Hee Rae Dung Korean Chinese Coquitlam 喜來燈 is a small homey Korean restaurant located in the same plaza as RBC and Extra Foods. This restaurant is quite popular amongst the Korean community and it was my Korean friend’s mom whom highly recommended it…
PiDGiN /ˈpijən/ opened in Vancouver Downtown Eastside with much controversy last February 2013. The general premise for the demonstration and protest steams from city revival and booming gentrification in DTES. PiDGiN Vancouver builds on Canadian chef Makoto Ono culinary experiences in Beijing, Hong Kong, Europe and Canada. Chef Makoto Ono is a gold reciepient at the first Canadian Culinary Championships in 2007 and has also worked at West Restaurant. Pidgin menu draws on a combination of Japanese, Korean and European French cuisines. I love the clean open interior white space which Craig Stanghetta of Ste. Marie has designed. You can find his other works at Homer St. Cafe, Revolver Cafe, and Meat & Bread to name a few.
To begin our Valentine’s Day meal we optioned a la carte vs the Valentine’s fixe prix menu offered. For those of you interested as a reference point for next years celebration, consider:
Pidgin Vancouver Gastown | Valentine’s fixe prix menu: 75 pp shared between 2
- daily pickles
- oysters, apple, horseradish, warm dashi broth
- raw scallops, pomegranate, red curry oil, daikon, green apple
- crab cakes, avocado, seaweed sauce, wasabi tobiko
- “dan dan” rutabaga noodle salad, tofu, almonds
- vadouvan spiced lamb belly, smoky eggplant puree, eggplant mostarda
- beef striploin, potatoes, balck garlic jus, black truffle
- red velvet laminton
de capo negroni: We love aperitifs Old Fashioned bitters made with gin, vermouth, campari, cold press coffee ice ball. The twist and modernization of ice coffee ball was interesting and added a nice depth in flavor profile. Remember negronis $8 on Mondays and bring your own bottle, pop the cork just $1 tonight.
oyster shot, apple, horseradish 3: These are the best oyster shooters! It is chilled and topped with sweet apples and a burst of horseradish. Stir and throwback. Simple one is not enough. We had to order a couple more leading into dessert later.
humpback shrimp toast, daikon slaw, brioche 3: My friends do not be mistaken that these shrimp toasts are the same shrimp toast available during dim sum. Unlike the shrimp toast recipe made of minced shrimp paste that are deep fried at any Chinese restaurant. Pidgin shrimp toast is made with a giant humpback shrimp.These humpback or King shrimp is called humpback because of the arched shape of the carapace. The shrimp toast is lightly sweet and refreshing and brightened with a strip of soy ponzu jelly.
‘vitello tonnato”, veal + albacore tuna, fried egg emulsion, togarashi 15: Let’s start with the creamy albacore tuna chunks. It is savory and well seasoned just enough that it doesn’t lose it’s fishy flavors. The veal was not gamey and showed just the right amount of blood.
grilled octopus, romesco, fennel biscotti 13: Tender octopus with a slightly charred perimeter was nicely matched with capers and a spicy romesco sauce. It’s nice that Sriracha wasn’t the bast of all hot sauce. The romesco is nutty and red pepper based from Tarragona, Northeastern Spain. Although we weren’t particularly attracted to the biscotti (something crispier would have been nicer), the overall dish was quite delicious.
Foie gras rice bowl with Unagi glaze: Imagine pork fat oil with rice. If you think that is disgusting, frankly is not. And before anyone became health-conscious, this was one of the best comfort food. If you are even in Hong Kong Tai Wing Wah Restaurant 大榮華酒樓 may possible still have it. But let’s get back to Pidgin Vancouver. Pidgin’s Foie gras rice bowl with Unagi glaze was on point! It is most amazing that it melts and disintegrates in ones mouth.
fried chicken wings 12: Perhaps better than Pok Pok Portland without the heaviness in charred fish sauce and heavy soy. Pidgin chicken wings are just as addicting as Phnom Penh. They are brined 48 hours, lightly battered, deep fried yet amazingly moist and juicy. Can you try to replicate Pidgin Chicken Wings Recipe at home also.
Red Velvet Lamington: This Australian sponge cake coated with desiccated coconut is part of the Pidgin Valentine’s fixe prix menu. Our server was so kind to order it. I have a soft spot for red velvet. Soft cream cheese sweeps the plate with dollop of chocolates.
