Midam Rice Cake House
110-4501 North Road
A food adventure after another.
I’ve seen quite a few photos floating around Facebook. And likewise, amazing photos mean great food right? Continue on for first impressions..
We started off with shik-hae (sweet rice water). For the price, we thought we were getting a jug full…it turned out to be a bowl full as you can see in the photo. The size was a little disappointing, but the drink wasn’t. It was really refreshing from the stuffiness of the restaurant (that restaurant needs some ventilation).
So Midam is known for their rice cakes. Rice cakes are incorporated in most of their food. Let’s start with the Kimchi Hotpot. This was a little lacklustre. The kimchi flavour was week - more specifically, it wasn’t spicy but more on the bland side. The highlight of the dish was passable.
The bottom left hand photo is marinated beef rib patty wrapped in rice cake. This little bento box was a delight to eat. I felt sorry for Beebs eating the hotpot, so I gave him half of mine. The rice was different; they incorporated black rice in it, which gave it a unique spin. The fermented beans as one of their side dishes was my favourite. Now the main part of the bento box was the rib patty. Mm, this one got me. I love how they combined the sweetness of the rice cake with the savoury-ness of the beef. It definitely left a memorable impression!
Midam is not only known for their rice cakes, but their rice cakes in dessert! Green tea shaved ice! The bitterness of the matcha rice cakes really balanced the overall sweet dessert. The bowl was sparkling when we finished (finger licking good).
To be honest, I thought this wasn’t going to be a great experience. Judging from recent food reviews, they claimed that this restaurant’s waiters didn’t know english and their menus were in Korean only. Well guess what? They really improved on their weaknesses! The waitresses were attentive and could speak fluent English, and their menus are in English too with pictures! This is a definite pluss!!
Final thoughts? This contemporary spin on Korean food was eye-opening, but I think I’m going to stick with my traditional Korean food. I might go back here for the desserts though!..