Restaurant: Jung Soo Nae
Location: North York
Address: 5754 Yonge St
Price Range: ~$10
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very Good 5: Excellent
* 2 locations owned by 2 different owner
* Lunch menu avail
* Seasonal menu avail
Jung Soo Nae is what you call a 'hole in the wall' restaurant. Not necessarily an amazing spot that's hidden away and you want to keep it a secret from the others, literally it's a hole in the wall restaurant. First of all it's hidden away far from all the other restaurants that are gathered together in North York. Because of the construction going on with the TTC entrance, you wonder if the place actually exists. Once you find it and walk inside, it's like walking into someone's home....not the most luxurious house you've been.
I wanted to try this place because I heard they have delicious raw crabs. For those of you who don't know what that is, it's called 'Gae-Jang'. It's made with raw crab (usually smaller and soft-shelled) and marinated with either soy sauce or spicy sauce. It's quite strong in taste and it's meant to be eaten with rice. Anyways, because this dish is specifically Korean- it's hard to find places that does this right. First of all, it's almost impossible to find the proper type of crab that won't break your teeth....
Anyways, enough story about the type of crabs- so I decided to check this place out. This restaurant is family run and serves authentic Korean food, their food is anything but fusion.
Simple side dishes, nothing stood out
Ordered: Gae-Jang (marinated raw crab) 2/5
* Plate of marinated crab for $12.99
* You can order soy sauce based or spicy sauce based
* I ordered soy sauce based Gae Jang
* Basically you get 2 small crabs all cracked up
* Soy sauce marinade was decent but a little too sweet
* What turned me off from this is how the crabs didn't taste very fresh
* Although it is marinated, because you are eating this raw- freshness is quite important
* My mouth felt a little dry/tough after eating this and it wasn't very pleasant
* The claw part wasn't cracked and there was no way I could break it with my teeth
* I was quite disappointed with this dish since I was looking forward to it
Ordered: CheolPan JjooGgooMi (baby squid stir fry) 5/5
* Baby squid stir fried with vegetables and ricecake for two people at $19.99
* This was recommended by my friend who's had it before
* It's meant for 2 people and cooked at your table
* This is very spicy (be aware!!)
* It came with lots of baby squid, ricecakes and vegetables
* Sauce was very intense in flavor (spices) and it was good to eat with rice
* I thought it was kind of odd how they had broccoli in it
* I loved this dish and would go back just for it
Complimentary: Kong Bi Ji
* This is a grinded up bean paste that people like to eat with the rice
* I am not a big fan of beans....or grinded up beans so I didn't really enjoy it
* But my friend said it was really good!
Mid way through our meal, the restaurant was full house and it got super busy. There was only one person serving all the tables and even though the restaurant isn't that big, I could even tell that he was so overwhelmed.
Summary: Although the Gae Jang (raw crabs) were kind of disappointing, I really loved the Squid stir fry and would go back just for that dish. Keep in mind that it can get super loud in the restaurant and it's def not a place to go for a date. I would like to go back and try other dishes off from their menu.