Restaurant: Home of Hot Taste (Bonga Buldak)
Address: 710 Yonge Street
Price Range: $10~15
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very Good 5: Excellent
* Specialize in Korean Chicken
* Also known as Bul-Dak-Bon-Ga
* Open for lunch (special)
Home of Hot Taste is one of very few Korean restaurants found on Yonge Street in Downtown area. They don't have a flashy store front sign, nor do they have many reviews or even a menu online. I noticed this restaurant just because it was a Korean restaurant, otherwise- I feel like I could have just passed by it.
I went on a Sunday night around 7:30 and I was surprised to find it pretty busy. The restaurant was filled with International students in small-big groups. There were 2 servers working who were very friendly, but was too busy handling all the tables.
Why do people pick and choose spicy dishes among many other dishes? I have no idea- I am one of those people who likes to stay away from super spicy dishes. When I was young, I enjoyed spicy food (and the pain that comes with it) but as I got older, it was just too painful for me.
Their menu has pictures which is helpful in making decision in case you are not too familiar with their dishes.
They first served us simple salad (which were tasteless and cut a little too big) and pickled radishes for the fried chicken we ordered.
Ordered: Blazing Fire Chicken with Cheese 4/5
* Plate of blazing fire chicken with melted cheese on top for $15.99
* You may have guessed from it's name, it's suppose to be super spicy
* It wasn't spicy at all! A little disappointing
* Not a big portion for it's price
* Melted cheese on top is suppose to balance out the spiciness
* Sauce has smokey flavor
* Chicken is boneless and the sauce is marinated into the meat
* Good eaten alone or with rice
* Although it's served on a sizzling plate, the chicken cools down pretty fast
* Usually eaten with the rice balls
* Paired with Soju most of the time
* You can ask for it to be extra spicy
Ordered: Special Rice Balls 5/5
* Plate of rice topped with cod roe, seaweed and sesame seed
* They give you a plastic glove and you are suppose to mix everything together and make it into a ball
* This was funny considering they don't really tell you what to do with it
* I knew what I was suppose to do because I've seen Koreans do it in Korea
* Perhaps they didn't give me any instructions because they knew I was Korean and assumed I knew
I got around 10 rice balls from this dish. Could have made them look nicer but I was in a hurry since I saw my friends eating up all the chicken I didn't do a very good job. haha
* The rice is hot but it's kind of fun
* It's simple and perfect to eat with something spicy
Ordered: Spicy Sauce Fried Chicken 5/5
* Fried Chicken in Sweet & Hot Sauce for $8.99
* Known as one of the best late night eats back in Korea (with ice cold beer)
* It comes with ~8 pieces of bone-in chicken (2 legs)
* Sauce was perfect between sweet and spicy sauce
* Had good sticky consistency for the sauce
* Batter was crispy and hot which means the chicken is freshly deep fried
* This had good portion for it's price
* You can order Small/Large and just Wings if you like
* I ordered regular small but would order just the wings next time
* They are smaller pieces which makes it easier to eat
* Good with the white radish to cleanse palette in between
When I saw my bill, I realized they had canned soda only for a dollar (which is rare these days even in Pizza joints) which I was plesantly surprised about.
Summary: Home of Hot Taste is perfect if you want to drop by for beer and chicken. Depending on what you crave (beer or soju), they can cater to both. I am glad I found Home of Hot Taste and I see myself visiting this place quite often!