On a weeknight, a friend and I met for dinner at the Mo:rak Korean Fusion Restaurant. This is a small, modern place on Nelson Avenue, just off Kingsway, near Metrotown.
These are dumplings filled with seasoned minced pork and cabbage, deep fried and served. Mandu are the korean cousins of japanese gyoza and chinese potstickers. The filling was pretty good with decent flavor. The wheat flour wrappers are a little thick, but perhaps out of necessity; deep fried to a light crisp, they need the extra thickness to hold their shape.
This is thin sliced cross-cut beef short ribs, marinated in soy, sugar, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and crushed asian pears. It’s grilled and served on a hot cast iron plate on top of sautéed white onions and scallions, with a bowl of white rice. This was pretty good. The beef had beautiful sweet and savory flavor, but wasn’t tenderized very much, so it was a little tough and chewy.
Gamja-jorim (braised potatoes)
pickled daikon radish
This is half a mackerel, seasoned and grilled, and served on a heated cast iron plate, with sautéed onions and a fresh lemon wedge. This was just okay. The fish tasted good, but was a little overcooked and bit dry. I’m sure the hot cast iron serving dish probably contributed to this.
The service was very attentive and pleasant.
The room is fairly small, and slightly compact. but clean and modern.