Mother’s Day Dinner At Kyung Bok Palace

I like to wish all mothers out there a happy Mother’s Day! This Mother’s Day is especially significant because Sarah is now a mother. To celebrate this special day, I took Sarah, Sarah’s parents, my parents, Sally and her nanny out to Kyung Bok Palace in Lansdowne Mall for a nice traditional Korean BBQ dinner.

Located directly across the Number Nine restaurant, Kyung Bok Palace is a new restaurant featuring traditional Korean cuisine. The restaurant has become well known for its Bulgalbi and Galbijjim Jungsik. Don’t worry. I’ll explain what those are in a bit.

Kyung Bok Palace is a like a hot pot restaurant without the pot. The center of the table has a BBQ stove so you can grill your own food. If you don’t wish to cook yourself, you can request the kitchen to cook everything up for you.

A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words


The Kyung Bok Palace features a multi-page picture menu showing the dishes. The photos of the raw foodstuff look really nice and mouth watering. There is a nice selection of BBQ meats and hot pot style dishes.

Bulgalbi (Prime Beef Short Rib Marinated In Special Soy Sauce)


This is my favorite dish at Kyung Bok Palace. However, tonight I made the mistake of asking the kitchen to cook it. You would expect the chefs in the kitchen to be a better cook than you but it turns out that is not the case as the Bulgalbi was overcooked, but only just a bit.

Kkotdeungsimgui (Beef Sirloin)


While the Bulgalbi was a bit overcooked, the Kkotdeungsimgui beef sirloin steak was completely overcooked. This would have been a great steak if the kitchen didn’t screw it up. If you go to Kyung Bok Palace, I highly recommend you cook the beef yourself.

Chicken BBQ


I guess it’s a good thing that it’s hard to overcook chicken. This was a very good dish with a lot of flavor. It was marinated with mild BBQ sauce that provided a nice kick.

Galbijjim Jungsik (Braised Beef Ribs & Rice With Sides Dishes)


This was a fantastic dish. The beef was super tender and the soup base was full of exotic flavors. If I was here for lunch, this is what I would order. It comes with the side dishes below.


Haemul Pajeon (Seaffod & Green Onion Pancake)


I bet you’ve never seen a pancake like this before. It reminded me a lot of the octopus balls I had a few year back. The batter was the same.

Haemul Kalguksu (Seafood With Hand-Made Noodle)


This dish should have been call hand-made noodle because there was very little seafood in it. The quality of the noodle was very high however. As was the soup base.

The nice thing about dinner at Kyung Bok Palace is the price is very reasonable. Dinner for eight was only $120 with tips. That’s considerably cheaper than what tomorrow’s dinner is going to cost.

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43 thoughts on “Mother’s Day Dinner At Kyung Bok Palace”

  1. Hmn, 57 views and no comments =? BTW–I think they give you a cheap price ($120) b’cuz you ‘blatantly’ advertise their great food without their consent 🙂 .

    **Also, if you have the time, John, I’m still ‘desperately’ need the css code for misty-look (for single.php): I don’t want to tweak another template just to fit Internet Explorer =(.

    Thanks in advance :mrgreen: .

    1. Gdog says:

      Haha, John Chow posting about Korea food instead of me! What has the world come to! Kyung Bok Palace is named after Gyeongbokgung, the largest and grandest of the five main palaces in Seoul.

      You guys can check out my visit to Gyeongbokgung here.

      1. Jeff Kee says:

        Yeah, and I’m the Korean guy. I love Korean food too. There are plenty of places in Downtown Vancouver, which is where I live. But i’ll definitely have to check out that place in Landsdowne… I have contract work down in Richmond occasionally.

  2. Richard Cai says:

    These dishes are very good, better than those in Toronto, I guess. Kyung Bok Palace = Jing Fu Palace in Mandarin. The price is very very reasonable.

    1. it’s extremely cheap…
      is it all that cheap in Canada?

      1. Asian food lover says:

        If we say “yes”, will you come spend your money?

