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Hancook Korean Restaurant, Welland Plaza

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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
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Published September 13th 2018
Following the success of their first branch at Glynburn Plaza, Han Cook has opened a second branch at Welland Plaza. The Korean side dishes offered at this branch differed slightly from the one at Glynburn Plaza with beansprout salad replacing the one made using konnyaku.

Great for sharing, Han Cook's Spicy Mixed Sausage Stew (the restaurant's name for Army Base Stew) can be ordered as a medium or large sized dish. There was a generous quantity of sausage and Spam in the stew and the rice cakes and tofu in the stew took on the spiciness of the broth well. Their medium sized stew came with two bowls of rice though the hotpot is filling enough on its own due to the inclusion of noodles.

Han Cook, Welland, Spicy Mixed Sausage Stew, Adelaide
Spicy Mixed Sausage Stew (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Their Korean Fried Chicken can be ordered as a medium or large sized dish but the medium sized serving should be suitable for most groups. We liked that the pieces of chicken were boneless, making eating them easy with the crisp coating complementing the succulent flesh well. The Sweet Spicy variation had the right amount of spice while the Soy Chicken had a delectable sweet-savoury flavour that was not too strong.

Han Cook, Welland, Soy Korean Fried Chicken, Adelaide
Soy Korean Fried Chicken (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Han Cook, Welland, Spicy Korean Fried Chicken, Adelaide
Spicy Korean Fried Chicken (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


The beef in their Bibimbab was not too tough and the medley of vegetables helped to add a refreshing element to the dish. To best enjoy the dish, pour the spicy sauce over the ingredients before mixing everything up to infuse the rice with its spicy flavour. This also helps to spread the yolk of the fried egg throughout the dish. Other variations featuring different types of meat are available, including Stone Bowl Bibimbab that is perfect for cold days.

Han Cook, Welland, Bibimbab, Adelaide
Bibimbab (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Some of their Hot Pot dishes are smaller sized versions of their Stew Pot dishes, great for those that are eating on their own. The beef in their Marinated Beef Hot Pot was cooked just right and the broth had a flavour similar to Beef Bulgogi. Aside from cabbage and enoki mushrooms, the dish included potato noodles to add a bit of extra texture.

Han Cook, Welland, Marinated Beef Hot Pot, Adelaide
Marinated Beef Hot Pot (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


A dish that is great for lovers of spicy foods, the Kimchi Pork Hot Pot had a good amount of pork along with chunks of tofu that acted as a foil to the spicy broth. Take some care when drinking the broth as the dish comes to you piping hot. All the Hot Pot dishes come with a serving of rice, making them a complete meal on their own.

Han Cook, Welland, Kimchi Pork Hot Pot, Adelaide
Kimchi Pork Hot Pot (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Of a similar style to their Sweet & Sour Deep Fried Pork, the sauce in their Sweet & Spicy Deep Fried Chicken had the right degree of sweetness, with chilli adding a subtle spicy kick. The pieces of chicken was also done as well as the one in their Korean Fried Chicken; not too small with a crisp coating and juicy flesh.

Han Cook, Welland, Sweet & Spicy Deep Fried Chicken, Adelaide
Sweet & Spicy Deep Fried Chicken (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


For a dish that is listed as an entrée, the portion size of their Kimchi Pancake was generous enough for sharing. The texture of the pancake leaned towards the thicker variety and there was enough kimchi to provide a slightly spicy taste. There was also an ample amount of onion to add a bit of crunch. Served with the pancake was soy sauce that it can be dipped to add a bit of saltiness.

Han Cook, Kimchi Pancake, Adelaide
Kimchi Pancake (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


An entrée dish that is more suited for those not blessed with a big appetite, the filling of their Fried Dumplings was quite juicy, which was contrasted well by the crisp skin. In addition to the same dipping sauce that accompanied the Kimchi Pancake, the dumplings comes with a small salad to provide some freshness.

Han Cook, Welland, Fried Dumplings, Adelaide
Fried Dumplings (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Décor of the restaurant is quite distinctive; its plastered walls had pictures of paintings on them to give it a modern feel. The restaurant's location makes it a great stop for shoppers looking for a filling meal before or after they are done with their shopping.

Han Cook, Welland, Korean Side Dishes, Adelaide
Korean Side Dishes (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Han Cook, Welland, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
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Why? To enjoy Korean cuisine before or after shopping.
When: 11am-10pm
Phone: 7001 6414
Where: Welland Plaza, Shop 23/522 Port Road, Welland, SA
Cost: About $20 per main dish
Your Comment
I've only been to one Korean restaurant before, but they also had a cooker inserted on the table to cook the food. I wonder if that is something Korean restaurants particularly do.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12030) 7 days ago
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