So who knew that there is a little cluster of Korean-owned shops and restaurants off Lincoln Road?
I was on a mission to check out Ko’s Dumplings for another project, and found it amongst a little strip of cafes, shops and other restaurants. Although the restaurants offer Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean food, they are all owned and operated by Koreans.
It is the little Korean touches that make the Chinese food menu at Ko’s different – like the little side dishes that you get with your order. But I am getting ahead of myself.
I visited Ko’s one lunch time, and at 12 noon was the only person in the restaurant. Just as well that I grabbed a place, because it soon filled up!
Obviously in a dumpling restaurant a person must order dumplings, and so I ordered fried dumplings to take home with me ($10). I decided to eat in, so I also ordered tofu and minced pork in a spicey sauce ($15). I was sad to see shark’s fin dishes on the menu:(
The complimentary tea was promptly served to me at my table, along with two little Korean side-dishes of pickled turnip and raw onion pieces to dip into their own soy paste (better than it sounds).
My large plate of tofu and pork soon arrived and it was delicious. Lots of tofu with pieces of cooked pork in a flavourful sauce with just the right amount of heat kick to it. The perfect dish for a winter’s day and one that could be easily shared with another person.
I was glad that I had the dumplings to look forward to later at home as I suspected they would be good. The table next to me of a Korean mother and her two teenage children ordered both the steamed and the fried dumplings!
When I opened the container of dumplings at home, I was impressed with the presentation. The dumplings were nestled in container which was lined with a paper doily, and was accompanied by chopsticks wrapped in a serviette, a little plastic container of soy sauce and some pieces of the turnip pickle.
The dumplings themselves were fried to a golden brown and not at all greasy. The pork and chive filling was very flavourful. Ko’s makes all their own dumplings and you can buy them frozen to take home and cook yourself.
For all of you Chinese food and dumpling lovers in West Auckland – give Ko’s a go!