Monday, 10 April 2017

Gamjatang at The Owl (Boo Ung Ee) on Bloor in Koreatown Toronto

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One more gamjatang or Korean pork bone soup before I move on to explore other popular Korean staples in Koreatown Toronto 😄 Today, I am at The Owl (Boo Ung Ee) at 700, Bloor Street West.

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Inside the small, simply furnished eatery gamjatang is the most popular dish at The Owl (Boo Ung Ee). Almost every table had a gamjatang.

Service is very good. The busy young lady who was running the front section (with one other staff) twice checked with me if I would like to have more banchan. I had to politely decline as there was already so much food 😄

The Owl (Boo Ung Ee) was previously a franchisee of the international Owl of Minerva chain but they parted ways way back in 2003.

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From The Owl (Boo Ung Ee)'s extensive menu, I picked gamjatang. The pork bone soup came with the usual complement of banchan or side dishes.

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I am happy to see a sprinkle of perilla seeds on The Owl (Boo Ung Ee)'s gamjatang. Perilla seeds have a nutty texture and a toasty flavour which make the dish more interesting. But, many eateries do not have perilla seeds in their gamjatang anymore.

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I also like it that The Owl (Boo Ung Ee) have potatoes in their gamjatang as it adds a comforting familiar sweetness to the dish.

I like Canadian potatoes as they have a smooth yet "powdery" feel and a nice mild sweetness.

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There were 3 or 4 large pieces of fleshy spine bones in the deep stone bowl of broth. There wasn't much red chili oil slick on the watery soup.

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The meat was fall-off-the-bone tender but not mushy. It was juicy and still had some tender bite.

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I like the gamjatang soup at The Owl (Boo Ung Ee) as it is well balanced with mild sweet-salty-spicy flavours. Many eateries serve gamjatang soup that just have salty-spicy flavours minus the sweetness.

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👉 The Owl (Boo Ung Ee) serves one of my favourite gamjatang in Toronto as I like the well balanced sweet-salty-spicy soup. The meat was cooked to perfection. Price is at a slight premium at CDN9.29 (before tax and tips).

This place is popular for late night/ early morning hang over meals as it is open 24/7.

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Restaurant name: The Owl (Boo Ung Ee)
Address700 Bloor W, Toronto, Ontario M6G 1L4
GPS43°39'49.7"N 79°25'02.9"W | 43.663808, -79.417476
Tel416-538-3030
Hours: 24 hours

Non Halal

Date: 9 Apr 2017

2 comments:

  1. Tony,
    Perilla seeds are an essential ingredient in gamjatang.Perilla powder is typically used, not seeds and hence you may not have detected its presence. When I make gamjatang at home I use perilla powder. It is readily available in Korean grocery stores.You indicated that you may want to make this dish when you return to Malaysia and it will be a good idea to get some here if not available in Malaysia.

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    1. Ah... I see.. Thank you Dyson. Yes, I shall buy some perilla powder when I go home. Appreciate much.

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