Tired and uninspired: Morak

I would never dare order alcohol in this restaurant. Never. It says it right on the printouts they stuck on their walls; they’ll check your I.D. if you look under fifty. I don’t think I have the courage. I don’t know how I would react if they don’t check my I.D. And then on the piece of paper glued to the wall right next to the alcohol deterrent they warn you that your car might be ransacked. I walked straight out of the place; without my coat; in sub-five-degree-weather. I walked into the parking lot to re-lock my car doors … Continue reading Tired and uninspired: Morak

Bad Kim Bop Is Better Than No Kim Bop: Ma Sarang at the H-Mart Robson food court

Jap Chae, Kim bop, and Korean spicy sweet fried chicken; three items surprisingly hard to find together in the same restaurant locally. It is rather easy to find Korean places that serve jap chae. A fairly substantial subset of these places also serve variations of sweet spicy fried chicken. But kim bop is rare. Hardly any Korean restaurant outside of Coquitlam have it on their menu. Why? Is it because it is too simplistic of a food item? Maybe. Is it because it is too homely of a dish? Perhaps. But why not? If the hundreds upon thousands of local … Continue reading Bad Kim Bop Is Better Than No Kim Bop: Ma Sarang at the H-Mart Robson food court

Tough: Dae Ji

“How’s your pork cutlet?” “huh?” “Your pork cutlet? How is it?” “Can you stop with the food questions? All you talk about is food.” “Well YOU ARE eating the pork cutlet right now. I just want you to tell me if it’s good or not.” “The breading is crispy but not crunchy, and the meat is tough – like a Korean.” “And you have personal knowledge in that department?” “What department? Tough meat? Plenty. I’ve had my share of overcooked pork cutlets.” “No. I mean Koreans. You have personal experience of their toughness?” “Yea, sort of.” “Sort of? How?” “There … Continue reading Tough: Dae Ji

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

Taking Away The Stars: Ma Dang Coul

I don’t give star ratings to restaurants. If I did, I would be docking every single star that I previously assigned to Ma Dang Coul. My meal experiences at the restaurant have been on a constant downward negative trend ever since my posted review of it in March of 2012. Today was the breaking point. The disappointing meal that my wife, son, and I had at Ma Dang Coul today completely eliminated any shred of lingering favorable opinions we had of the restaurant. The kalbi short ribs were stale, tough, full or weird debris (think: meat dandruff), and completely MSG-overinfused. … Continue reading Taking Away The Stars: Ma Dang Coul

When In Coquitlam…Go Korean: Jeong Ga Nae

On a boring Saturday afternoon, my wife, kids, and I decided to visit the newly opened Target store in Coquitlam to see if it would be any different from their U.S. stores. It was not. It looked almost exactly like every other U.S. Target store – except that there was less merchandise on the shelves and no food service counter (and thus no Icee’s that my daughter was so looking forward to having). After spending around an hour picking up various unnecessary household items, the kids started to get hungry. This feeling of hungry grew from a desire for a … Continue reading When In Coquitlam…Go Korean: Jeong Ga Nae

Attention To Detail: Potter’s Garden

I have to tell the truth. My wife and I decided to visit Potter’s Garden today not because we particularly liked the restaurant’s food, we visited Potter’s Garden to satisfy our son’s intense desire for Korean short ribs. My family has dined at Potter’s Garden on one previous occasion, and we thought that the restaurant served decent but unspectacular Korean food. The items we ordered on our first visit did not impress us enough for us to put the restaurant on our regular dining rotation. Although I do not remember much about the food that my family had during our … Continue reading Attention To Detail: Potter’s Garden