Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Sunny Dragon Restaurant: Korean Chinese food 101

If you've never had Chinese style Korean food, you're missing out. These are sold everywhere in Korea and they also deliver everywhere on their motorbikes. You will easily find a place that will deliver right to your doors, and also pick up the dishes afterwards. It is inexpensive to order them in Korea but in Vancouver, it's like going to an average restaurant. 

The choices you will get from "Joong kook jib" (Chinese house) varies. The most popular is a black bean paste noodles (Jja jang myun) or seafood spicy noodles (jjam bbong).

Any joong kook jib will come with these particular side dishes. The yellow stuff is picked radish (moo, or dan mu ji) and the white things are raw onions. We pour vinegar on the picked radish to give it a sour taste. The black paste sauce is also served on a mini plate because people like to dip the onions in them. Korean Chinese restaurants isn't necessarily about being fancy or delicious. Well, it is to a point but I think they are more known if they are not tasty versus being tasty. Saying that, it is difficult to find a restaurant that doesn't make good Korean Chinese food because it is considered something so basic for Koreans. Almost as if it is a convenience store next door.

We ordered special combo A - $27.99

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Bodega On Main: My first go at Spanish Tapas

I've passed by Bodega many times but I didn't know what type of restaurant it was until recently. I am not familiar with Spanish tapas but I love the concept of sharing small dishes with others (i.e. Japanese izakaya). Similar to Korean cuisine, the smaller dishes are shared with everyone and this way, you not only get to try various dishes but also share a moment with those at the table.

The restaurant was nicely designed with unique posters on one wall, a beautiful bar on one side and rest were kept quite minimalistic.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Afghan Horseman Restaurant: the first Afghan restaurant in Vancity

This was my first time trying Afghan food and I assumed it was similar to other middle eastern cuisine I've tried before (i.e. Lebanese, etc.). I was surprised to find out that it was middle eastern cuisine with a Greek twist to it. I believe this restaurant is the first Afghani restaurant that opened in Vancouver and it's been open for 41 years now. If they've been open for that long, they must be doing something right!