Miga is a Korean restaurant located in south Edmonton off 34 Ave and 93 St, where it seems many other Korean restaurants are now located (Pocha Seoul, Ginseng). With so many new Korean restaurants in the neighbourhood, competition is high and if one restaurant is too busy, customers can easily walk two steps down and find a different one. Their next door neighbour, Pocha Seoul is a restaurant I’ve enjoyed, so I was wary about trying out a new place I wasn’t sure about. However, after my friend recommended Miga to me, I thought I’d give them a chance. I also heard that they were the old owners of Bulgogi House, another Korean restaurant with positive reviews (before the change in ownership), so it can’t be THAT bad right?
Their menu is large and offers many typical Korean meat, soup, and noodle dishes. Complimentary rice green tea is also served with each meal.
The topokki with cheese seems to be one of Miga’s most popular dishes. The main star of the dish is the topokki of course, but it also consists of egg, fried wontons and fried vegetables on the side. Two bowls of rice are also served alongside. The fried wontons made for a great appetizer, although, I wish they came with more than three pieces. The fried vegetables consisted of kale and corn, which were sweet and buttery. The rice cakes were cooked with cabbage, glass noodles, and fish cakes in spicy Korean sauce. They had the perfect texture — not overly soft and they had a bounce when I bit into them. When the dish first arrived, I thought the raw egg was a milky sauce for the topokki and I tried to use it as a dipping sauce. I realized it was egg once it actually fully cooked. I believe you’re supposed to combine the egg with the topokki and the melted cheese and eat it together. There seemed to be a low cheese-to-topokki ratio, and I wish the cheese had been more creamy rather than clumpy.
Seafood Pancake/Haemul Pajeon is one of my favourite Korean dishes. Pa means scallion in Korean, so pajeon is usually recognized by its highly visible scallions. Miga uses larger cut scallions to make the taste stand out more, however, I prefer it to be smaller cut since I’m not the biggest fan of scallions. Miga’s version of the dish is very crispy and tasty. It had the appearance of a Chinese green onion cake, but it was less dense since it was made from eggs instead of flour.
I compared the pajeon at Pocha and find it was under seasoned. I had it twice and thought it needed a dash of salt. The pajeon at Miga was seasoned perfectly, making the sauce a compliment instead of a requirement.
Budae-jjigae a.k.a. “army base stew” is a spicy and savoury Korean-American dish typically made with spam, sausage, beans, and kimchi. It’s considered to be Korean-American fusion because it was invented after the Korean war in the city of Uijeonbu where the American army was stationed. We cooked the ramen for 3-5 minutes in the stew and ate it immediately afterwards to ensure we got the perfect ramen texture. I have to admit that the idea of this stew didn’t appeal to me because I’m not the biggest fan of spam, but all of the flavours and textures worked well together. Miga also gave a twist to this dish by adding some bacon and potatoes to the stew. This dish was simply delicious and not too spicy either.
For Pocha, their budae-jjigae has ramen noodles already added to the soup, which makes the noodles soggy before it gets on your plate. I also had to pay an extra $3 for dukboki since they didn’t have it already added — the pricing works out to be the same since the dish was originally $3 less than Miga’s. It was also more spicy than the one Miga had. The dukboki also lost its texture and became mushy in the boiling soup.
Spicy, flavourful, and tangy. Kimchi fried rice is one of the simplest Korean dishes, but one of the most delicious nonetheless. The egg was a little too overcooked (no egg porn here) but overall, I still really enjoyed the dish.
I can’t believe it took me this long to try Miga! Maybe it was due to having so many other options and how far it’s located for me, but I’m glad I decided to give it a chance. With so many other Korean restaurant options in south side, Miga does face some stiff competition. However, they do hold their own, and I’d consider going back the next time I crave Korean food.
Also, Miga has a button to request for service which is always a plus in any restaurant!
9261 34 Ave NW #11, Edmonton, AB T6E 5T5