I have a lot of vacation days to use up before my contract comes to an end. So, on a muggy Thursday, I took the afternoon off from work. On my way home, I decided check out the lunch special ($10.99) at Bow Bulgogi House.
The first dish to arrive was a bowl of congee. L can’t stand the texture of congee, but having grown up on it, I enjoy it. The congee was warm, salty, and tasted a bit like cream of chicken. It was cooked “home style”. If your family ever made congee, you would know what I mean. The grains of rice were still evident, not like the smooth, almost silky stuff you get at Chinese restaurants. I like the addition of green onions, meat and celery, as it gave the soup some flavour and texture.
Next up was three side dishes: bean sprouts tangled with carrots; kimchi; and daikon with cucumber. I love the different sweet, tart and crunchy elements of each dish.
The main dish consisted of bbq chicken, a bbq rib, a spring roll, rice and vegetables. The chicken was juicy and covered in a pleasant sweet marinade. The spring roll was fresh from the deep fryer, and looked homemade, jam packed with a mix of vegetables. The beef rib was a bit fatty, but I haven’t met a short rib that wasn’t well marbled. The side of cabbage and rice was standard. For a filling, fast and inexpensive meal, Bow Bulgogi House offers an alternative to pho and Vietnamese joints in the hood.