Toronto is a multicultural city, and it has many kinds of restaurants here. When you are a student in another country, there are times that you feel homesick and the best solution is to eat your own delicious traditional foods. Today, I would like to introduce some of the finest Korean restaurants in Toronto. Basically this post is for Korean students who feel homesick, but it’s also for any people who want to try Korean foods.
5600 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 5S2
Noon – 2:30 am
Ssam is a Korean BBQ restaurant. It is near Finch station and it’s on Yonge Street, so you can easily find the place. You can go there by foot in 5 minutes from the subway station. They have an everyday special menu so you can enjoy it for a cheaper price. The side dish is really good even compared to restaurants in Korea! Especially their corn cheese is very delicious. Soju is expensive though, but actually soju is expensive everywhere in Toronto so don’t be disappointed!
2. Huh Ga Ne
19 Finch Ave, W, North York, ON M2N 7K4
Hours: 24 hours
Huh Ga Ne is a Korean BBQ restaurant too. But the special thing about Huh Ga Ne is they sell beef/pork tripe and entrails! When I missed Korean pork entrails, I couldn’t think about a restaurant in Toronto that actually sells them, but here it is! It’s also near Finch station. From the Starbucks turn right, cross the street and go straight. The side dishes are also very good here. Most of the prices contain tax and are around $30. Rice is not included in the main dish, so you should order some.
28 Finch Ave W, North York, ON M2N 2G7
Hours: 11 am – 9:30 pm
And here comes my favorite tteok-bokki restaurant in Toronto: Yupdduck! It’s a Stir-fried Rice Cake (TTeok-bokki) restaurant. Yupdduck is near Finch station, and it’s also near from Huh Ga Ne. Compared to the original Yupdduck which I have had in Korea, the taste is sweeter, but it’s delicious anyway. There’s a set menu “YupGi Combo”, including tteok-bokki/Odeng, rice ball and steamed egg. It costs $30. I recommend you to have a topping with Korean clear noodle. It’s $2. They receive debit and cash only, and tips are not included. For the people who haven’t eaten Yupdduck, choose level 0 or 1 otherwise you’ll feel your mouth burning!
4. Galleria Supermarket / H mart / PAT
If you decided to live in Toronto, you should know where the Korean mart is. Galleria, H mart and PAT – three of them all sell Korean products, so you could easily purchase what you need. Galleria has a small counter that sells Korean style chicken and other foods you can enjoy! H mart and PAT is bigger than Galleria. Usually PAT has a lot of products on sale, but there are many branches of H mart so you can find it easily.
In front of CES, we have Galleria, and near Dundas station, which is also near CES, there is Hmart and PAT is bigger than Galleria. Usually PAT has a lot of products on sale, but there are many branches of H mart so you can find it easily. In front of CES, we have Galleria, and near Dundas station, which is also near CES, there is H mart so if you are interested, try visiting.
Written by: Jiwon Koo