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

Cheap From Top To Bottom And Inside Out: Norboo

Up until last week, I was never able to provide my wife a reason as to why we should visit Norboo for a meal. There never seemed to be any diners inside whenever we happened to walk or drive by the restaurant, and its interior looked extremely worn-out and run-down on the instances when we stopped and peeked inside. None of what we observed suggested to my wife that the restaurant was one that was worth visiting. Being someone who is always curious about the restaurants I have not seen but not visited, the need to try out the restaurant … Continue reading Cheap From Top To Bottom And Inside Out: Norboo

Real Korean Flavours: Chosun B.B.Q. Korean Restaurant

I was going through pictures of meals that I have not had a chance to post about and came upon the photographs of my family’s most recent non-B.B.Q. meal at Chosun B.B.Q. Korean Restaurant, the elder sibling of the more Japanese-cuisine-leaning Yakiniku Chosun. I was a little surprised by the flavours and textures that the pictures brought up from the stacks of my long-term memory. For example, the kalbi (short-ribs) we ordered very much resembled the kalbi that came on the bibimbap at Yakiniku Chosun. These short ribs were almost as wet as the ones from the restaurant’s West End … Continue reading Real Korean Flavours: Chosun B.B.Q. Korean Restaurant

Going Downhill Fast

Gyudonya – What to do when plan A fails, plan B goes to the crapper, and there’s no plan C? Visit somewhere reliable and familiar, of course. Of course, the most familiar eatery on this particular block of Robson for me (and probably everyone else) would be Japadog. But I wasn’t much in the mood for a Japanese hot dog…or the bahn mi served next door. I was in the mood for some grilled meat on rice, and the galbi don that is on the menu of Gyudonya totally fit the bill. Visiting Gyudonya for a quick (Japanese) galbi fix … Continue reading Going Downhill Fast

Ch…Ch…Ch…Changing My Views by Chain-Visiting Chain Restaurants

Jang Mo Jib (Robson) – Dining at different branches of a restaurant that I’ve been to is quickly becoming a trend for my dining choices recently. First it was my back-to-back dim sum meals at the Richmond and downtown locations of Kirin. Then yesterday, I had an unexpectedly bad meal at the Kitsilano subsidiary of the usually excellent La Regalade. Today, I thought I’d take a risk by dining at the downtown branch of Jang Mo Jib, whose location in Burnaby gave my wife and I the single worst Korean food dining experience we’ve had since we moved here. The … Continue reading Ch…Ch…Ch…Changing My Views by Chain-Visiting Chain Restaurants

A Cuisine All Its Own

Buk (Book) Kyung – As much as I like Americanized Chinese food, I think I might like Korenized Chinese food even more. Koreanized Chinese food has evolved from a localized version of Chinese food into a highly-specialized cuisine so popular in Korea that it probably deserves it’s own branch under the Korean cuisine tree. ┬áIf you’ve ever watched Korean dramas/soap operas or even Korean movies, you can see how much Koreanized Chinese cuisine is ingrained into modern Korean culture. You wouldn’t even know that the dishes the characters are eating on screen had Chinese roots by simply looking at them. … Continue reading A Cuisine All Its Own