By Sherman Chan,
Special to The Post
We had the Bulgogi and Spicy Octopus with Pork. The bulgogi had caramelized beef. Picking up a piece and dunking it into the melted cheese, I got an ooey gooey bite with crispy beef bits giving way to sweet and tender thinly sliced meat. The fluffy egg on the side was texturally appealing as well as the sweet pop from the corn. Saucy and spicy, the baby octopus was tender. There was also sweetness from both the octopus and the sauce itself. The rice cake was a textural surprise.
The remaining spicy sauce and bits of pork were saved for the Fried Rice. The rice crisped up and formed a chewy crust while it also soaked up the flavourful sauce.
We also got the Seafood Pancake which was pretty thick and aggressively fried. Hence, the exterior was crispy while the inside was a touch doughy. It was still decent though with enough seafood and green onion.
One dish I kept eating was Mom's PopChicken. It featured tender nuggets of chicken that were lightly battered and nicely fried up. It was coated with a sweet gochujang sauce that was sweet, spicy and tangy. It went really well with the rice accompanying the Pork Bone Soup which was a bit thin in terms of flavour. It was tangy from the veggies and had a light meat flavour. The pork bones themselves could've been more tender. The main draw at Tabom is the hot plate.
Ta Bom Korean Cuisine
C-1046 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam, BC
• Dat hot plate with cheese!
• Fairly friendly service
• Dat fried rice at the end!
• Other dishes we had were average
• Lineup all the time (well, not as much right now without the burner)