***Restaurant permanently closed…replaced by Woo Jeong***
As good, quick and reasonably priced places for lunch is not common in the East Perth area where I work, I’m always on the look out for cafes/restaurants to visit. I walked into our office kitchen one day and spied my colleague eating a nice looking chicken bulgogi (marinated and bbqed) lunch set. I pounced on him and enquired about his lunch – it was korean, tasted good and was only $10 came the reply. That was enough to set me off on a lunch quest to try the place out.
Myoung Ga is located on the quieter area of Hay Street, near where Croissant Express, Canton Lounge Bar and Shot Espresso Barare. I vaguely recollect visiting this restaurant a few years back but it was a different one then with what I remembered was a mixture of Korean and Japanese food. Same place but different owner now.The restaurantcan be easily missed as it is so small that it is hardly noticeable, almost like a hole in the wall. The inside contained 4 – 5 small tables and the outside another 4 small tables. We sat on the outside.The menu is quite simple – only two pages, and has the usual BBQ meats and a few traditional korean dishes.
We had the following for lunch:
- BBQ Beef – $13
- BBQ Ohsam (consisted of pork and squid) – $15
- Ja-jang-myun (noodles in a sweet black bean sauce with marinated pork and vegetables with pickles) – $12
- Bi-bim-bap (steamed rice and vegetables, slices of beef, topped with fried egg & chilli sauce) – $10
The BBQ dishes came in a sizzling pig plate which were very cute :p, and were accompanied with rice, miso soup, kimchi and two side dishes. They were quite generous servings and filling to say the least. I especially liked their side dishes of lotus roots and bean sprouts. I ate most of them as my colleagues didn’t like the side dishes. The meat were tender and tasty.
The Ja-jang-myun was my colleague’s favourite and he frequents this place so often for this dish that even the owner recognises him. For myself, I’m not too sure about eating noodles in a black bean sauce (not one of my favourite sauce) but I may give it a try next time. It must be good though if he comes here that often to eat this. The regular size for this dish is $10 (the pic is of the large).
The Bi-bim-bap was my order and it was so-so in terms of taste, it seems to be missing the ‘punch’ as what I have tasted in places like Seoul BBQ Cafe or Took Begi. Not that it’s a bad dish but it was not the best. You can order it in a stone pot as well for an extra $3, not sure whether that would make a difference to the taste. Maybe I will try that next time.
The service was extremely good, the owner was very polite and extremely friendly, and catered to our needs in terms of water, efficient order and prompt food service. I like! I will definitely be back again. A great place for a casual lunch, and not to forget their take-away lunch packs as well!
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Rating by: N.L.
Address: 536 Hay Street, Perth