Update: This restaurant has closed.
Kyung Bok Palace of Lansdowne Mall in Richmond had been offering a “5 items for $19.95” menu for quite some time now. I’ve always been meaning to go try it. Finally I went with Fannypack to go try it out for lunch.
This menu is offered until 4pm each day.
The meal came with 3 side dishes. I’m not sure if they’re refillable since I forgot to check the menu, and I vaguely remember something about having to pay for refills when I came here before a long time ago. Not sure if they’ve since changed that.
Firstly commenting on the side dishes, I found Kyung Bok Palace’s kimchi too sour. I really prefer the kimchi from Dai Jang Kum. The potatoes are better there too.
The first item to arrive was the Pork Bulgogi (on the right). It was pretty good. We thought the portion was really small though. However when we finished the meal, we were glad it was that small.
The pork was very tender and moist. Thinly sliced, very flavorful.
Then was what’s described as “Chicken and Sweet Potato Noodles”. I originally thought this would be a noodle dish, but it turns out there’s only a few portion of noodles. It was very chewy though. There were 4 pieces of chicken and those were good. This was more like a dish to serve with rice.
Next was the Spicy Rice Cake. There were 6 pieces plus the fish cake on top. By now we were starting to be filled. We ended up not eating the fish cake.
The rice cakes were very big and chewy. It wasn’t overly spicy so I can take it. Although there were only 6 pieces, there was also just 2 of us.
We also got the Seafood Pancake. Now this one looks much better than the one from Kim Ga Nae. At least this one I can see ingredients more to the edge. There were big pieces of squid in it, not just chopped up tentacles.
Last item was the Ja Jang Men. Again, this was not as good as the full price one from Dai Jang Kum. The sauce was a bit sour which I believe is due to the eggplant and zucchini they used. There was only a few pieces of meat. The noodle itself was good though. Chewy.
The total came to $20.95 with tax. It wasn’t a bad lunch. We were thoroughly stuffed. Perhaps we’ll come back another time to try the other selections.
I’m also not sure how authentic this place is as all the servers were Korean, but the food wasn’t lacking.