- Not too expensive
- Asian cuisine
I hadn't been to Poppo but Mum and Dad had and said they offered good lunch specials.
They do have good (and cheap) lunch time specials - however we opted to order from the menu.
We started with an serving of mandu. They were a bit oily but were tasty. I really liked the chilli dipping sauce.
|Chilli dipping sauce|
|I'm not sure what was inside - but it was good.|
Japchae noodles are made from sweet potatoes and are chewy and clear. When in a soup, I find them particularly difficult to pick up with the thin metal Korean chopsticks, however I had no problems on this particular day.
The sides that came with the Bulgogi were rice, soup, kimchee (spicy fermented cabbage) , kongnamul (bean sprouts) and... macaroni. The rice, soup, kimchee and kongnamul are standard, however I'm not sure about the macaroni... I've certainly never had macaroni served in a Korean restaurant before. I didn't try it, so cannot comment on the taste.
My Mum's favourite Korean dish is Dolsot Bibimbap, which is a dish of rice, meat, vegetables and egg served in a hot stone bowl. Before you start eating, you stir in the red chilli sauce and mix the namul (vegetables), rice and meat together. Warning: the sauce does have a bit of a bite, so don't be too enthusiastic when you stir through the sauce. I'd put a bit in and then add more if you can handle the heat. Bibimbap can be ordered in a normal bowl (and is usually cheaper), but I prefer it in the stone bowl. I like to eat the crunchy bits of rice that have stuck to the edge of the bowl... I'm not sure if you're meant to do that, but I do (and I enjoy every last crunchy grain!).
I think my parents picked very well. The food was fresh and flavoursome and service was polite. I didn't look at the menu very closely (and can't find one online), but I think the dishes we ordered were about $15-$18 each. Not the cheapest Korean restaurant around but certainly a good one.
Would I return?
For sure! I love Korean food and this was good food at a reasonable price.