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New Tang Dynasty Restaurant

New Tang Dynasty is one of my favourite spots for lunch in Chinatown. The flavours are fierce and spicy. The portions are generous, particularly the lamb dishes. For this post let’s listen to Johnny Cash – Hurt. My father loves Johnny Cash plus I did hurt myself at New Tang.

We started off with a big bowl of lamb noodle soup, without cilantro. The handmade noodles were chewy, just how I like it. The tofu strips were firm. I enjoyed the addition of wood ear mushrooms. The pieces of lamb were plentiful and soft. The lamb here is halal. The broth was light. lamb soup.jpg

Office Dad ordered this amazing pot of vegetables in hot chili oil. We ate skewer after skewer of root vegetables, quail eggs, mushrooms, tofu, bean curd and other numerous exotic goodies. We used the noodles from our soup to sop up all the spices.

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Beware – this is hot stuff. A peppercorn or some spice got caught in my throat and I couldn’t breathe. I wheezed and gasped for air for what seemed like an eternity. My eyes watered and it was so bad at one point I wondered if I would survive. Office Dad kept eating and with his hand, motion me to be quiet. I was pissed. When I could talk again he said he could see the panic in my eyes and that was why he remained calm, so I too would relax. I don’t know if I agree with his logic but he treated me to lunch so I can’t stay mad for long.

Hitting the Sauce gives New Tang Dynasty two fat thumbs up. Heads up – this place can get busy at lunch. I recommend heading here before 12:00 pm to get a table.

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Chinatown · Korean

Bon-Ga – Hot Pot

Office Daddy and I went out for lunch. I wanted to go somewhere new. I was thinking Kingfisher, New Tang or Auntie’s Chinese Burger. Office Daddy reminded me we haven’t checked out Bon-Ga. So off we went.

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The restaurant wasn’t that busy, so the owner Sunny let us sit in the spacious booths. Sunny spent quite a bit of time guiding us through the menu and talking about the food. We ordered the Gam-Ja Tang Hot Pot for three ($29.99), which was way too much food for the two of us.

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Sunny told us the pork broth is cooked for six hours, then seasoned with spices like garlic, onions, and red pepper. His wife and son are the chefs, while he manages the front of the restaurant.

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We received complimentary tea, rice, sides of cold potato, sprouts, kimchi and a whole lot of dishes to use for our hotpot. Sunny instructed us to break the bones apart and suck up all the good bits and soft pieces around the bones. He gave us a metal container to put the cartilage in when we finished as well as extra napkins.

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The Gam-Ja Tang comes with loads of pork still on the bone, green onions, potatoes and kimchi. The broth wasn’t spicy, as Sunny wanted to ease us into our first experience eating Korean hotpot. I really appreciated his sincere desire to ensure we enjoyed the food and that any questions we had were answered.

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The pork was super tender and easily fell of the bone. Office Daddy liked the soup so much, he drank all of it. The potatoes were soft and almost melted on your tongue. I enjoyed eating the cooked green onions and cabbage with the rice and soup.

Next time, I want to also try the fried chicken, rice bowl and seafood pancake. I saw other people ordering the fried chicken, which smelled amazing. I could see that the bento boxes were also popular options with customers.

Check it out, particularly if you aren’t well-versed in Korean cuisine. Sunny will walk you through the menu. I recommend trying the hotpot, but beware, it is messy to eat.

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