Southport was traditionally the business end of the Gold Coast. It has been in steady decline for years but seems to be turning around, albeit slowly. There's a growing Asian population and a bunch of hole-in-the-wall restaurants to go with it. There's moves to create a 'Gold Coast Chinatown' but this lonely sign on Davenport Street is the only evidence we saw.
Southport has a dozen or so hole-in-the wall joints plus a few Asian grocery stores. These Queenslanders are sittin' on gold.
Korean is dominant food force in these parts. Rice House looks suitably low key and has plenty of happy Korean diners, so we dig in.
Free side dishes: kim chi, Korean Footy Franks, and veggies.
Korean style BBQ beef soup - $10. A clear, beefy broth served served bubbling, foaming hot.
Bibimbap - $9. We love bibimbap: a simple but wonderful dish of beef, veggies and a googie egg on steamed rice. Rice House does a killer bibimbap, highly recommended.
Rice House is at 46 Nerang Street Southport, near corner of Davenport Street. Open 11.30am-9pm. Closed Mondays. It's run by uber nice folks, get into it Queenslanders!
We're intrigued by DoDream Chicken, a Korean Chicken and burger joint, 56 Scarborough Street.
We've heard good things about Korean fried chicken (KFC?) but it's the bulgogi burger that we must try - the thought of bulgolgi in a bun is too much.
But it's not quite what we hoped for: a bulgogi flavour meat patty with regular burger fixin's. A bit of fun but we wish we tried those rissole type things some of the Korean diners were eating. Next time...
LOCAL'S TIP: Shawn's Mum is super pernickety about her seafood and only buys the freshest of the fresh. Her current not-so-secret spot is buying it straight off the boat at the Gold Coast Fishermen's Coop, on the spit near Seaworld - www.freshestcatch.com.au.