Video: Our Favorite Korean Restaurant

by Audrey on October 17, 2012

Up until filming this video, neither of us knew what the name of this restaurant was. My Googling and hangul typing skills have just revealed that 가나안식당 translates to “Canaan Restaurant”. Despite not knowing its name for months, this is our absolute favorite place to eat Korean food – and since this is Korea, there are obviously lots of ‘Korean’ places to choose from, so that’s a compliment!

I know it doesn’t look impressive from the outside. I wouldn’t have looked twice at it if the hungry boy hadn’t suggested we try it. I mean, I had noticed this place before, but not because of the people eating there, it was the people napping in between the tables that caught my attention (part time bedroom when the cook is not in?) Despite its quirks (or perhaps due to its quirks), this place has grown on me, and we have definitely grown on the owner. We are her weekend regulars, and she laughs whenever we come in with our cameras to make silly videos like this one.

So what’s good on the menu? We always order the same two dishes. Dolsot bibimbap (돌솥 비빔밥) for Sam, which is a stone pot dish consisting of rice, egg, zucchini, carrots, mushrooms, and a myriad of other vegetables. This meal is best enjoyed after you’ve let the rice get crispy from the heat of the pot. The aroma is tantalizing, but patience does pay off – just let it cook at the table for a few more minutes! And I like to get the sundubu jjigae (순두부찌게), which is a spicy soft tofu soup. Whoever said tofu was bland and boring got it wrong; this dish is anything but that! Sundubu jjigae is one meal I can eat several days in a row without tiring of it.

I won’t attempt to give directions on how to find this place. Street name? I’m not so sure there is one. It’s basically in the outskirts of a little town – apartments on one side, rice fields on the other. You have to go down to the basement of a non-descript building, walk past a butcher shop, and behold it is located directly across a little supermarket.

Hole-in-the-wall restaurants can be hit or miss. This one is a true gem and I will continue placing the same order for the next few months in Korea.

맛있게 드세요! Bon appetit!

{ 0 comments… add one now }

Leave a Comment

{ 6 trackbacks }

Previous post:

Next post: