We were eager for more Korean food after trying budae jjigae for the first time. Being quite inexperienced when it comes to Korean cuisine, we jumped at the opportunity when our friend, Chaky, invited us to scout Strathfield out for dinner. We ended up at the local favourite Won Jo which, funnily enough, we had visited before for the bibimbap.
Once we had ordered, the banchan (side dishes) came out quickly and were soon devoured by us and promptly refilled upon request. Our favourites were the eomuk-bokkeum (fish cake) and kongnamul-muchim (bean sprouts).
The first dish to come out was the Kimchi Soft Tofu Stew, ordered by my girlfriend. The stew was very satisfying and a perfect serving size for her. The ingredients included generous amounts of soft tofu, zucchini, sour kimchi and onions in a soup that was an explosion of Korean flavours.
What we really came to Won Jo for was the Budae Jjigae or, as it’s listed in the menu, Spicy Sausage Hot Pot with Kimchi & Ramen. It came out in a huge pot which was set on the special built-in stove on our table. We noticed that though there were a lot of ingredients, it lacked the essential baked beans and cheese slice, which ended up affecting the overall depth of flavour. The pot is deeper than you might expect and we found ourselves very full at the end of it. However, there was a lot of soup left at the end as the lack of baked beans meant that the jjigae didn’t thicken up much at all.
Their Sweet Rice Drink was a sweet, refreshing drink that was great at cutting through the grease and helped wash everything down.
Won Jo remains one of our favourite places in Strathfield and we walked out with a bit of a waddle because of the sheer amount of food we ate! They also do Korean BBQ so if you’re looking for somewhere to catch up with friends or just have a solid Korean meal, definitely check out Won Jo!