A Korean BBQ and a sparkle of Olympic spirit!

There are a few good Korean restaurants around London but if you are serious, the concentration of Korean restaurants will be found in New Malden and this is where I was heading last night for a Korean BBQ. According to Wikipedia the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames has one of the largest expatriate community of South Koreans in Europe, and is said to be one of the most densely populated area of Koreans outside South Korea, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Malden.

There was nine of us going to Jin Go Gae on Burlington Road New Malden. We had booked a table and that was a good thing as the place was very busy and without the reservation we would not have gotten a table! One couple was fifteen minutes late and lost their reservation. I was put in charge of ordering for everyone and felt quite a responsibility! We started with Cass, Korean beer and a bottle of pinot grigio whilst I was going through the menu.

Whilst going through the menu two Korean guys walked past wearing tracksuits, once outside an official Olympic BMW pulled up, they got in and where whisked off back to the, I assume, Olympic village! Ah a little sparkle of Olympic spirit!

We started with Kim Chi, the famous Korean pickled cabbage and Kat tu gui, preserved spicy pickled Korean white mooli. Spicy and delicious with a nice crunch.

Kim Chi

Kat tu gui

After that we had Par Jeon and Kim Chi Jeon, Korean pancake. Par Jeon is a seafood and spring onion pancake and kim chi jeon is a kim chi pancake. They have nothing to do with the pancakes we eat here in the UK or American pancakes and don’t miss this if you go to a Korean restaurant!

Along came a dish that looked so interesting on the menu I had to order it, Yuk Whe, thin strips of fresh beef sashimi sweetly seasoned with pears, fresh egg yolk and pine nuts.It looked slightly large when it came in but the meat was incredibly tender, the sweetness came through and the flavours were just amazing and it went in no time.

We also had pork dumplings but they went before I could get a pic! We also had some Jap Chae, thin glass vermicelli pan fried with mixed vegetables and beef.

Then it was time for the main event, the BBQ. They came out with glowing charcoal and first out was Wang Kalbi, marinated king rib beef. It was very tender and flavoursome.

We didn’t order any rice or noodles, Korean BBQ is eaten wrapped in a lettuce leaf with three standard sides, a spicy sauce, chilli and fresh, sliced garlic and sliced spring onion.

Condiments

Sliced spring onion

Lettuce leaves

After the beef we had Ojing-Uh Gu-ee, fresh marinated squid with sweet soy sauce.

I ate with on a sesame leaf with a slice of garlic and some chilli sauce and I might have had 4 or 5 of them, they were so good.

The next dish was Dak Kalbi, marinated chicken with assorted veg, a dish that looked just as good as it tasted.

And this is what is looked like cooked, it just melted in your mouth!

We had two tables and on the BBQ on the other table Sam Gyup Sal, sliced pork belly was cooking.

The last dish was a Dae Ji Bulgogi, spicy marinated pork.

Despite that fact that everyone claimed to be full it went!

We also drank quite large amounts of what I think was Makegolli a milky, sweet alcoholic beverage made from rice, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_alcoholic_beverages.

After that we were all very happy and full and it was time to head off home. The restaurant is one of the best Korean restaurants I have visited in New Malden and it is worth going there just to experience their BBQ, something I would never cook at home and a great place to go with friends to share foods and have a good time. The place is really busy so make sure to book a table and once in you will be well taken care of and all the staff do their best to make sure you have a good time!

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2 Responses to “A Korean BBQ and a sparkle of Olympic spirit!”
  1. Lovely Petra! Everything looks so fresh and flavoursome. I am a fan of Korean Cusine and tried to make Kim Chi a couple of times at home but it tasted horrible. There is only one restaurant in Finchley close where I live.I did not know that there are so many good South Corean restaurants in New Malden!! Rita aka ritacooksitalian

    • petra08 says:

      hi Rita
      There are lots and really worth going and I only know about it as I have a friend who lives there. I have never tried to make my own Kim Chi but I love it and it is so healthy! 🙂

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