Restaurant: Jin Soo Sung Chan Korean Restaurant
Address: 10312 152A Street
Parking: Private Parking
Hours of Operation: Mon-Sun 11:00am – 11:00pm
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent
Growing up, I was never really fan of Korean food. Maybe it had something to do with the fact I grew up in Japan and I was not really used to eating bold flavors of Korean food. I remember how my mom used to wash off all the spices off from my kimchi before giving it to me or else I’d cry like a baby. She also made Tteokbokki (hot and spicy rice cake), which is a popular Korean snack, into two separate flavors: one with regular spicy flavor and one with soy sauce based flavor just for me. I hated spicy food and I didn’t understand why my mom continued to feed me all these spicy foods nonetheless. I know I know.. I was such a picky eater as a child but guess what, my mom’s effort really paid off! One day, believe it or not, that strong stinky smell of kimchi suddenly smelled so delicious to me! That’s all it took for me to fall in love with kimchi. After overcoming my objections to kimchi, I slowly started to eat all other spicy foods. In my opinion, Korean food is an acquired taste. But once you like it (like I have), you have discovered another great cuisine of the world.
Jin Soo Sung Chan Korean Restaurant is a great place to discover different flavors of Korean food because they have various set course menus. For those of you wondering what “Jin Soo Sung Chan” means, it means sumptuous meal in Korean. These course menu let you sample little bit of everything (well, not EVERYTHING but many) so it would be a good place for inexperienced Korean food eaters to discover what they may like from various Korean dishes. On this day, we decided to get traditional Korean set course menu B which is $25.95 per person (minimum order is 2 person).
Hobakjuk (Korean Pumpkin Porridge)– 3/5
- Pumpkin porridge is popular snack or light meal for Koreans especially during the cold winter.
- It was subtly sweet and nice way to calm down my hunger before food gets ready.
Banchan (Korean Side Dish)
- Korean restaurants almost always serve you complimentary side dishes and you can refill them for FREE.
- If you’ve ever dined out at a Korean restaurant in Korea, you’re sure to have been served with more variety of these complimentary side dishes but these are typical selections for most Korean restaurants in Vancouver.
- My favorite is the glazed potato side dish. I always end up getting refill of it even before I start eating my main dishes….
House Green Salad – 3/5
- Simple green salad covered with refreshing sweet and sour Asian salad dressing.
Jellyfish with garlic sauce – 2.5/5
- Jellyfish? It may sound exotic to some but chilled jellyfish is actually pretty popular in Asia.
- Jellyfish was mixed with thinly sliced cucumber, red bell pepper, and imitation crab stick.
- I love the chewy and crunchy texture of jellyfish
- The sauce is garlic based and the yellow mustard is usually added for that extra kick but I found they added little too much of it.
Seasoned Mung Bean Jelly – 3/5
- I love mung bean jelly! It is easy to cook and also a refreshing dish during the hot summer.
- It was lightly seasoned and served with seaweeds and thinly sliced egg omelette.
Beef Sashimi, marinated raw beef with house special seasonings – 3/5
- I am obsessed with beef sashimi.
- Korean beef sashimi is usually mixed with thinly sliced Asian pear.
- It was mildly marinated and was just okay for me.
Japchae, Glass noodles with Sauteed Vegetables – 3/5
- It is a Korean dish made from sweet potato noodles, stir fried in sesame oil with vegetables, served with beef, and flavoured with soy sauce, and sweetened with sugar.
- Japchae is considered pretty healthy food!
- It was served warm and was lightly flavored.
Seafood and Green Onion Pancake – 3/5
- Mini version of seafood pancake.
- I love seafood pancake! It is such an easy-to-make menu too!
- It had nice crispy exterior and had lots of veggies and seafood.
Skewered Jun & Zucchini Jun – 3/5
- The skewered jun had imitation crab stick, ham, and spring onion.
- We, Koreans, eat these a lot during the lunar new year!
- This is another super easy-to-make menu! You can’t really mess this up!
Bossam (Boiled Pork Slices) – 3.5/5
- It’s a Korean boiled pork dish where the pork is boiled in flavorful brine until it becomes tender.
- You can eat the piece of pork with the pickled radish and radish kimchi.
- The pork was very tender and goes well with the radish!
Pan-fried squid (spicy pan-fried squid with vegetables) – 3/5
- Squid is cut int bite sized pieces and then pan fried with veggies and Korean gochujang.
- Usually we eat this with rice but this version had rice cake sticks added to it so no need for rice!
Spicy Deep Fried Chicken – 3/5
- It was translated as spicy deep fried chicken but it’s not really spicy!
- It is basically deep fried chicken glazed in sweet and spicy sauce.
- You normally find this dish sold in Korean-Chinese restaurants.
Braised Short Beef Ribs – 3.5/5
- It’s a classic Korean comfort food served with sweet and savory sauce.
- The beef ribs are cooked for long time so that they become super tender.
- It was tasted good! I love to pour the left over sauce onto my rice. Yum!
Soybean Paste Stew – 3/5
- Soybean paste stew or doenjang jjigae in Korean is made with fermented miso paste.
- Korean miso is chunky saltier soybean paste than the ones from Japan.
- It’s a hearty soup with tofu, zucchini, onions, and mushrooms.
Stone Bowl Cooked Rice
- Rice always taste better when it is cooked in dolsot or stone bowl!
Champong (Spicy Seafood Noodle) – 2.5/5
- This was not part of the set menu. We order this separately.
- It somehow tasted a bit creamy which I didn’t mind but I don’t know about other Korean people…
Dessert (Ice Cream)
- Tiny vanilla ice cream served as dessert at the end of your meal!
Jin Soo Sung Chan served definitely solid food and I found the price reasonable considering the amount you get. I would highly recommend this place for those who love to eat little bit of everything or for those who are trying Korean food for the first time so that you can find out which dish you like. Nothing wowed me but I would definitely say all their dishes were pretty decent compared to many Korean restaurants in Lower Mainland!