Red Chicken is located under Ebisu on Bute and Robson Street. It’s sort of tucked away but not really. For your reference, Breka Bakery is also right across the street.
I’ve finally tried the famous lunch set at Sura Korean Restaurant! This was my first time at their downtown location but I’ve been to their Richmond location in Aberdeen Mall twice now. We also just beat the lunch rush here, so far so good! We actually decided to go to Sura after we tried to go to the Ramen Butcher for their $5 soft opening special but the line was ridiculously long.
We ordered the $15 lunch set which comes with a lot of food. You need to order a minimum of 2 sets per table. We had 3 people so we had 3 sets. Sorry this was a while ago so I don’t quite remember everything!
Everyone starts off with a bowl of congee! More flavourful than I expected since I’m not a congee fan.
Spicy Squid Salad. I liked the addictive spiciness.
Bulgogi! Meat was tender and the sauce was good. I liked how it came with some veggies.
Mung bean jelly with salad but it didn’t have any flavour except for the spicy sauce on top of it. It was just like eating jello.
Grilled Atlantic Croaker. Lots of bones and fishy. Gotta eat this really carefully!
Nam Yang Chicken (sweet and sour fried chicken or it could’ve been pork…) I love sweet and sour stuff so this was one of my favourite dishes.
At the end of the meal we were served some Korean rice punch which I’ve never had before. It was mostly like a sweet tasting sugar water with some rice particles.
We each got a bowl of rice too. I liked that there was a variety of food and we were stuffed after the meal. The food just kept coming! The price is also pretty good if you want to sample a variety of Korean cuisine. The dishes aren’t big but there’s enough to fill you up.
They also have a $20 lunch set with some more expensive items. See my previous review for dinner at Sura Korean Restaurant here.
On Black Friday, instead of shopping, my co-workers and I decided to drive downtown for lunch… needless to say, it was a bad idea. It took us forever to get there! We were originally going to Sura for their lunch special ($15/20 per set) but it was super busy so we went across to Jang Mo Jib instead. They used to be one block down on Robson before but now they have a new bigger location.
This was the tofu soup with soy bean paste. I’m not really an expert on tofu soup but it seemed like it had a lot of tofu and veggies but more beef would’ve been nice. It’s quite spicy so it will warm you right up! I think we chose medium for the spiciness. This came with a side of rice.
Happy December! I can’t believe Christmas is only 24 days away! I’m trying to get Christmas-y now and I just decorated my staircase with purple and gold foil garland.
Long post ahead!
For my friend’s birthday, we decided to celebrate at Sura Korean restaurant in Richmond. It’s located where Tropika used to be inside Aberdeen mall. I’ve never been to their location in downtown before but the reviews for the Richmond location were really bad… so I was just crossing my fingers and hoping they were wrong.
The servers will bring your food over on a small cart with all the food on it instead of carrying each plate. For the Bulgogi Bibimbap, they mixed it tableside and they ask you how much hot sauce you want mixed in too. Since we had a lot of people sharing I didn’t end up trying a lot of this dish but it tasted standard.
My friend and I were really not sure what to eat so we decided that the best strategy would be to walk up and down Alexandra Road until we saw something we liked. This actually worked for us haha We found Hanok Korean Restaurant and for some reason I’ve never noticed it before! It’s in the small plaza beside Jang Mo Jib. I also noticed that Kam Do Restaurant has been replaced by a different restaurant. Perhaps they moved?
We were interested in trying this Korean restaurant because we had previously been to Haroo and we really liked it so we wanted to compare and try other Korean options in Richmond. The interior was fairly large and spacious with a lot of wood motifs.
I of course I had to order the Bibimbap. Anything else just didn’t seem right to me. This bibimbap had a nice assortment of veggies, egg and well, more veggies! Not that I minded! I did find this dish lacking in flavour, I ended up using the hot sauce which actually wasn’t that hot either so it wasn’t that helpful. Overall it was still not bad but could be better. If you like your egg more runny then you might not be as happy though. However, I really don’t have a huge egg preference so it was fine to me. In fact, I mostly eat them scrambled in case you wanted to know.
We also had some kimchi, seaweed and potatoes as our side dishes. The kimchi felt like it needed to be marinated longer, the seaweed was ok and the potatoes weren’t too special. The Spicy Rice Cakes was one of our side dishes and it was not that spicy and a little too soft for me and not chewy enough.
