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Choon Ha Choo Dong

36 East Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5T1V6
Tel: (604) 874-4131
Neighbourhood: Broadway
  • Cuisine: Korean
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Authentic Korean Restaurant specializing in Korean BBQ. Our handmade dumplings are delicious too!

Reviews

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Lone standout in the area
By EatsFats of Vancouver (321 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 11:05pm [Dine in]

The entrance is a bit iffy, but upstairs, all is well. Certainly looks clean enough.

It looked kind of empty when we went for dinner, but soon after we were seated, the crowds came. I guess people eat late here.
The waiters are on the friendly and helpful side, no problem with them whatsoever.

Food? Surprisingly good, especially for the price! It has a bunch of your usual BBQ combo's, but also other soups and hot pots and things. To finish it off, this is probably the only restaurant in recent memory that came out with the sweet fermented rice drink. That stuff is sooooo good, I dunno why the other restaurants stopped. (Okay, I can guess. This thing is really labour intensive to make).

Price came out to less than $15 per person with everything in, and we were full.

It may not be the best Korean restaurant I've ever been at, but it is pretty decent, good service, good prices and there's hardly anything else nearby. I wouldn't doubt a return is in the books for me.

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Waiting for Godot...
By infinitime of Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

Like Samuel Beckett's play, where the two main characters wait around for the non-appearing Godot, our experience with this restaurant is filled with expectation and disappointment. In the end, Godot (or in this case, the food) does not appear and leave us wonder what was the point of the whole exercise...

Firstly, some background information. This used to be one of our favorite Korean restaurants. The food was decent, and the price was reasonable. However, over the course of the last several visits, we have noticed a significant decline in service quality. Due to a combined mixture of combining black market labour (usually international students who are working under the table) and an owner who is too cheap to properly staff her restaurant, we find ourselves waiting for close to an hour for our food.

Last week, we decided to get some take out instead. We called the restaurant at 5:45pm, and placed our order. We were advised that it would taken 20 minutes. At 6:15pm, we arrived at the restaurant, and was told that it would be another 15 minutes. Sure, why not. We waited. At 6:30pm, we inquired again as to the status of our order, only to learn that the kitchen has yet to start preparing it. We were told that MAYBE it would be another 20 minutes.

Needless to say, we were less than impressed. Adding insult to injury, the owner/chef didn't even bother to communicate this to us directly. Instead, or hapless server was forced to act as the intermediary, going back to forth from the kitchen to get updates for us. I felt sorry for him, as he was clearly trying to do his job, but was given the run-around by the kitchen. Throughout this whole escaped, the owner sad cooly behind the exposed kitchen counter, and continue to make her dumplings. The restaurant was practically empty, but by god, if the owner wants customers to wait for their food, that was what were were suppose to do!

We ultimately left the restaurant empty-handed, so fed up with the Godot-like food which never appeared. In the end, this is a place where the food is decent, but the manner by which the owner treats her customers leaves a bad taste in one's mouth.

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Surprisingly great Korean food in my 'hood!
By pjkimchi of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 6:43pm [Dine in]

I have lived in the Mount Pleasant area for over 10 years, but have never had the courage to wander up the stairs of this restaurant until last week. My partner & I ate Korean food, and it was excellent, along with the service. We will both most definitely go back - a new favorite in my neighborhood!

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3 hours wait
By nanami of Broadway, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 10:37pm [Dine in]

I was here for my bday party with my family, we got here at 6, order our food and wait until pass 7 to see our 1st dish,(bbq - diy) I don't know why it took so long, everyone in my family said: they may have to kill a cow and prep for our dinner, after we finish our 1st dish, we still have to wait for along time, until 8:30 to see our noodle dish come out, and by 9pm was told by the staff that their deep fried didn't work, can't make our tempura... I don't understand why they didn't let us know in begining, instead make us sit their and wait... so we decide to took off,.... I think their kitchen staff alittle weird.... and I don't think I would go back again for 3 hour meal....

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Very good korean restaurant
By CRSKNG of Vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 7:37pm [Dine in]

For the price, this place has the best bang for the buck. The taste and everything is authentic and the price won't hurt your wallet!

The staff are nice and friendly but are often hard to waive down and seem to be a little lost at times. If you can forgive the somewhat hit and miss service, you'll love this place.

I would definitely recommend this place to anyone.

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Great place to eat with a group!
By bijou_7 of burnaby (14 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 9, 2009 - 2:26am [Dine in]

Not sure why this restaurant wasn't on Dinehere.ca but I added it! My Korean friend happened to drop by here one day and noticed the group menu options looked great, and cheap too. So she brought 5 of her friends back there to try the Option C, which is advertised as dinner for 6 people. We also added on one extra noodle dish.

I lived in Korea for a year so I know good Korean food when I taste it. The jap chae (vermicelli) was very very tasty. The dumpling soup and dumplings were also delish. We also had a spicy thicker noodle, I don't know the name, but it was pretty good too. There were lots of extra side dishes, like kimchi, and pickled seaweed, and honey glazed potato, all of which were good.

At this point we were getting quite full. But then our waitress fired up the grill and brought out a large platter of galbi (Korean bbq shortribs) and other assorted meat. We grilled it all, but between the 6 of us, we got so full at the end, we had to grill the remainder of the meat and place it in a separate bowl, as we planned to take it home. We were about to burst, and ready to chat a bit and then go home.

But then!!! The waitress brought out an even huger platter of assorted seafood... squid, prawns, clams, plus veggies, rice noodles.. and fired up a hot pot of water for shabu shabu (Korean seafood hotpot!). The fear in our eyes probably showed as we double checked whether we had ordered the right combo, and realized we had a mountain of food yet to consume.

We ended up dumping all the ingredients in the broth to cook it, and the waiters were gracious enough to bring us lots of take-home containers, so that at least three of us were able to have full meals the next day!

So if you want authentic Korean food, and serious bang for your buck, take a group of 6 people here, and be prepared to eat a lot!

By the way, they do seem to speak a little English so it should be fine if you don't bring a Korean friend. And while it's not the best galbi I ever had (best galbi restaurant ever is Mijung, in Daegu, South Korea and no galbi I eat will ever compare to that), it's still good!

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Good Korean Meal
By mindeating of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 10:08pm [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I had the pork back bone hotpot to share. The food excellent, cooked perfectly, good soup base and well seasoned. Their portions are large, considering the pot size was for 2, it was enough to feed three with some extras to take home.

Overall experience was good. The entrance / stairway up to the restaurant is a little dirty and run down but the restaurant itself was quite clean.

Definitely will go again.

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Fun for the Family
By Feyriqueen of vancouver, bc (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, May 11, 2009 - 1:10pm [Dine in]

I talked my family into going there for Mother's Day. Having lived in Korea for some time, I'm partial to the cuisine. Hubby wanted ribs so I was able to lure him.
Korean food is completely unfamiliar to my family so to keep things simple we ordered a combo for 3-4 plus an order of sashimi that the kids wanted. My husband is a big eater and had backup dishes ready to order. He needn't have worried.
The service was friendly and prompt. First they brought us assorted drinks and a variety of the yummy little side dishes. Next was a soup my 7 yr. old son declared was the best soup he'd ever had. The dumplings were a big hit with my husband, he especially liked the sauce. The large plate of noodles and veggies was also very tasty.
The actual bbq was fun for the kids. They suggested we get one for the house.
For myself, I found the dishes and flavors very traditional. In our individual room, we could have been in any bbq restaurant in Korea.
The portions were very generous and we weren't able to finish everything between the four of us.
This will definately be a new favorite restaurant.

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