Restaurant: DingHo Restaurant
Address: 712 Bloor St W
Price Range: $10-15
4: Very Good
*Korean style Chinese restaurant
DingHo Restaurant character
Conveniently located around the corner of Christie Subway Station, DingHo Restaurant serves Korean style Chinese food. This restaurant is clean, bright and spacious with tables and booths.
There were 4 of us so we ordered A-2 combo which comes with main dish of Kan-Pung-Ki (crispy chicken with spicy sauce) and Wang-Jja-Jang (noodle with black bean sauce) platter for 2 PLUS another bowl of Jjam-Ppong (noodle in spicy soup).
Iced Corn tea that is given once you sit down
Unlike the usual sidedishes (ban-chan) that is served at regular Korean restaurants, since this is a Korean style Chinese restaurant- this is whats served as sidedishes here. KimChi, Sweet pickled radishes, raw onions and black soy bean sauce to dip the onions in.
Ordered: Jjam-Ppong (noodle in spicy seafood soup)
Color of the soup might scare you, but don't be afraid. If you can handle regular spicy food, this won't be too crazy for you. This dish is loaded up with fresh seafood and chewy noodles. It's rather large in portion when you mix up everything from the bottom. You can always order a bowl of rice and eat it with this. I loved this noodle!
Ordered: Wang-Jja-Jang (noodle in blackbean sauce)
This is meant for 2 people and that's why it's so big. The sauce on top was done just right with fresh onions and seafood (shrimp and squid) stir-fried with the black bean sauce. The sauce tastes more mild than it looks and you mix it up with the noodles underneath before taking a bite. The noodles are the same as the ones used in the other noodle dish. This is good eaten with kimchi and sweet radish.
Ordered: Kkan-Poong-Ki (Crispy chicken with spicy sauce)
This is my favorite main dish to order at Korean style Chinese restaurants. The dish was made with fresh ingredients such as pineapples, onions, carrots, peppers and baby corn. It is very big in portion and it was freshly fried and piping hot when it arrived at the table. However, this wasn't done properly (the Korean way). This was too sweet and not spicy enough. It was good, but I think I would have enjoyed this dish more if I didn't actually know how it's usually done.
Service was very good, the waitress was attentive and she knew what we needed and when we needed her. Not too chatty, just very efficient and friendly. She gave us small freezies after we were done! Little things like this impress me, you have no idea how good these freezies tasted after having asian food.
Summary: Good food, Convenient location, Friendly and efficient service, Freezies!?...what more can you ask for? I am going back for sure.