I don’t give star ratings to restaurants. If I did, I would be docking every single star that I previously assigned to Ma Dang Coul. My meal experiences at the restaurant have been on a constant downward negative trend ever since my posted review of it in March of 2012. Today was the breaking point. The disappointing meal that my wife, son, and I had at Ma Dang Coul today completely eliminated any shred of lingering favorable opinions we had of the restaurant. The kalbi short ribs were stale, tough, full or weird debris (think: meat dandruff), and completely MSG-overinfused. The seafood pancake and kimchi jigae were both boring and way-below-average. The Yang Nyum Chicken was too sweet, too salty, and too heavy in cinnamon flavours. The flavours of the dishes were not in balance. The textures were underwhelming. Worse still, all three of my wife, son, and I experienced an extreme bout of thirst immediately after we finished our meal. I had to stop at a nearby McDee’s to get two of their large-sized one-dollar diet sodas to quench my extreme thirst a mere 8 minutes after the meal. And the two super-sized sodas were not even close to enough to quench the sodium-induced thirst. In the ensuing hours, I had to constantly drown my oral cavity with cup after cup of any beverage I can get my hands on just so could feel “normal”. I was so thirsty that I had 100% liquid dinner consisting of: three (925 ml) mugs of tea, one coffee, one diet soda, and whole-lotta water. My wife and son were no better off. They, like me, kept hydrating the hell out of themselves throughout the remaining part of the day to no avail.
I will NOT be re-visiting Ma Dang Coul unless it was a matter of life and death. I am done with the restaurant. Never Again.
I’ll be taking my family on our annual 2 month Taiwanese cultural immersion program this week. Naturally, we will be staying in Taiwan for most of the trip. We also have plans for a 9 day trip to Tokyo in early July as well as a trip to Hong Kong mid-August. I know that I will be having some amazing meals during this trip, and I will make sure to share them with you in posts about them as soon as possible. I promise to take many pictures, and I will try to keep my impossibly-long-run-on-sentences as short as possibly. Because I will be busy tying up various loose ends before the trip, the posts this week will be few and far between (more likely nonexistent). I apologize to my regular readers for this break in action. I promise that I will continue on my almost-5-posts-a-week pace once I get used to the time difference in Taiwan early next week. Stay tuned!
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