Korean resto roundup: Mukja, BB Pocha, Oh! Zzhu Sam, and Daon

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      A number of Korean establishments have opened up over the last few months in Burnaby and Coquitlam so here are some brief notes about them, including one about to open in Kitsilano.

      Cheese, please

      Cheese may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Korean cuisine but a new local Korean eatery hopes to bring the Korean cheese craze to Kitsilano.

      Mukja Korean Cuisine will take over the 1,972-square-foot premises at 3211 West Broadway, in the former location of Masala Café.

      Mukja Korean Cuisine

      It'll seat 74 people, with possible expansion for more and there'll be a patio in the future.

      Mukja's Bruce Lee informed the Georgia Straight that they're aiming for an April 1 opening (and that's no April Fool's Day joke).

      Mukja Korean Cuisine

      Lee says the menu will be based upon Korean recipes for items like cheese pork ribs and cheese grilled chicken. There'll also be familiar faves like spicy fried chicken and soup-based dishes.

      There may be plans for franchising but for now, the focus is on launching the first restaurant.

      Korean bites

      In other Korean food news, BB Pocha Korean Cuisine Bistro opened up in February at 5278 Kingsway in Burnaby.

      BB Pocha 비비 포차 Korean Cuisine Bistro

      It's under different ownership from the downtown location at 1500 Robson Street.

      This bistro and bar, inspired by Seoul's Kang-Nam Street, serves a menu offering various types of deep-fried chicken, jeon (savoury pancakes), pan-fried dishes, soups, stews, and more.

      BB stands for Blue Bella, which is part of the Sushi Bella restaurants.

      Oh! Zzhu Sam

      Also in Burnaby, Oh! Zzhu Sam Korean Restaurant opened in December at 7506 Edmonds Street. This spot offers a range of dishes and snacks, including spicy stir-fried octopus and pork belly (with bean-sprout soup), kal-chi jorim (spicy braised cultassfish), and classic dishes like bibimbap (pictured above).

      Daon Korean Cuisine

      Meanwhile, over in Coquitlam, Daon Korean Cuisine opened at 401–100 Schoolhouse Street. Dishes include Korean dishes such as spicy baby octopus, spicy chicken feet, steamed egg, grilled beef entrails, and pork intestine (pictured above). 

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