Edmonton Korean food scene always seem to be improving. I came here about 3 years ago and didn’t enjoy the food; however, my friend said the quality has improved drastically since then. We were craving Korean food and didn’t want to make a drive all the way down to Miga, so I gave Nongbu another chance.
Nongbu offers popular Korean dishes, targeting towards shareable plates and street food items.
I LOVE kimbap. I was craving this particular snack. These Korean-style make rolls are tightly wrapped with yellow picked radish, beaten egg, cucumber, edible burdock root, and BBQ Kimbap ham. It was good but nothing special given how easy it is to make yourself too (which is like most restaurant foods). I could’ve easily ate 10 of these…
Omurice is a popular Japanese creation with Japanese fried rice wrapped with a thin omelette. This pan-fried rice is usually cooked with ketchup and chicken. It has a sweet, tart tomato flavour. Personally, not my favourite but if I was thinking of a quick and easy dish to make, I’d make this!
Build your own lettuce wraps with pork bulgogi, lettuce, and various toppings. The sweet and sour marinade made the pork super addictive and rich. We added an extra $3 to make it into a ssam. I still can’t comprehend how it costed an extra $3 for THREE full lettuce leaves, and an extra $2 for plain white rice. Shouldn’t it be unlimited lettuce leaves if someone were to pay an extra $3? Apparently not to them lol. $1 per lettuce leaf… Nonetheless, it would’ve tasted a lot better with the plain rice.
Nongbu is only decent compared to other Korean restaurants such as Miga or Pocha Seoul. My cravings were half satisfied, and the prices are higher with smaller portions. I’m not sure if I’d come back here — maybe if I’m too lazy to drive further down, and just wanted a small snack before or after dinner?
Nongbu Korean Eatery
8115-104 Street NW Edmonton, AB T6E 4E4