Tong 86 is a Korean bbq casual restaurant located on Beaufort Street in Northbridge near the police station and the Court (I've been known to eat here before hitting the dance floor there - maybe as a result of a little too much soju!). On the odd occasion that I'm suffering from massive red meat cravings (I generally prefer chicken or fish) I love to come here. You cook the meat yourself at the table and it's served simply with a few side dishes (most often lettuce, fish cake slices, cabbage kimchi and spring onion kimchi (at least I think that's what it is)).
I usually dip the cooked meat into the salted sesame oil and then into the soya bean/chilli sauce, placed it in part of a torn lettuce leaf with some of the side dishes, roll it up and gobble it down. YUM.
|Unsuspecting victims of my bad photography skills|
A tip from a Korean friend was that drinking soju while eating improves the flavour of the meat. Not sure if it's true (generally once I start with the soju I don't tend to remember the dining experience, so my testing of the theory hasn't been very useful!) but it's worth a try! You clink your glasses, say 건배! (kon bae!) toss it back like a shooter, and I like to do this for fun - pull a face and make a sound in the back of your mouth by partially blocking the air with your tongue almost like you've burned something. You see them do it a lot in k-dramas - it's kinda fun! And takes the sting away from the soju which can be quite strong =P
|I inhaled. It disappeared.|