I had a chance to visit Strathfield, the largest K town in Syndey. It’s a 20 minute drive from the city, in a very nice, quiet neighborhood…I didn’t know what to expect at first, but to my surprise, it was quite lovely! I had a great time with my cousins, and they made THE ‘Aussie-Korean’ meal at their place-‘Wallamsam’ (direct translation=vietnamese spring rolls). Basically, the concept behind this is the vietnamese spring rolls meets Korean banchan, served with homemade chili sauce and crushed peanuts. You dunk the rice paper wrap in hot water, then add veggies of your choice, wrap, dip in sauce, and chow down!
Another Korean-Aussie couple mentioned this wallamsam concept a few weeks back, and explained that since there aren’t too many good K restaurants here (totally agreed unfortunately), the Koreans feast on this specialty at home. Great treat for guests (lot of labor preparing for it, even though it’s make-your-own), but the Koreans love it, and it’s freakin awesome!!! I seriously didn’t know when to stop.
The K-town in the city is mainly on Pitt street, sprawled onto George street. 13 of us went to Hanabi restaurant to indulge in the $10 dol-sot-bibimbop specials they had going on all of October. For most of those that went to Hanabi, this was their very first Korean food experience, and boy did they love the pork belly and soju! I warned them about the next day hang overs…but they didn’t bother to listen:)