One thing I really loved about living up by Yonge and Finch was the abundance of Korean food. I forgot how much I missed it until I went back to my old hood for a Korean feast at Oh Geul Boh Geul.
The restaurant is located on Yonge a couple blocks south of Finch. Just look out for the yellow sign with large white font. The family-run restaurant occupies a small indoor space but once the weather warms up, they’ll open up their back patio for additional seating. It’ll be a great spot to enjoy some table-top cooking and an ice cold beer. Hopefully the warm weather gets here sooner than later!
I was invited to a blogger dinner to sample some of Oh Geul Boh Geul’s offerings and they certainly didn’t let us leave hungry! Like most Korean restaurants, they have an extensive menu so this is just the tip of the iceberg:
Banchan (my favourite part about Korean meals!)
LA Ribs – aka kal bi
Table Top Cooking – pork belly
Kang Poon Kee – spicy fried chicken
More fried chicken!
Spicy Korean Rice Cakes
Boo Daw Jung Gol – Hot pot with kimchee
Jook Sam Kyup Sal – squid in spicy sauce with veggies & pork
Jook Sam Kyup Sal - with rice
Jia Jang Myun – black bean sauce noodle
From the get-go, we knew we were in for a hell of a meal. Just look at the selection of banchan! My personal favourites were the potatoes, cucumber salad and eggplant. They also offer a potato pancake which I’ve never seen as banchan before.
The pork belly (cooked at the table) is a very interactive dish which you eat like a wrap. Once the pork belly is cooked, you grab a lettuce leaf and stuff if full of salad, pork belly, ssamjang (a thick and spicy red sauce) and raw slices of garlic. Yes – raw garlic. You’ll definitely notice it later. I was a little too generous with it and still tasted garlic in my mouth the next morning. Totally worth it.
My favourite dish of the evening was the Kang Poon Kee aka the spicy fried chicken. Bite-sized pieces of chicken covered in a thick, delicious sweet and spicy sauce. Dangerously addictive!
I also really enjoyed the Jia Jang Myun, which is a Chinese-influenced black bean noodle dish. The noodles themselves had a nice chew to them and while I haven’t had many Jia Jang Myun dishes to compare to, I found the sauce to be quite tasty.
Another noteable dish of the evening was the Jook Sam Kyup Sal. It was another one of those dishes that is cooked at your table. After it’s been left to cook for a while and everyone’s had their fair share of it, you can put some rice into the pan to create a saucy fried rice dish. Despite being incredibly stuffed at this point, I still managed to eat an entire bowl of it. I just couldn’t stop!
This Korean feast reminded me how much I miss Korean food. With an endless number of Korean restaurants in North York, Oh Geul Boh Geul is definitely a restaurant that stands out.
*This was a complimentary meal. The opinions in the post, as always, are my own.*