A Ri Rang Korean Tofu House on Minoru Blvd, Richmond

I’m taking a break from the Paris series for some local restaurants review.

Ben and I went out for lunch on a rainy Saturday.

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We went to the above relatively new Korean restaurant across the new City Center Community Center in central Richmond.

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We were the first customers as it was just past 11:30AM. The restaurant was quite big.

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Ben ordered the Pork Tofu Soup. It came with a raw egg for us to crack into the bubbling hot pot. Ben opted for medium spicy for his soup. Continue reading

Haroo Korean Homestyle Cuisine in Venezia Place, Richmond

Ben was having craving for Dakgalbi. After searching high and low in the internet, the only restaurant in Richmond which serves it is Haroo Korean Homestyle Cuisine in Venezia Place. We can’t believe that we have to come back to the same mall again in the same day.

We tried our luck in looking for a parking spot again. It must be our lucky day. Although there were already several cars waiting for a spot, a car in front of us just pulled out.

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Haroo now only opens for dinner. We I first visited it, it served lunch and dinner.

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Hot tea comes in a flask which keeps it hot.

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The complementary appetizer was a congee. Nanzaro did not like it and passed his to me.

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Banchans include soy bean sprout, napa cabbage kimchi, potato in sweet soy sauce and sweetish fish cake.

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Ben ordered the Dalgalbi which is pan fried chicken with spicy sauce. It was a disappointment for Ben as he expected to see more sauce and more rice cakes. This is served in a hot plate and rather dry. Continue reading

Kyo Korean BBQ & Sushi House on Granville St, Vancouver

After a gruel some run on a very hot day, Nanzaro wanted a reward of his favourite food.

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He suggested to have lunch at Kyo Korean BBQ & Sushi House on Granville St, Vancouver. You can click on the photo above to have a larger view.

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The restaurant is pleasantly decorated. There are private rooms if want to have more privacy.

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We started off with miso soup, gomae and sweet and sour daikon. I really like the sweet and sour daikon which helps to cleanse our palate.

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Sashimi is limited to 8 pieces per person.

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The highlight for me was the Korean BBQ as I’m not a fan of sushi. It’s fun to grill the meat ourselves. Continue reading

Samsoonie Noodle and Rice on Westminster Hwy, Richmond

We intended to go to Kingparks for lunch on a Saturday after negotiated with our boys on where to eat despite that we know getting a parking space will be difficult.

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We entered the parking lot where Banzai is located and Nanzaro noticed that Man Ri Sung had been replaced by a new Korean restaurant. So, we changed our plan to try out this new place.

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Samsoonie Noodle & Rice has opened just a month when I checked with the server. The decor is rustic with wooden tables and chairs.

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Ben ordered Dolsot Bibimbap which is Bibimbap served in hot stone bowl. Dolsot Bibimbap is $1 more than the regular Bibimbap; i.e $9.99. It is loaded with vegetables and some meat on top. Continue reading

Woe Ga Jib Korean Restaurant at Alexandra Road, Richmond

Ben and I went out for lunch alone on a Saturday as the boys wanted to stay home to catch one of their show on life feed.

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We went to Woe Ga Jib which previous tenant was Jang Mo Jib. I remembered Jang Mo Jib means mother in law. I wonder what does woe ga jib mean?

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The restaurant entrance is kind of at the back. The customer has to walk up a slope which leads to the entrance with Korean art painted on the wall. The entrance greeted us with a couple of face masks decor.

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Woe Ga Jib is a big restaurant with a large sitting area.

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We ordered from the lunch special. Ben had a Beef Hot Pot with Bulgogi for $13.95. The beef came in shredded form and there was some vermicelli at the bottom of the pot. Continue reading

Man Ri Sung on Westminster Hwy, Richmond

This is just a casual weekend lunch. The boys wanted to go to Banzai. There was no parking at that ever busy strip mall. The only parking spot available was reserved for Man Ri Sung. So, we split up for lunch, Ben and I went to Man Ri Sung while the boys went to Banzai.

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Ben opted for a hotpot for 2. It was spicy pork back hot pot. There is option for rice or hand slice noodle. We picked the latter.

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The usual banchan which comes with a Korean meal. Continue reading

Sura Korean BBQ in Aberdeen Mall, Richmond

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

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

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

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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. Continue reading

Hanok Korean Restaurant on Alexandra Road, Richmond

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

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

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

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

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

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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. Continue reading

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.

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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.

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High back benches serve as partition for some privacy.

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

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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.

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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. Continue reading

Man Ri Sung Lunch Specials

Updated: 20 Sep 2014: This restaurant is closed.

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.

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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.

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I had the lunch special Potato & Pork Rib Soup. There were soy bean sprouts in my soup beside potatoes. The soup was a little spicy.

The lunch specials are $7.95.

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You can click on the menu to have a look at the lunch special options. Continue reading