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Saranghae!

Posted on: 17 January 2012

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Korean BBQ is one of my favourite things to eat and it's essentially, an indoor barbeque which is pretty fun. If you were wondering, Saranghae means 'I love you' in Korean and well, I guess I do love Korean food and that phrase is just about all the Korean I know after listening to Korean pop and watching their dramas. I wish I could say that my last decent Korean BBQ meal was in Korea but the closest I have got to that country is of course, Hong Kong. Cue, me opening up my HK folder and finding a bazillion photos of food which I have not blogged about yet! So lets get back to business and let me introduce you to Kaya, a Korean restaurant I visited back in the Summer in HK near Times Square.
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Similar to hot pot, it's all about sharing and cooking each other food! It's fun but your clothes definitely smell of the smokey BBQ later and you only have yourself to blame if you get food poisoning....so you need to make sure everything is cooked through! You order the meat you would like to cook and it always comes with lots of side dishes which of course includes the traditional Korean dish, Kimchi which is a fermented vegetable dish (usually Chinese leaf) and it is chillies that give it the red colour.
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Super blurry pic, sorry! One thing we always order a beef brisket/stew type dish but this pot was tiny and was hard to divide among so many people.
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The restaurant was full of Korean customers which is always a good sign and also run by Korean staff. I always stress this, but if you find 'locals' inside restaurants then authenticity can be guaranteed which I suppose is obvious. The place itself was slightly more expensive than we had experienced before. You can tell just from the quality of the beef, the slightly marbled slabs of beef are definitely highly graded.
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All finished off by some Sujeonggwa which is a Korean cinammon based dessert/tea
While this place was lovely for dinner, my HK family didn't rate it as much due to value for money and selection of food on offer. However, if you want more of an atmosphere (i.e. rowdy Cantonese style), cheaper menu and more side dishes, visit Han Ah Rum in Causeway Bay which was pretty good too but there was a distinct lack of Korean being spoken there...or maybe the HK locals were drowning them all out?

There are a couple of places that do Korean BBQ in Birmingham but they're not authentic and run as Hot Pot/Chinese restaurants. Though in a more international city like London, you're bound to find some authentic Korean restaurants if you wanted to give this a try!. One thing is for sure, Korea is definitely a place that Hailey and I are desperate to visit. I really need to visit and say hey to my friend in Seoul who said she would introduce me to the er...food. Sounds good right?

50 comments:

  1. I love going for Korean BBQ, but dislike the smell on me afterwards!!

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  2. i really loved korean bbq too the first time i had it.
    i havent had the chance to have it again but i think im going to make some reservations after seeing this.

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  3. mmm I've never tried Korean bbq before but I definitely want too, Looks so yummy!!
    - C xx

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  4. Haha my Korean language knowledge is limited to saranhae and various fangirl chants :3 I love a good Korean BBQ, there's a lovely place in Golders Green in North London if you ever get the chance to come down for a foodie few days! I went to a Korean BBQ in Mong Kok... somewhere... and the food tasted pretty Chinese hahaha. xx

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  5. wow it sounds amazing!!

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  6. love it!!!!

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  7. I will be having Korean bbq for lunar new years. :D You look adorable!

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  8. That looks really delicious, nice pictures and blog too :).

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  9. You got me all excited for a minute there I thought we had a Korean BBQ place in the UK!
    I ALWAYS visit them in the Thailand I know cooking your food is a bit of a novelty but it's such a fun place to take the family for dinner, anyway one good thing is that we're having Hot Pot for new year I haven't had one in so long and I'm really looking forward to it xoxo

    p.s, yep saranghae is pretty much the extent of my Korean to thanks to various KPop tunes LOL!

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  10. Oh man your posts make me SO hungry. Always.

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  11. This looks so cool! I love any restaurant that gives you free reign to do the cooking! Although I hate cooking at home... but there's something about cooking mini bits of food at your table that's just awesome! :)

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  12. Yum! We do have a sweet Korean grill near where I live. The best egg rolls! & lots of stuff, I'm not sure the name of. But it is fun to go there. Sometimes, the lady who owns the place will make us something special. Usually, it won't happen unless my brother is with me.

    Beautiful Foodie post!

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  13. This looks amazing but I hate hate hate kimchi! I had a chinese flatmate at uni who loved it, but just the thought of it makes me sick!

    Other than that I would totally eat everything else here though!

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  14. Yummm yakiniku....oishi..delicious

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  15. Looks so yummy! <3 rowdy Cantonese atmospheres are always very nostalgic to me haha

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  16. Mmmmmmmm! They look delicious! I haven't been to any Korean restaurants in HK yet...so far I've been to Chinese, Thai, Viet, Italian and Japanese hahahahaha.

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  17. I always make a mistake in visiting your blog before dinner. omg so hungry now. it's always nice to go yakiniku/bbq-ing with friends. I've seen people here do it alone. D: idk how they can

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  18. yummy!!!

