Kimbap (Korean Rice Rolls)

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Main Ingredients:
4 Sheets Dried Laver
4 Oz Yellow Pickled Radish
Crab Meat
3 Eggs

Rice Ingredients:
2 Generous Cups Cooked Short Grain Rice
1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
½ Tbsp Sesame Oil
¼ tsp Salt

Spinach Ingredients:
8-16 Oz Baby Spinach, boiled
1 tsp Sesame Oil
½ tsp Garlic, Minced
2 Pinches Salt

One of my favourite things to make because it’s so easy and I have yet to meet someone who will say no if offered. You can put anything you want inside it and it’s super addictive!

Source: http://aeriskitchen.com/2016/04/addictive-kimbap/

Korean Potato Salad

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Ingredients:

*3 Russet Potatoes (1 lb)
*1 Cup Apple
*½ Cup Canned Sweet Corn
*2 Eggs
*½ Cup Mayonnaise
*2 Tbsp Korean Drinking Yogurt or Lemon/Lime Soda
*½ Tbsp Sugar

If it’s made right, I love me some potato salad. I’ve had some in Korean restaurants before and always wondered why it tasted sweeter and crunchier. I noticed the apple chunks but it was something else too. Now I know what it is :). And you can too!

Source: http://aeriskitchen.com/2013/09/korean-style-potato-salad/

Oh Geul Boh Geul Review

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5320 Yonge St

416-733-3385

Price: Cheap

Cuisine: Korean

Type: Casual

Rating

Food: 7/10

Service: 7/10

Atmosphere: 6/10

Oh Geul Boh Geul Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

A lot of people love this restaurant for being homely and offering LOTS of side dishes. It definitely does have that home cooking feel to it which is why you’ll see that it’s crowded most of the time.

Side Dishes

Like many Korean restaurants, you will get free Side Dishes. And they give you so many to choose from! If you’re lucky, they’ll also give you a potato pancakes!

Dolsot BiBimBap

One of my favourite dishes, Dolsot BiBimBap. It’s not the best I’ve had but still great and flavourful. The chili sauce helps and I’ve yet to have a bad bibimbap.

GongJongDdukBokKi

The GongJong DdukBokKi is the non-spicy, savoury version of the popular spicy Tteokbokki. This was one of the first times I had a non-spicy version and I loved it. The beef was marinated beautifully and the sauce was a little on the thicker side, which I preferred.

JaJangMyun (Black Bean Noodles)

Their JaJangMyun (Black Bean Noodles) were great! The noodles were chewy and not too thin. The sauce was thick enough to be absorbed by the noodles and had cubes of meat. It’s a very savoury dish and the cucumbers (however little there are) are very refreshing.

Pork Bone Soup

The Gam Ja Tang (Pork Bone Soup) has large bones and comes with a side of rice. The soup had great flavour and was just the right amount of spicy. I know some people who have had it multiple times and it does not disappoint.

Potato Pancake

Remember the free Potato Pancake I mentioned earlier? Here it is! Depending on your party, you may receive more. They gave us ours closer to the end of the meal and it’s made out of potatoes but’s it’s not chewy at all. It’s chewy and it’s a texture I can’t quote explain. It’s one of those things you have to taste yourself.

Kimbap

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I love kimbap and for the longest time, this was one of my favourite snacks. You can find it at any Korean supermarket nowadays but I first got a taste when I was about five years old. I’m Chinese but my aunt is Korean and there was a time when her and my uncle lived in our basement. She made these one day and I’ve been in love ever since. I used to make them quite a bit as well for lunch. Maybe I’ll do that again and post the recipe one of these days :p.

Unlike sushi, a lot of the ingredients are actually cooked and you won’t find anything raw in them. I also find them more flavourful and you won’t get tired of the taste as easily.

They have different variations but the most common ones I’ve seen are vegetarian, kimchi bulgogi and tuna. Let me know which one your favourite is!

