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Published June 9th 2015
Good food the Korean way
Among the posse of Korean eateries in Eastwood is that one particular joint that I head off to when I am in the mood for some genuine Asian fare. Nestled among Taiwanese, Japanese and Chinese eateries in the Chinese section of Eastwood is Poong Nab Dong Korean Restaurant. This restaurant is quite different to many similar kinds of restaurants that are found in this neighborhood. For starters this place is much more spacious and modern in appearance, probably because the room is not overly crowded with chairs and tables not leaving room for much movement. Another difference I see is the attitude of the waiting staff. Even on the busiest of nights one would not pass without a smile or a friendly greeting. The service is super fast too.
The fare served here are typical dishes that we Asian food enthusiasts are familiar with. Like any other Korean BBQ restaurant Poong Nab Dong too serves the usual cook it yourself set of meaty dishes. There are quite a few large and small plates of non-marinated or marinated meats to choose from (a large plate of meat costs $88.00). The array of side dishes comes to you almost as soon as you have placed the order. Kimchi, the famous Korean side dish, as expected sits as the head of the table surrounded by nine other side dishes of various flavours and textures. All of these are replenished promptly on request.
For those who find cooking meats by yourself on a hot plate set in the middle of the table somewhat daunting, the menu offers quite a few other already cooked dishes to chose from. These can be paired with the BBQ itself or eaten on their own. As for me, I have my own favourite dishes which I would readily recommend for diners at Poong Nab Dong.
First and foremost the KFC (half and half flavours $33.00) at this restaurant is an absolute must try. Korean Fried Chicken, also known as KFC, has become a new sensation among Korean food lovers all around the world. It is said to go down well with perfectly chilled Korean beer. Poong Nab Dong does a heavenly trio of KFC, which I personally cannot have enough of. The battered and deep fried chicken comes in three flavours here. The original, which as the name suggests is done with the basic flavours is capable of hitting the right taste buds on anyone's palate. Then there's the garlic teriyaki flavoured KFC with quite a hit of garlic that blends in with all the flavours that are happening in the chicken. My favourite of the three would be the fiery sweet chilli flavoured chicken. This particular flavour definitely is not for those with a weak palate which is not used to hot and spicy food.
Bibimbap, which is served on a blisteringly hot stone pot, is another must-try dishes at this restaurant. The familiar tastes are there but there's something different in the flavours that gives the extra specialness in the Poong Nab Dong version of bibimbap. In short this dish is absolutely sumptuous and quite filling.
The pork iceberg ($28.00 for five potions) is another dish that is filled with incredible flavours. The pork meat is tender and coated in a sumptuous sweet thick sauce. This is eaten whole with sticky rice and the iceberg leaf that it comes in and is a wondrous marriage between textures and flavours.
All in all my experience at Poong Nab Dong has always been pleasant and satisfying and I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone interested in savouring authentic Korean fare in comfortable surrounds at a reasonable price.