|Insanely large plate|
A little warning, don't go in expecting any of the dishes to be authentic, these dishes have definitely been Westernized, along with the plating and eating method, nary a rice bowl or chopstick in sight. However, the food is actually pretty good.
|Hot and Sour Soup|
We opted on ordering their set dinners, instead of a variety of individual plates. The Taste of Vietnam and the Taste of Korea, neither of which consisted of dishes strictly from the aforementioned countries.
The Taste of Vietnam starts with wonton soup, spring rolls, lemongrass grilled chicken breast, stir fried mixed vegetables and steamed jasmine rice. Wonton soup is traditionally found in Chinese cuisines. The soup had a mildly salty broth, but with good flavor, unfortunately the wontons within suffered from lack of seasoning and a wonton wrapper that was slightly too thick. Had this actually been a taste of Vietnam, we would perhaps have been instead been served the very well known Vietnamese dish of a bowl of Pho.
|Taste of Vietnam|
The Taste of Korea comes with a bowl of hot and sour soup, green onion cake, Korean BBQ short ribs, stir fried mixed vegetables and steamed jasmine rice. The hot and sour soup is generally associated with China, Vietnam, Thailand, Phillipines and Cambodia. The soup had a hint of sweetness followed by an initial spiciness. The broth was nice and thick, filled with a mixture of peas, green onions, beans, tofu, seaweed, dried pork and shrimp, providing it with contrasting textures including crispy and soft. However, as I continued to eat, the heat built past the point where I could eat no more. This dish was delicious the first few bites but could be improved if it were slightly less spicy so one could eat more of it. I definitely did not make it all the way through this dish. Unfortunately, neither did any of the glasses of water on the table, and my request for more water was woefully ignored.
The green onion cake, a flat Chinese pancake like concoction was made in a new method that appears to be trendy in #yeg. Instead of flat, this version is shaped into a ring with a hole in the middle, and consisted of several fluffy layers. The cake was light, non greasy with a subtle green onion taste. The Korean BBQ short ribs were tender, slightly sweetened with honey, but fell somewhat short as there was more fat than meat.
|Taste of Korea|
10909 Jasper Ave NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 3L9
UPDATE (May 2012): CLOSED