Hungry Korean

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 March, 2012, 12:00am


Unit B, G/F Astoria Building
24-38 Ashley Road
Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 2730 5577

Grub: Korean fast food

Vibe: It looks like a typical fast-food restaurant. It's bright and clean. The colour scheme is mostly white, with a pale-green finish and some slashes of red.

The tables and chairs are laminated with a pine-like finish, which is designed to be hard-wearing rather than decorative.

Staff are cheerful and friendly.

Who to Take: Go with a Tsim Sha Tsui shopping party; you can stop for a quick snack between malls.

What's Hot: Although it appears to be a fast-food restaurant, all the dishes are in fact freshly prepared. Place your order at the counter, then take a seat. It will be delivered to your table when ready.

It's quite a small menu, although there is enough to keep things interesting. Bibimbap is a classic Korean dish. The word means mixed rice, and it is a bowl of rice topped with a mixture of seasoned vegetables and meat. It is available with beef, chicken, pork and squid. It's good to share, but it is also a good choice if you are just popping in for a quick bite on your own.

If you are sharing with friends, you might consider a plate of japchae. This is another very popular dish, made with clear sweet potato noodles. These are stir-fried with beef and vegetables.

To accompany it, you might like to try chul pan gu e, pan-fried vegetables with meat served on a sizzling plate. You can choose from beef, chicken, spicy pork, squid or kimchi pork with tofu. It is served with rice, but if you are sharing you can always order extra rice.

There are a few snacks available. Dduk bok gi, or rice flour dumplings, are a popular street food and are served in a spicy sauce. There are chicken wings and soups with noodles, tofu and kimchi. Gimbap is essentially a Korean-style sushi roll. They are available with tuna as well as with pork, beef chicken squid or cheese.

Most dishes on the menu are available all day, though there are a few that are available only at dinnertime, after 6pm. These include pancakes with either seafood or kimchi, Korean sausage soup and beef noodle soup.

What's Not: There are no desserts; it gets busy at lunchtime, and the seats are uncomfortable.

Cost: Most of the menu is priced between HK$28 and HK$48. The only exceptions are dinner items, which are between HK$68 and HK$78. With two or more sharing, you can eat well for about HK$80.