Pidgin Vancouver Gastown
Cuisine: European, Seafood, Japanese, Korean, French
Mondays – Thursdays: 5:00-12:00pm
Fridays – Saturdays: 5:00-2:00am
350 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J3
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Ap Gu Jung K in Vancouver Downtown is an above average, solid Korean Restaurant on Robson Street. We came here after the crowded reception at Guu Kobachi we decided to change venue. It was a wise choice, because there were 5 boys and 2 girls. Ap Gu Jung…
Ap Gu Jung Vancouver (Downtown) | Gamjatang Pork Bones Stew #instafood #instaNomss 1642 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1C7 (604) 681-8141 Cuisine: Korean Hours: Sunday 11:30 am – 12:00 am Monday 11:30 am – 12:00 am Tuesday 11:30 am – 12:00 am Wednesday 11:30…
Song In Gak Coquitlam: Seafood Tofu Hotpot Feast #instafood #instaNomss
1168B The High Street
Coquitlam, BC V3B 0B7
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Minimani Myeongdong is a Korean restaurant in Myeong-Dong that specializes in BBQ and raw octopus. Raw octopus is one of the must eat items whenever you visit South Korea, Seoul. The modest restaurant and the hostesses does not speak English. Minimani Myeongdong serves up one…
Now that we had our tummies filled with yummy baked eggs custards and banana cake pastries from the streets, it is time to head over to the University District where Ewha Womens University and Yonsei University resides. EWHA Womens University dates back 120+ years ago and holds a prestigious…
After our visit to Tosokchon (the best Ginseng Chicken) and Gyeongbokgung Palace how could we not tour Ewha Womens University Fashion Street and see where our good friend Dee works. On the way there, we passed by this recently built mall YES APM which also had Mango and Zara outlets. While contemplating whether we had enough time to do a little shopping, the smell of baked eggs custards and banana cake pastries distracted us.
It is Korea Street Food by two super friendly Korean ladies making these to die for egg pastries and banana cakes. These little babies puts your local Egg McMuffins to shame. Inside these Egg Custards are sold boiled runny yolks encased inside the soft and moist cake scones. The buttery texture of the cake mixed with the creamy yolk is heavenly. The Banana Cake offers a baked whole banana wrapped with a crepe like pastry. It is the sweetness of the soft baked banana gelling with the flour dough that makes you rethink the definition of street food. Not everything needs to be greasy and fried in order to be delicious!
This is delicious stall is located along the Ewha Womens University Fashion Street where numbers of stalls sells South Korea fashion goodies: clothing, shoes, accessories for young women. Majority of the support comes from University students the nearby campus!
Ewha Women’s University Fashion Row
11-1 Daehyundong, Seodaemun-gu
Suh Jjok Na Ra Westender Korean Cafe Vancouver Denman Street serves one thing only – BBQ pork belly “sam gyeop sal”. There is no menu, so you don’t need to waste time to fuss over a menu to find the best thing available. What you…
Sometimes little things makes me really happy. Take for example my discovery of Seok Gi Si Dae Korean BBQ Restaurant 석기시대 in Coquitlam. I’m excited because it closely resembles joints I’ve been to in South Korea. Seok Gi Si Dae Korean…
House of Tofu Soup Burnaby has the best Soondooboo 순두부 찌개 in town. I should perhaps say around town since they have two locations – Burnaby (North Road in “Korean Town”) and Richmond. Soondooboo is a hot and spicy Korean stew made with tofu, vegetables, mushrooms, onions, scallions and chili powder. It is a popular item in Korean restaurants and is truly comforting because of it is served piping hot with a raw egg and also side bowl of rice.
However, superior tofu soup is hard to come by in the Lower Mainland. Some restaurants make them either too watery or cheap out on the ingredients. The worst is when the bowl arrives luke warm and is not even boiling. This is crucial because a lot of the flavours comes from the tiny shrimps and veggies.
What is special about this place is that their serve the bowl of rice from a hot stone bowl – the heat from the stone bowl creates crispy rice along the side. The traditional way to conquer the rice is to add tea into the crispy rice to soften them up and then eat. Myself I like to scrape the crispy rice and dip into the left over spicy tofu soup – To each their own.
Common to all Korean restaurants, delicious side dishes are served: kimchi, marinated potatoes, bean sprouts, seaweed, radish, etc. etc. One of my favorite is their potatoe salad. It is slightly sweet and absolutely delicious!
The prices are extremely reasonable and you will find yourself satisfied with yummy goodness. Be warned that the North Road location is located in a very very tiny “mall” that only offers at most 5 parking stalls shared with the Korean hair salon next door.
House of Tofu Soup
Cuisine: Korean, Tofu Soup
11:00am – 9:30pm
4563 N Rd #1, Burnaby, BC V3N 4J5