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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Dae Jang Kum Korean BBQ, Haymarket

Having any sense of decor in an Asian restaurant is novelty enough. So you can imagine how impressed I am when faced with Korean-imprinted wallpaper, logoed crockery and wooden chairs carved out with the name of Chinatown's latest Korean restaurant, Dae Jang Kum.

The menu arrives bound in suedette with heavy gold-trimmed edges. Interestingly Dae Jang Kum is a Chinese name, written in Chinese characters. A Korean translation takes up a small square to the left-hand side.

We order the lunch set menus which arrive with complimentary side dishes of pickles or banchan.

Banchan side dishes

Fried tofu strips

Kimchee daikon

Mixed dumplings $15.00

An entree of mixed dumplings is attacked with gusto - there are two different typed of steamed bundles as well as crescents that have been deep-fried till crispy all over. The salad in the middle is more Japanese in style - shavings of cabbage and carrot dressed with a thick sweet mayonnaise.

Beef bulgogi set menu $14.00

Beef bulgogi announces its arrival with aggressive sizzling amidst heady fragrant plumes of steam. It's sweet and tender, with plenty of onion and delicious dregs of sticky marinade.

Grilled yellow croaker set menu $15.00

I'd been curious to try the yellow croaker, a fish I didn't think I'd tried before. The fish, deep-fried whole, is quite oily and rich in texture. Much of it can be crunched down, bones and all.

It's a little different. Just like Dae Jang Kum.

Dae Jang Kum Korean BBQ Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Dae Jang Kum Korean BBQ Restaurant
35-37 Goulburn Street, Haymarket Chinatown, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9211 0890

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 8/02/2007 10:24:00 pm


  • At 8/03/2007 6:49 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My suspicious mind tells me this may well be an HK franchise, from the Chinese characters, decor etc. Anyone?

  • At 8/03/2007 1:08 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    just wanted to say that this is a GREAT blog! :)

  • At 8/03/2007 2:05 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Mmm I love Korean food, particularly dolsot bibimbap. There's a Korean place across the street from Ichiban Boshi which makes it really great! You should check it out :)

    Btw, just wanted to also recommend this Taiwanese/Chinese restaurant named Blue Eye Dragon.
    You can check out what I had here http://www.flickr.com/photos/connecting-with-comfort-food/


  • At 8/03/2007 7:02 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i think the restaurant's name came from a korean drama based on a "legendary" cook/doctor in korea back in the ancient times. see: dae jang gum or jewel of the palace

  • At 8/03/2007 8:08 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    the dumplings are so expensive

    btw thanks for ur recommendation
    i went to kopitiam :)

    us the whole bunch of msians quite enjoyed ourselves

  • At 8/03/2007 10:10 pm, Blogger red bean said…

    I think Dae Jan Kum or 'Jewel In The Palace' refers to a Korean period drama series about cooking! The Chinese dubbed version was very popular in Hong Kong, and my mother watched it all the time because of detailed focus on food.

  • At 8/05/2007 12:19 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    For good Korean food, try Madang restaurant. It's on Pitt St, near Liverpool but you have to go through an alleyway. It's very crowded, thoguh. Try the sirloin, it's famous among the Korean community.

  • At 8/05/2007 7:24 pm, Blogger Kajal@aapplemint said…

    i wish they showed local shows in eNGLISH IN hong KONg...I try the locals channels all the time but cant understand jack!And now all this korean food had got me craving some and missing home...i know this fantastic place in HK kowloon , actually in tsim sha shui ....gr8 korean bbq , fantastic place to hang out with friends .And we always overeat !Thank you for such a lovely post

  • At 8/05/2007 11:26 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi gobsmack'd - Still unsure if it's a HK franchise, but there's a soap connection! Whee!

    Hi Anon - Thanks :) Glad you're enjoying it!

    Hi Anon - Is that the Ichiban Boshi at The Galeries Victoria? Or Bondi?

    I've heard some good things about Blue Eye Dragon. Will have to keep it in mind for next time ;)

    Hi Anon - Thanks for the tip. I've had this confirmed by a friend too. I wish I could watch it!

    Hi Lyn - Kopitiam is tasty isn't it? I love their malacca cendol :)

    Hi Red Bean - I wonder if there's an English-dubbed version? Btw I just found out there's a Dae Jang Geum theme park. How cool is that?!?

    Hi Von - I've been meaning to eat at Madang. I've made a few ventures down the alleyway just for a stickybeak :)

    Hi Kate - I feel your pain. ps. your blog pics and posts are fantastic :)

  • At 8/06/2007 4:29 pm, Blogger Chunky Bacon said…

    a nice chair indeed

  • At 8/07/2007 3:07 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Helen,

    Me again (posted above -I'm also Jenny aka Connecting with Comfort Food lol).
    Anyway, it's the Ichiban Baishi at Galeries Victoria :)
    Just across the street and straight ahead, passing an open cafe.

  • At 8/07/2007 9:16 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi unablogger - They're cute, aren't they?

    Hi Jenny - Aha, I think I know the place you mean (had to think a little). Near the $10 CD shop in Pitt Street? I've seen it, but yet to try it out :)


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