Yummy vegetarian dumplings and Korean goodies
If you ever shop at Korean supermarkets (like Kosco, for example) in Christchurch you may have noticed that the store also has a section dedicated to selling takeaway food. I had never really taken these seriously because I’m not really a fan of kimchi and I already have a place I like to go for sushi. It turns out I am an airhead and Korean food totally goes beyond that. However, the smell of dumplings lured me in (we were at Blenheim Rd Kosco, buying tofu). I’ve had the frozen ones and haven’t been impressed. However, they were frying them right there, and I got offered one. My heart sank because I figured it would be full of pork, which I don’t really like and also don’t eat unless it’s local, free range, etc. However they insisted the dumplings were vegetarian, so I bit in – FREAKIN YUM, but my heart sank a little more – had they mistaken “vegetarian” for “has vegetables in”? Apparently not – these had tofu bits in that didn’t taste at all like tofu. It didn’t taste overwhelmingly meaty either, just nice and umami with a hint of ginger (there was a perfect amount of cabbage in there as well). I had to have more.
This is also when Will noticed some squid and got very excited. Unfortunately it was a little too spicy for us, but the dumplings were yummy ($5 for 10 small/medium sized dumplings). The one thing they could improve on is the looseness of the filling, and the fact that they go a bit softer once packaged. I’m hoping they set up at the Winter Wonderland Market on campus and sell them fresh, crispy bits and all. They had a really good range of kimchi-free vegetarian stuff (including sushi EDIT: or gimbap according to a friend in Korea), so I will be back for more. Sooo nice to see a place that sells affordable, healthy and fresh food that caters to vegetarians. They have discreet seating as well but we were in a bit of hurry. Here are their other locations:
KOSCO, 227 Blenheim Road (at the back of the store on the left)
Kimchi & food, Church Corner, next to the Pharmacy.
KOSCO Shirley and KOSCO Riccarton.
PS. No one has paid me to write this. Just thought I’d clarify that!