, green onions and pulled pork on top. It was slightly too salty for me and there wasn’t enough kimchi on it but other than that it was very tasty.
If you’re in Downtown Toronto and you’re craving Vietnamese food, then this is the perfect place to go to.
Categories: Canada, Cuisine, Downtown Toronto, Food, Restaurant Review, Vietnamese
Tags: bahn mi, Bánh mì, BBQ, Cucumber, downtown Toronto, duck confit, French fries, grilled chicken, kimchi, kimchi fries, pork belly, poutine, pulled pork, Sandwiches, steamed baos, tacos, Toronto, Vietnam, Vietnamese, Vietnamese cuisine, Vietnamese subs
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
My friend and I were in downtown Kitchener to let my friend try bahn mi however the restaurant we were looking for moved locations so we were left wandering around downtown Kitchener looking for a decently priced Asian restaurant back in early April. We came across Korean BBQ and decided to try it.
Top left: potatoes
Bottom left: kimchi
Top right: spicy beancurd
Bottom right: beansprouts
My friend got kalbi with rice and bulgogi with rice (both are $8.49 each) because she couldn’t decide between the two. I got sweet potato noodles ($8.49). They gave us 4 different kinds of kimchi. There was potatoes, kimchi, beansprouts and spicy beancurd. The kimchi was good. The sweet potato noodles were ok. My friend liked both the kalbi with rice and bulgogi with rice.
Sweet Potato Noodles
Kalbi with Rice
Bulgogi with Rice
If you don’t want to go to Owl of Minerva at Uptown Waterloo and you’re in Kitchener, this restaurant serves decent Korean food.
Categories: Canada, Cuisine, Downtown Kitchener, Food, Korean, Restaurant Review
Tags: bulgogi, galbi, kimchi, Korean, meat, noodles
My friend and I had dinner at Tofu Village prior to going to Comedy Bar last Saturday. My friend arrived earlier than I did so he ordered an appetizer first. He got fried dumplings ($6.95). I tried one and it was alright.
I ordered the House Special Soon Tofu ($7.45). I ordered it as medium spicy. The House Special Soon Tofu comes with rice in a stone pot, 1 raw egg that you crack into the soon tofu, tofu, beef, clams and 1 shrimp. It was delicious and filling. The portions were generous and I ended up having leftovers to take home for dinner on another day.
House Special Soon Tofu
My friend got the soon tofu and bulgogi combo ($13.95). The soon tofu is the house special soon tofu but in a much smaller bowl than mine and bulgogi is Korean BBQ beef. It also comes with rice in a stone pot. My friend liked it.
Soon Tofu and Bulgogi Combo
No Korean restaurant experience would be complete without kimchi and other side dishes. Tofu Village has 4 side dishes. I liked the fried tofu side dish best (bottom right in the picture below). The kimchi and beansprout side dish (top right and bottom left, respectively, in the picture below) were good however the other tofu side dish was very salty (top left in the picture below).
Overall, if I was in Koreatown and I was craving soon tofu, I would recommend this restaurant.
Categories: Canada, Cuisine, Downtown Toronto, Food, Korean, Restaurant Review
Tags: Beef, bulgogi, kimchi, Korean, restaurant, soon tofu, tofu, Toronto