I went for lunch with Office Dad, Ms. Biz and her friend Karplop. Karlop is good friends with Miss Foodie, a well-known food photographer in Calgary. Karlop and Miss Foodie get invited to all the fancy events in Calgary, Banff and BC. Karlop informed me that Miss Foodie spends an enormous amount of time taking and editing her photos. Miss Foodie sounds like my polar opposite. Even if my picture is blurry or my friend’s finger is in the photo (on purpose of course), I’ll still use it. Karplop suggested we dine at Soban, a Korean restaurant in Chinatown. For this post, let’s listen to Gangnam Style.
I mentioned I wanted to eat light, so Ms. Biz purposely ordered fewer dishes than we would normally eat. We settled on three items – Pork Neck Soup, Chicken Bulgogi, and Beef Bibimbap. The five complimentary side dishes we received were awesome. Each item was so different in taste and texture. The grated white vegetable was spicy and tart, reminding me a bit of KFC’s coleslaw. The potatoes tasted like they just come out of the fryer. I also liked the pickled daikon, bean sprouts and seaweed. Refills are free too. I could just snack on these refreshing dishes for lunch if the server would let me.
I enjoyed eating the Pork Neck Soup ($13.99). The broth was hot and salty. Cabbage, onions and potatoes made up most of the ingredients. The meat in between the pork bones was fall off the bone tender. A good meal if you want something soupy and nourishing.
The Chicken Bulgogi ($13.50) was well prepared. The portion was small but what was there was good. The chicken was nicely browned, flavourful, spicy and tasted like good quality meat.
The Beef Bibimbap ($11.50) was bespeckled with pickled vegetables, egg and bits of beef. The portion was on the small side.
Ms. Biz and Carplop like Soban for their bento boxes and noodle soups. The bento boxes I saw other customers eating looked like good value. If you haven’t been before, I’d recommend Soban out for the pork neck soup, bento boxes and the delightful side dishes.