Written by Shirley T
Monday, 15 February 2010 09:19
Our last experience with Korean cuisine at Daoroe Korean BBQ in Penang was fabulous! Extraordinary experience and great food. When I was googling for Asian grocery stores in Austin, I accidentally found Han Yang Market - a store that carries a huge array of North Asian food especially Korean and Japanese.
Two weeks ago, we decided to give it a shot. Located in a strip of mall comprised Korean businesses in Brentwood neighborhood, one may access Han Yang Market from Lamar Blvd. Coming from north, it was on our right after we passed a railway track and then Justin Lane. Han Yang Market and Korean restaurant signpost could be easily spotted from road side. Ample parking space. For any first timer, the facade of Korean Restaurant does have a decent door with an 'open' light sign as if one can enter. To our surprise, we had to walk into the restaurant through Han Yang Market. The positive is Han Yang Market is clean and free from marine smell like other typical Asian grocery stores.
I think Korean Restaurant is a family-run restaurant. A self-service restaurant so you can save on the tipping. Menu is showcased at the ordering counter in both Korean and English. Once we had decided on what to have, we informed the uncle that sat at the counter. He managed all the customers' order. The uncle speaks and understands minimal English vocabulary, thus it is wise to inform him by the number on the menu rather than by the name of the dishes. We opted for a bowl of Kimchi soup and a set of Bulgogi pork.
While waiting for our number to be shouted, we went ahead to nibble some side dishes (banchan) such as bean sprouts, pickled raddish and pickled Chinese cabbage. They are provided next to the counter and feel free to top up if you like it.
I was happy with my choice - Kimchi soup that contained Chinese white cabbage, diced tofu and sliced pork and served a bowl of steamed rice. It had been so long since I last tasted a hot and nice Kimchi soup. Judging from facial expression, my Significant Other undoubtedly enjoyed his Bulgogi (grilled & marinated) pork that was served with steamed rice and a small bowl of clear soup.
Do not expect fancy stuff but great enough to satisfy the craving for a Korean meal.
6808 N. Lamar blvd #A-110
Austin, TX 78752
Phone: (512) 371-3199
Estimated cost per person: < US$10
Note: I totally forgot about my compact camera, so these pictures were captured with a handphone camera.
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