Saturday, 10 September 2016

Galleria Supermarket

September 10, 2016

Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup
I was pretty excited to see this on the menu at Galleria (I think this is a recent offering). 
However, once I tried the soup, I thought it was okay - but nothing as amazing as other ginseng chicken soups I've had before. The chicken was a small chicken (in a gigantic bowl) and there was some sticky rice and a little bit of ginseng inside. 

July 10, 2016
Galleria markets their Korean Fried Chicken as "Mom's Chicken" (or maybe it's a franchise?). Either way, there was a sale on it this week, so we decided to try it out.
Such nice packaging for potentially messy fried chicken.

We got half fried chicken and half spicy fried chicken to mix it up (and it came with radishes on the side). 
The regular fried chicken was pretty good with crispy skin and juicy chicken meat (I prefer the spices in the Popeye's chicken though) and the spicy fried chicken was really good! It definitely tastes better with the spicy sauce, but the skin wasn't as crispy with all the sauce and the meat was a little drier.  The radishes were okay. I thought the Korean fried chicken was interesting at Galleria, but I think I'd stick with the Pork Bone Soup. 

December 19, 2015
Usually on Saturdays, Galleria will have some kind of special meal for a discounted price.  We happened to come on a day when the Pork Bone Soup was $5.95, so here it is:
This pork bone soup is the best value for money pork bone soup I've ever had.  A restaurant will easily charge you about $10 plus tax and tip and this is $5.95 (excluding tax).  Also, the soup is delicious and the pork bone meat is delicious (the tenderness of the meat depends when you're eating it - if you eat it when they just make it, then the meat doesn't fall off the bone the same way vs. later in the day when it's had time to absorb more of the spicy soup flavour and the meat becomes tenderized).  Also, the purple rice is really good with the soup. 

February 11, 2013
Galleria is a popular Korean supermarket and it opened up a location at York Mills and Don Mills last year:

Galleria has a Hot Food Station in the south west corner of the store with an open concept kitchen in the middle.

I was fascinated by the whole process for ordering food and eating there:
1) You decide what you want and order the food at the cashier desk right next to the open kitchen (on the south side near the exit of the store). 
2) You get these automatic pagers that vibrate and flash when your food is ready
3) Then you go to the Pick-up station to grab your food. I think pick-up station 1 is for soups and pick-up station 2 is for other dishes. The dumplings pick-up station is separate from both, but if you're lost there's signs at the top. 

The store has some Lunar New Year Promotions this week:
The Pork Bone Soup (to go) $4.98 (regular is $6.99)
The soup is really good! The first couple of sips of soup allow you to taste how flavourful it is without overwhelming you with the spiciness of the soup. However, as I kept eating, the soup got progressively spicier and I was really thankful for the rice. The pork bones had quite a bit of meat on them and it soaked in the spicy broth making it tender. I actually really liked their pork bone soup: quite surprising for supermarket fare and it's so cheap!

Beef Dumplings $4.99
The dumplings were pretty doughy and filled with glass noodles, korean napa cabbage and ground pork:
I think it's an imitation of xiaolongbao, but it didn't have enough soup in the bao, the skin was too thick and the filling wasn't very tasty. 

Jajangmyun $3.99 (regular $4.99)
I prefer the Chinese version of the dish (Zhajiangmianand I find the Korean version is usually a pale imitation. However, I thought this was a decent jajangmyun with a sweeter sauce than the fermented soybean sauce traditionally used in Zhajiangmian. The sauce had onions, potatoes, eggplant and ground beef to make it sweeter. 

Overall: The ordering process is a novelty and the food is cheap and tasty! It's worth a try (especially this week with the Lunar New Year promotions). 

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