“There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”
This classic quote from George W. Bush popped into my head yesterday as I wandered around Westminster Highway and No. 3 Road, desperate with post-gym hunger and trying to find a restaurant (in the newly-returned sun!). I locked up my bike in front of the Richmond Public Market and spotted Golden Summit across the street. It just sat there, looking all restaurant-like with pictures of food outside and the OPEN sign blinking at me. I thought to myself, ‘It doesn’t matter if it’s a big Chinese restaurant, I’ve eaten at them alone before! I JUST NEED FOOD.’
As I approached the door, I saw freezers lining the inside, and realized that Golden Summit is in fact a frozen dim sum store, and that this was the SECOND time I’d thought it was a restaurant and ended up a fool. The second time! I cursed the frozen fish balls staring back at me through the window, and decided if I didn’t go get myself a pineapple coconut bun from the market, I was going to pass out.
As I was hurrying away, I spotted the words “Korean Restaurant” on the plaza’s big sign, and decided all was not lost. I ventured further in and saw a restaurant I’d completely forgotten about, and may have actually shouted with joy at the thought of getting not just food, but KOREAN food for lunch. Man Ri Sung, you saved me.
Judging by the Globe and Mail article on their front door, the restaurant is well known for its unique, family-style duck dinners, but since I was by my lonesome, I went with a meal for one. Their menu has many dishes similar to other Korean restaurants in town, as well as some Chinese-style dishes like chow mein.*
I ordered a half-order of the boiled dumplings, and the LA marinated ribs, which come with rice and side dishes. Shortly after, my server returned to tell me they’d sold out of them already, and suggested I try the beef bulgogi instead, because it’s marinated in the same sauce. Sold. Whatever meant I could have my food faster!
The boiled pork dumplings were good – fresh and soft, with a black vinegar to dip them in.
The bulgogi meal included a heaping skillet of pan-fried beef, onions, and mushrooms, three side dishes, and a little metal container of rice. The side dishes included a bean sprout salad, marinated cold potatoes (I must look up a recipe for these, because I ADORE them), and kimchi, that blessed spicy cabbage.
The bulgogi was good – tender and flavourful, though I think I prefer the spicier pork version to the beef, and think the sweeter marinade works best when applied to Korean ribs (galbi).
I genuinely don’t know if I could have found anything more satisfying yesterday than mixing rice, sautéed beef, kimchi, sweet potatoes, crunchy bean sprouts, and placing spoonfuls of it into my mouth.
Not only did it return my blood sugar to a regular level, it was also darn tasty. I found it to be very reasonably priced, and I was just so pleased to discover yet another place to eat Korean in Richmond. Fortunately, I think I’ve exhausted all the restaurants in that complex now, so I’m unlikely to spot Golden Summit and attempt to eat there a third time.
And if I do? Well then Golden Summit, I believe the saying ACTUALLY goes:
“Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, and I’m gonna go find some Korean food. So there.”
*Can I share a secret? Do you know the number of times I’ve written ‘ciao mein’ this year and had to change it? SO MANY TIMES.
Cash and cards accepted
Some vegetarian options available