    2. ya this food looks nice but there are some places in scarborough/markham which can beat this:)

  3. Jenny says:

    Love your food posts. This is the second time I’ve seen you show a picture of the onion pancakes which I LOVED buying from street vendors when I lived in Taiwan and miss dreadfully.

  4. SeanS says:

    O.M.G. you just made me hungry even though I just finished my dinner…
    Hmmm..I didn’t know you enjoy Korean food.
    well, i love them :mrgreen:

  5. Hammer says:

    One important element in a good dish is the presentation and it sure doesn’t look like this place puts much effort into that. Most of it looks downright unappetizing.

    1. Indeedy, but when the food tastes good and the price is so reasonable, something has to give! I used to work in Kalpna, and the food was EXCELLENT, but the restaurant just didn’t look as good as the food tasted. All of our customers understood this, and so it was stacked full from 5:30-11pm during Festival Time. Wonderful place!

  6. Jacob says:

    Funny thing is is that I went to a Japanese and Korean BBQ restaurant tonight for food. It was really good. I got this short rib meal and my God was it delicious. It came with a little sushi, sashimi, scallop, tempura and mussels. It was really quite delicious. 🙂

    1. ya this food looks delicious…i think is john’s camera though

  7. Slaptijack says:

    Wow, that’s a great looking dinner! And the price was great, too.

  8. Hahah, it did make me—remind me that I was hungry, so I took a little break and went dining =P.

  9. Simon Gould says:

    $120 for 8 people 😯
    No wonder the cooking was a bit off the chefs probably get paid pittance. 🙁

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      Haha you have to pay lots of $$$ to get a linkback from this blog… it’s not one of teh small blogs that do exchanges.

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  11. wow, that looks delicious!

  12. Grace says:

    Wow…. can I say yum? Those dishes look great. The menu says it all.

  13. jRad says:

    Looks GREAT!!

  14. Looks like you had fun!

    1. The day is almost over, but happy Mother’s day to all the moms anyway (commentators’ moms, John’s mom, readers’ moms…)! 😀

  15. It’s been a while since you posted a delicious spread, John; well worth the wait though. I just LOVE beef stew (that Galbijjim thing) and I also like the chicken BBQ. Hmmm I think I’ll have some good ol’ Korean food for lunch tomorrow.

  16. good ol’ Korean food? are you korean as well or used to eat it as a kid 😀

    1. I’m not Korean, but I do have a lot of Korean friends. Yeah, Korean food is one of my favorite cuisines; I even signed up for a Korean cooking class once. Of course I was never good behind the stove so I just resigned into eating the food, which I happen to be so good at LOL. 😆

  17. Always showing off the food. Looks Good!

  18. green says:

    My mum is the best cook of my heart :mrgreen:

  19. Stephen says:

    Watcha talkin’ about John? Tomorrow’s dinner will be FREE! It’s not going to cost you anything! Someone else is footing the bill 😆

  20. SEO Forums says:

    No mothers day yesterday here in the UK but that food likes niceeee

    Taste as good as it looks?

  21. Fida Abbott says:

    Those food look delicious!!! Do you like spicy food???

    Regards from PA

  22. Ryan Dlugosz says:

    Cool stuff John. I also made a special post yesterday: A Nice Flower for Mother’s Day. I hope a few moms out there got to enjoy it! :mrgreen:

  23. Dexter Zaf says:

    I can’t take it anymore. The photo makes me hungry, so so enticing. I crave for chinese food and dumpling

  24. blogdinero says:

    vaya, asi si dan ganas de ser madre. :mrgreen:

  25. Jim says:

    Wow that food looks good 😯

  26. Helen says:

    Boy those pictures sure do make you hungry! 😆

    That was very nice of you to bring the family out! It will be a special mother’s day for her!

  27. Chicago 2016 says:

    Man, those ribs look good.

  28. Chicago 2016 says:

    And so does that beef dish. I’m getting hungry just by looking at it.

  29. Simon Gould says:

    I would just have to cook my own food.

    Those braised beef ribs do look delicio!

  30. I’v never been one for Korean cuisine but that does look tasty.

    I think i’ll give it a try :mrgreen:

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