Fried chicken is huge in Korea and now NeNe with over 1000 stores in Korea alone finally has a store in Perth after opening on the east coast. Offering crispy fried chicken with a variety of flavours, sides, wraps, burger and dessert, with a Korean twist, there is something sure to match your preferences. I chose the “swicy” sweet and spicy chicken with chicken salted chips. The chips were perfect, crunchy, perfectly seasoned and everything a chip should be. The chicken was certainly crispy, covered in a light crispy batter, chicken perfectly cooked, covered in a gooey sweet sauce with sesame seeds. The sauce isn’t too sweet and the chilli level is hardly spicy. I really liked the pickled radish which balances out the fried chicken. I also savoured green tea soft serve which I ate plenty of whilst travelling in Japan, so happy to see it here. It’s yum!
After a reasonable wait a tray was presented with the smouldering hot teppanyaki plate upon wood holding the contents of a rather interesting looking dish. The dish also comes with steamed rice and miso soup. The very thin pork strips were tender and the whole meal was really delicious and certainly had a good chilli fix throughout the marinade. It certainly livened up the steamed rice! I love the gooey cheese. The miso soup was also really refreshing and delicious. I find eating these meals at the various Korean restaurants I’ve visited to be deceptively filling. The dishes initially don’t look like a huge serving, not they look small, but they really fill you up and keep you going. I enjoyed the meal and was really stuffed.
Newly opened in September, Twisted Chopsticks offers dishes of an Asian influence, mainly from Japan and Korea. They serve alcohol and have early bird specials. I got a take away order of okonomiyaki, a savoury Japanese pancake, and angry duck which appears one of their signature dishes. The Japanese pancake is light, soft and moist, slightly gooey with the cheese, and contains delicious tender thin slices of pork with a lovely sweetness from the BBQ sauce. The angry duck carries quite a chilli kick and has strong intense flavours. This is tempered by the plain steamed rice and the salad. There’s a fair amount of boneless duck, though some pieces are a little dry while others are moist and tender. A brave bold dish that is anything but subtle.
I’ve been checking out a few restaurants in East Perth and today’s visit is to Charm Restaurant which serve Japanese and Korean cuisine. It’s conveniently located outside red cat stop 6 and with summer approaching, sitting in the restaurant with all the glass doors open creates an open inviting and relaxing atmosphere. They have quite a selection of dishes for lunch and dinner. Lunch specials are also offered so I chose one. After quite a short wait a large bowl of noodles with a deep dark sauce was presented. It also came with a duck egg but I still don’t like eggs despite eating it. The noodles are really tasty and I’m happy the black bean sauce is not salty. The sauce is well controlled and flavoursome and despite the absence of meat, the diced cucumber and zucchini are really tasty. A pleasurable meal.
When I was in Seoul I had my first taste of the Korean BBQ experience which is lots of fun. I’ve yet to try it here in Perth so I chose the marinated Wagyu beef brisket which comes with a bunch of sides to enjoy with the meal. After the raw meat and marinade is dumped over the gas stove, about 5 minutes later the beef is cooked. Take a piece and dunk it in the marinade, the yummy seaweed salt, and this other amazing sauce and I was enjoying this amazing taste sensation! Wow, what flavour! Along with the sides they help balance out the meatiness. I also spooned a bit of the marinade and beef juices over the plain steamed rice for additional flavour. One should keep turning the meat as it can get burnt but I ended up with some crunchy bits like bacon which added even more flavour. I also ordered an entree of marinated pork belly, bossam, which was tasty but carried a much more mellow flavour. That chilli infused dressing in the salad contained a major chilli kick and was quite interesting but had me downing down lots of water!
The menu presents a range of dishes spanning entrees, soups, bulgogi, and Korean BBQ. I should try Korean BBQ but I opted for the combo which afforded the opportunity to choose some fried dumplings from the entree section and get some beef bulgogi. The fried dumplings are tasty and encase a vegetable filling. The beef bulgogi is tender and delicious, the marinade and juices can be soaked up by the steamed rice. Being a rich dish, the rice, salad, kimchi, soup and refreshing pickled bean sprouts help to take the edge off and add additional flavours, like the slight spicy chilli hit from the kimchi which is excellent. The price is ridiculously cheap for the generous serving and while I polished it off, it was more to not waste food. I was totally stuffed but I was satisfied with my meal and the experience. The venue is lovely and you can people watch while you eat.
Mix presents a fusion of Korean and Mexican cuisine through tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. I had 3 tacos with fillings of beef bulgogi, spicy chicken, and pork. I also had the option of choosing a salsa and got tomato, tropical, and cucumber. Each bite was delicious and full of flavour. There’s a bit of a chilli kick and the salsa’s add additional flavour while the sour cream cools things down. Really tasty, service is quick but the eating is messy! Serviettes provided are much needed. A cheap eat that hits the spot.
It’s a little unusual to have a restaurant serving two completely different cuisines in Korean and Japanese but it gives the diner more choice. I went with the Korean seafood pancake which was light, crispy and delicious with the slightly salty sauce. I really enjoyed it and it was quite a generous serving. I was pleased to see that the seafood, in particularly, the squid, was very tender. For mains I chose the beef bulgogi which was excellent. The steamed rice helps to mop up some of the marinade and meat juices but the soft tender flavoursome beef is an excellent lunchtime meal for the cold of winter. It does become very meaty and rich due to the onions, but the miso soup, spicy kimchi, and refreshing pickled vegetables help to create balance and take the edge off. The crispy and slightly sugar coated seaweed was an interesting element too.
An unassuming restaurant on Hay Street in East Perth, the restaurant filled up fast and several opted to utilise the gas stoves at their table to barbecue the raw ingredients on the menu. I chose the cooked dishes and started with a tasty crispy seafood pancake with condiments of spicy kimchi, bean sprouts, bean curd, and a sour sauce which help to counteract the richness of the pancake. I then had a hot plate of steaming finely sliced beef bulgogi. Tender and very tasty, the bulgogi carries a lovely flavour of the marinade which I enjoyed with steamed rice.
What: Twilight Hawkers Markets – Perth’s original & biggest Street Food Market When: every Friday 4:30-9pm, 17 October 2014 till 24 April 2015 (closed on 14 Nov & 19th Dec) Where: Forrest Place in Perth adjacent to Wellington St and the Murray St Mall More Info: http://twilighthawkersmarket.com/ I’ve been working long hours of late […]