Saturday, 17 May 2014

Moon Park - Redfern, Sydney

Moon Park does Korean food, but not as we know it. Located in the latest foodie hotspot, Redfern, the dishes on offer are modern, refined and light.

The space is minimalist with simple decor, plus a balcony area which overlooks Redfern park.

rice crackers

We start with these paper thin and airy rice crackers whilst we ponder over the menu and decide what we want to order.

Cucumber kimchi, fresh nashi

This is not your usual kimchi dish. The cucumber and nashi were so refreshing, this is definitely a dish I'd like to recreate at home.

Bindaedduk

Flavoursome fried chickpea cake with pork mince and cabbage kimchi

Smoked eel with seed biscuit

These pretty morsels were gone in a single bite.

Ddokbeokki

Rice cakes, gochujiang and peanuts. Texturally, rice cakes are always interesting to eat. The addition of the sweetness crushed peanuts reminded me of a chinese dessert with similar elements.

Jiajangmian

Visually very beautiful with the contrast of alamari noodles, blackbean, snowpea and kombu. Almost too pretty to eat!

bibim

This is Moon Park's interpretation of a korean dish that we all know and love. Their version has mixed rice, spanner crab, walnuts, broccolini and burnt butter. The portions err on the small side, though I find the dishes so flavoursome that you only really need a tiny portion to be satisfied.

zucchini pancake with mussel and calamari

This was my favourite dish of the night. The pancake was so crisp, and zucchini is up there on the list of favourite vegetables. I need to recreate this at home!

imjiasutang

Another pretty dish, a refined poached royal summer chicken salad dish, with pinenuts, date and pickled rose.

shrimp brined fried chicken with soy and syrup

We all know the other KFC, Korean fried chicken, and again this is a fancier version of the giant plates of sticky, sweet and spicy we usually order at Korean restaurants. Moon Park's version is cooked to a perfect crispiness. 

pork belly, young corn, kale namul and pickled clam

A delicious combination of flavours - you can't really go wrong with pork belly!

eggplant, egg custard, pickled garlic scapes, lotus root jorim

The smokiness of the eggplant and the ridiculously silken egg custard made for a lovely contrast.

patbingsu 

With chestnut ice cream, brown rice ice, pear and sujungwha

moon pie

With prune, muesli marshmallow, ginger jelly, graham cracker

The desserts carried on the theme of refined, lovely and light and were a nice way to end the meal. 

Overall, an interesting and refreshing experience where the dishes are beautifully executed and shows a different side of Korean food. 

However, due personal preference, I'm not sure if this is a place I would re-visit though, as when I have a craving for Korean food it's usually either for a big hearty bibimbap or a massive plate of fried chicken.


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6 comments :

julie said...

I agree completely. Very enjoyable meal indeed, wouldnt mind going back but I really like my homely korean food :)

Sherrie @ Crystal Noir said...

I'm fascinated by the rice cakes! I have to admit, I'm always one to crave Korean fried chicken though :P

Tina said...

Is this a tasting menu or a la carte? I know what you mean - when I want Korean, it's usually the same cravings, not fancy, modern stuff.

Karen N said...

julie - definitely! I almost think about moon park as in the fine dining category

Sherrie - yum! best type of fried chicken in my opinion :)

Tina - this was all a la carte

Helen (Grab Your Fork) said...

omg how delicious is their fried chicken? The sauce is so tasty! The ddeokbokki is so addictive too.

ChopinandMysaucepan said...

Dear Karen,

We thought the bibim was the standout dish here. Though the fried chicken is good, I found it a tad too salty.