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Chinese Cuisine at Ga Bin Korean Restaurant

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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
I love trying new food and new restaurants. My other passions are Origami www.weekendnotes.com/origami-classes-japan-australia-friendship-association/ and Pokémon www.weekendnotes.com/pokemon-center-tokyo/
Published May 16th 2016
Update December 12th 2016
This restaurant is no longer trading.

Having enjoyed Ga Bin's Korean dishes during our first visit, we went there a second time to try their Chinese dishes. To our delight, their Chinese cuisine is just as good as their Korean dishes. Most of their Chinese dishes can be ordered as a small or large serving size but the small serving size should be sufficient for most people. Complimentary kimchi and what we thought was pickled radish is also provided with each meal.

Their Fried Chicken with Chilli Soy Sauce had a fresh appearance with the dish highlighted by slices of capsicum and chilli. The chicken was fried to golden brown with the chilli soy sauce heightening its flavour but be warned that it could be a bit spicy for those not used to spicy foods. It was served on a bed of shredded lettuce whose refreshing flavour helped to balance out the spiciness of the sauce.

Ga Bin Korean Restaurant, Fried Chicken with Chilli Soy Sauce, Adelaide
Fried Chicken with Chilli Soy Sauce (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


The Cantonese Sweet and Sour Pork served here is what we currently consider to be the best we have eaten as the batter was very crispy which contrasted wonderfully with the meat. The sweet and sour sauce also complemented the pork nicely without marring the crisp coating of the pork. Ga Bin's Sweet and Sour Pork is notable for the inclusion of black fungus, an ingredient that is not normally used in the dish.

Ga Bin Korean Restaurant, Cantonese Sweet and Sour Pork, Adelaide
Cantonese Sweet and Sour Pork (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


To balance the meal, we ordered the Braised Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce. The Bok Choy was tender but with still with a bit of bite to it. It was easy to eat due to it being served in slices instead of a whole vegetable. The oyster sauce the Bok Choy was braised in was a perfect partner to it, with a hint of peppery flavour from the pepper that was likely used in the sauce.

Ga Bin Korean Restaurant, Braised Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce, Adelaide
Braised Bok Choy with Oyster Sauce (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Ambience was just as good as during our first visit. There is a screened off area if you like a bit of privacy while enjoying your meal. A good amount of parking space is available on the street where the restaurant is located with the choice of off-street parking at the nearby car park complex next to the Adelaide Central Bus Station.
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When: 12pm – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – late
Phone: 8231 9996
Where: 144 Grote Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Cost: About $19 per dish
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