Moon Korean BBQ

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Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m a big eater. I eat so much that Kev once asked me “how can you devour a bowl of noodles at 11pm when we just finished dinner 2 hours ago?” The fact is that I can only eat non-stop throughout the day if food is prepared in small amount. That’s why I could never get the most value out of all-you-can-eat type of meal when there is a certain time frame.

Nonetheless, all-you-can-eat is always a good choice when being with a group of friends. No need to worry about each other’s preferences, just order whatever you like as long as you can finish it!

During the August long weekend, Kev and I spent most of the time in Southern Calgary. It is always a challenge to fine decent restaurants in that area. When we found a restaurant that serves all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ, the 6 of us delightfully agreed to give it a try!

Located in the Midnapore neighborhood, Moon Korean BBQ kept a plain, simple decor. Most sofa booths seated four and had a built-in table top bbq grill. The Korean staff warmly welcomed us and brought us to the table in a far corner. Since there were 6 of us, they had to set up a longer table to accommodate us. It made me so sad to find that our table had no built-in bbq grill :'(

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The all-you-can-eat menu consisted of 11 items, including beef ribs, beef bulgogi, pork rib, pork belly, spicy chicken and fried chicken, just to name a few. It also provided unlimited rice and salad, all for the price of $28 per person. Of course, you could also refill all the banchan (side dishes) at any time!

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side dishes include glazed sweet potatoes, pickled daikon, bean sprouts salad and kimchi

Since we didn’t have a bbq grill in front of us, all the food was pre-made in the kitchen.

The fried chicken had a thick, well-seasoned crust. Super crunchy on the outside with a tiny bit of spiciness. Inside was perfectly juicy and moist.

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fried chicken

Equally delicious was the pork rib. Marinated in kalbi sauce, the meat was tender, sweet and gingery!

pork rib

pork rib

Hmm… I had great expectations for the beef since we’re in a “beef province” in Canada. To my disappointment, the beef rib was overcooked at some parts, making it tough to bite.

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beef rib

Same for the pork belly which was sliced too thinly (almost like bacon) was overcooked and dry. (We just came back from Korea 2 months ago and we knew for a fact that in Korean BBQ, pork belly meat is supposed to be thick and fatty. Definitely not how Moon’s Korean BBQ prepared it.)

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pork belly

One last thing – in Korea, red leaf lettuce is popularly used for wrapping; nevertheless, at Moon’s, they brought us romaine lettuce instead 🙁 Does that matter? YES! The soft, pliable leaves of the red leaf lettuce just made it so much easier to make a lettuce wrap! Also, they taste difference, in case you didn’t notice that before!

Moon’s Korean BBQ is a good meet up place for friends. Grilling the meat yourselves is unquestionably more fun than having the already-cooked-meat served to you. I would not come back for all-you-can-eat, not just because of the low quality, but also that I couldn’t eat enough to get my money’s worth. Maybe next time I will come back to try the dishes from its regular menu.

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