As is the norm in Korean restaurants, once you sit down in DuRoo and place your order, your table is then adorned with small plates filled with delicious and complimentary Korean side dishes. These change frequently but you can always expect Kimchi and other usual suspects include nokdumuk, a mung bean jelly cut into cubes sitting in spicy sauce, pickled cucumbers, crispy anchovies and GamJa JoRim, a dish of potatoes braised in soy. These are the perfect way to whet the appetite and prepare yourself for the main event.
When I visited DuRoo recently, my boyfriend and I decided to be little piggies and order an entrée and a main each, which is no mean feat considering the generous helpings given to you at DuRoo.
One of my all time favourite Korean dishes has to be JapChae, a dish of gloriously chewy sweet potato noodles with stir-fried vegetables and flavoured with sesame. And at only $12 for this steaming plate of goodness you can't really go wrong. Although on the menu this comes with beef, being a vegetarian I always ask for the dish without beef and the lovely folks at DuRoo are always happy to oblige.
My boyfriend, a fan of anything pork-related, ordered the fried pork dumplings which come crispy and fresh out of the pan with a soy-based sauce for you to dunk your dumplings in. He absolutely loves these and orders them every time we eat at DuRoo.
Without hardly making a dent in our entrées our main meals were promptly brought out. I order the bean curd stew, which is brought out still bubbling away. Be careful with this one as needless to say the pot is very hot and the tofu cubes in it hold heat for an incredible amount of time. But once you let it cool down a little, you are rewarded with a tasty bowl of soy bean broth flavoured with chilli and filled with cubed tofu, shallots, zucchini and mushroom and comes with a helping of rice. This comes with seafood, but you can request to have it without.
My boyfriend orders the sizzling beef, which too comes out hissing and sizzling on its hotplate with another helping of rice. The beef is cooked with finely slice carrots, onions and shallots and sprinkled with sesame seeds.
After our feast we were happily stuffed and even had a little goody bag to take home, and for less than $50 for two for an incredibly filling and delicious dinner, we certainly were happy little campers.
Located on the Korean end of Rowe Street off Railway Parade, DuRoo is a great little restaurant where you can always be assured of a great meal that's kind on the hip pocket.
Love this place so much! My brother and his dear girlfriend introduced me and my boyfriend to this place and we go back there all the time. It's such good value for awesome quality food, I've never left unhappy, always full and super content :-)