... post after a long while.
Basically, the 'fans' have been complaining about the lack of posts etc., and I DO have a backlog of stuff...
La Kwonchie (who's birthday it is, today), The Long One and I had this Saturday afternoon free, many noons ago. We were contemplating a variety of things from going here to doing that, but ended up stuffing our faces with some (supposedly) authentic Korean grub. Yes, right here, in your favourite city, at Hae Kum Gang on Castle Street.
My half-cooked views (and only my own) on (authentic) Korean food:
1. Korean food is broadly like other oriental food (read Chinese) but is spicier. Not spicy as in Andhra biriyani spicy, but more like in-your-nose-funnily spicy. But it's spicy.
2. It's skewed towards more fish and pork, and I'm guessing the chicken is mostly for Indian tastes. No, there is no dog on the menu at this place, contrary to what someone asked me.
3. Korean chopsticks are made of metal (often silver) and are sharper. i.e. it's better for gouging out the eyes of your dreaded enemy in kung-fu style than the usual run-of-the-mill Chinese ones (if one is into that sort of thing). So you wouldn't want to f**k with a guy brandishing Korean chopsticks. It also slides into a honeyed potato nicely. From my memory, the Chinese ones aren't so good at that. That's some sort of fried potato thing I'm edging towards:
4. Kimchi is important. I didn't enjoy the stuff they gave here. I'm going to give Kimchi another chance at another place, some other time.
My views about Hae Kum Gang:
1. The food was nice. This is what I had: Rice and Spicy Prawn. I loved it. I successfully navigated the entire meal with the chopsticks. Kwonchie had the fish meal, and the Long One seafood noodles, which had a load of mussels.
2. The decor rocks. In a delightfully kitschy way, with lots of red, green and bamboo. And this bigass fish.
3. It SEEMS to be good value-for-money. The portions are filling, and they do pamper one with a bunch of starters (some of them pictured below). They also gave some sort of dessert which had various fruits in some really tasty sweetish syrup (that's the last photograph below)
Overall, give it a go. I think it's worth the occasional meal.
All photos taken with the camera on my phone.