Kimchi & Sushi House is run by possibly the nicest restaurant folks we have met in all our Sydney food adventures. Yes, we always waffle on about how nice restaurant folks are, but these folks are exceedingly, exceptionally lovely. They even introduced themselves (Sarah & Lee) and greet us like old friends every time we turn up for a feed, and we've only been here a few times.
We like their food too, cooked with a fresh clean, home-style touch. Our favourite dishes are the bibimbaps. A good cheap, quick bibimbap is surprisingly hard to find around town, even with Sydney's emerging Korea-town. We're also keen on the (mildly) spicy stew\soup dishes, which are so homely and comforting, medicinal even. And the Korean fried dumplings have become a new favourite too.
It's a tough life running a food court stall, long hours, low margins, so get your butts down here and see Lee and Sarah for an $8.50 bibimbap, it's healthy and de-freaking-licious.
Bibimbap ($8.50) is one of our all-time favourite dishes. We're perplexed as to how a simple, simple dish of veggies, beef and egg on plain rice can make us feel so dang good. Mr Shawn skipped home on air after this baby. The bibimbap here has a nice fresh clean taste to it .We love the balance of the subtlety pickled veggies with the fresh lettuce and bean sprouts. And the beef is excellent, sweet and tender, it jumps out of the bowl. Dig in.
Stone pot bibimbap ($10.50) - bibimbap served in a hotpot with a layer of crunchy rice on the bottom. Oh yeah. Lots of folks prefer this style of bibimbap, we like it both ways.
#8 Spicy soft tofu stew - $8.50. Cubes of mouth-melty silken tofu in a thin, spicy soup with flavours of Korean chili paste and some lovely fishy flavours from little pieces of squid and mussels. Served with a bowl of rice. Sometimes we have trouble deciding whether to have a soup or a rice dish, this is two in one. A twofer.
#5 Boneless spicy chicken - $9.5. Stir fried chook is sweet, spicy Korean chili paste, kinda like chicken bulgolgi. Nice but it looked more exotic in the menu photo.
Stone pot beef ($9.50). Served on a hotplate rather than a stone pot, but delicious all the same. The same lovely sweet beef as in the bibimbap, but there's more of it, stir-fried up a little with some veggies.
Spicy beef soup with rice ($9.80). A thin, homely soup with flavours of beef, veggies and a light Korean chili kick. There's some little slithers of beef , clear 'glass' noodles and some mystery components. Mr Shawn felt like crap from flu before eating this, afterwards he felt like a million dollars. Well fifty bucks at least. A big serve with rice on the side, light, refreshing and medicinal.
Kimchi Jjigae - Kimchi stew with tofu & rice ($9). Similar to the dish above in flavour, a clean, refreshing broth with a mild chili kick. Makes us feel better after eating it. Includes a bowl of rice.
Kimchi Bokumpbab - home made kimchi fried rice ($8.50). We love kimchi fried rice, sweet and a little bit spicy.
Tuigim Mandu - fried Korean style dumpling - 6 pieces for $4. These have a yummy green veggie filling, quite different to Chinese dumplings or Japanese gyoza. Nice!
Kimchi and Sushi House is in Dixon House Food Court, corner of Dixon and Little Hay Street's Chinatown.
Speaking of Korea, Shawn's spiritual guru and personal stylist, Elder Paik, is back doing his thing, which is uniting North and South Korea by hoola hooping in makeup and flowers while balancing on milk crates. Elder Paik is well into his 70s now. He may be an egg-yoke short of a bibimbap, but dangnabbit he spreads some cheer, and there's nothing wrong with that.