We were quite excited to see a new-ish Korean Restaurant out west. Good asian food is scarce in Outrageous Fortune country. Mojung Restaurant is sweet. Cute decor and really clean, creating a nicer atmosphere than many Korean joints around town (of course there had to be one child-like decal and soft toy on display but they are out to one side and didn’t detract too much).
We were served by a lovely lady but her English wasn’t up to much so ordering was a bit challenging at first. We found out later that the man who owns it had just stepped out for a moment and his command of the language was a lot better. He was most helpful at explaining the menu.
We ordered a Bibimbap (a huge bowl of flavoured rice with sections of mince, courgettes, carrot, asian mushrooms, bean sprouts and an egg with chilli paste on top – $12). It’s a big favourite of ours and is delicious when you stir everything together combining the various tastes.
This one was different to what we have experienced before but still very tasty. Often the egg is raw and it cooks as you mix it through the hot rice, but this one was already fried. We have always had it in a hot metal pot so the rice crisps and browns a bit on the bottom but this was in a plastic bowl. It didn’t make an enormous difference and caused less fights over the crispy rice, but I have to say I do prefer the raw egg (sure you could ask). It came with a warming Korean-style miso with chilli in it which was perfectly spiced and full bodied.
We also ordered braised short beef ribs ($18). I do love the way Korean food always comes with a million tiny side dishes. This time it was kimchi, daikon with chilli, cucumber with chilli, thick vermicelli noodles with mixed vegetables and a delicate garlic sauce, and potato pancake. The chilli dishes were super-spicy but really addictive and the vermicelli and the and potato pancake were also good, albeit in a much milder way. Korean heat in food always has that raw quality that soon dissipates rather than Indian or Thai chilli that can hang around your mouth for a long time.
All the side dishes had strong, fresh, flavours and the ribs themselves were very tasty too. They had that sweet, distinctly Korean flavour of garlic, sugar and soy sauce and the meat was soft and tender, clearly having marinated for a long time. This dish was not as good value as the $12 meals but still a lot for $18 once you ate all the side dishes.
We were really interested in the Napa Wraps (soft salted cabbage leaves with pork, veges and sauces to load into them) but were too full to eat any more. There seemed to be a whole menu of things to share like the wraps, hot pots and stews. These were over $20 but all appeared to feed two to three people so were within Cheap Eats budget. There were also plenty of other rice options with chicken, squid, pork or beef done in different ways on top and these were all $12.
Mojung means Mother’s Love and this is very much the theme. Everyday home-cooked food just like a Korean mama would make.