All you can eat (AYCE) is one of those phrases that simultaneously delights and horrifies me. I love the idea of choice and options for a single price but I also hate being overwhelmed by choices and trying to decide how much I can eat before feeling too full and wanting to throw up. So when everyone was telling me about It’ All opening up in Chinatown, I was very intrigued but also a little unsure about going. However, my awesome friend JP came to town last weekend and since I know he can eat a lot and would be able to polish off everything I take but cannot finish (no waste here), we decided it would be a great place for a meal.
It’ All is a Japanese and Korean all you can eat place and one of the selling features for us was that it had a ton of Korean side dish (banchan) options. I have seen photos of the massive banchan area in the buffet and couldn’t wait to try as much as possible. After some deliberation, we went with twelve different types of banchan…
Banchan Plates! This is only a small selection of all the banchan available
There has a been a mini-Korean restaurant explosion in Edmonton over the past year or so – every time I turn around, it seems like someone is talking about another new place! The newest restaurant on the scene is NongBu Korean Eatery and it is a good one – it is actually just off Whyte Ave in Edmonton instead of along the Ave like my title suggests but close enough? I originally had plans to go with a bunch of my Edmonton food friends, but alas I had a case of the flu and all my plans were nixed. However, good things come to those who wait and when friends up from Calgary asked if I was up for a visit to NongBu – my answer was an enthusiastic yes!
It was a crazy weather day when I popped over to NongBu as there was rain, sunshine and hail all in a very small time frame, but it was great to walk in from the hail/snow to be greeted with a glass of Soju mixed with Milkis (Korean soda)!
Soju and Milkis
Maehwasu – Plum Flavored Liquor
I know I’ve mentioned this before but I can’t help reiterating how much I love the Edmonton twitter community, in particular the food lovers! I’ve met so many awesome people that are no longer just “twitter friends” but wonderful “in real life” friends and nothing says friendship like cooking and eating together. So that’s what we did – a bunch of us have been bouncing around the idea of a Korean food dinner and it finally came together in early February as a Korean Feast potluck.
Lesley and Steve kindly offered to host our event in their beautiful home (I covet their kitchen so much) and Addie, Amanda, Andrea, Dan, Lillian, Kathryn, Michelle and I came over armed with Korean recipes – Thank you Maangchi!
We kicked things off with Apple-Lime soju cocktails and I was a happy happy camper with these, although I am always happy once the soju comes out.
Apple Lime Soju Cocktail