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Zabu Chicken

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We tried walking into several Korean restaurants in Korean town on Robson, but they were so full with a long wait, so we came to Zabu. It was still busy, but they were able to get us a table. Inside was loud and filled with young people – mostly, if not all, Asians – except for Sheepie, lol. idearabbit-zabuchicken2I ordered a Ramen $8.95. I was SUPER disappointed to find it was the instant noodle in a cooking pot. What are we – students? I certainly felt like it, eating out of a warped old pot with 78 cent worth noodles. The price on the other hand was outrageous. Although this restaurant isn’t the first one that I’ve seen this. I’m just surprised that anyone would pay $9 for something so cheap and low quality. idearabbit-zabuchicken3We ordered the Chicken combo with wings and legs for around $15 to share. The smell of garlic was heavenly, and the taste was pretty good, though not enough to feed three adult mouths. idearabbit-zabuchicken

The complimentary banchan (side dishes – which aren’t all shown in this photo) and unlimited supplies of it was really good. Since things were expensive, we kept feeding off of them.
Service was subpar…not that friendly, but we did get the food in reasonable time.
As the name suggests, their specialty is their chicken (mostly deep fried). The rest of their menu seemed a bit limited, so I don’t think I would return any time soon.

At the end, our receipt came with a card that was all written in Korean. I embrace and like different cultures, and I have tried learning Korean a bit, so I can read it, but have no clue to what it says/means. Of course it’s not just Korean restaurants, I have seen other restaurants that only write in their language, which is a shame since those that don’t speak the language are left out. This is Canada, let’s also put English as well!

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Hanok in Berlin, Germany

Kurfurstendamm 134, 10711 Berlin, 10711 Berlin, Germany

Located in the west side of Berlin. It had a very modern decor and tranquil atmosphere. I was kind of surprised to see the restaurant completely empty which was on the very busy street of Kurfürstendamm. There was quite a bit of pedestrians walking by, so I wondered if the service or food was bad, or that Germans weren’t accustom to Korean cuisine.

Having grown up where you’re surrounded by Asians who spoke their native tongue (be it their Asian language or English), but never German, it was an interesting experience. I tried my best to say some things in Korean…at least I was able to order my dish saying 이것 주세요 (This please.) as I pointed to the menu. LOL…hahaha…

The dishes’ portions were small, but good. The banchan (side dishes – typically you get small 4-5 side dishes with kimchi, potato, salad, cooked yam, etc that you can eat with your meal) which are usually free to refill in Vancouver, were extra in Hanok – or perhaps in Germany…

The server could tell I was a foreigner, and gave us two refills for 2 banchan at no extra cost :) heehee

It was interesting to go to an Asian restaurant in Germany. I’d recommend it to anyone who’s craving Korean cuisine to those craving some Asian taste.


Bare restaurant, but decorated really nicely


Asian food in Germany! :D


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