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Insadong Korean BBQ

Insadong Korean BBQ Seafood Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoMy friend suggested this place after a game of bowling at Holdom. I left the orders up to her and another friend.

Our male server was expressionless and was super rude. My friend who wanted to come here looked offended. Midway through, it changed to a girl who was much better.

idearabbit-insadong1 idearabbit-insadong6 idearabbit-insadong5 idearabbit-insadong4 idearabbit-insadong3 idearabbit-insadong2idearabbit-insadong7There were many ban-chan to eat from.
idearabbit-insadong12 idearabbit-insadong11Seafood pancake $12.99 It was alright. Fluffy but a bit bland, even with all the sauce poured onto it.
idearabbit-insadong9 idearabbit-insadong10Marinated Sliced Rib-Eye. These were grilled first along with mushroom. These were pretty good. Most of the meat stayed in tack and it went well wrapped in the leafy greens.

Spicy Pork Bulgogi $14.99 The meat from this pile were all crumbly and small, making it a bit difficult to grill and pick up. There was one thick slice of onions for all 6 of us to share.
idearabbit-insadong13Grilled Mackerel with Soybean Soup $13.99 The mackerel was well done. Super soft, juicy and lots of meat.

idearabbit-insadong8The soup was not really my favourite. It did remind of miso soup, but somehow, I didn’t really like the taste. Was it too watered down? It seemed like a leftover for some reason.

The woman at the cashier was much more pleasant as we paid our way out.

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Jang Mo Jib

Jang Mo Jib Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato With two other friends we went to Jang Mo Jib in Central Burnaby. The place was packed with staff running around hastily.

We got a booth where the seat was ripped. Argh. The place overall seemed a bit rundown, and the unsightly scene of those grey carts come back as with most Korean restaurants as staff nosily put dirty dishes away. They kept dropping the dishes onto the floor – I guess that’s why they serve in plastic ones. The walls were covered with mural painting of ancient Korean lifestyle.

idearabbit-jangmojib4 idearabbit-jangmojib5idearabbit-jangmojib3Banchan were the regular kimichi, potatoes, radish and bean sprouts.

idearabbit-jangmojib6Sheepie ordered the Squid BBQ $14.95 that had stir-fried squid and veggies in their spicy house special BBQ sauce. He asked for hot (spiciness) with rice. I tried a bit, but it was too spicy…so didn’t have much.

idearabbit-jangmojib1I had teh Dol Sot Bee Bim Bahb $12.95 with assorted veggies, beef, kimichi, onions and fried egg on top of rice in the typical Korean stone bowl. It was super hot (in temperature – as usual), which made it really good to eat on a chilly fall evening. The dish was pretty good.

idearabbit-jangmojib2The other two shared a big hot pot. It had tons of ingredients, and I was surprised they could finish it on top of a noodle bowl they ordered.

Overall, the food was alright. Service was fine. The restaurant needs a bit of reno.

The hallway to the bathroom was separated by a thick curtain. And the actual bathrooms were worn and old. I saw one server clean the dirty seat, and then back on the table with the same tablecloth.

Would not be the first pick on my list of Korean restaurants to return to though.

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Han Woo Ri Korean Restaurant

Hanwoori Korean Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoWith a bit of lineup and all the awards hung at the entrance, I was looking forward to trying this restaurant. The BBQ smell while we waited was mouth-watering. We stood there for a while, and we didn’t get any acknowledgement from any of the staff. I went to the bathroom during the wait, then we were seated shortly afterwards.
I was a bit surprised to see the prices of some of the dishes especially since it didn’t seem like an high-end restaurant. The plastic plates (ahhh my pet peeves in restaurants! lol) were wet… yuck… I know it’s clean, but there’s something about having to eat off of completely wet plates. This added to the impression that this wasn’t a high-end place.

idearabbit-hanwoori1 idearabbit-hanwoori4 idearabbit-hanwoori3 idearabbit-hanwoori2 idearabbit-hanwoori5idearabbit-hanwoori6There were 6 different types of Ban-chan (side dishes). My favourite as usual are the potatoes, and the sliced radish were also good. We didn’t get any seconds, since I saw on their menu that extra orders were $1.50 each. The broccoli was a bit boring in terms of culinary creativity, though I’m not against eating my greens, and sometimes, I do enjoy them without any additional flavouring.
Although I think I had only tried Jajangmyun once before, I thought I’d try it once again to see what it’s like since becoming a food blogger and really noticing the food that I eat.

idearabbit-hanwoori8 idearabbit-hanwoori9The Jajangmyun $8.95 doesn’t look quite appetizing, but after you mix it all up, it’s ok. I didn’t find my taste buds celebrating the flavour. It wasn’t until the end that I noticed diced pork, which were tender. idearabbit-hanwoori7I ended up being interested in Sheepie’s dish more; Bulgogi Dukbaegi $11.95. It looked so much more appetizing with marinated beef stew with rice cake, noodles and assorted veggies. Unfortunately, it was mostly soup, and not much ingredients. I can never tell if I’m suppose to ‘drink’ the soup because I wonder if it’s just a ‘support’ for the flavours of the food inside, or if you’re suppose to consume it together as a soup. I think I mainly have this notion because for Japanese Ramen, we don’t ‘drink’ the soup. You can if you want to, and some do, but the soup is suppose to give the flavours to the noodles, so it’s often very salty and concentrated. Unless you need a ton of sodium, MSG and often fatty oils, I wouldn’t recommend consuming the soup.
This is the second time I’ve had something similar like this dish at a Korean restaurant, and I’ve often left the soup behind. I always find the flavour a ‘left over’ soup. As in like it was ‘water’ that the ingredients were ‘cooked’ in. If you know what I’m really suppose to do, give me a shout! Though, I guess even if you’re suppose to, I just don’t feel like consuming the soup part… Don’t get me wrong, I do LOVE soups, but perhaps not these kinds.
Service was satisfactory. The bell to ring for service is always very handy. The interior wasn’t really that fancy. It was kept clean, but does not have the characteristic or charm that say, Sura has.

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