Delicious sharing plates of Korean delights
District: Wan Chai Hong Kong
How much: Dishes range from $138 – $390
Best for: Relaxed lunch, dinner and drinks with friends
Must order: Gujeolpan and KFD
Contemporary Korean restaurant MOMOJEIN at QRE Plaza in Wanchai launches a delicious new menu this month – packed full of flavour and beautifully presented dishes. Chef Lim (a South Korean TV chef; he’s a bit of a celeb back in his homeland), really has gone above and beyond with a delicious selection sure to satisfy any taste buds.
The restaurant itself has been in Wan Chai for three years and it’s easy to see why it’s so popular. Exposed ceilings and contemporary décor welcome you as you enter this light airy space. Each windowsill is overflowing with plants and flowers, which I loved. The ambience oozes contemporary casual making this a great spot for a relaxed lunch or dinner.
The menu intrigued me from the offset with a twist on many classic Korean dishes. We started with Handmade Tofu ($138) and Chef Lim has stayed true to traditional Korean flavour by ensuring all ingredients are prepared fresh in house. The accompanying Kimchi (always a favourite of mine), has been fermented for at least 6 months (wowzers), showcasing this chef’s dedication to the perfect dish. It shows in the taste and the presentation – both of which couldn’t be faulted.
We then moved on to Gujeolpan ($138). This was definitely one of the standouts for me, and one I’d call a “must try.” The plate comes with coloured wraps, surrounded by nine ingredients including beef, egg, cucumber, carrot and shiitake mushroom. The wraps are handmade, as is the pine nut mustard dipping sauce. I loved making up my own little pancakes; the combination of flavours meant I just had to go back in for a second. To be honest I’d have had a third but I knew there were far more dishes to try.
It was then on to Yukhoe ($178). This traditional raw beef dish has been reinvented with homemade chilli oil, which gives the dish a spicy hot, aromatic twist. It was a new dish to me and I’d definitely order it again.
I always love when food can be shared and these starting plates were great for this making MOMOJEIN the ideal place for a group dinner.
Some of the other delicious options on the menu include Kalbi & Grilled Vegetables ($390). The prime graded beef is grilled to perfection and is served with a pumpkin dip; once again made in-house with the freshest ingredients. An innovative touch to the dish is the coriander salad as a side dish.
The KFD (Korean Fried Drumstick – large $240 / regular $128), is another popular choice – who doesn’t love fried chicken? The sauce is made from scratch and the chicken seasoned for days, ensuring the meat fully absorbs the delicious flavour. Fried chicken is my favourite guilty pleasure and this doesn’t disappoint.
This is a great find for anyone looking for standout Korean food; I know I’ll be back again soon.
Momojein, 23/F QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong 2789 1949
Photos courtesy of Carrie Johnson and courtesy of MOMOKEIN