After UFC a few weekends ago, we got really hungry so we decided to bring out friends to our favourite pho joint because I’ve gone their after UFC before. We got there, and it was closed . Donair Affair was closed too. And the late night Surrey pho hunt began, late night being past 10PM. Kim Hoang was closed too, Pho Tam was closed too, and Pho Vinh was closed. OK, we’re pretty much out of options because I refuse to go to Pho Hoa. Since we were in Guildford, I noticed that a Korean restaurant that I’ve gone to before (but never had a clue what the name was) was open!
Our group of 6 was kind of hungry but not super hungry. Their menu was really small. But it seemed pretty popular as many people came in and out while we ate. The menu has English and Korean, but they also had a bunch of dishes and combos all over the wall, written in only Korean. Hmm.. well we found a combo that seemed like it would be good for us. We figured it out by matching symbols in the menu with what was on the wall. Smart eh? We couldn’t really ask our waitress because it seemed like she didn’t know any English either! We ordered the combo, but she recommended something slightly different, and we let her give us what she wanted. A lot of pointing was done. Guess what, we got an awesome meal for just $49.95 for 6 people. We were really satisfied after.
Our combo came with a small pot of Gamjatang (Pork Bone Soup), Seafood Pancakes, Bibimbap, Short Ribs, 3 bowls of rice, and the 3 side dishes, kim chi, spicy daikon, and bean sprouts. Our small Gamjatang was actually pretty big. Each of us got two big chunks of pork bone. It had just the right amount of spiciness. Not too spicy, but just enough. The stock was rich and goes really well with the rice. There was plenty of meat around the pork bones, and some of us lucky ones (me) didn’t even have to work hard for some of the meat. The meat was very tender, and was easy to scrape and pick off the bone. It came with some pieces of potato too. I haven’t had gamjatang since I had it in Toronto 2-3 years ago, so I was really happy to have it again. By the end it was a bit spicy, and I was sweating a bit, but not enough to make my nose run or make me want lots of water.
I’ve had the Bibimbap here before and it was the same. It’s meatless, with a mix of sprouts, mushrooms, seaweed, cucumber, carrots, and egg. It came in a sizzling hot stone bowl so that the rice could get crispy. It also came with some hot sauce which we added as we mixed our rice and toppings together. The bibimbap was decent, but definitely missing some meat in my opinion.
The short ribs were OK too. A bit too chewy, and a bit hard to take off the bone. The flavour from the sauce was delicious though, as it was sweet and a bit salty. I didn’t eat much of it because I was really full from the bibimbap, sides, and gamjatang. I was tempted to try the seafood pancake. It didn’t seem like it was loaded with seafood, but it was. I thought it was just shrimp, but as I peaked into the pancake it had squid in it too…everywhere. My friends enjoyed it too though.
In the end, our combo only came out to $10-11 per person. A really good deal, considering Korean restaurants are usually pretty pricey. We were all pretty full by the end of our meal. Separately, the small gamjatang was $25 (large is $40), the bibimbap is about $9, the seafood pancakes $13, and the short ribs another $10-ish. We saved about $10 and it was definitely worth it. I’m really happy with this place, our waitress was really nice, but the communication just wasn’t there. I wish they could speak English or use more English in the restaurant. Oh, and I finally found out what the restaurant was called by looking at my receipt. One other funny thing I remembered was that it seemed like the restaurant only had one menu. A couple came in, but we were hogging the menu, so they had to wait.
Note: Thanks to @ericvchan for taking pics and bringing his dSLR along.
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