So it’s been over a year since my last visit to Mama Lee’s Kitchen but a lot can change in a year. Tons of new Korean places have popped up all over the city. Have they been able to keep up? Well, I’ve been meaning to re-visit Mama Lee’s for awhile now and after an intense acupuncture session, I needed something tasty to sooth my soul. I met up with S to grab some much needed Korean grub.
We came on an early Wednesday evening and were able to snag the cushy seats. A few people stayed to eat but most were doing taking out (some were ordering a crazy amount, must have been their $45.00 hot pot specials). The place is identical except that they’ve updated their menu along with their prices.
Remember when I was talking about changes? Well, their special combos, which were such an awesome deal before, are now pricier and smaller in size.
Example – bulgogi combo was $8.50 and now it’s $10.90. Yikes. I’d be okay with the price increase (everyone’s gotta make a buck) but the portions are waaaaaaaaay smaller. 😦
Bindae tteok (B3) ($5.90)
Green beans and pork pancake that comes with a side of sweet soya sauce. You get two pancakes that are tasty, crunchy but soft inside. Good but a pretty small portion.
Kimbap (R4) ($8.90)
Rice and various ingredients rolled in seaweed. They were decent but I liked Nongbu’s version better. This one needed some type of side sauce to give it more flavour.
Beef bulgogi (S2) ($10.90)
Stir-fried marinated beef with bean sprout salad, rice, sweet glazed potato, kimchi and japchae. I guess they don’t give you vegetable tempura anymore. Cue another sad face. The bulgogi was flavourful but everything is just less. I remember being stuffed after eating one of their combos – you might not be if you don’t order extra side dishes/appetizers. Small portion of rice but the japchae is still awesome. Definitely would order a whole dish of glass noodles next time.
The food is still tasty. Just not sure if I will be frequenting it often with so many other Korean places to choose from in the ‘hood.
Mama Lee’s Kitchen
10633 – 51 Avenue