Lost In Translation (in the age of fictional zombies): Corner 23

Somewhere along the way, the food lost its way. Like so many Taiwanese restaurants outside of Taiwan, Corner 23 could not capture the essence of what Taiwanese food is. It came closer than some by virtue of its (Chinese) namesake signature dish: the “wan ran” pork feet/knuckle. Wan Ran pork feet is to Taiwanese cuisine as Philly cheesesteak is to American cuisine. It is part of the Taiwanese food vernacular. Everybody has heard of it; a lot of people know what it is; some people like it. I’m not one of them. I like my pork knuckle either more melty, … Continue reading Lost In Translation (in the age of fictional zombies): Corner 23

20th century pricing and a sublime roll: Shiro

If the 21st century was a person, it’d be a teenager now. I remember when I was a teenager in the 90’s…gas prices were around 50 cents a litre, an album on CD cost around $15 (or more) , and entrees at Japanese-owned Japanese restaurants were priced at the $6 to $8 range. A litre of gasoline was ridiculously priced at around $1.40 when I filled up my car a few days ago. Entire albums can be purchased for only about $10 on iTunes. An order of katsudon at Shiro was priced at seven-and-a-half dollars. No, that is not a … Continue reading 20th century pricing and a sublime roll: Shiro

Minuscule portions and tiny flavours: Kyung Bok Palace

My daughter’s friend’s mother recommended that I try this restaurant around two years ago. She said that it was one of the better and and more authentic Korean restaurants on the north shore. I stored the name of the restaurant in one of my mental palaces and forgot about it…until I was traversing through it one day not too long ago trying to find a piece of information I needed to retrieve. Kyung Bok Palace in my mental palace. Hmmm. I thought. Maybe I should give the place/palace a try. And I did. With my wife as my dining partner. … Continue reading Minuscule portions and tiny flavours: Kyung Bok Palace