Posts Tagged With: Korean cuisine

Made In China

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

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.

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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!

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Huh Ga Ne

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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Lim Ga Ne

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

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.

Kalbi Tang

Kalbi Tang

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

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

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.

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Jeon Ju Hyang Korean BBQ Restaurant

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

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.

Pork Galbi

Pork Galbi

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.

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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.

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Owl of Minerva

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.

Spicy Kimchi

Spicy Kimchi

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

Pork Bone Soup

Seafood Stew

Seafood Stew

Japchae

Japchae

If you want pork bone soup or any other Korean dish, Owl of Minerva is a good place to go to.

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