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Jan292005

Jang Mo Jib

Well, I haven't had any luck fixing the problems on my server, so I'm going to update manually until it gets sorted out. Basically the problem has to do with the image thumbnailing system and popup windows... doing it maually, it takes me a Very Long Time to do a post. Hopefully I'll find a better solution. Continuing with Vancouver food... jang-mo-jib.jpg After so many trips to Vancouver, I don't recall ever going to a Korean restaurant. So for the first time ever, I tried Korean at Jang Mo Jib (the link talks about the Kingsway location; we went to the one at 1719 Robson). We didn't try the soup when we went, but I'll make sure we do next time. I have always wondered a bit about the spelling of Korean words with English letters. I am guessing there's no official system, as there always seem to be slight variations. The menu at Jang Mo Jib spelled stuff in ways I've never seen before... but a lot of it I could still identify.

assorted kim chi - cabbage, bean sprouts, potatoes, radish, seaweed

haemool pajun - assorted seafood korean-style pancake - C$14.95

jab che - mixed sweet potato noodle with assorted marinated vegetables - C$14.95 The food was very good, and the place is open late. The kim chi and side dishes were all good - kim chi had a good bit of kick to it. I particularly liked the potatoes, which were in a garlicky sauce. The seaweed was also refreshing and nice. The haemool pajun was really big. Like reallllly big. And it tasted great - very crisp on the edges, and cakey on the inside with ample chunks of shrimp and squid. The jab che was one of the best I've had - thick, bouncy, chewy noodles. Could have used a little more pork I guess, but honestly just eating the noodles was fine.

jjin mahn doo - steamed korean-style dumpling - C$7.95

goon mahn doo - fried korean-style dumpling - C$7.95

dolsot beebimbob - assorted vegetables, beef on steamed rice in a hot stone - C$9.95 The dumplings were very good (and again, very big). The skin was firm, and the filling (a mix of pork and vegetables) was meaty and moist. Naturally, I preferred the fried ones... but to each his own. The bbb was alright but not too special - similar to most of the Korean places around. Overall I was very impressed with this Korean. The jab che was really excellent, and this place is a wonderful late night option. My only gripe is that they give you these metal chopsticks that are a pain to use (maybe it's cuz I'm Chinese). Anyway, next time I'll try the soup.

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Hmm, I went to a Korean place in London the other day where they gave us metal chopsticks. I agree, they are a pain! It must be a Korean thing though!
Monday, October 31, 2005 at 10:41PM | Unregistered CommenterAdie
Metal chopsticks are indeed a Korean thing, though even my Korean friends don't like them. I don't mind them; once you get used to them your ability to use wooden ones increases dramatically!
Sunday, November 6, 2005 at 9:51AM | Unregistered CommenterGeoff
Ha, that sure is looking for the silver lining, Geoff. :)
Monday, November 7, 2005 at 11:05PM | Unregistered CommenterArthur Che

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