By Tana Kosiyabong
You may wonder what the hell “Sando” is. No worries — you’re not alone. I didn’t know either until I learned the answer, thanks to Miura Waffle Milk Bar’s take-out menu. According to said menu, “Sando” is derived from a Japanese word “Sandoicchi” which means “Sandwich.” Therefore, Bulgogi Waffle Sando is basically a Korean-style barbecued sandwich that’s made with waffle instead of bread. Sounds weird yet intriguing, doesn’t it? In fact, it made me so curious I had to check it out.
So I walked into Miura Waffle Milk Bar at around 3 pm last Wednesday. Perhaps it was a post-lunch downtime, but there were no other customers there. However I didn’t let that bother me; I walked straight to the counter and ordered a Bulgogi Waffle Sando ($5.99) from the Savory Waffle Sandos Menu. I then found out that I could add a bowl of soup and a small coffee/tea for an extra $2. Since it was freakin’ cold outside, I decided to make it a combo ($7.99 total).
As I checked out Miura’s clean and modern décor my bulgogi waffle sando combo was served. At first glance I was somewhat disappointed by the soup and coffee portions, as shown on the above photo. I got only half a bowl of the cream of mushroom soup and about 2/3 cup of coffee (pre-milk). I felt like I was cheated out of my food portion.
Fortunately however, the bulgogi waffle sando is a good snack size. The waffle was thick, soft and fluffy. A couple strips of bulgogi were strategically baked into the waffles. In between the two pieces of waffles there were egg salad sauce, kimchi and parsley. The first bite was unique yet disappointing. Although it was yummy, the sando didn’t have enough of the bulgogi taste I was expecting. The flavor of egg salad sauce overpowered the Korean barbecued beef. I wish the sandwich had more meat and much less egg sauce. As it is, they should change the name to the egg salad sando instead. When I tasted the bulgogi strip by itself, it was garlicky and beefy; too bad the restaurant didn’t try to showcase it more.
The cream of mushroom was really creamy and delicious. It tasted like fresh homemade soup to me. The mushrooms were thinly sliced giving the illusion of chunkiness. I much prefer that style over small cubes of mushrooms, and I wished I could have had more of it. The coffee, on the other hand, was nothing to write home about.
My Cheap Appetite mission to Miura was a unique experience. It was my first time trying a waffle sandwich. I’ve gotta give props to Asian people who make all these crazy yet tasty concoctions: Teri-mayo hot dogs from Japadog; Bulgogi Waffle Sandwich from Miura. The sky’s the limit. Who knows what they’ll come up with next.
Miura’s Bulgogi Waffle Sandwich: ©©©
Miura’s sweet and savory waffle sando prices are ranged from $4.00 to $6.99. Miura also sells plain, flavoured milk (maple, strawberry and mango), and yoggy milk (flavoured drinking yoghurt—blueberry and pineapple.)
Miura Waffle Milk Bar is located at 829 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC (T) 604.687.2909
Restaurant Hours: Mon-Fri (9am-7pm), Sat (10am-7pm) Close on Sunday & Holidays.
Remaining Budget: $59.49
Budget Spent: -$7.99 ($HST not included)
Budget Available: $51.50
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