16 July 2014
A note of desperation entered my voice as I realised that the Palsaik Namoo set ($59.80) was more food than any 2 humans could ever squeeze in for lunch. We watched plate after plate arrive on our table before I cracked and we invited another friend along. She saved us from great shame haha :)
It turns out that the Palsaik set comfortably feeds 3 people for a filling and hearty lunch. This means that the meal cost $20 each and we were alarmed and excited by the variety of food. It reminded me of the delighted shock at Poppo Korean when I discovered that my discount coupon was serious value!
Seafood soybean paste stew
This enormous spicy soup arrived and was filled to the brim with fresh vegies, tofu, squid, mussels, and prawns. It is pretty great to have an impromptu hotpot bubble away as you prepare for the main feature, which is the Korean BBQ.
Wine, original, ginseng, garlic, herb, curry, miso paste, and red pepper paste pork belly
The obvious attraction of the set menu is the pork line-up. We were the 3 heroes in this story, prepared to devour slab after slab of thick sliced pork belly. You start from the lighter flavours on the left and work your way to the powerful ones on the right. All the while, the vegies on the hotplate fry away in pork fat.
Hotplate with meat and vegies
If you’re crazy enough, you’ll use the radish wedge to clean away the burnt pork bits. We only did this once or twice towards the end because we wanted a nice even brown, but man was I sad to push away the oil and fat which was packed with flavour.
Kim chi, pickled onion, bean shoots, 2 steamed rice bowls
We snipped the pork belly into thirds and shared some steamed rice, a spring onion and soy sauce condiment, plus the little bowls of chilled “salads”. My brave friend learnt to eat pasta as recently as last year (lolwut!) but happily tucked into the kim chi. The fermented spicy and sour cabbage wasn’t to her taste, but the super vinegary raw onion was! Lightly flavoured bean sprouts with sesame oil are always a winner.
Palsaik Namoo is seriously packed on weekends and certain weekday evenings. It is definitely worth a visit if you can find a time when the crowds are less crazy. The food is fresh, delicious, and wholesome. I loved the variety of flavours in the Palsaik set, the huge serving sizes, and obviously the novelty of cooking your own food. Yes, you’ll be smelling meat in your hair for the rest of the day, but can you honestly say that’s a bad thing?
Likes: Palsaik set has huge servings, fresh food, lots of variety
Dislikes: meat smell in my hair (only because I’m certain others can smell it haha)
Value for money: very good
Overall: the Palsaik set with 8 flavours of pork belly is exciting and delicious
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