Myung Dong Kal Gook Soo – Burnaby, BC

Myung Dong Kal Gook Soo
103 – 4501 North Road
Burnaby, BC
(604) 420-6447

As the evening air outside begins to descend into a temperature zone that requires more layering of clothing and household duties that require preparations for the coming winter season, it marks the beginning of something that I enjoy a lot – hot food, especially those of the “soupy” category.  Beefy stews, hearty vegetable soups, bowls of noodles in flavorful broth and so on.  Autumn/winter comfort food at its finest.  Plus, with the incoming crop of this season’s vegetables, many of which over the past few years I’ve grown to actually like more of, it makes for fun times in the home kitchen or eating out.

Over the years, I’ve found on my travels abroad that those nations which have a tendency to experience harsher winters – full of freezing temperatures, perhaps suspect household insulation but with a rich food culture – do satisfy my cravings for warm/hot edible delights.  I can still remember the first time I visited South Korea over a decade ago, it was March.  But with bone chilling temperatures coupled with a heavy weight of dense, moist air which made the prevailing air temperature feel many times colder, it hit me like nothing I’ve ever felt before.  My immediate impulse was to warm up and quickly with something to eat.  And on that particular occasion, I ended up in a little spot that served up kalguksu.  Its an experience I’ve never forgotten and ever since, when I feel the chill in the air and have a craving for comforting Korean food, it reminds me of that time.

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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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Choon Ha Choo Dong – Vancouver, BC

Choon Ha Choo Dong
36 East Broadway
Vancouver, BC
(604) 874-4131

Prepare for a volley of posts on local Korean restaurants dear readers, it seems yours truly has been on a big kick lately for the spicy, bold flavours that are associated with that peninsula from the Far East…

Choon Ha Choo Dong (the Korean pronunciation of the Chinese characters results in the English: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) could easily be one of the hardest to notice or even find, Korean restaurants in Vancouver…

First off, its not in the downtown west end which is fast becoming the Korea Town of the city.  Instead its situated on the second floor of a plain looking building on East Broadway just before Main Street and the exterior facade isn’t modern but has a different kind of character about it.  I’ve driven by it countless times but its only recently that I’ve actually gone inside.

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