In celebration of Australia’s wonderful food scene, we’ve compiled a list of the top five feeder countries of international students into the Australian tertiary education sector and listed our favourite places to indulge in the corresponding countries’ culinary delights.
#4. Republic of Korea
Kong is a slick, modern take on Korean cuisine and the only issue here is deciding what to order. Spicy pork buns, three flavours of fried chicken wings and the Kong Bossam BBQ tray are all safe options, or go all out with the $66 Feed Me Happy Menu.
There are almost too many dishes to choose from at Madang but that’s a good problem to have. With seven different types of bibimbap and a BBQ combination of ox tongue, chicken, pork king prawn, octopus and mussel, you can’t go wrong!
If you’re on the hunt for premium Korean fried chicken, look no further than Seoul Bistro. Choose between crispy fried, sweet ‘n’ spicy, honey soy, honey wasabi, peri peri, buffalo and hot ‘n’ spicy, and stay calm – there’s an unlimited buffet option!
Smart diners in Hobart know exactly where to head for simple, delicious Korean fare. Arirang Korean and Chinese Restaurant might double up on cuisines with a variety of dumplings but a hot pot (suited for two-three people) is the obvious choice; try the Budae Jjigae with pork, ham, sausage, kimchi and tofu.
Darwin isn’t the first place you’d expect to find an outstanding Korean restaurant yet low and behold, there is one all the same. Little Miss Korea is all about BQQ, whether you are ordering single dishes like pork belly in garlic oil and green shell mussels, or deciding between the LMK meat set ($27 per person) and the LMK seafood set ($37 per person).
Perth has plenty of great Korean BBQ joints and there are few places better than Palsaik Namoo in the CBD. The kimchi seafood pancake is a great way to get things started but it’s all about meat here – the 8 Colourful Flavours of Pork set comes in a variety of marinades with rice, vegetables and stew.
A slightly different take on the cuisine, Mandoo Korean Dumplings may be only a small venue but it certainly packs a punch. Take your pick between pork, chicken or vegetarian, decide whether you’d like them steamed or pan fried, and enjoy.
Arirang is the politician's choice for Korean food in the nation's capital and there are options aplenty. Take it easy with a $14.50 chicken kathu set or ramp things up with a special, perhaps the Korean sizzling beef and mixed vegetables in spicy stew.