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Ok I am very behind on my Ottawa series from this past weekend (so much for posting in real-time) but it was a packed weekend! We went to watch our friends play in the @govleague
tournament this weekend which was a lot of fun! And had dinner with my parents on Saturday night at @alirang_ottawa
! This place is BUMPIN’ man! I used to come here when I was like high school and it would be so busy, and like 15 years later it’s still so busy (and the parking lot is still the size of a sandbox, good thing I am good at 20-point turns).
We got there super early at 5pm (that’s early for dinner for Asians) and managed to snag a table, and we still had to wait around 30-40 minutes for our food. By the time we left at around 6pm, the line went out the door, down the stairs, almost to the sidewalk! I bet those people waited for over an hour…
Anyway, 3 out of the 4 of us got gamjatang, I got one with rice cakes, the boy got one with glass noodles, and dad got the regular one with potato. Mum got bibimbap, and we shared a seafood pancake. Everything was delicious! (Which is why this place is always jam packed!) The soup was SO SPICY but I endured it in the name of my ancestors. The pork was soooo tender and fell off the bone 🤤 idk about you but it gives me the ick when you’re digging into gamjatang and you have to like forcibly pry the meat off the bones. Like isn’t this supposed to be stewed for a billion years until it’s soft and tender what is going on.
Anyway, this was a great meal! The boy underestimated Ottawa and was like “what? There’s Korean food here?” Like hello where do you think we are?? Guelph?? Belleville?! That random town in Manitoba where @angchoy
grew up?! Some stuff in Ottawa is better than Mississauga for sure 😤
🦐 Seafood pancake (8.5/10) = $16.95
🥘 Gamjatang (8.5/10) = $17.99
📍Alirang Korean Restaurant, 134 Nelson St, Ottawa