Archive for September, 2008

 

Dinner at home (Udon Noodles with Kim-chi dumplings recipe)

I’ve taken a bit of a break from posting about restaurants, but never fear, I’m still eating!

Here’s a quick dinner I threw together: made with some Korean Kim-chi dumplings (bought from H-Mart), onion, garlic, zucchini, and a package of udon noodles.

I first heated some vegetable oil in a pan at medium heat, and then added the frozen dumplings. Covered and cooked for a few minutes, and threw in the chopped onion and garlic. Then added the zucchini, with a bit of white wine (it added a nice flavor to the vegetables). After it cooked a bit, I added the package of udon noodles and waited until they softened. I also added the soup flavoring package which came with the noodles. It was pretty tasty!

Udon noodles, dumplings, and zucchini with onions, garlic, and white wine.

Udon noodles, dumplings, and zucchini with onions, garlic, and white wine.

7,382 views - Posted Saturday, September 27th, 2008

 

Beatty Street Bar and Grill (Part 3)

I made another visit to the Beatty Street Bar and Grill (map, 765 Beatty Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, phone: 604-688-3504) and enjoyed their Parisian Panini sandwich ($11.99, pictured below). The sandwich was made with fresh brie cheese, fresh tomatoes, chicken breast, and tasted great! This is currently my favorite item on their menu. Instead of the side salad (pictured) you can also order it with fries.

The Beatty Street Grill is located in the Georgian Court Hotel which is near BC Place Stadium and GM Place Stadium in downtown Vancouver.

For more photos and info about this restaurant / sports bar please visit Part 2 or Part 1.

Chicken and Brie Cheese Panini (The Parisian Panini) from Beatty Street Bar and Grill in Vancouver. ($11.99 before tax and tip.)

Chicken and Brie Cheese Panini (The Parisian Panini) from Beatty Street Bar and Grill in Vancouver. ($11.99 before tax and tip.)

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14,948 views - Posted Friday, September 12th, 2008

 

Seok Gi Si Dae Korean Restaurant (Coquitlam)

Seok Gi Si Dae Korean Restaurant (map, #4 – 602 Clarke Road, Coquitlam, BC, Canada, phone: 604-937-0330) is a very authentic Korean restaurant, so authentic that you can easily fool yourself into thinking you are in South Korea!

All the restaurant’s patrons were sitting cross-legged on the hardwood floor, at low tables (although there are some Western-style tables as well). I found sitting this way added to the experience, combined with the contemporary wallpaper of Korean lettering, bare light bulbs (which reminded my friend of home), and some strangely familiar Korean pop music. Not to be outdone by the fact that I was surrounded by many people speaking their native tongue and enjoying food of their country.

There are some English words on the menu, but I recommend ordering the house specialty, which is the first item listed: thick strips of pork fried at a gas grill at your table (pictured below). The fat from the pork drips away into a bowl, and once cooked, you cut the sizzling strips of pork into bite size pieces. Nestle each piece into a fresh leaf of lettuce, top with a tangy Korean salad (pictured below) and garnish with Jalepeno peppers and raw garlic (if you are so brave!).

According to my friend, it is a custom in Korea to take an entire piece of pork lettuce wrap and gleefully “stuff” the whole thing into one’s mouth before munching away. This contrasts with the so-called “polite” western way of eating, where everything is consumed in small morsels with a fork and knife. Perhaps this custom of “gleeful stuffing” developed out of tough economic times when the ability to stuff down any amount of food was considered a luxury. Or maybe it’s to be able to enjoy all the flavors at once. In any case, I thought it was great fun!

The meal of grilled pork slices (as described above) also included the typical Korean garnishes such as kim-chee, and a really wonderful poached egg served in a stone bowl (also pictured below). The meal finished off with some truly awesome fried rice, grilled on the same surface as the pork where it absorbed all the flavors left behind.

We were quite satisfied with the special pork meal (which is about $15.95 per person), but we wanted to really celebrate so we also ordered a large Korean Pancake ($15, also pictured below). This was really delicious, and was similar to the Japanese pancakes (okonomiyaki) which I have tried around town.

Korean pancake

Korean pancake

Click here for a picture the name of the restaurant written in Korean, and click here for a map provided by the restaurant.

Korean fried pork

Korean fried pork (on the grill, before it is cooked)

Korean salad

Korean salad

Korean egg

Korean egg

Korean Garnish

Korean Garnish

Korean restaurant in Coquitlam

Korean restaurant in Coquitlam

Map to Korean Restaurant in Coquitlam

Map to Korean Restaurant in Coquitlam

13,901 views - Posted Monday, September 8th, 2008