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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Jang Tur Charcoal BBQ Restaurant, Canterbury

Korean barbecue at Jang Tur Charcoal BBQ Restaurant, Canterbury

First let’s talk about the egg soup. All the regulars rave about it. There’s a good reason. The gyeranjjim looks ominous at first, a bubbling mass of pale yellow that arrives in a ttukbaegi, a traditional Korean earthenware bowl. This Korean favourite is made by steaming eggs with seasoned stock so the egg puffs up like a mattress. As it rises, the egg soaks up the stock resulting in a kind of soupy soufflé deliciousness with every spoonful. What’s even more amazing about the egg soup here? It’s free.

Gyeranjjim egg soup at Jang Tur Charcoal BBQ Restaurant, Canterbury
Gyeranjjim egg soup

Dining room at Jang Tur Charcoal BBQ Restaurant, Canterbury
Dining room at Jang Tur

The dinner crowd at Jang Tur, a Korean barbecue house hidden on a bleak stretch of Canterbury Road, is almost always completely Korean. Some nights the place is heaving with big groups and cheerful family gatherings that span several generations. Other times it’s a lonely set of couples huddled over the grill. Décor is minimal. In fact the best things in the room are the red metal drum tables with stainless steel tabletops, a charcoal grill recessed in the middle.

Charcoal barbecue set-up at Jang Tur Charcoal BBQ Restaurant, Canterbury
Charcoal barbecue

Marinated squid at Jang Tur Charcoal BBQ Restaurant, Canterbury
Marinated squid $15

The one-page menu doesn’t muck around, reading more like a shopping list with minimal descriptions. Garlic tiger prawns, chilli marinated squid and marinated scotch fillet are all $15 for a plate. You’ll have to cook your own on the thick wire grill, set over slabs of charcoal that add an unbeatable smokiness to each protein.

Jebichuri thin skirt at Jang Tur Charcoal BBQ Restaurant, Canterbury
Jebichuri thin skirt $15

Jebichuri thin skirt on the charcoal grill at Jang Tur Charcoal BBQ Restaurant, Canterbury
Jebichuri on the charcoal bbq grill

Jebichuri ($15) is translated as “inner part of beef” but really it’s thin skirt, part of the diaphragm muscle that’s much loved because of its intensity of flavour.

Beef intercostals at Jang Tur Charcoal BBQ Restaurant, Canterbury
Beef intercostals $15

Meats between spare ribs” ($15) is the literal explanation of intercostals, sometimes known as rib fingers.

Lettuce, garlic, chilli, carrot and cucumber at Jang Tur Charcoal BBQ Restaurant, Canterbury
Complimentary lettuce cups, garlic, chilli, cucumber and carrot

Complimentary garden salad at Jang Tur Charcoal BBQ Restaurant, Canterbury
Complimentary garden salad

Wrap up the cooked meat in the free lettuce cups provided and dunk them into the dipping sauce. A free salad (ours even came with avocado) will help delay the meat sweats. Wash it all down with Korean beer or sake. They do BYO for $3 a head too.

Ox tongue at Jang Tur Charcoal BBQ Restaurant, Canterbury
Ox tongue $15

Delve into the ox tongue, small beef intestine or chilli marinated giblets (each $15) if you’re game.

Marinated beef rib at Jang Tur Charcoal BBQ Restaurant, Canterbury
Marinated beef rib $20

Whatever you do, make sure you order the marinated beef rib ($20). Unwrap the scroll of thinly sliced meat from around the rib bone and slap it on the grill. You’ll have to arm wrestle for the ultimate trophy: rights to gnaw the fatty bits straight off the bone.

Marinated beef rib on the barbecue grill at Jang Tur Charcoal BBQ Restaurant, Canterbury
Marinated beef rib on the charcoal bbq

Korean barbecue dishes at Jang Tur Charcoal BBQ Restaurant, Canterbury
Barbecued dinner, Korean-style

Korean barbecue meats at Jang Tur Charcoal BBQ Restaurant, Canterbury
Korean barbecue meats 

Jang Tur Charcoal BBQ Restaurant, Canterbury
The rear entrance via the Aldi carpark

Jang Tur Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Jang Tur Charcoal BBQ Restaurant
169 Canterbury Rd, Canterbury, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9787 4561

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday 5pm-10pm

Parking available in the Aldi carpark behind the restaurant 
(entry via Aldi Street or Jeffrey Street)

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This article appeared in the August 2015 issue of Time Out Sydney [Read online
Read more of my Time Out Sydney reviews

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 10/20/2015 12:23:00 am


  • At 10/20/2015 4:46 pm, Anonymous Hotly Spiced said…

    Free? Did you say 'free'? I've never heard of anything being free before. What a great place! I do love cooking food at the table. I've always found Korean restaurants to be very reasonably priced xx

  • At 10/20/2015 7:21 pm, Anonymous Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said…

    That egg soup looks amazing! What a fun place to dine with friends. Every visit is a party!

  • At 10/20/2015 10:07 pm, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    not gonna lie i totally want to go just for that egg soup!

  • At 10/21/2015 6:06 pm, Anonymous Berny @ I Only Eat Desserts said…

    I love what a hidden gem this place looks like - what a find! You had be at Korean bbq but all that free stuff is so nice of them :)

  • At 10/22/2015 7:39 am, Anonymous John - heneedsfood said…

    The aromas in that restaurant must be heavenly. So much charred meaty goodness!

  • At 10/22/2015 8:20 am, Blogger Ramen Raff said…

    I love that first shot Helen! This looks like an awesome K-BBQ joint. Yes to ox tongue and marinated beef ribs!!!

  • At 10/22/2015 8:25 am, Anonymous Gourmet Getaways said…

    Oh Helen! You always visit the yummiest places!
    All that food looks amazing, I wish I could have been eating it right along with you. Korean BBQ is a favourite.
    Thanks so much for sharing
    Gourmet Getaways

  • At 10/23/2015 1:49 am, Blogger Queen of Bad Timing said…

    I just love Korean food, there's something so soul-warming about it! All that charred, sweet deliciousness :)

  • At 10/26/2015 9:37 am, Anonymous Isaac said…

    Free egg soup? Eggcellent. Great find, Helen!

  • At 10/30/2015 1:08 pm, Blogger irene said…

    Nothing beats a warm egg soup on a Korean BBQ feast!

  • At 10/30/2015 1:12 pm, Anonymous Sydney Brunch Lyf said…

    I love this! I have grown up in Western Sydney my whole life and had no idea such a festival existed a few suburbs over! Dayummm!! I have just started a food blog and included a few of my favourite places out West, so please check it out if you can and let me know if you have any feedback! Would be really appreciated!!

    Emma, Sydney Brunch Lyf

  • At 11/05/2015 3:12 pm, Anonymous Sara | Belly Rumbles said…

    This is definitely one to try, and one to visit with a group. I would wan to try everything.

  • At 11/17/2015 7:48 am, Blogger Sarah said…

    This place looks awesome! And I'm so fascinated by that egg soup!


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