Despite the fact that Korean food is not my all time favorite cuisine, I do tend to find myself craving it from time to time. I guess that’s what happens when you spend a year living in Seoul.
We were eating gelato at the shop next door when we noticed Ma Dang Goul Restaurant (on Denman and Haro Street). The following week, we returned to taste just how authentic the restaurant could be.
I ordered Kimchi Jigae ($7.95) – a kimchi soup/stew with pork served, with rice on the side. I actually really wanted ‘Kimchi Chamchi Jigae’ (chamchi is tuna) but they didn’t have it. Onions, tofu, cellophane noodles, rice cake, and of course kimchi, rounded out the dish. The stew was very authentic and extra spicy. The sides were excellent as well: beans sprouts, rice cake, salad, glazed potato, and kimchi, and were always refilled.
Gary ordered ‘Jae Yuk Dap Bap’ ($7.95) – a favorite of his when we were in Korea. It’s a mixed vegetable dish with spicy pork and rice. He love it and thought it was even better than what he ate in Seoul.
Service was friendly and attentive, and prices were reasonable. Although it wasn’t entirely the same experience as in Seoul because we actually had to pay tax and gratuity!