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  19. HUNGRY!
    I once had a Korean bbq in New York Koreantown, but it was so not the one you have. Mine was
    small, the bbq it self was a tiny square rooster in the middle of the table. And it was ütterly exspensive. -sigh-

    Oh well. anyway nice pictures :D

    xx

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  20. All your traveling photos make me want to run out and get an amazing meal. This looks so good!

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  21. You're so pretty ! Nice pictures. Kiss xxx
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  22. I do love korean food but not so much yakiniku (korean BBQ) - it's really popular in Japan and I guess I take it for granted these days!

    London has great Korean restaurants - I highly recommend New Malden is if you ever go down toward southwest London, a proper K-town :D I used to live around that area for university ^^

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  23. Oh that looks ah-mazing, Winnie! And I love the photos with your sis and grandma -- so sweet!

    I've always wanted to go to Korea too (well especially after watching Korean soaps/dramas), but the closest I've been is north of Atlanta. Believe it or not there is a suburb about 45 minutes north of Atlanta that is peopled with hundreds of thousands (possibly millions now) of Koreans! Every shop and restaurant is Korean and soooo delicious. It's where I've had really good Korean BBQ. Nommmm sounds so delicious right now!

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  24. i love korean bbq. I love all the banchan and the kimchi soups. :D

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  25. The food looks delicious but not so sure about cooking it myself, I probably would end up with food poisoning!

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  26. This post made me hungry! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  27. It looks like a great restaurant. I haven't had Korean food in so long.

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  28. *sigh* So not the best post to have a look at just before I need to cook dinner and there is nothing to cook. The food looks SO GOOD.

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  29. Yummy!!!! I always love going out for KBBQ too...though I always leave SUPER STUFFED! haha.

    Ooh you like to KPOP and watch dramas too? XD Who are your favorite gasoos? ^^

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  30. WOW! All that food looks so yummy!

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  31. Such a great post, I like it!!! The photos are simply fab!

    Take a look and if you want we can follow each others: Cosa mi metto???
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  32. oh gosh these pictures really make me hungry!
    thanks for your lovely comment as well!
    xxx

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  33. Mmmmmmmmmm goooood!!!
    Ciao
    Barbara

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  34. oh yummers! i dont normally choose Korean but when i do eat it, i love it! My friend from New York came for a visit during Christmas and we went to a Korean restaurant in Causeway Bay at this shopping mall/building filled with restaurants called Beverly Island. Not sure if you heard of that mall? Anyway, the food was delish and yes, our clothes definitely stinks of smokey bbq afterwards.Funny you mentioned it because its soo true!!! haha

    I've not heard of Sujeonggwa but i'll definitely try it when i go again. Oh there's another quite delish Korean place in Tsim Sha Tsui called Sorabol, it's located inside the Miramar Shopping Centre on Nathan road.I heard that the Korean singer Rain ate there before? lol...just thought i'd let you know;)

    So you're into Korean soaps, music , and food eh? Yeah i used to watch korean soaps and listen to their music but i was always more a Japanese fan...hahaha....but i gotta say, the soaps are always so sad, makes me cry!

    In the mean time, wishing you a healthy and happy Chinese new year! I'll be going to Shenzhen for CNY for a few days so hopefully it will be a blast!!!

    And thanks for following me on instagram, it's great that i can see your photos on the go now, hahaha

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  35. Oh my god this post has made me SO HUNGRY! x

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  36. First question Winnie, what camera are you using?! That first picture of you is so... High Def! Heh!

    My stomach is rumbling, looking at your photos of the Korean bbq! Haven't had it in ages.... And I'm totally craving for it now! Hahah! xx

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  37. OH wow this is so cute! I love eating korean food, but I had never seen that indoor barbecue thing before! It must be fun to do all the work I guess? haha XD Kimchis are so nice too :)) Your posts always make me hungry!

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  38. Being Korean we have our fair share of korean bbq but never tire of it! The taste is pretty much always amazing~

    Love from the NaNa girls x

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  39. Yes you ought to move to HK and we can make some trips to Korea? Hahaha. I really like Seoul- a lot of good shopping and really cheap korean food!!

    Oh so you've met Kit! Ok I can't wait then :)

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  40. Love love love hotpot!

    Fabulous blog girlie, just stumbled accross it!

    xoxo

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  41. Thank you :)
    I really have to take some pictures of my daily outfit but I don't have the time :/
    xx

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  42. This food looks amazing and I love how your family always look so smiley :D

    Maria xxx

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  43. love this pics and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
    Pass to my blog and if it likes you follow me too, I will be so glad :D
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  44. Ahhhh you always make me so jealous with these posts! We definitely need to get hunting for a decent equivalent in London, with lots of tests and consideration. Happy Chinese New Year, can't wait to see posts with the inevitable feasts!

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  45. Super cute! You look gorgeous!
    I'm jealous of all that yummy food!
    Emma xx

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  46. It looks like such a great time and the food looks sooo amazing! :D

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  47. I went to a Korean BBQ place in HK where you could pick your own meat and veg from a buffet. Was truly amazing and I'm dribbling loads right now! xx

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