Korean food. There’s plenty of it in Sydney, but it seems that it’s yet to have its heyday, the same way Japanese, Vietnamese or Thai has had in the past decade or so.
Far from the less popular cousin of Chinese or Japanese food, Korean cuisine is full of brilliantly bold dishes, destined to make an impact on Australia’s cuisine culture, thanks to champions like Korean American chef David Chang, who have brought dishes like Ssam bo to the fore in the past few years. Here are a couple of great places to check out if you want to get the 411 on Korean.
A brand newcomer to the Dixon (eat) Street quarter, The gu-E is the little brother and next door neighbour to Arisun, the home of cracking Korean fried chicken, Arisun. Specialising in a degustation-style format – it’s perfect if you’re not sure what to order …just pick a price point and let them feed you. There’s everything from potato starch noodles to Korean BBQ of Wagyu beef – it’s chic modern Asian dining in the best way.
Shop 34, 1 Dixon St
Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: 9261 0888
This place should read ‘for a good time, call..’ It’s party town here every night, with hoards of cool young Koreans and savvy city dwellers hitting Madang for fun, casual Korean. Madang’s Pete Jo tells us the seafood pancake is a popular choice here, as is the BBQ at-the-table menu of seafood, beef and vegetables. There are spicy kimchi accompaniments, noodles a-go-go…just make sure you wash it all down with plenty of makguli..a kind of milky looking Korean rice wine.
BCD Tofu House
With the weather so cold right now, soup is the ticket to keep your toes warm. Specialising in authentic tofu soups including
Organic tofu, served with a heap of fresh ‘ban-chan’ (side dishes) of pickled vegetables and noodles…just decide on how spicy you want it to be.
There’s also speciality dishes of marinated raw crab in garlic red pepper sauce, bimbimbap (hot stone combination rice dish), bulgogi (marinated bbq meat) and more.
4 Rawson Street
Epping NSW 2121
(02) 9868 4300