Friday, 11 November 2011
One day when I was on my way to the Xanga office (yes, it really does exist) I discovered International Gourmet Kitchen (IGK), but wasn't too sure what it was and so I did some research. IGK is an interesting food place because it reminds me of those lunch buffets that you mix-n-match for $4.99 per pound. IGK is way better than that, hence the word "Gourmet" in their name.
International Gourmet Kitchen is comprised of different gourmet stations, including a salad creator, a grill spot that serves sizzling burgers and hot sandwiches, pasta burritos, quesadillas, and the Asian goodies (pad thai, rice bowls, pho, udon, ramen, and yaki soba).
The only station I have tried is the Asian station and judging by the quality and quantity of the food I've been getting from IGK, there's no doubt in my mind that the rest aren't good. So here's a review of what I've eaten from IGK:
The first time I tried IGK, I got chicken ramen soup because it was frigid outside and the perfect meal on any frigid day is a noodle soup. Sadly, the ramen wasn't authentic and surely, I can make a better tasting ramen noodle. The soup base had a bit of spice in it, but it was bearable. I wouldn't get their ramen again, because it wasn't great quality.
On my second visit to IGK, I decided to try their beef yaki soba since I had a sudden craving for yaki soba. The noodles had a very soft texture to it and the sauce tasted authentic and rich. It was most certainly an enjoyable lunch and well worth the 8 bucks I spent because of the portion size and top-notch quality.
As I'm working on this post right now, I am enjoying the beef pad thai I just got. I can't remember the last time I had pad thai, but this is amazing. The beef is a little overcooked, but I love the noodles and the tangy flavor especially mixed in with the juice of the lime wedge. The pad thai was less than $8.00.
I love the International Gourmet Kitchen because it's inexpensive and the food is top-notch quality. I wish they built one near my workplace in Downtown, Brooklyn.
What's your favorite food or dish for lunch?