Insadong (Korean) - Coquitlam, BC - with images
- jay_kay May 5, 2008 09:22 PM
My second Korean meal this week brought me outside the city to neighboring Coquitlam. More often than not, my main reason to go there is to shop at the incredible Korean supermarket Han Ah Reum (for more background, read this article from last fall in the Vancouver Sun (http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/ne...) which has a wide selection of Korean and Japanese products that I can't get even at a T&T. So stopping on the way back at Insadong, which easily became my most favorite restaurant in the GVA (after discovering it by chance on a drive through there when I was visiting Vancouver a few years back), for traditional dishes such as a simple kimchi jjigae or sundubu jjigae. I'd say the latter is the main reason I keep coming back to Insadong, as its always so well done, packed with seafood flavors, killer heat, and that delicious soft tofu that all goes so well with a nice cold bottle of Hite beer. At about C$9 for one large bowl, you just can't go wrong.
When you walk into this place, probably the first thing that grabs your nose is the always wonderful scent of grilling meat. I sometimes go with a combination of some kalbi/galbi which never lets me down, but tonight opted to go with the chicken bulgogi. Not the best call I found out, as the flavor just wasn't there in the marinade, though a dipping sauce did help bring it up a notch. No problem with the juiciness of the chicken meat or the barbeque, just was the flavoring to me that was the disappointment. Definitely will go back to the marinated beef short rib or the kalbi/galbi next time.
I could only find one previous mention (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/108141) on CH about it, so decided just to add my two cents to the WC board about this place I enjoy.