Thursday, May 29, 2014

Norboo - Vancouver, BC

fried chicken with cheese with shredded green onion as topping
This restaurant is located downtown Vancouver just further down the street from the busy street of Robson. Around the area there were quite a few Korean and Japanese restaurants. Our friends been to this one before so that's where they took us for dinner.

The menu is small but consisted of quite a few pages. Some with pictures which helped a bit in deciding. I saw that they serve gamjatang (spicy pork bone soup). Literally gamjatang means potato stew but I guess through out the years, the potatoes becoming less and the pork bones more. Beside the gamjatang which is enough for four, we also ordered spicy fried chicken with cheese.

The spicy fried chicken came with a small little container of red sweet spicy sauce.The platter consisted of crispy pieces of fried chicken with scattered melted (Monterey Jack?) cheese. The sauce not too spicy for us who are pretty used to spicy food of South East Asia. Especially one of our friends is Thai ! She enjoyed the cheesy part of the fried chicken pieces.
gamjatang - spicy pork bone soup

The gamjatang came a bit later. I was disappointed that it wasn't on a stove like how we had it last time at another Korean restaurant. I think the gamjatang tasted better when it's hot. Without the stove, it only stayed hot for a while. The gamjatang looked attractive in red hot fiery broth with big chunks of pork bones in it. There were not too many things in it other than a few small pieces of potatoes and a few pieces of green onions and bean sprouts. I was hoping to see more green onions and maybe some serrano chillies.

Each of us got a bowl of rice in stainless steel bowl. There were four types of banchan (side dish) - kimchee, bean sprout, braised potatoes and some mayonnaised potatoes (that looks like potato salad).

All in all a decent meal but we won't be going back. There are too many options in the area.

1536 Robson St
Vancouver, BC V6G 1C2
(604) 806-0369