I love Korean food. Most of it is delicious and healthier than my favorite western foods. Korean versions of other Asian foods are good, too. Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Southeast Asian foods are great here. That’s probably because there are many immigrants who open restaurants and because they have easy access to authentic Asian ingredients. Korea hasn’t mastered western foods, though.
Korea’s food industry seems to think that western foods need improvement. This usually means adding lots and lots of sugar, but there is more than one way to ruin a classic food. Have you ever thought to yourself, what could make this delicious monte cristo even better? According to Paris Baguette, the way to improve a monte cristo is to add mayo, corn, beans and celery.
Pizza too dull for you? Just add super sweet sauce, lettuce and corn.
Hot dogs not cutting the proverbial mustard? Get rid of that pesky meat and just fill the bun with lettuce and mustard.
Yesterday, I met my friend Linda for lunch downtown. She wanted to try out a new restaurant called Brunch House, which specializes in western foods. It has been getting rave reviews online, but we failed to notice that almost every review was left by a Korean.
Linda had a serious hankering for eggs benedict. Brunch House’s eggs benedict got 4.5 stars out of 5 on a review website, so we decided to split a plate. The price was average for a western dish at 7,900 won (~$7.50). The menu also included french toast, monte cristo and other popular brunch dishes. Surely this meant that the chef had training in western foods.
The first thing I noticed was the totally unmelted processed cheese. Under it was half of some sort of untoasted bun. It wasn’t quite as soft as Merita white bread, but it was definitely not an English muffin. This was surprising, since English muffins aren’t difficult to find in Daegu. We decided to reserve judgement, though. A properly cooked egg and some amazing sauce might drag this dish back toward mediocrity.
Sadly, there was no polishing this turd. I’m not sure how they cooked the egg, but the yolk was literally solid. The hollandaise sauce wasn’t bad, but it didn’t make much of a difference in our opinion.
This nearly complete lack of decent western food would be a problem for me were it not for the fact that I am surrounded by great Asian restaurants. I’ll stick with local flavors for now, but I can’t wait for the day when I can write a post about an amazing western meal in Korea.
Until next time.