Jang Ta Bal is a Korean BBQ restaurant that sits on The Boulevarde in Strathfield. A cosy DIY style eatery which means you get to cook the meat just how you want it. All tables have their own round charcoal grills built into the middle.
One of the best things about going to a Korean restaurant is all the free sides you get. Called ‘banchan’ these delicious little plates consisted of mashed sweet creamy potato, onions in a light soy wasabi sauce (to accompany the grilled meats), shredded spring onion with chili and vinegar, kimchi (my favorite), baby bok choy stir fried in sesame oil , pickled radish, and marinated dried radish in chili and vinegar.
Soy Marinated Beef Rib
There’s something about cooking over charcoal that makes meat so moist and tasty. This was a serious slab of meat. Slowly cooking over the bright red coal really brought out that soy flavor. We ate the ssam style wrapped in lettuce with some rice and kim chi. Divine!
Squid and Shallot Pancake
Oh how I love a good seafood pancake! Known as ‘pajeon‘ this dish a real crowd pleaser, chocked full of tasty squid and shallots and bundled in a crisp batter this dish is seriously addictive.
Spicy Cold Noodles
The perfect dish for those warmer months, these spicy cold noodles (or bibim guksu for those in the know) are, as the name suggest, served icy cold. Don’t be fooled by this though. This dish is amazingly flavourful. Between the chili paste, rice vinegar and sesame oil these noodles are all together spicy, sweet, tangy, salty and nutty.
Spicy Pork Ribs with Cheese and Rice Cakes
This hot mess was by far my favorite of the night. Brought to your table still bubbling away on the hotplate this concoction of soft pork ribs and rice cakes are drowned in a unimaginably good chili sauce and topped with melted cheese.
Overall, a fun night out.
Jang Ta Bal Korean Charcoal BBQ
48A The Boulevarde,
Strathfield, NSW 2135