At 522 Yonge Street sits Yummy Bar-B-Q cheap eats Korean Restaurant. As many of you know I lived in Korea for a year and have been exposed to the best of the best of the peninsula’s cuisine. Yummy Bar-B-Q is a restaurant that would force a Korean connoisseur into coma. I ordered two classic dishes which I fell in love with when living in Seoul: Bulgogi and Dak Galbi.
Bulgogi is made of thin cuts of beef sirloin. Before cooking the beef is marinated with soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, pepper, scallions and button mushrooms. The “bulgogi” I was served was basically raw beef that had been grilled on an unclean griddle (note the black flecks throughout my meat, yuck). Totally inauthentic dish. Fail.
When you order Dak Galbi in Seoul your friends all sit around an open griddle where the food is cooked in front of your eyes. The sauce is oil based with a spicy attack on the pallet. Chicken is cut up into the mix with scissors and vegetables such as scallions and cabbage are added. The star of the parade here is the Dak which refers to long rice cakes which when fried crisp up on the outside and are soft in the middle (heaven). I literally ate this once a week with my coworkers with a glass of beer it was something to look forward to. The dish I received was a bowl of dak with some steamed vegetables that had no been fried and were actually chewy without any crisp. The dish featured inauthentic vegetables such as brocoli and cabbage (which would never appear in this dish in Korea, ever). Another fail.
Greg ordered Korean Kimchi soup which he enjoyed muchly. I now feel ever so compelled to take him to enjoy the real thing.