K-drama – Kill Me Heal Me (2015) [킬미 힐미]

I’ve never been big on watching dramas. Mostly because they were unrealistic to what I had imagined life in Korea to be about. Romanticized and over dramatized I didn’t want to get caught in it and increase my expectations. Having lived in Korea for a bit, I’m able to distinguish with what’s real and not.

Kill Me Heal Me (2015) 킬미힐미

Living back here in Canada, I really needed a boost to remember life in Korea, and so I jumped in. Kill Me, Heal Me is currently 20 episodes in, so if you start now you won’t be too far behind. I’m really only watching it to get glimpses of Han Chae Yeon (Kim Yoo Ri 김유리), who is absolutely stunning here.

Kim Yoori in Kill Me Heal Me – 김유리 킬미힐미 (Photo from Naver)

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Shabu and Congbul – Don’t Burn the Placemat! [샤부랑 콩불]

Its been awhile since I’ve seen a really unique Korean restaurant. Typically you can get the general dishes I’ve been showcasing at most of the restaurants. In the search for some more useful info to dish out, we come to a place that combines the pig with the bean sprout. An unlikely combination in my eye, but a delicious one. I’ll tell you of a mistake that was made with the card machine, and how they rectified it.

Picture of Congbul with Squid, consists of pork, beansprouts, pepper paste and squid
Congbul with Squid at Shabu and Congbul Steeles

The easiest way to get to Shabu and Congbul is by car. It’s located at 390 Steeles Ave West in a seemingly random plaza. Its really no wonder why this place ran under my radar for so long. Continue reading Shabu and Congbul – Don’t Burn the Placemat! [샤부랑 콩불]

Young Garden – Niagara’s Korean Food

Living in Canada it should be obvious I’ve visited Niagara Falls on numerous occasions. On my last visit for my birthday we stumbled onto Young Garden as we drove in. Niagara correct me if I’m wrong, but it may be the only Korean & Japanese buffet in this area.

Its conveniently located across the Double Tree hotel which is probably great for hungry guests. Walking distance from the casino, its very accessible. From the outside it looks out of place, since it resembles more of an office building than anything else. Stepping inside we come into a beautifully decorated and very functional space. Immediately you’ll notice the decoration of pots and wood, giving a comfortable feeling. Its the same type of effect some restaurants in Korea try to give to customers. A mom and pop kind of shop.

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Dakgogi – Fried Chicken of the North

If you’re looking for some some chicken and beer look no further than Dakgogi. Its only 5-10 minutes drive from Sheppard station in North York. There are some other ones, but I’ve been here more than 5 times and it’s consistently good. Also helps that the owner is super friendly! More on that below.

Chicken at Dakgogi
Chicken at Dakgogi.

You’d probably never guess but Korean styled fried chicken is quite a contender in the chicken space. Even the basic fried chicken, without sauces, has a unique taste. Most places don’t even do this right but add a little seasoning and we have perfection. Its the small details that count. It gives it just enough flavor without the feeling of being overloaded with salt.

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Korean Cowboy – Ironically One of the Most Korean Bars in Toronto

Points

  • Décor is like WaBar in Korea
  • Interesting cocktails
  • Fusion tapas, the good and the so-so
  • The best soju in town – *seriously*
  • Brings the spirit of mashing up cultures, similar to the best bars in Korea
  • Menu at bottom of page!
Kimchi Fries at Korean Cowboy
Kimchi Fries at Korean Cowboy

Korean Cowboy opened its doors just last week (written Sept.24.2014), on a Friday, but thanks to some good research between a friend and I we were able to get in a day earlier for the soft open. It was invite only (more like reservation only) and if you were lucky enough to know about it, you were already in. For the soft open everything was 50% off, and this meant for the first time in Soju Wave history you could see most of the dishes on the menu! We ordered a ton of food and drinks, and only paid $35 between five people. How? Read on!!!

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