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Sura Korean BBQ in Aberdeen Mall, Richmond

Emily, Lorna, Marian and I got together again after a few months not seeing each other.

We decided to try the new Sura Korean BBQ at Aberdeen Mall.

The setting is traditional Korean with cushion bench and metal cutleries.

We ordered the $15 set (minimum 2 orders) and a Ginseng Chicken Soup to share among 4 or us. However, the server insisted that we ordered another item since there were 4 or us. So, we added a Japchae. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Hanok Korean Restaurant on Alexandra Road, Richmond

Nanzaro and I had lunch at the fairly new Hanok Korean Restaurant on Alexandra Road.

Hanok Korean Restaurant took over the location of the Mongolian Grill.

Hanok is big. The seating area is divided into 2 sections with the reception and kitchen in the center.

We ordered from the lunch special which is at $8.99. You can click on the menu to have a larger view.

Three banchans for our lunch special; kimchee, sweetish potato and seaweed which is crunchy.

Under normal circumstances, I will get all the banchans as my boys do not like them. Surprisingly, Nanzaro likes the seaweed and he had it all to himself. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Gang Nam Korean BBQ Restaurant in Empire Center, Richmond

I had meant to bring the boys to Gang Nam Korean BBQ on mother’s day. The address of this restaurant is 2065-4580 No. 3 Road. It has to be somewhere in Empire Center.

We simply cannot locate the restaurant. So, we tried again on the next weekend. We still cant find it in the Empire Center area. We even asked the parking attendant and he has no idea. We decided to look for another place instead. On the way out of Empire Center via Hazelbridge Way, we finally saw the restaurant. Apparently, the entrance of the restaurant is actually facing Hazelbridge Way. But the building that the restaurant occupies is part of the strip mall of Empire Center.

I confirmed with the server that parking is at the Empire Center parking lot which is usually very busy.

High back benches serve as partition for some privacy.

Nanzaro ordered a Spicy Pork Bibimbap from the lunch special for $8.95. You can click on the menu to have a larger view.

The Bibimbap was served in a hot stone bowl. Nanzaro enjoyed it as he said it was like fried rice when it’s all mixed up in the hot stone bowl. He even ate all the vegetables that came with it.

Arkensen did not want to order from the lunch special. He said what is the point of coming to a Korean BBQ restaurant and not order BBQ. So, I had to share with him on the BBQ lunch combo which is meant for two. We had option B. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Man Ri Sung Lunch Specials

I was watching a recorded Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown show broadcasted on CNN channels earlier. It was an episode on Korea town in Los Angeles. That show made me yearning for Korean food.

So, Nanzaro and I went to Man Ri Sung in Richmond to have a Korean food fix. Arkensen did not come along because he was having a BBQ with his friends since it was a summer like spring day.

I had the lunch special Potato & Pork Rib Soup. The lunch specials are $7.95.

You can click on the menu to have a look at the lunch special options. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Korean Bistro on No. 3 Road, across Richmond City Hall

Lorna and I met up for lunch on a Tuesday. It was supposed to be a kitchen day but the Richmond Community Kitchen at the Gilmore Park Church is filled with new comers with less experience. So, Minoo is repeating some old recipes which I had blogged before. So, Lorna and I went out for dining experience instead. We missed the community kitchen.

I happened to pass by the location where Nooch Snack & Grill used to be and noticed that a new Korean Bistro had opened in that location. A grand opening sign with 20% off was posted at the door. So, I suggested to Lorna to try out this place.

We found out from the server that Korean Bistro just opened on the 26th January, 2013.

This place looks pretty much the same with some paint job and table cloth. It looks nicer with the red wall and table cloth.

The menu is very simple; just hot pot and sizzling plate. You can click on the menu to have a larger view.

We ordered two items to share. The first item selected by Lorna was Korean Spicy Chicken Rice on Sizzling Plate. We asked for medium spicy but it was not spicy at all. This is $8.00 More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Haroo Restaurant at Alexandra Road, Richmond

Nanzaro wanted to go out for lunch on a Pro-D day. He does not mind any where or any cuisine as long as he gets to eat out.

