Thursday, December 24, 2015

Jinggo Dak Galbi @ Elit Avenue, Bayan Baru, Penang.

A new place for Korean Food fanatics to congregate, the burgeoning Elit Avenue just saw another opening of a small but simple Korean Restaurant- Jinggo Dak Galbi. They focus on their namesake Korean dish... Dak Galbi, Korean stir-fried Chicken in sweet and hot sauce. The interior decor is unique, unlike the traditional-conventional setting of a Korean restaurant; Jinggo Dak Galbi had the stoves set up in an industrial setting but they could do better with the air ventilation. Service was quick and attentive, cooking the Chicken was a hassle-free experience as everything was well-taken care of. The budget-watchers would be glad to know that their set menu is competitively priced and not meant to put a dent on your wallet. However, Dak Galbi is the only option here so if you are sensitive to spicy food or not too keen on exploring the stir-fry dish; give this place a skip. 

[Set Menu] 2 Pax of Dak Galbi with Cheese and 2 Add-ons (Rm 58)

Cooking our own Dak Galbi sounds too much effort so we happily allowed the friendly server to take charge. The portion of the Set Menu, which feeds 2 (according to the menu), could easily feed 3-4 small eaters. The standard Dak Galbi sees a scintillating stir-fry of Chicken, sliced Cabbage, julienned Sweet Potatoes, Spring Onions, Onions, Carrots and Korean Rice Cakes; all well-drenched in a sweet, spicy chili sauce. For the Set Order at Jinggo, diners can choose up to 2 additional add-ons and we opted for Udon and Mushrooms (a mix of Enoki and Oyster Mushrooms)... the Cheese was included in the set. The cooking pan at Jinggo is huge so it makes both the cooking and eating processes a lot easier and comfortable.

The key to a good Dak Galbi is the sauce and we glad that Jinggo did it right. The sauce was sweet but at an easily acceptable range (not as sweet as Chun Cheon Dak Galbi) with a sleek peppery-spiciness towards the end. We were also pleasantly surprised by a nice twist introduced by Jinggo... to include Thai Basil into Dak Galbi. We thought the herb would vie for attention but it complemented the overall dish instead. The herbaceous flavor softens the pungent flavor of the sweet chili Sauce and introduced another layer of dimension to the dish. The Chicken was expertly cooked- juicy and most tender and they were extremely generous with the Cheese. Probably localized to suit the local taste buds but we found Jinggo's Dak Galbi fared better than its competitors... friendlier price tags too.

Complimentary Refillable Ban-Chan

Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No

Additional Information:
Address: 1-1-18, Elit Avenue, Jalan Mayang Pasir 3, 11950, Bayan Baru, Penang.
Business Hours: 11 am to 9:30 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 6012- 427 0113

Map of elit avenue penang