Unassuming Korean Restaurant: Cho Sun BBQ Korean Restaurant
I’ve seen Cho Sun before many, many, many times but never had the urge to go in. Don’t get me wrong, I like Korean food… it’s just that the restaurant is a little unassuming from the exterior. I’ve shopped at the nearby Safeway quite frequently. I’ve eaten at the nearby Samosa Garden too. I’ve even ordered take-out from the small-hole-in-the-wall-but-extremely-tasty-and-long-named-restaurant Mezbaan Fine Indian Fusion. But for some reason or another, we’ve never taken the time to try the place out…that is, until today.
It’s the weekend. The sun was out (a little – but in Vancouver, we’ll take any sunshine we can get), spring was in the air… Which can only mean one thing… spring yard work… uggh! Inevitably, that always means a trip down to Rona’s to pick up a bunch of stuff (and usually a trip back because we forget something the first time around).
It was getting close to noon and we were getting hungry but couldn’t decide where to get some grub. On our ride back home, wepassed by Cho Sun and decided to give it a try since I read some good reviews on Urbanspoon a while ago.
It was actually pretty busy (which is usually a good sign) – guess everyone else has already heard of the place. They have a big flat panel tv on the wall when you first walk in but it seems odd they would leave it in the waiting area unlike Potter’s Garden where the diners can actually see the tv when you eat.
It took a while to decide what to have. The menu isn’t as large as Potter’s Garden but they did have a good selection of sushi in addition to the Korean fare. The problem with the menu is that the english translations aren’t always that descriptive and not all of the items have pictures. We decided to play it safe and order some of the things we already knew…
First up was the bibimbap – a rice dish served in a hot stone bowl with an assortment of veggies, beef and a raw egg.
It wouldn’t be a Korean meal without the side dishes. The dish on the top of the picture was potatoes – but unlike most places that serve them cold, the potatoes we got was served warm… not sure if it was intentional or not but it was still tasty. Next was the kim chi.. not overly spicy. The next two side dishes were something different that we’ve never had before. One was a mix of sliced apples, mushrooms, and leafy greens and the other was a nice mix of seaweed, cucumbers, peppers and vermicelli noodles.
As I mentioned, the english translation on the menu wasn’t very descriptive. This next dish was just called Spicy Tofu Soup but there was more than just tofu in the dish… everything from egg, green onions, shrimp and mussels, octopus and veggies. It came to the table hot… and I mean H-O-T. It’s easier to see the steam and bubbles in the video below.
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We also decided to get some sushi because really, who doesn’t like sushi? We only ordered a couple of pieces of nigri sushi (unagi and toro) and it’s a good thing since we kind of ordered too much food. For a Korean restaurant, the sushi was pretty good but we’ll have to go back and try more next time.
The dish that we weren’t sure about was the Fried Chicken in Spicy Sauce. Not really sure what we were expecting but it sounded interesting. The dish came and it was a huge plate. Very tasty and addictive… like “crack chicken” (Penny and Rusty’s Food Blog does not endorse the use of drugs or any other mind-altering substance… Penny and Rusty’s Food Blog cares). Kind of like General Tso’s chicken, it was both sweet and spicy.
By the time all the food arrived, we realized that we were going to have leftovers (which was fine by me).
I forgot to mention the best part of the Bibimbap… because it’s served in a hot stone bowl, the rice on the bottom of the bowl gets a nice hard and crispy crust. When you mix it up with the other parts of the soft rice, the veggies and meat and the spicy hot sauce… mmmm.
All in all, food was pretty good and we would probably go back. The decor inside and outside could do with an update (and the seat cushions could be more “cushiony”). Oh, but the kicker was the little candies they gave us when we got the bill. Most restaurants serve the same usual mints you get at all restaurants but these were small little candies (we got the grape and tangerine) that we usually only see at Italian restaurants.
Food: 4.5 / 5
Service: 3.5 / 5