Operated by the same people who run Mum's Kimbab in the Market Plaza Food Court, the recently opened Mukbang Korean Cuisine & Bar near Adelaide Central Market is a good place to enjoy Korean cuisine. Despite the large crowd during our visit, service was quite efficient with our dishes not taking long to be served after we placed our order.
A dish that can be expected to be seen at most Korean restaurants, their Korean Fried Chicken was very well done, with the crisp coating contrasting well with the flesh. We opted for the half and half option, picking the Sweet Chilli and Soy flavours as our choices. The extra spicy version of the Sweet Chilli sauce had a potent spicy kick, and the Soy variation had the right degree of sweet savoury flavour to made eating it an enjoyable experience. There were also a few deep-fried pieces of rice sticks to add a chewy element to the dish. Served alongside the chicken was pickled daikon. Its sharp flavour complemented the chicken well.
Korean Fried Chicken (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Generous enough to be shared, the sweet potato noodles in their Japchae still had a resistance to them and the beef and various vegetables stir-fried with the noodles were cooked just right. The sauce gave the dish a delectable savoury flavour and there was enough of it to ensure that the dish was not too dry. Mukbang's Japchae dish notably had a topping of shredded omelette to make the dish more pleasing to the eye.
While it is listed as an entree, the portion size of the Kimchi Pancake was quite generous. The crisp exterior of the pancake was a good contrast to the soft interior and the kimchi provided a bit of a spicy kick. While it is tasty enough on its own, you can dip the pancake into the dipping sauce provided to add a bit of saltiness.
Mukbang has a good selection of Hot Pot on their menu and that is what we will be trying on our next visit. In the opening month of May 2018, the restaurant is giving you 10% discount off your total bill. Ambience is what you would expect from a small cafe and off-street parking is available in the U Park within walking distance from the restaurant.