I have been wanting to try some of the Korean places on Yonge Street between Sheppard and Finch. So, thank you, Chowhounders, for leading me to Buk Chang.
I had their specialty: a silky tofu stew, served bubbling hot in a steel pot. Sides are purplish mushy rice and a selection of Korean thingys: kim chee, a sweet soybean, a refreshing soybean and sprout salad, and a spicy pickled crunchy thing. I am sorry for my ignorance, but I really don't know much about Korean food. But, I know I like it.
The servers were quite gracious. I was the only white guy in the place. They brought over the tofu stew. The customer is supposed to crack a fresh egg into the soup. I didn't know that. So, I nodded politely and let the server do it. He smirked. I smirked.
The food was very delicious. The tofu was quite soft and velvety. The broth was spicy, and well made. The purplish rice was really quite good. They refilled the various little side dishes without even being asked.
The bill: $7. Oh, plus $1 for a soft drink. I tipped 33%, bringing the total tab to $12 all-in.
Then walked over to Canaan Cakes on Spring Garden. I have been wanting to plug this place for awhile. I love it. They are super-friendly, and serve delicious Korean walnut cakes and other baked goods. A huge bag of walnut cakes is $5. I ate 4 and have 16 left for the family. They come in red bean and custard, and each one has a crunchy walnut baked into the walnutty cake. They are seriously good and seriously addictive. Try them.
What a wonderful city.