Monday, June 1, 2015

Han Sang Korean Well-Being Food @ Prima Tanjung, Tanjung Tokong, Penang.

**Update: Han Sang Korean Well-Being Food has since relocated to Vantage Desiran Tanjung (Lot B-1-1)**

An explosion of Korean restaurants opened in Pulau Tikus/ Tanjung Bungah area lately. A continuation from my quest to check out all these new Korean food outlets, Han Sang Korean Well-Being Food is a hidden gem that awaits to be unearthed. Unlike the conventional sit-down Korean restaurants, Han Sang skews towards the semi fast-food version instead. The restaurateur operates the mini Korean market next door as well; it has a small kitchen and that justifies the limited variety on their menu. It specializes in serving Bibimbap and a couple variants of Toppoki. Prices are generally more affordable than the upscale Korean establishments and we were also given advises on how we should eat the Korean delicacies (though I am quite well-acquainted, I can't say no to the hospitable host can I?). Han Sang's location is rather obscure, well-hidden on the first floor of Prima Tanjung, on top of Korean E Mart; facing the same side as K Pot Korean Food.

Cheese Toppoki Set (Rm 19) was served on a sizzling pan, together with Korean Fish Cake and a hard-boiled Egg. The Toppoki/ Korean Rice Cake was carefully cooked to the right texture- slightly resilient but not hard to the bite. However, we thought the sauce could be slightly thicker. The diluted Toppoki sauce barely clung to the Rice Cake, as a result of that, flavors were a little soft. Also, the sweetness in the sauce was somewhat pallid either. 

I was blown away by their Sashimi Bibimbap Set (Rm 20), a Japanese-influenced dish. Generously cut Tuna and Salmon Sashimi were placed atop of White Rice, completed with julienned greens and jeweled with Shrimp Roe. Han Sang was trying to keep things simple by adding some sweet Korean Chili sauce with a gentle heat to the Bibimbap. Boy oh boy, it was golly good! The fish Sashimis were fresh and sweet, even better with the juicy crunch of greens. The trick is to mix everything together so that the Roe could infiltrate into every bite of the Rice. One bite of the Sashimi Rice allows you to understand the word: Umami. A dish not to be missed by Sashimi lovers. 

Complimentary Drinks that come together with the Set

Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No

Additional Information:
Address: 98-1-43A, Prima Tanjung, Jalan Fettes, 10470, Tanjung Tokong, Penang.
Business Hours: 11 am to 9 pm. Closed on Sundays.
Contact Number: 604- 890 3800

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