Okay nothing was particularly outstanding here it just seemed pretty mediocre to me. Keep in mind that it was $8.99 though. Or it could’ve also been the items we ordered weren’t that special. The verdict is that Haroo is much better but I wouldn’t mind coming back and giving them another try. The lunch specials are a good deal too.
Okay I haven’t really ventured into Korean food much, mostly because all the Korean restaurants are either downtown or in Coquitlam/Burnaby. However, I did hear about Haroo through the food blogger grapevine and it was conveniently located on Alexandra road next to Deer Garden. It is fairly small inside and reservations are recommended. I had a small group for my birthday so I thought this place would be perfect.
We started off our meal with the usual side dishes (sorry no pictures) as well as a salad and Korean style congee. On the menu it says that you can only get one refill of the side dishes. We were too full from our meal though so we never refilled it anyway.
I didn’t think it would be THIS big though! There was a lot of seafood incorporated into the pancake and the pancake was quite thick too. I like the crispy batter but I’m not sure if some people will say if it’s too thick or not. I really enjoyed this though! It didn’t feel too greasy either. The pancake was served on a rack on top of the pan, perhaps so that the bottom will not become too greasy? I think this is one of the best seafood pancakes I’ve ever had though!
Of course we can’t get Korean food without ordering Bibimbap! We chose the Bulgogi Bibimbap I believe. Served with plenty of veggies, this was a very satisfying dish. The bulgogi was lightly marinated and not overcooked or dry. It also came with spicy sauce on the side in case you needed that extra kick to your meal. This is more like a personal sized bowl but of coures you can share as well. You really can’t go wrong with bibimbap! =D
Next we had the Spicy Pork which also came with a fair amount of veggies and topped with some radish I believe. I’m not sure since I didn’t really eat that part hehe. I loved this dish too it was fairly spicy and the pork was very tender. This dish came with a bowl of rice which would be great for soaking up the spicy sauce! Our food came quite quickly after we ordered and we were really impressed with their speediness.
Finally we had another one of my favourites, Japchae or Korean Glass Noodles! Yes okay almost everything we ate was my favourite lol ^__^ Don’t worry everyone else liked the food too! The noodles were soft and sort of like vermicelli but thicker and bouncier? I just loveee these noodles! As with the other dishes, there were also veggies mixed in as well. Yay for veggies!
We had also brought a cake and we asked them to put it in the fridge for us but we were informed that there would be a 15% charge for cutlery for the cake. O__O But we didn’t have a choice since we already brought the cake right so we obliged. I assumed they would cut the cake for us too but we were only provided with the necessary cutlery so I’m not sure why they need to charge us an extra 15% for that! There is also a limit of one credit card transaction per table as well and a minimum charge of something like $10 per person. However, many dishes are ~$18 so that shouldn’t be a problem even if you were sharing.
Besides that, we were all very satisfied with our meal here. The dishes are great for sharing as well and if you’re not too hungry you can always get the personal sized bibimbap or tofu soup dishes. This is my new go-to Korean restaurant for sure (so far at least!) Also there aren’t many in Richmond so it’s a good convenient place to check out.
My friends and I were trying to organize a Christmas dinner and we somehow ended up choosing Kyung Bok Palace for all you can eat Korean BBQ. Not my number 1 location for dinner but I went along with it. The restaurant is quite big and we had a reservation for 14 people originally but we ended up having to have two tables. We were hoping to have one big round one instead but that didn’t seem to be an option. For all you can eat there are two options, either the Lite menu or the Deluxe menu. Since the Deluxe menu just included some sushi roll options, we went for the Lite menu which was also $4 cheaper. And we all know that the sushi would be substandard anyway. With all the amazing sushi options in Vancouver, it’s probably not worth it.
Pork bone soup. This actually tasted quite good, it was mildly spicy but salty enough. There was actually really soft meat falling off the bone. There was also japchae (glass noodles) but I forgot to take a picture.
The meat! Our favourite was the marinated tender beef. It was definitely very tender. The meat selection was limited to pork shoulder butt, fresh pork belly, marinated chicken, and pork sirloin. All for $17.95.
Ok so it was pretty typical for Korean BBQ aka we just ate a lot of meat.