Tai Won – Burnaby, BC

Tai Won
4727 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC
(604) 437-3399

A true hole-in-the-wall based on its location in a somewhat downtrodden row of commercial businesses just across from the busy Metropolis at Metrotown, but once inside it looked better (and cleaner) than I expected at the front door.  Nearby, was a AYCE-looking sushi place and I caught more than a few people looking inside Tai Won before stepping over next door.  I think this business might have received a refreshing or a change of ownership around the time of my visit, as I could see it was very busy inside – and there were some apparent “congratulations” type of gifts near the front door and the female manager was conversing with some trades people outside and it seemed they were discussing the awning above the front window.  The clientele was very young, mostly teenagers and early-twenty somethings led the way.  Which led to a nice buzz of conversation and excitement, all in a very casual setting.

Up front was an intriguing self-serve setup.  Of course a water station.  But also two containers filled with pickled vegetables that you could re-fill at your leisure, after getting your first serving with your meal.  Tables and chairs for two and four seating were scattered around, including a small two-top in the corner right by the front window – a perfect place to take in the busy Kingsway traffic, both on the road and the sidewalk.  Only a pair of waitresses were on hand and it was clear they were swamped.  It made the do-it-yourself area all the more reasonable.  I took advantage of the free side re-fills at least twice. 🙂  It wasn’t the full array of a stereotypical medley of banchan, but sufficed.

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Mi-Ae Deli – Coquitlam, BC

Mi-Ae Deli
#240 – 329 North Road
Coquitlam, BC
(604) 939-5588

Mi-Ae Deli as the English name of this business is called, is another Korean eatery in the commercial complex near the popular H-Mart grocery store at the North Road/Lougheed Highway junction of Coquitlam, BC.  I’ve personally only been aware of it for around two years now, and its a place I’ve visited several times since for a quick meal.  My initial step inside this place was after I had discovered they offered some classic Korean-Chinese dishes and I was on the hunt for jajangmyeon (blackbean noodles).   

It can get quite hectic inside, and lineups are not unusual, especially on weekends.  Step right in though and you can generally give your order to the woman at the counter, and they will have your food ready quicker when a table eventually opens up.  Service overall is quite limited (no useless chitchat), but fast.      

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