So, I picked Haroo Restaurant for lunch. Haroo serves Korean home style cuisine. It is located in Alexandra Road, Richmond.

Parking here is notorious. We were there on a Friday afternoon and we were early, so, parking was not so bad.

We arrived at the restaurant five minutes before 12 noon. It was not open yet. So, we were their first customers of that day. The restaurant seats about 30.

There is a big pot of Korean style green tea infused with roasted rice on each table. Nanzaro does not like the tea.

Cutlery like metal spoons and chopsticks are stored neatly in a wooden box on the table.

There is also a small pot of chili powder on the table besides salt and pepper. More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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Hong Mi Korean Restaurant on No. 3 Road, Richmond

Polly and I chanced upon this new Korean Restaurant Hong Mi on our usual meeting. We were looking for a place for lamb hotpot since the weather is cold now and we just drove out from Lido as we were told that they dont serve lamb hotpot during lunch hour. As we pulled out from the mall where Lido is and wanted to go to Aberdeen Mall, we saw that a new Korean restaurant has taken over Kim Ga Nae (also a Korean restaurant) used to be. So, we decided to check it out.

We were told by the server that Hong Mi has just opened for a month. We like that there are pictures of Korean dishes on the windows. It’s a good way to advertise.

The restaurant is big. It is divided into two sections. The area above is for regular diner whereas the far end behind the Christmas tree is another area for hot pot. We went for the regular Korean dishes. This area alone seats about 100.

We like the menu especially the first two where the appetizers are. It is loaded with photos which made ordering much easier. You can click on the menu to have a larger view.

We ordered mainly from the lunch special menu. The server told us that 3 items on the lunch special is on promotion now which is $4.99 per item. You can click on the lunch special menu to have a larger view. The items on promotion is L7, L10 and L14.

Something that is different here from other Korean restaurant is the chopsticks. Korean restaurant usually uses metal chopsticks which have very pointy ends. The above are more like Chinese  chopsticks.

Four banchans are served here; kimchee, beansprouts, seaweed in a sweet soy sauce and the last item is a jello like item served with soy sauce.

We found out later that the jello like banchan is made with some kind of yam. We saw the item in T&T supermarket after lunch when we went to get some groceries. Polly bought some for her kids to try.

We ordered an appetizer called Mini Bossam. It costs $9.95. It is steamed cabbage, pickled daikon and poached pork belly served with a bean sauce (ssamjang), raw garlic slices, jalapeno and a Korean fish sauce.

The way to eat the Bossam is to place a piece of the cabbage on your palm, top with a piece of the pork belly, a piece or two of the daikon, garlic and jalapeno (optional) and season with the sauces to taste. If the cabbage is big enough, you can wrap it up as a bundle or just place the whole stack of food into your mouth. The spiciness from garlic and jalapeno gives it a good kick.

We ordered all the 3 items on promotion from the lunch menu. It’s a table full of food. Polly pointed out that … More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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House of Tofu Soup on Garden City Road, Richmond

We noticed that the Jing Long Fang location was under renovation by a new restaurant a while ago. It turned out the new restaurant is House of Tofu Soup, a Korean restaurant.

House of Tofu Soup has been in business for 10 years at the North Road, Burnaby location. When we visited this Richmond location, it has just opened for 2 weeks.

Well, Arkensen and Nanzaro did not want to have Korean food. So, both of them went to Thai Son instead, which is just nearby. Gosh, my boys have grown up faster than I expected.

Parking in this small strip mall called Yi An Centre is not easy. There are several other restaurants here like So Hot So Pot, Spicy Stage Cafe, etc.

House of Tofu Soup is very spacious. The walls are decorated with their signature dishes from their menu.

Their menu is very nice, comes with colour photos of the dishes. The photos ease the ordering for people who are not familiar with Korean cuisines. You can click on the menu to view them larger.

I ordered their signature Tofu Soup. You get to choose the ingredients and the spiciness desired. I opted for the mix ingredients and hot for spiciness.

The Tofu Soup is served piping hot. You are to break the egg into the soup yourself, a little action makes it more interesting. The tofu soup comes with … More on following page. Click here to continue reading

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