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Book Kyung Ban Jeom (Korean Chinese) - Vancouver - with images

jay_kay May 3, 2008 08:29 PM

Today was my first ever visit to this very popular spot on Robson St. where many of the area's Korean restaurants are found. Not straight-up Korean cuisine, as its described as being "Korean Chinese" food. In Korea, this type of food has a strong image of being Korean-owned and operated, mainly delivery-based (e.g not eat-in) and located near high concentrations of high rise apartments serving the needs of the locals with convenient food brought right to the door. The more popular ones are even known for throwing in a free order of fried dumplings!

Overall, the food is more Korean than Chinese. With a craving for the two main staples on a Korean Chinese restaurant's menu: Jajangmyeon (a bowl of steamed wheat noodles thats combined with a salty black soybean paste mixture usually containing onions, zucchini and chunks of beef; thats derived from a similar tasting Chinese dish), and Tangsuyuk (basically the Koreanized version of sweet and sour pork; though I've seen it made with beef and chicken as well) - thats exactly what we ordered.

The Jajangmyeon came out much later than the Tangsuyuk, which surprised me as surely the other way around would be normal given the expected cooking time. The room was full though and only two servers and who knows how many cooks in the kitchen, so I gave them a bit of leeway. One server was definitely more attentive and friendly than the other. Likely just two girls here on a student visa, so not really invested in providing the best of customer service I imagine. Both dishes more than met our expectations for flavor, especially the Jajangmyeong, with the noodles just right (eg. not overdone) and the sauce spot on with anything I've ever had in Korea. I had some steamed rice with the Tangsuyuk, as anything that sweet gets boring even after a few mouthfuls, but the pork was nice and crispy even with a heavy coating of the sweet and sour sauce. A free side serving of danmuji (yellow pickled daikon), and raw onion that could be dipped in black bean paste were also provided.

With tax and tip, came in under 30 dollars.

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Book Kyung Ban Jeom
1638 Robson St, Natchitoches, LA 71457

 
 
  1. toutefrite May 3, 2008 09:27 PM

    great photos. I don't like it when the vegetables are too finely diced for the jajangmyeon, it looks very promising.

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