On our final day in Amsterdam, we squeezed in a little of the arts and history, kids stuff, and some yummy Korean food.
First thing in the morning, Prof and Uncle D went to Rijks Museum. I can’t say that I know much about Dutch culture and art…actually, I don’t know anything about Dutch culture and art. Apparently, Rembrandt is famous here, so Prof and Uncle D viewed some of his masterpieces.
While the men were soaking up some art and culture, Aunty S and I took the kids to a local indoor recreational swim center, Mirandabad. I think the “bad” in Mirandabad reflects the same word as “bath” in Baden-Baden, Germany, at Caracalla Spa. However, Caracalla’s focus was on the entire spa experience that you can participate as a full day with the family. With Mirandabad, the center offers heated indoor swimming – perfect on a chilly day in Amsterdam.
The kids enjoyed going down water slides, throwing a water frisbee, and eating fried food at the café. They barely wanted to leave the place by 1 pm, but they managed a bike ride home as others were waiting in the afternoon lines.
Restaurant Review: Khan Korean Restaurant
For their kind hospitality, we wanted to treat our dear friends to some Korean food. We’ve already tried Korean food in Athens, Mannheim, and Cairo, so it was only fitting to try another Korean restaurant in Amsterdam.
There was another Korean restaurant right next door to Khan; unfortunately for the other guys, they opened at 6 pm. Khan Restaurant opened up at 5:30 pm, and they were able to seat 4 adults and 5 children for dinner.
We ordered several dishes that satisfied the needs of the kids and adults in one delicious sitting.
While I must say the kalbi was a bit on the sweet side, it was nicely burnt for this Korean-American mama, which is the way I like to eat my Korean grilled meat. The tang-su-yook was not really tang-su-yook smothered in beige-colored sweet sauce. Rather, it was looked more like Chinese-style sweet and sour pork in red sauce. No matter, we ate until it was all gone.
Like most Korean restaurants in Europe, you usually pay for each bowl of rice, so beware to order individual rice bowls during your order.
At the other restaurants we visited, we usually get to meet the owner of the restaurant and learn about their background, such as how long they have lived as a Korean expat in their respective country. However, we didn’t get an opportunity to do that Khan Restaurant because it was packed as soon as the doors opened.
If only the other more spacious Korean restaurant next door opened at 5:30 pm, then they would have had our business. The poor owner of the other restaurant tried to open the awning to subtly let us know that he was opening his doors. He should have said something to us, then we would have gladly walked in.
Also, a little FYI about Dutch culture, people here emphasize a quiet demeanor, especially when out in public with their children. We were by far the loudest group in the restaurant, but I think they tolerated us since we brought in a large customer base during their dinner service.
You also must know that you absolutely need to make a reservation at any restaurant. It’s part of their culture of how they do business here. I watched the owner turn away two groups of customers.
No matter the service or limited space at Khan Korean Restaurant, we were glad to have some good ole’ Korean food in Amsterdam.