Spoon & Fork Review

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11 Colossus Drive

(905) 856-7788

www.spoonandfork.ca

Pricing: Average

Cuisine: Asian Fusion

Type: Modern Restaurant (AYCE option)

Rating

Atmosphere: 7/10

Food: 9/10

Service: 6/10

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Spoon and Fork is the one Asian fusion restaurant that I like because the food didn’t taste like a giant mess. I’ve been to others before but it doesn’t mean I went to them out of my own free will.

While the food is great here for the price you pay, the service is a hit of miss. I divided the review up by two separate visits and the first one was horrible. He forgot my soup, it took me and my friend ages to flag them down whenever we wanted something, and I still tipped him.

I didn’t go for the all you can eat the first time around but I did have sushi. I went for the Sushi Set C – Sushi and Maki Deluxe. There is more fish than rice and my plate was covered in beautiful rose petals. The photo looks like it came right out of a magazine!

My friend Priya ordered the Pad Thai and she enjoyed it very much. It was sweet, just the way she wanted.

The second time I went was with family for my birthday and we had an AYCE feast! I started off with the Blue Lychee, a sweet alcoholic concoction that was packed with sugar.

Above is the Popcorn Chicken, which was crunchy and tender, with a plum sauce. You’ll can also see the Edamame in the corner, with the beans  overcooked.

I don’t get why they felt the need to add some broken fries beside the Chicken Katsu, especially when it did nothing for it. Both were dry and could have been avoided.

The Fried Tofu may have had a thin shell but that’s the way it should be with tofu because it keeps the inside soft and jiggly. A hard shell might suggest that it’s been overcooked.

The Inari, sushi rice in tofu pockets, is small and although most people complain about there being too much rice, there could be more in this one.

Unless you go to a top notch Japanese restaurant, sashimi will most likely be frozen first, defrosted, then served to you. Whether or not they can hide the taste depends on the chef. Their Octopus Sashimi is good but the taste is faint. If it’s fresh (never frozen), there should be a strong but smooth sea smell.

I love hand rolls, especially Spicy Salmon Hand Rolls, because you don’t need to dip them in soy sauce. This one too.

I love how their Sushi Pizza is bite-sized. It makes it so much tastier and gives it so much more crunch. I could have four of these!

I don’t remember the exact names of the Sushi we ordered but they all tasted fantastic. The rice stuck together well and there was a good balance between the two.

I definitely recommend stopping by here, but only if you can put up with the lack in service. I got a lazy newbie the first time but the second time was a hit. The decor is also very modern and beautiful but it doesn’t relate to the cuisine. It’s actually more Western than anything.

Home of Hot Taste Review

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5 Glen Cameron Road

(905) 881-0230

Cuisine: Korean/Fried Chicken

Type: Casual Restaurant/ Hangout

Pricing: Cheap – Average

Rating

Atmosphere: 7/10

Service: 7/10

Food: 9/10

Home Of Hot Taste on Urbanspoon

It was around 11 p.m. on a Saturday night and I had just come from the beach with a group of friends. We were still restless so we stopped by Home of Hot Taste for alcohol and a quick bite.

It was the middle of the night and besides us, there was only one other table that was full. The staff seemed to be hiding in the back but miracuously, our waiter seemed to appear when we needed him (they don’t have a button that you can press like most Korean restaurants).

At a restaurant that specializes in chicken, you’d be crazy not to order it. This Fried Chicken with Green Onion (Pa Dak) is to die for! The chicken is tender and soft while the thin outer shell offers a small crunch. The sauce that’s on the bottom of the bowl is sour and tangy, kind of like a sweet vinegar.

They take nachos to a whole new level! The Spicy Chicken Nachos are great but since I can only eat mild, I was only able to take a few bites. But the few that I could stomach were blissful. When you leave them out for too long though, the nacho chips get soft; not that I mind that.

As I stated in my previous post, I had a bad experience with oyster pancakes at Night It Up! one year. But their Oyster Pancake wasn’t glutonious and starchy at all! You can actually taste the oysters and it’s bursting with flavour! It’s always interesting to watch bonito flakes move like they have a life of their own.

They have amazing food and cheap drinks. That’s a great combination already! They have regular hours on the weekdays but on the weekend, they’re open late, until about 2 p.m. Drop by and give them a try! Skip your local KFC.