Melbourne Hwaro Korean BBQ

It was only Tuesday night and this place is packed. More than half the crowd here are made up of Koreans. I love the dining experience at Hwaro (562 Little Bourke St, Melbourne). The place is filled with lots of chatter and lovely aromas from the grilled meats! It was the perfect choice to catch up with old friends that has came back for a visit. Eating grilled morsels of meat, drinking soju and having long chats.

Soju (a korean rice wine) is the choice of beverage for us tonight. The guys ordered the soju (21% alcohol) in a bottle. The girls ordered the peach flavoured soju that comes in a pretty teapot.

Peach flavoured soju

Peach flavoured soju

And as all Korean restaurants, we were served with array of condiments and sauces to compliment the grilled meats.The kimchi here was really well made. A definite spiciness with a good balance of crunch. Besides the kimchi, we were served with lightly sauted beansprouts, pickled julianed green vegetables, beans, green cut chillies, cabbage leaves, korean chilli paste and a mixture of sesame & salt. The korean chilli paste was an instant hit with me.

Condiments & sauces

Condiments & sauces

The meats are placed on charcoaled grilled that has a smoke ventilator on top. I will advise not wearing your best dress here! The Ox tongue was a must have. I made use of the the green cabbage leaf to wrap around the grilled meats. First the crunch and then the smokey oily meats. Delightful!

Ox tongue

Ox tongue & thin sliced beef

We ordered Gai-bi (a traditional marinate beef prime rib with the bone), brisket, king prawns, pork skin, chicken thigh, pork belly and pork back bone with potato & spicy sauce. Plus many rounds of soju. I lost count after 3.

Grilled gai-bi

Grilled gai-bi

Huge king prawns

Huge king prawns

Grilled pork skin & prawns

Grilled pork skin & prawns

Miss W insisted that we ordered this soup. Obviously her favourite and she wasn’t wrong! The soup was placed on top of a gas cooker and left to boil away. A big scoop of korean chilli paste is then stirred in and the dish was ready for consumption.

Pork back bone with potato & spicy soup

Pork back bone with potato & spicy soup

Korean mixed grain rice or Ogokbap was ordered to accompany the soup dish. The texture was quite glutinous but so yummy and hearty with the prok broth.

Ogokbap (korean five grain rice)

Ogokbap (korean five grain rice)

The end

The end

And if you are a smoker, no worries. There is an outside area catered for you. It may be chilly but you can be warmed by the charcoal heat and after many many soju!

Everyone on the table was smiling and with satisfation written all over the face. The soju may have played a part but eating here has never been a let down. If it is good enough for the Koreans, it is good enough for me!

By the way, each table is given a ‘doorbell’. Just need to buzz it for service. We only used it to order more soju……

Double YUM UP!

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