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Jan 12, 2010 05:53 AM

Where to eat the best hwae dup bap?

We love the Korean dish hwae dup bap.... and normally eat it at Yuki's. It is very good at Yuki's. We are looking for other restaurants that make it well ... use very fresh fish and that are generous with the amout of fish they include.

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  1. I have to admit that it's been a while since I was there but Sam Jung at Leslie and York Mills had an amazingly generous and fresh hwae dup bap...I used to go twice a week it was so good!

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    1. re: zengirl18

      zengirl18, can you tell me more about San Jung? I've never heard of it, and it's a convenient area for me to get to. Is it a traditional Korean restaurant? Do they have grills at the tables? How are the panchan? What do you like the best there? Sorry for all the questions, I'm just excited to see this place so close by!

      1. re: TorontoJo

        I'd like to learn more about San Jung as well. What about any of the Korean restaurants in the Yonge and Finch area? Do any serve hwae dup bap? I have enjoyed the hwae dup bap at Seoul House (Dufferin and Orfus) and at Il Bun Ji on Bloor St. The sesame oil drizzle and the sweet and spicy sauce really make this dish. I'm especially happy when I see interesting vegetables in the mix, like shredded beets, daikon and even spicy Korean green peppers ... much more interesting than simply iceberg lettuce and a few shreds of carrot.

        1. re: 1sweetpea

          A while ago we went to Il Bun Ji based on a recommendation on this site. We greatly appreciate that we can come to chowhounds for restaurant reccomendations. But after eating at Il Bun Ji, it is not a restaurant I would reccomend. My GF's beef dish was so sweet it tasted like candy. The fish in the hwae dup bap was tough. The only thing we liked were the pickles.

          1. re: dubchild

            Wow! That's terrible! I have only been there a couple of times in the last 2 or 3 years and my hwae dup bap was good both times. I did notice, however, that the last time I was there the banchan were quite weak, particularly the kimchi. It irked me, but I still enjoyed my hwae dup bap, so I chalked it up to one off night. If that's not the case, I'll be hunting for a new hwae dup bap haunt, ASAP.

    2. I really love this dish as well. I'd be interested in reading about places that offer it with non-traditional brown rice, which I find really suits the textures / flavours of the dish.

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      1. re: Yum2MyTum

        Sam Jung - this is a korean japanese restaurant, on the east side of leslie, just north of york mills. it's been a couple of years since i was there but i recall the prices being very inexpensive and quantity was large. there were lots of side dishes but that might be because we ordered a lot (we had the cook at your table fish stew, tangsuyuk, grilled fish and some sushi which i did not touch).

        il bun ji - i also am sorry to hear about the poor experience of dubchild. just fyi, hwae dup bap (the korean version of chirashi sushi) tends to use more of the min-uh fish (i think that is grouper in english). this fish is white/pink and tends to be more chewy, which is preferred by many koreans to the soft melting tuna or salmon. i don't know what fish dubchild was served but if it was a white fish, that may be it.

      2. We went to Sam Jung. They have new owners... The Hwae dup Bap was good.... but the portion was not generous. There were not many side dishes..... So, we are still on the lookout for Hwae dup Bap