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Dae Jang Geum Korean Restaurant

221-1324 10 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB, T3C 0J2

403-228-1120

Authentic Korean food that is sure to cause cravings long after dining.

Category: Restaurants
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What:

Cuisine Type | Korean
Ambiance | Casual
Meals Served | Lunch, Dinner
Pricing |
Payment | Interac, MasterCard, Visa, Cash

Where:

Neighbourhood | Southwest
Getting There | Near Community Natural Foods in the Beltline

When:

Mon – Sun: 11AM – 11PM

Profile Last Updated: October 16, 2008

One the Menu
Those who know Korean food say this place is the real deal. Dishes include barbecued pork, chicken, beef and squid; lots of vegetable, noodle and egg dishes; a few extra tasty Korean soups, and hot stone rice. Unlike most Korean restaurants in town, Dae Jang Deum serves up to six side dishes with the main course. Portions are generous, and prices are average.

The Lowdown on Korean Food
Many Westerners enjoy Korean cuisine, but not everyone knows exactly what makes it so delectable. Korean cuisine is similar to other Asian foods, as it is largely comprised of noodles, rice, meats, seafood, vegetables and tofu (called “Dubu” in Korean). What makes the food so special is the multitude of spices used to prepare what could be otherwise bland ingredients. Korean food is brought to life when it is marinated, fermented and/or cooked in some of the following spices: sesame oil, soy sauce, deonjang (a paste made of fermented soybean), gochujang (red chili paste), ginger, and garlic (of which Korea is the world’s largest consumer!). Korean food is also famous for its numerous little side dishes (called ‘banchan’). The most common banchan is “Kimichi” – spicy fermented vegetables (including cabbage, cucumber and radish), often enjoyed with rice.

The Big Picture
Dae Jang Geum opened its doors in Calgary’s Korean Strip Mall in 2005. A bright cheery lunch and dinner spot, the restaurant is open 11 hours a day, seven days a week. Dae Jang Geum gets its name from a popular Korean television show about a peasant girl rising to the status of a royal head chef during the renowned Korean “Josen Dynasty”, which was the longest running monarchy in Korean history.