Restaurant: Makkal Chon
Address: 1979 Lawrence Ave E
Price Range: $10~15
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very Good 5: Excellent
* Parking at the front
* Small seating area
* Sells alcohol
Everyone asks me where my favorite Korean restaurant is in Toronto. Most of the time, I found it hard to answer because I never really went out to have Korean food. Yes, I go occasionally to have Korean-Chinese style food that's somewhat hard to make at home and maybe a Korean drinking place here and there...but authentic Korean food? that was a tricky question for me....until my friend took me to Makkal Chon in Scarborough.
There are plenty of restaurants that I can take non-Koreans to because I know they will order typical things like BiBimBab, Pork bone soup, Japchae or Seafood pancake. However, most Korean restaurants in Toronto I find their food to be a little too sweet. That does make it much easier for non-Koreans to enjoy, however, it makes me cringe and leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth.
Anyways, long story short- I found a hidden gem in Scarborough that serves authentic Korean food and the important thing is that they do it well. The restaurant is quite small so I would suggest going in smaller groups. Both times I went, there was only one server working so stay patient.
Ordered: Wraps Combo (Basic vegetable wraps and choose 2 meat) 5/5
* 2 bowls of rice, vegetable wrap, soy bean soup and 2 types of meat for $24.99
* Choose from Bulgogi, Chicken teriyaki, spicy chicken, mackerel, spicy pork, grilled pork or spicy squid
* We ordered Spicy Pork & Spicy Chicken
* Both of the dishes were not too spicy and best of all, wasn't too sweet
* Stir fried with sliced onions and green onions, they were best eaten with rice
* The meal comes with 7 side dishes, none of them were the 'typical' sidedishes that all Korean restaurants serve
* To name few of them, there were spinach namul, sweet potato, kimchi and japchae
* Instead of just giving you lettuce, they give you a basket filled with different types of veggies you can use to wrap up your meat
* Ddaen Jang Jji Gae was thick in consistency and bursting with flavor
* Second time I went back, I ordered Spicy chicken & Grilled Pork
* Grilled pork was somewhat sweeter, but had mild bbq flavor and reminded me of bulgogi
* Pork was quite fatty and it was dripping with fat which the onion on the bottom helped to catch
* For $24.99, this was a really good deal
* I could tell all the food was high in quality and they actually care about what they put out on the table
* This is a must try!
Ordered: Spicy Squid on Rice 4/5
* Stir-fried spicy squid with vegetables on rice for $9.99
* This was not too spicy and it was really good with the purple rice
* Basically you can eat it separately or mix it with the rice and eat it
* Really big in portion and came with lots of squid
Summary: Makkal Chon serves real quality Korean food, it's not in heart of downtown- but it's close enough. If you are sick and tired of the typical BiBimBab, Seafood pancake and Porkbone soup- give Makkal Chon a try and you will get to experience what real Korean food taste like.