I feel like I’m right at the heart of Seoul. There’s a lot of clatter as staff follow the ringing of table bells. It’s such a lively room. Hungry people join the queue every couple of minutes. I scan the restaurant, and large majorities of the crowd appear to be Korean. Ah, perfect… it’s going to be the real deal. Families, students, large groups and working couples all looked content with their meals. Food really does soothe the soul.
Without a reservation, we lined up for over 30 minutes. That was a long 30 minutes of eyeing everything that came out of the kitchen. So as soon as we were seated, the three of us girls knew what we wanted. A big and warm bubbling hot pot with some kim-chi pancake, please!
Within a couple of minutes, our supply of side dishes arrived:

Seoul Ria, Sydney - Korean condiment: spinach with sesame oil

spinach with sesame oil

Seoul Ria, Sydney - Korean condiment: kim chi


Seoul Ria, Sydney - Korean condiment: chestnut jelly

chestnut jelly

Seoul Ria, Sydney - Korean condiment: potatoes in spice

potatoes in spice
Then the pot of goodness was served. Mmm… I didn’t take a photo after the beef was cooked, so apologies for the raw meat! The hot pot was full of hearty warmth.

Seoul Ria, Sydney - Korean: beef and vegetable hot pot

Potato noodles, green vegies, radish, shallots, button mushrooms, enoki mushrooms and lots of marinated beef in a clear stock.
Starchy foods are great in Winter too. The Kimchi Pancake was thick and fluffy, and the outside was crisp… it was absolutely divine.

Seoul Ria, Sydney - side dish:  Kimchi pancake

Kimchi pancake
Seoul Ria is the place to be on a cold Winter night!
Seoul Ria on Urbanspoon
Seoul Ria
Cnr, George Street & Goulburn Street Sydney City
Tel: +61 (02) 9269 0222

Previous articleAll battered up at the Sydney Fish Markets
Next articleLet’s Rise again!
Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.