Jang Mo Jib (Kingsway)

Taking a little break from my travel series, here’s a restaurant review! Due to my recent obsession with Korean dramas (don’t worry, now that school started, it’s all under control), I’ve been having intense craving for Korean food. One of my go-to places now is Jang Mo Jib. Despite living nearby, I wasn’t a frequent until this summer, but it quickly became one of my favourites. Here’s a compilation of everything I tried during these visits.

The Restaurant

Jang Mo Jib has a couple of locations, and this one is situated right on Kingsway.

The shop is spacious with tons of booth seatings. Sorry I forgot to take pics.. D:

The Food

The menu here has all the conventional Korean dishes- soups, rice, noodles, dumplings and of course, barbecue items- as well as hot pot and special cuts of meat.

Banchan (4/5)

Of course, a Korean meal starts off with the banchans. Jang Mo Jib serves kimchi, radish kimchi, bean sprouts, and stewed potatoes. My favourite was the kimchi, which was quite flavourful.

Mushroom Soft Tofu Hot Pot / Beo Seos Sundubu Jjigae – $9.95 (4/5)

mushroom, onion, green onion and egg, soft tofu soup in clay hot pot

The soft tofu stew is one of my favourite Korean dishes, especially those days when you just want some cozy, comfort food. Jang Mo Jib has a whole selection of different tofu stews- mushroom, kimchi, doenjang (soy bean paste), seafood, and assorted.You can also customize the level of spice you wanted, and obviously, I had to get the spiciest. I thought this was great! Although I picked spicy, I didn’t find it overpowering. The soft tofu absorbs all the unami flavours of the broth, and same goes with the rice as you soak each spoonful into it. The poached egg in here is still slightly yolky which I like, and there’s generous amounts of mushrooms.

Mul Naengmyeon– $9.95 (5/5)

Korean traditional icy cold, chewy noodle in house special soup with sliced beef, pickled vegetables and boiled egg, served with vinegar and horseradish sauce to taste

This was my friend’s, but I also ordered the mul naengmyeon several times during those hot summer days. This comes in a big metal bowl with tons of ice, so it surely is refreshing. As for the noodles, they are thin and appealingly chewy! Cutting it up the strands makes eating easier (although I heard it’s ominous in the Korean culture to do so :P). Don’t expect too much toppings because there’s only a piece of meat, half a boiled egg, and half a handful of pickled radish and cucumbers.. the focus of the dish is definitely the buckwheat noodles themselves. The broth is light and savoury, but I recommend adding some vinegar- the acidity makes it that much more appetizing. Another variation is the bibim naengmyeon which I tried on a separate occasion and forgot to take a picture of.. oops. xD The only difference is that instead the broth, you get it with a red pepper-based sauce to mix with.

Bibimbap– $8.95 (4/5)

assorted preserved vegetables, beef and fried egg served on steamed rice with homemade hot chilli paste served on the side

This is a simple but tasty classic. Jang Mo Jib’s version comes with spinach, radish, bean sprouts, carrots, cucumbers, mushrooms, beef bulgogi topped with some seaweed. You can also choose to have this served hot in a stone pot (dolsot) for a bit more.

Galbi Tang– $10.95 (4/5)

beef short rib meat with sweet potato noodle and egg swirl in clear beef broth served with rice

All my guy friends seem to love this, and it’s the only thing they ever order. However, I can never get more than “the meat is good” out of their comments. xD You can’t really tell by the picture, but there’s actually a fair amount of meat in there.

Pan Fried Dumpling– $9.95 (3/5)

Pan-fried Korean style beef and pork mix dumplings, served with house speicla soy sauce to dip

The skin of these dumplings are crispy, with sufficient fillings. Mama Rae and I thought they were a bit greasy though. You can also get the dumplings steamed or boiled.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Jang Mo Jib has good execution of Korean signatures, for relatively cheaper prices compared to other Korean restaurants. Service is minimal and on the slower side.

{1- Terrible :: 2- Poor :: 3- Average :: 4- Good :: 5- Excellent}

Food: 4/5 | Service: 3/5 | Value: 4/5 | Ambiance: 3.5/5

Overall: 3.5/5

Jang Mo Jib Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Site: http://www.jangmojib.ca/

I depise Mondays.. but I actually don’t have a painful load of homework today haha. Hope you all have a great week ahead!

<3, Rae


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