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Weekend Food Choices Week 19: Drawn into the Hype

I’ve never been a fan of telenovelas, foreign or local. The melodramatic theme just doesn’t catch my interest i guess, but I’ve been hearing about the rising popularity of the Korean series Boys Over Flowers and learned on the news that the Korean heartthrob Kim Bum was in town attracting screaming young fans.

As if drawn to the Korean hype, hubby and i decided we would give their cuisine a second try.

Our first taste of the korean cuisine happened several years ago when we decided we would check out the big restaurant that suddenly emerged in a little street near Shaw.

Sorry about the poor quality of the photo, but yes, even before hubby’s love for photography, we already loved to try new food finds.

We had a smorgasbord of delicious appetizers and a wonderful main course of “on the table grilled beef”, but after that day, we never got a chance to go back for more. That’s why hubby and i thought it would be interesting to try Kaya.

I always find it difficult to choose dishes from an unfamiliar cuisine.  Often i go with the menu recommendation or if i find myself to be undecided, which i often do, i like to ask the waiters for their opinion.  I’m delighted when they give us a good answer.  It gives me the impression that they enjoy their job and appreciate the cuisine they serve.

Our Korean dinner dishes:

A spicy noodle soup with very good flavors.

Kalbi Gui -Kaya’s house specialty

It’s marinated short ribs served on a hot plate. The meat was really tender and the flavors pretty good.

Dolsot Bibimbap

Rice topped with assorted vegetables and egg served on a stone bowl. This looked really good and healthy. When it arrived at our table, our waiter asked if we would like for him to mix the red paste served with the rice.

We weren’t sure how spicy the pepper paste was so we just asked him to add half of what was served. It turned out that it wasn’t spicy at all but gave the bibimbap its flavor.

It was definitely a hearty Korean dinner but i think that’s where it will stop when it comes to the Korean hype for me.  It will still be CSI, Fringe, House, Entourage and In Plain Sight for hubby and i.

But for all those Korean fans out there or those just curious about their cuisine, Kaya is a good place to try, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll get a glimpse of one of the Korean teen idols while you’re there…then again, that might be a long shot!


October 7, 2009 - Posted by | Gastronomic experience, Weekend Food Choices | ,


  1. My family and I have been major Kaya fans long before Koreanovellas ever came into fashion. The bibimbap and the kalbi gui are tops, and they have the mandu guk (dumpling soup) that is soooooo good!

    Comment by Midge | October 8, 2009 | Reply

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    Comment by Marc Shaw | October 16, 2009 | Reply

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