Midam Rice Cake House
110-4501 North Road, Burnaby
Price: relatively cheap
On our way to Ddoo Gau Bee (once again), I noticed a newly added sign for rice cake shop which also happened to be in the same square. Despite the fact that we were sort of in a hurry, we still decided to check out the new shop after our fulfilling meal.Midam Rice Cake House is located on the ground floor, tucked away in the far end of the square. The board posted beside the entrance showed delicate and nicely presented sweets, I was immediately intrigued.Upon entering, I was further impressed with their decor. They had quite a few displays such as the one shown above. Their decor was simple but elegant. There were regular tables, but also a few traditional ones (the ones you have to take your shoes off). Soft music was played in the background, and a table full of board games/magazine were also available if desired.As we only wanted to check it out, and had no intention to sit down (they will bring you a menu if you choose to sit down), we immediately went to the front counter. The array of rice cake/cake all looked beautiful. If presentation is everything, then I'd say they definitely gets an A. However, taste also plays a big part in all of this.After much debate on what to get, we finally settled on Apple Rice Cake, and Taro Cake. Although both looked delicious, but sadly I was not impressed with either one. The supposed Apple Rice Cake had zero apple taste. It wasn't really all that much like rice cake, it was more like dim sum turnip cake, except this is slightly sweeten. The Taro Cake was equally disappointing, the were only a hint of taro flavor, and the cake was rather dry and crumbly. The only good thing about these cakes is that it's lightly sweeten. I can't say much about the taro cake, but maybe the rice cake is an acquired taste, as the chef (very courteous) is actually Korean with many of his award plastered on the wall. He said that all desserts are made on the premises. The prices for these cakes are certainly not expensive, if memory serves me right, both cake came out to be about $3.90.
Although the cakes were disappointing, but I still want to go back, because I think it's really hard to find a nice relaxing dessert cafe with board games to play. Plus there are other desserts from their menu that we haven't tried. So in the end, I still look forward to going again and this time actually sit down to enjoy a few hours of conversation/games in this nice and calming environment.