Home of Hot Taste (Korean Fried Chicken)

I’ ve never had (proper) Korean Fried Chicken (KFC). I don’t know why I didn’t have it when I was in Korea either… As a matter of fact, I’m not really a poultry person.  I went out to try KFC that my brother was raving about. We ordered a bit too much, but managed to finish 95% of everything.

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I have had this Fish Cake Soup. It’s nothing special, just a light broth with different shapes and kinds of fish cake.

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I would have never ordered this Roasted Rice Soup. I don’t know about you, but my family cooks rice in a pot. Sometimes, we purposely leave the rice to cook longer than normal, having the cooked rice at the bottom of the pot to burn and get crispy. It’s simliar to that but the rice is then soaked in water and served.

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The Kimchi Rice is probably my favourite; spicy! It came with ‘real’ oysters. Too bad the plate it was served on wasn’t a hot plate. It turned cold real fast.

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I’m not sure what flavour this is, but I think it’s called Mild Sweet & Sour. It was my least favourite. I didn’t find anything exceptional about it.

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This is my favourite flavour: Soy Garlic. The first time I had it, the garlic was cooked, but this time, it was a bit raw. Nevertheless, it was still tasty. It doesn’t come with too much sauce (which I like). I love garlic anything!

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You might think chicken with green onion is nothing special, but this is different. I think the green onions are marinated in a special sauce. The fried chicken doesn’t have any seasoning, just plain batter.

You might have noticed that our chicken dishes were bone in. But you can always get boneless. And if you like spicy, there’s a whole menu full of spicy flavours.
Click here to go to Home of Hot Taste’s website.

*The colour in the photos do not %100 represent the actual food served.

Cho Sun Ok

I’m the worst at deciding where to eat for celebrations. My mom, the birthday ‘girl’, couldn’t decide herself, so in the end we settled with a korean restaurant just north of Steeles Ave. and Yonge St.

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We were told that our wait would be around 25 minutes, but we waited for 45 minutes (which was acceptable for a Friday night).  We got our table and found out that we couldn’t order alcohol (plus we didn’t know that there was such a thing; there are notable signs about the non-alcoholic tables around the restaurant but in Korean :( ].

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As usual, there are appetizers; kimchi, pickled radishes, fish paste, cucumbers, etc. We were starving so we ordered seconds. We ordered more than we could eat (as always).

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Tangsooyook; deep fried chicken with sweet and sour sauce. There’s pork if you don’t like chicken.

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This is probably the best Korean noodles ever! Mool Naengmyun; chewy noodles in an icy broth (if your tounge is on fire, drink some broth, it’ll hands down cool you off!).

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My favourite soup is Yook Gae Jang; spicy beef soup with clear noodles.

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Bul Nak Jeongol; vegetables, squid and bulgogi stew. I would probably order  the Kimchil Jjim Jeon Gol next time, everything looks tasty!

I would definitely recommend this restaurant.  The restaurant gets really around dinner time (6pm-8:30pm), make sure you go early to get a table; don’t say I didn’t warn you! The cold noodles are a must try!

Visit the restaurant’s website here.

Piggy’s Restaurant

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It’s really rare that my family eats out on a weekday. With busy schedules, we sometimes fall into this habit. And since we were in the Steeles and Yonge area, it felt right to eat at a new restaurant; Piggy’s Restaurant!  We ordered so much food that left me full for days (not literally though).

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We decided to get some KBBQ (Korean barbeque), cold noodles, soup, pancakes and dumplings. And plus there were so many appetizers!

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For the meet, we settled with So Yang Nyeom Gal Bi (Korean style marinated beef rib). It was pleasantly satisfying..maybe because I haven’t had Korean beef for a while.

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Hoe Naeng Myeon (sweet potato vermicelli noodles in icy cold beef broth with sliced cucumber, marinated sashimi in spicy read chili sauce).

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Mul Naeng Myeon (sweet potato vermicelli noodles in icy cold beef broth with pickled cucumber and boiled egg).

I wasn’t crazy with these two soup noodles, if your mouth/ tongue is on fire (figuratively speaking) the broth will definitely help sooth the problem!

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Ori Tteok Galbi & Doen Jang Jjigae (grilled minced duck and stew made with soyabean paste and vegetables). I couldn’t taste the duck, but it was surely delicious!

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Gae Seong Wang Man Du (Korean style steamed dumplings made with meat and vegetables). The first time I had man du was back in December/ January in Seoul. These dumplings were the size of my palm. I’ll definitely be ordering these next time I’m back!

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As you can tell, our table was full of food, we almost ordered too much!  Highly recommending this restaurant (they even have a patio!).

*Note: all photos taken with iPhone 6.