Korean food has to be one of my favourite comfort foods out there and Toronto is pretty lucky with the numerous Korean places to get a good bowl of gamjatang. I think the simplicity of Korean food is what I really like in their cuisine, especially their stews.
Spadina Avenue is colloquially known as Chinatown due to the history the place has had with the Canadian Chinese community in Toronto. Now a more accurate term would be East-Asia Town, as Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese cuisine have made a home in the area as well.
Off on St. Andrew’s Street, you’ll find two Korean restaurants on the north side. One is called Ka-Chi which is a chain of Korean restaurants you can find in Toronto and the other is called Jang Soo Chon, a Korean family owned spot serving up authentic Korean dishes.
Pretty spacious inside, Jang Soo Chon can seat small to large groups (up to 10) and is very reasonably priced, especially since it seems like a top pick for University of Toronto students.
I went with their combo dish with soon tofu in a seafood soup, served with a whole grilled mackerel. All of this, along with the banchan (side dishes) was $8.99.
Good broth and a good mix of seafood thrown in the soup. I would have liked the mackerel to have been warmer (it seems like it was sitting out for a bit), but I decided to throw the pieces of mackerel meat into the stew which actually made for a better stew.
I sampled some of their samgyetang and I was very delighted by its flavour. It had a nice and refreshing ginseng flavour and the cornish hen inside the broth was cooked perfectly.
There was one side dish that I haven’t tried in any other restaurant before and that was cheongpomuk (청포묵). It’s a jelly that is made with mung bean starch and is very neutral in flavour, but goes well with the soy sauce and green onion.
Until we dine again,
The Piquey Eater
P.S. The server of the restaurant saw that we had a reasonably large party with us that day and decided to give us fried pork mandu on the house as a thank you. You can tell they are very appreciative of their customers 🙂