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Jan 3, 2008 09:57 AM

Best Place to Find Korean Pork Bone Soup....

I Have tried this amazing spicy soup at Minerva's Owl, at Yonge just south of Finch. Any ideas were I can find another place to try this soup?

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  1. Many Korean places have Pork Bone Soup (Gamja Tang), but the Owl is my favourite. There are some CH threads around talking about it.

    Other people like Oh Geul Boh Geul (5320 Yonge Street - just steps from the Yonge & Finch Owl). I think this one gives more potatoes.....and for sure, Oh Geul gives more banchan (side dishes). When I go to Oh Geul, I usually get something other than the Pork Bone.

    I am sure other Korean places along Bloor near Christie have it as well. Probably some around Yonge & Finch too, but I can't seem to think of any off the top of my head.

    1. The Owl's pork bone soup is ok. (despite all the swirling rumors, which I won't mention here) I personally like Nakwon's version because the broth seems to be richer and meatier. Some places will serve you with a watery soup but the one at Nakwon emits homemade goodness.

      Nakwon is at Yonge and Finch, on the southwest corner. Try it and let me know what you think.

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      1. re: yu217171

        Yes I will try It.....And about those rumours.........?????

        1. re: yu217171

          Pork Bone Soup, oohhh!!! Well, as I have watched the multi discussion, I have held back and held back! To boil pork bones, you will not get much of an appreciative flavour. Pork neck bones are one of the cheapest ingrediants to be found at an Oriental meat counter! I love SPICY HOT, but this soup is not disquiseable, unless that is the only benefit to taste boiled pork bones! Why so much interest and discussion on while an important dish to Koreans, --- has anyone else tasted this pork bone treat, and believe me I love soup, but I am after too many tastings, a Dropout!!!!!

        2. This post isn't very helpful but there are two places whose names I can never remember. They're side by side on the north side of Bloor just east of Christie. The lefthand location has a yellow sign, the righthand location has a red one. They're mirror images of each other basically, both are up a small flight of stairs.

          Those two places have great Gamja Tang. They're not classy joints by any stretch of the imagination, they're just good Korean booze and food joints, very simple. I've never had a bad bowl of Gamja Tang at either location though and I've eaten there at least two or three times a month since the spring, as I have many Japanese and Korean friends who frequent these places. Gamja Tang (in my humble opinion) is one of those things that you don't pay a lot of money for or get fancy with, it's a spicy hearty dish meant to be tasty, hot and simple, and these guys do it well for your $7

          I have eaten at a few other places on Bloor around Christie out of curiosity, and I was surprised to find that qualty did vary, and I kept returning to these two places I mention above.

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          1. re: 50firstdatesguy

            Would one of them be "Ka Chi"? My dad likes it at their Dundas/Spadina location.

            1. re: Teep

              Teep, based on the address I do not believe that is it. The place I'm thinking of is on the same city block that meets with Christie, it is east of Christie but West of Clinton. Ka-chi appears to be closer to Bathurst around where Korea House is located.

              1. re: 50firstdatesguy

                If you are looking for a location in Scarborough, we like the one in the food court by No Frills on Silverstar (& Steeles). It's the food court where there is a 'Canton Stirfry'.

                Another one is the Owl at the food court at T&T (Middlefield and Steeles).

            2. re: 50firstdatesguy

              The one with the yellow sign is the Owl, the original location before they open the store at Yonge south of Finch.

              My usual hangout is Thumbs Up at the SW corner of Bloor & Palmerston, across the street from Ka Chi. It's more a in-and-out type place, but love to see the older female (probably owner) command the shop.

              If I eat with friends, our usual pick is Seoul, a couple of shops down from Thumbs Up. They offer the cook at table hot pot version of Gamja Tang, complete with dumplings, rice cakes, etc. One is good for 2-3 people. It's especially great for cold winter evenings when everything stays nice & warm.

              1. re: Orange

                Thanks Orange, - yellow = the Owl, duely noted.
                I have been to Thumbs Up also. It's right on the corner, and Palmerston is the street with the large stone columns on either side is it not? What I liked about Thumbs Up is the fact that they have Tapoki (sp?), the red spicy rice cake dish. The Owl doesn't seem to serve it, I've asked on a couple of occasions and they were either out of ingredients or just plain don't serve it.

                1. re: Orange

                  Orange, this hot pot version sounds interesting. However is there enough for the 1 person (out of 3) doesn't actually eat pork? (the soup is OK)

                  1. re: Teep

                    Thumbs Up rocks: best soup in the city for $6 - northwest corner of Bloor and Palmerston.

                    1. re: malcolmjolley

                      Actually south-west corner of Bloor & Palmerston.

                      The spicy pork on rice (I think #17) - Jeh-Yook-Bok-Gum, is really good too. I usually get that at Thumbs Up.

                      1. re: malcolmjolley

                        I went to Thumbs Up a few times, until I saw the owner making kimchi and dropping cabbage all over the floor and put them back in the bowl, all in plain view of the customers. Anyhow, my place is Ka Chi, right across the street from Thumbs Up. Love the thick pork flavour in the soup.

                  2. re: 50firstdatesguy

                    Have you tried a place on the south side of Bloor just east of Christie? I believe Marion Kane is a big fan of their pork bone soup...she just couldn't tell me the name of the restaurant, only the location.

                  3. Oh Geul Boh Geul is better than Owl. So is Cho Sun Ok (sw corner of Yonge and Clark).