Dae Jang Geum is a jewel in Northbridge

by Savour The Moment

Dae Jang Geum, Northbridge

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Entrance!

My boyfriend and I were craving Korean food for dinner one night but we wanted to try somewhere different that we don’t usually go to. We’ve had our fair share of Sinabro, Tong 86 and Palsaik Namoo. There are actually many Korean restaurants to choose from in the city, so we decided to head to Dae Jang Geum in Northbridge. We had actually been there before many years ago, and since then there have been many reviews that Dae Jang Geum serves decent Korean food.

The restaurant looks small outside compared to the popular Dragon Seafood Restaurant that is located next door. However, once we entered, the rest of the restaurant extended a good 20 metres or so from the front entrance. We came on a weeknight, so it wasn’t too busy inside, with only a few tables taken. We weren’t too sure whether we were meant to wait or just sit down. A good couple of seconds past and we were led to our table.

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Free side dishes for all!

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Mandoo Jeongol (2 for $42) – Korean dumplings with noodles and vegetables.

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The mandoo jeongol when it’s cooked. What a feast!

Originally, we wanted to have Korean BBQ, but we decided to have something different. Our free side dishes came out first, consisting of kimchi, bean spouts and a jelly-like cube that I can only assume was something like radish. We chose to have Mandoo Jeongol (2 for $42), which was a hot soup in a rather large pan, still cooking on a portable gas stove. It only took a couple of minutes for the soup to start cooking. The soup contained a large serving of udon noodles, a good amount of beef slices, 6 mandoo dumplings (Korean dumplings), bean sprouts and several cubes of tofu and zucchini. A few minutes later, everything was cooked, and we tucked right into it. Everything was tasty, and we thought that the mandoo jeongol was a perfect meal for winter on those cold nights. The soup was also not too spicy, which was a nice change because Koreans love their chilli! The mandoo were nice and large (I prefer fried mandoo rather than steamed or boiled ones), and tasted like a spinach and ricotta mix. In the end, it was way too much for us to finish. It would have been enough to feed three hungry souls! We then made the mistake of ordering more food…

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Kimchi fried rice.

We ordered the Kimchi fried rice instead of normal white rice for a change. We didn’t know that it contained tuna, and as my boyfriend is allergic to seafood, so it meant that I had to finish off the fried rice by myself! Luckily it was really tasty, but a little bit spicy, and had that distinct kimchi taste with small traces of tuna. It came with a fried egg on top. I could have just ate the fried rice on its own. It took me back to when I watch Korean dramas, and they would make them in the shows, and I would always sit and stare at them eating a huge bowl of kimchi fried rice. I also could not finish this, but was able to take it back home (which I gladly had during my dinner break at work!).

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Kimchijeon (kimchi pancake with dipping sauce)

Aaaand we also ordered Kimchijeon (kimchi pancake)! The pancake wasn’t the best that I’ve ever had, but it was still really delicious. We also didn’t know that it contained seafood. There was a large amount of seafood (shrimp and octopus) in the pancake. The pancake had a bit of a bland taste, and was more of a thick pancake rather than a thin one. I also took this home to have for dinner the next night.

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Our dinner!

Dae Jang Geum has been around for a while now and has a reputation of being authentically Korean, serving large portions at a decent price. I thought that the menu was a little bit on the expensive side. The servings were certainly large, and the food tasted authentic as authentic could get. The service was average, however I personally feel that this is the usual standard at Korean restaurants, unless you go to a fine dining Korean restaurants. Service is usually casual in most Korean restaurants in Perth, which is also just like in Korea. Dae Jang Geum would be perfect for large groups, as the restaurant is quite spacious inside, accommodating for a lot of people. I would definitely come back and try the Korean BBQ – my favourite!

Rating: 6.5 out of 10
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Address: 74 Francis St, Northbridge 6003

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Bites:

  • Opened for lunch and dinner at 11:30am to 3:30pm and 5:30pm to 10pm respectively, Tuesday to Sundays.
  • “Dae Jang Geum” is actually a very popular 2003 Korean television series, also known as Jewel in the Palace, which became popular around the world, and had played a part in the “Korean Wave”, which draws people across the world to be interested in Korean pop culture.
  • EFTPOS available.
  • They accept reservations at (08) 9227 0615.

- A.

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