Happiness is having a warm dinner on a cold holiday 🙂
It was a really windy and cold night on 23 September after we went for a cruise ride to watch the dolphins out in the sea. So we decided on to have something hot and soupy after a cold day out. 大长今 Dae Jang Kum Korean BBQ Restaurant is just conveniently located just 2 streets away from our hotel and their dak han ma ri (whole ginseng chicken with noodle casserole) attracted out attention immediately on the interactive screen outside. There was a small queue during dinner time, but it was not a long wait before we are shown to our seats at the second floor (first floor is full already) by their friendly staffs. So here we are, and we did not regret our choice!
Dak han ma ri came as a set meal for 2 with two rice and side dishes. We ordered their stir fried pork on hotplate and crispy kimchi pancake separately. The ginseng chicken soup came with a reasonable amount of vegetables consisting of cabbage, assorted mushrooms, onions, cucumber and carrots. Chicken is stuffed with glutinous rice, ginseng and red dates. The glutinous rice is soft and infused with the mild fragrant of ginseng. I like to mix all of them together with rice and have it the soup-y way – so yummy! There’s free re-fill of soup available, do ask them for more. Oh, and there’s handmade noodle included with the ginseng chicken soup. The noodles are chewy aka QQ. We almost forgotten the noodles until we are at the last bit of soup. Their sliced pork is soft and nicely stir fry in their special sauce, served with sesame – so good to go with a bowl of hot steam rice! Looks is deceiving for their kimchi pancake. Its not spicy at all though it looks red. The corners are crispy and soft on the inside with kimchi in every bite you take – shiok! I can easily finish off everything on the plate.
We came again on the last night of our stay in sydney, where we had the dak han ma ri again, but with different additional dishes, namely stir fried squid with spicy chilli paste in hotplate and pan fried dumpling. The squid is conveniently cut in round shapes and stir fry in their spicy chilli sauce, similar to that used in their spicy rice cakes. Its just slightly spicy for me, so i choose to eat it on its own. My cousin and niece had it with hot steam rice as they find it more spicy. Love the presentation of the pan fried dumpling, simple and nice with one side showing the golden brown and the other, slightly pan seared. The dumpling is stuffed with carrots, some vegetables (which i couldn’t make out what they are) and potato with a little meat, which is the perfect type of dumpling i like – super yummy! Completed the meal with a cuppa of refreshing hot citron tea-burp!! Opps!! I am refreshed, off to super mart shopping again! Haha~~~
Each meal is reasonably priced at about australian 70 dollars for 3 adults, which is what i have ordered. The price will be slightly more if you have BBQ.
City Dae Jang Kum Korean BBQ Restaurant is located at 35 Goulburn Street, NSW 2000. Opening hours are 9am to 4am on Mondays to Thursdays, 9am to 6am Fridays to Saturdays and 9am to 2am on Sundays. For more information, visit their website at www.daejangkum.com.au.
I would highly recommend to try their authentic korean food at City 大长今 Dae Jang Kum Korean BBQ Restaurant when you visit Sydney! Friendly staffs, yummy foods priced reasonably – why not?
Shop front of Dae Jang Kum Korean BBQ Restaurant.
I was immediately attracted to their chairs – all exquisitely carved with 大长今in chinese – wow!
Ginseng chicken soup stuffed with goodness from glutinous rice, ginseng and red dates-yummy! Free top up of soup is available.
Love the side dishes they serve. Especially love the kimchi, crunchy seaweed and radish, and soy sauce potato, which is soft and not too salty. Too bad there’s no free top up 🙁 Love the hot citron tea – a great way to end the meal.
The additional dishes we ordered on 2 separate days, clockwise from top left corner- Stir fried pork, kimchi pancake, stir fried squid with spicy chilli paste and pan fried dumpling.Share our happiness