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YVRChow Mar 11, 2013 06:58 PM

The Korean Colors Cafe on Kingsway is the first time I've been in a Chinese operated Korean restaurant.

The menu at this spot reads like a blend of Korean and Chinese foods including typical Chinese dishes like duck noodle soup, wonton soup, curry brisket on rice, etc. as well as a few Korean sounding tofu soups.

Since the name of the place has only "Korean" in it and they feature those soups at the top of their menu in a big box highlighting them I figured I should give one a try even though the staff was speaking Chinese. You never know, it may be something interesting, right?

The "Korean" vegetable tofu soup came served piping hot in a bowl that looks like the ones you get at Korean restaurants for chigae. That is pretty much where the similarities ended though. The soup stock was typical Cantonese stock with a bit of chili added in - the same type of stock you would typically get at a Cantonese restaurant. The fillings were plentiful and of varying quality. The bok choy was cooked perfectly as were the wood ear fungus and shiitaki mushrooms. The pumpkin was close to raw and several parts were entirely inedible. The "Korean" rice cake was close to raw. The tofu was cut into very VERY small cubes (and there were not very many). They were more decorative than substantial. The hardboiled egg was WAAAY overcooked to the point of the yolk being super crumbly. The mung bean noodles were plentiful and cooked nicely. So overall a very mixed bag.

Service was friendly, but the food just wasn't something I would return for.

Let's just say that when Koreans rip off Chinese food and do it right it works with wonderful dishes like jajangmyeon, jjamppong, and kkanpunggi. The reverse rip off of Chinese doing Korean food just didn't work as well.

I wonder if there are any Korean restaurants in the area run by Chinese that do a better job? Anyone?!?!?

 
  1. flowbee Mar 11, 2013 07:06 PM

    I went to that Han Ju Tofu Hot Pot place on the corner of Kingsway and Willingdon (part of Crystal Mall) many many many years ago and remember it being a lame Taiwanese attempt at Korean soup/stews/rice dishes. But for some reason it's still there, after all these years, and popular as ever.

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