Korean BBQ House 6111 – 28 Avenue
As I started writing this post, I noticed that fellow Edmonton blogger ‘eating is the hard part’ was also through this restaurant recently (and quite possibly the same day, a few hours apart). While he took the adventurous route, we stuck with the better known classics. Our dinner started with the same trio of banchan: savoury sprouts, sweet daikon, and spicy kimchi — all good.
I have a secret obsession with Pajon, a.k.a. Puchingae. Shokutsu probably has haunting memories of me dragging him through the streets of Seoul into the wee hours of the night, in my desperate hunt for a quality vendor (with only hours before my flight out). The hunt in Seoul was a success, but this local option was fairly basic – with green onion, squid, egg and a vinegar based dipping sauce. It is an acceptable base representation, but sadly not great.
Red Chicken Korean Restaurant
833 Bute Street
Korean cuisine is diverse and full of rich history, but in many circles it is known for one major characteristic – it’s heat! And one of the hottest and spiciest dishes is buldak – literally ‘fire chicken’.
Reminiscent of the dominating red colour that flooded the streets of Seoul during that country’s incredible run to the final four at the 2002 World Cup, the signage at Red Chicken Korean Restaurant in downtown Vancouver shouted out at me. Earlier this year, I had previously been invited to dine at this place and try their renowned fiery chicken, but finally I was able to join a group outing recently to try it for the very first time.