Welcome to part thirty-three of the Must Tries Series, which asks people working in the Beijing bar and restaurant business for the top picks from their menus. This time I went to Saveurs de Coree in Ju’er Hutong and talked to King-tai Chow. I don’t have a photo of Chow so the one below of the restaurant’s bibimbap will have to do. For more on the food, also see Taste test: The new Saveurs de Coree in Nanluoguxiang.
What is the must try starter at Saveurs de Coree?
Our sauteed tofu. It’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, with our special onion sauce. It’s extremely simple and takes five minutes to prepare. It’s tasty and full of protein and vinegar, which are good for the body. The onion sauce is very yummy. I like the combination of crispiness and the sour bite.
What is the must try main?
It’d be boring to say bibimbap but it’s good because we use fantastic local organic rice, from Heilongjnang, and fresh veggies with our homemade sauce. We have three sauces–a mild sauce, which is principally fermented bean paste (doenjang), a mildly spicy sauce with red pepper paste (kochujang), and then the hardcore spicy one.
What is the must try drink?
Our house-infused pomegranate soju. It’s got this sour edge and it’s purely Korean. The whole concept is from Korea, it’s popular there. Our customers like it.
What are a few must tries at other places?
Mao Mao Chong: I like the cheese pizza, it’s lovely. Simple but extremely tasty. Some of the best pizza I have ever had, really.
The Box: I lived in Montreal before and being able to have poutine a few minutes away from the door is good.
Note: If the above dishes sound good, try the weekday set lunch at Saveurs de Coree, as it includes both the bibimbap and sauteed tofu, as well as some side dishes and tea, for rmb59.