I know, I know.. I’m a little obsessed with eating at Aberdeen. I don’t know what the allure is. Maybe its because everything I like is in one place. Want crepe? Go to Mazazu Crepe. Want Japanese? Go to Guu. Want Korean? Go to H-Mart of K-Town BBQ.
I recently saw a new restaurant called K-Town BBQ pop up in Aberdeen Center replacing the old ‘famous’ Taiwanese noodle place (forgot what it was called). I came here with two other SFU buddies that also went on exchange to Seoul, Korea.
They offer All-You-Can-Eat options for $16.95 (Lunch) and $24.95 (dinner). I thought it was a little bit pricey but I still wanted to try it out so we went for the AYCE.
Here’s the thing. The AYCE menu is FREAKING COMPLICATED. My friends and I tried to order and it took us forever because there were so many restrictions. First, only the items above the black line are included for the lunch AYCE (which is only half the menu). Second, you can only order 4 items per round and each item has restrictions to it like “you can only choose between Seafood Jiggae or Denjang jiggae, not both” and “You can only choose one of two hot pot for the entire meal” in one round”. What did I say? Complicated. We were all incredibly frustrated with this inefficient method of ordering and it almost made us give up on the whole AYCE before it even started.
Nevertheless, we decided to stay with the All-You-Can-Eat option. They offer three side dishes, kimchi, bean sprouts, and marinated radishes.
This is the #1 Bulgolgi and you don’t have to say how many ‘pieces’ you want like at other AYCE restaurants. Instead, they provide enough servings for your table and that’s all you get.
This is what it looks like after it has been simmering. The bulgogi was actually pretty darn delicious and I hate to say but it is one of the most authentic dishes I’ve tasted after coming back from Korea almost two months ago.
Their #11 Seafood Pancake was a bit burnt on the edges but the taste was great otherwise and filled with copious amounts of seafood (hard to tell in this picture). I enjoyed the small size of the pancake as it made it easier for us to try a bit of everything without stuffing ourselves.
The #12 Jap-che had a fragrant sesame aroma to it which is a great sign of japchae. For those of you who don’t know, japchae is a Korean dish consisting of vermicelli noodles with seasoned vegetables and beef.
For the All-You-Can-Eat option, you can only choose one of two hot pots and that is all you get. I don’t even think you can get a second serving of the hot pot. We chose the Bulgogi hot pot over the Pork stew and as much as I was irritated by the complicated menu, I couldn’t help but completely fall in love with this hot pot. The broth was so incredibly flavourful and the glass noodles and beef just soaked everything right up. It was comfort food right there.
We also had #4 Samgyeopsal which is essentially fatty pork belly that you cook yourselves. I was surprised to see a flat hot iron pan instead of a grill or curved pan because usually there is so much fat excreted that you need something to filter it out.
The pork belly was fatty, but good. Not the best I’ve had but definitely not the worst.
I would have preferred some fresh lettuce to wrap this meat and sauce with. I find it too heavy to eat such fatty meat on its own. The lettuce helps cut out some of the fat.
Towards the end of our grilling process, we had so much oil (as you can see from above) in the pan that it was splattering everywhere and the pork belly was just drenched in it. I would advise K-Town to use a grill or at least a curved pan to avoid people complaining about hot oil splattering on their clothes and skin.
I only had a sip of this but the #13 Sundubu Jiggae was really really good. It had a refreshing clear brothy taste to it but with just enough kick of spice. It’s a spicy soft tofu and seafood stew and it tasted just like the ones I had in Korea.
All in all, even though the price is not cheap and the menu is incredibly complicated (hopefully they make a few changes in the near future), I will most likely come back again just because of how authentic and delicious the Korean food were. As well, who doesn’t love to BBQ, hot pot, and have seafood pancake all at the same time. It’s Korean food heaven. 🙂
Service Rating: 2.5/5
Food Rating: 4.5/5
Price: $$-$$$ ($10-30)
Overall Rating: 4/5
<– this is the type of curved grill I’m talking about. They use it all the time in Korea
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