On my quest to find little gems in Chinatown, I stumbled upon this Korean food stall hidden in the basement of the one of the street malls called Sso Yummy.
Sso Yummy is obsurely located and you wouldn’t find it if you just look from the outside. There are no signs whatsoever outside indicating its location, so it is very well hidden. When do you find it, you’ll be met with some amazing treats!
This small stall is a family-run business, but they pump out some authentic & delicious food! They offer a small selection of Korean treats and snacks including tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), kimbap (rice roll), mandu (steamed dumplings), soondae (blood sausage), hodo gwaja (red bean & walnut filled balls) and boong uh bbang (fish-shaped pastry with red bean or custard).
For vegetarians, the kimbap can be made vegetarian if you ask for no meat or eggs. Also, the desserts are vegetarian (but not vegan)!
A favourite of ours is their hodo gwaja. Whenever I eat out with friends or family in Chinatown, I always come to this stall (when they’re open, of course) for these tiny, crispy morsels. Hodo gwaja are essentially little walnut-shaped balls, and filled with walnuts & red bean paste. Plus, they’re cheap: ~$5/10 pieces!
Sso Yummy is a small eatery that serves excellent authentic Korean treats. It’s a hidden gem in Chinatown. It’s also not the tidiest place to eat, but the food is cheap and more importantly, delicious!
COST: Cheap. The food is street food-priced, so for a huge kimbap roll, expect to pay around $5. The desserts are plenty and cheap too!
TASTE: Very good. Despite it being such a small place, the food does pack good flavours. Our favourite—hodo gwaja—are always good and crispy and soft. Additionally, their kimbap is filling and flavourful!
ACCESSIBILITY: Easy. Sso Yummy is located in Chinatown, which is just a few blocks away from the train station (~10 minutes by foot). You can also park around the area, but the streets are pretty busy.
ATMOSPHERE: Okay. The stall does have a few sit-down tables, but only for about 3-4 people. Most people just order for takeaway, and eat outside or even by the Bow River.
SERVICE: 7/10. The Korean lady at the counter is quite friendly and speaks English, so if you have questions, she can help you out. A word of caution: it does take a while for your order to come because there’s essentially only one person at the kitchen.
Sso Yummy (Korean Snack)
Address: 115 – 111 3rd Avenue SE, Calgary AB
Phone: (403) 903 – 0075
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 11AM – 6PM
- Wednesday: 11AM – 6PM
- Thursday: 11AM – 6PM
- Friday: 11AM – 6PM
- Saturday: 11AM – 6PM
- Sunday: 11AM – 4PM
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