Apologies I haven’t updated in a few days – resulting in an epic backlog of at least 8 places I still need to blog about! T_T I’ve just been lazyyy andddd I began my final exams today (had French exam for uni which was epiiiiiic fail! :( ), which SHOULD be a legitimate excuse, but really isn’t. For the rest of you sitting exams/about to sit exams, I wish you luck also! :D And for those of you who have nothing ..welllllllll, enjoy it while it lasts ! =b
An impromptu dinner saw the three of us spending fifteen minutes on a cold autumn night deliberating where to eat – “I don’t want Chinese!”, “I’ve already eaten Thai today!” “Fast food sucks!” etc etc – which doesn’t really leave you much choice when you’re stuck in the city on a Tuesday night.
Anyways, the winner was Dae Jang Kum Korean BBQ, a neon-light-flashing Korean restaurant just off George St, Haymarket.
The tacky neon lights on the exterior of DJK definitely clash with the oh-so-sophisticated Korean interior. And like most fobby restaurants, Korean MVs and TV shows can be heard blaring from flat screen TVs upholstered on the walls! ..but unlike most fobby restaurants, elaborate Korean characters decorated the walls, and the name ‘Dae Jang Kum’ was carved in the backs of all the seats.
As soon as we’rd ordered, we were promptly served with those complimentary Korean side dishes – kimchi, potato, beansprouts, white radish kimchi, and crabstick! Nothing like your atypical dishes to get your juices flowing ;)
Steamed spicy pork ribs – $15
…with a copy of our embarrassing learners’ licences in the background. -_-”
This tasted pretty much like stringy pork stew (as has a lot of the meat I’ve been eating has tasted like recently!), but was really nice! If you’ve ever had the meat that comes with the entree soup you get in Chinese restaurants (and you actually like it), then I’d recommend this for sure!
Sliced pork ..and other things – $30
No idea what this was exactly, ‘cos every time I asked, Iris told me it was pig feet! Anyway, for $30 I’d say it was well worth it – you get thinly sliced, cold pieces of pork, slippery wet oysters that slide between your chopsticks, a bed of chilli and greens, all with a side of mysterious white radish.
Even though the radish looks like that yummy salty pickled radish that you can find hidden away in California sushi rolls (the yellow version), it definitely wasn’ttt! I’d steer clear of this one – a subtle cinnamon flavour, with alcoholic undertones. =O (an eccentric taste that I wouldn’t go for again :s)
Complimentary Yukhae (steamed raw beef)
If you couldn’t tell, it’s RAW! Just as we were about to up and leave, they come out with this dish! Seasoned with sesame oil, salt and pepper – Even though it looks like somebody stole it from the abbatoir unawares and then slapped it on a dish, it, like the rest of the food here (bar the radish), ’twas a taste sensaaaation! ;)
Even if you’re not a fan of garlic, raw egg, OR raw beef, cast aside your hesitance and try to your heart’s (mal)content! x] It didn’t taste like raw meat at all! …but it’d probably be a bit of an issue trying to suss out this dish’s name when talking to the fobby Korean waiters. =S
You use your chopsticks to mash up the raw egg and garlic, and awayyy you go XD
Then again, they probably only gave us the free beef because of the copious amounts of soju and Korean beer we consumed. x.x yuck
Take heed: If ever you take soju shots, make sure you keep count (duhhh)!
Dae Jang Kum Korean BBQ (大長今) (visited 19/05/09)
35 – 37 Goulburn St
Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: (02) 9211 0890