Name: Cho Sun Ok Location:  7353 Yonge St, Thornhill Cuisine: Korean Rating: 4.5/5 Whenever summer rolls around, the first dish th...

Cho Sun Ok

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Name: Cho Sun Ok
Location: 7353 Yonge St, Thornhill
Cuisine: Korean
Rating: 4.5/5

Whenever summer rolls around, the first dish that comes to my mind is mul naengmyeon 물냉면, a Korean cold noodle dish. Many, if not all, Koreans either seek out restaurants that offer naengmyeon or make it at home to cool them off in the summer heat.

Naengmyeon has been around for a long time in Korea since the Goryeo Dynasty and is now popular not only throughout Korea, but in North America as well. There are two main variations of naengmyeon which include mul naengmyeon and bibim naengmyeon. Mul Naengmyeon is served in an icy cold (sometimes slushy) broth with slices of beef, cucumber, Korean pear, pickled radish and half a boiled egg. Bibim Naengmyeon is served with a spicy red chili sauce and all the same toppings as mul naengmyeon. It is the cold temperature of the naengmyeon dishes that make it widely popular in the summer, but there are still many people who enjoy it all year round.

One restaurant in Toronto that has people swarming to get their hands on their naengmyeon, is Cho Sun Ok. You will never see this restaurant empty on the weekends because they fill up with customers right when their doors open to when they close. One problem that this restaurant usually encounters is that they run out of stock throughout the day which can be an annoyance to customers. I remember so many times when we visited this restaurant and they either ran out of galbi tang or naengmyeon. Other than that major flaw, Cho Sun Ok is probably my favourite Korean restaurant in Toronto and I believe they serve the best tasting mul naengmyeon in this city!

Mul Naengmyeon 
Thin, chewy arrowroot noodles topped with their homemade red pepper sauce, 
sesame oil, pickled daikon, slivers of cucumber, a slice of pear and 
a hard-boiled egg in their beef based icy broth.

The mul naengmyeon is served in a large stainless steel bowl with the noodles in the centre and all the ingredients stacked on top. Surrounding the noodles is a cold slushy beef broth that has tangy and sweet flavours. Since the noodles can be very chewy and sometimes difficult to cut with your teeth, they offer to cut the noodles to make it easier to eat. I love how all the ingredients are refreshing on their own because they come together nicely and make this dish complete.

Kimchi Jjim
Cho Sun Ok's aged kimchi braised with pork loin in their homemade sauce.

The perfect accompaniment to mul naengmyeon is their Kimchi Jjim. Since the kimchi is fermented for a long time, it is full of intense flavours with a delicious sourness, making it perfect to be cooked with pork. The pork loin is braised with the aged kimchi, resulting in extremely tender and juicy meat. You will not be disappointed with this dish!

If I could, I would eat these two dishes every day this summer because they're that amazing! If you have yet to try Cho Sun Ok's mul naengmyeon or kimchi jjim, I highly recommend you visit soon, preferably early in the afternoon, so that you can experience these mouth-watering dishes they have to offer.

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