Restaurant: Shabu & Congbul
Address: 390 Steeles Ave W
Price Range: $10~
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very Good 5: Excellent
* Vegetarian friendly
* Minimum 2 order for Congbul
For those of you who love Korean table top cooking style, you will love this restaurant. Shabu & Congbul specialize in Korean table top cooking and Shabu Shabu. Honestly, I don't really care for Korean Hot Pot so there was no doubt I wanted to try CongBul. CongBul is a short term for Cong-Na-Mul (beansprout) & Bul-Go-Gi (Korean BBQ) and I ordered OhSamCongBul which comes with Squid, Pork and Bean Sprout
It is unfortunately minimum 2 order for this specific dish so make sure to go with a friend or be prepared to stuff your face. They have difference price for lunch and dinner so keep that in mind plus you can order regular or extra spicy.
I went with 2 friends and we order 3 servings of CongBul, regular spicy and it comes with the main dish, steamed egg soup, seaweed soup, 3 side dishes and rice.
The main dish consists of squid, thinly sliced pork, rice cake, beansprout and other veggies. My friends and I love meat so we decided to add on 2 sides of sliced pork and 1 side of rice cake on top of everything.
I personally don't really like seaweed soup to begin with but their seaweed soup tasted a little too instant for me but it was nice to have some mild soup since the main dish does get pretty spicy
Steamed egg soup is a nice palette cleanser in between to give your mouth some rest from spicy food
Everything comes in a flat square pan uncooked and the servers will help you. It does seem like it will take forever to cook but the pork slices are very thin so it does cook in decent amount of time.
TA-DAH!! It's all ready to eat!! If you aren't sure, don't feel embarassed to ask the server if it's done!
Just like every Korean table top cooking, you can order rice at the end and they will make fried rice for you with the left over sauce. The rice comes with seaweed, kimchi and sesame oil and they will cook it for you.
Summary: Another Korean table top cooking restaurant for you to try if you like Joons (Check out my review here). It is not a large restaurant and it does fill up during dinner time so make sure to get there early. The restaurant is hidden inside the plaza North of Steeles so watch out for it if you decide to drop by.