Jan 30, 2014

Yoogane (유가네)

Yoogane is an authentic Korean restaurant, brought directly from Seoul.. Since 1981, Yoogane has delivered the best quality of dakgalbi (닭갈비).. Dakgalbi is popular Korean dish, made by stir-frying diced chicken in a special chili sauce (gochujang), mixed with fresh vegetables.. In Jakarta, Yoogane has opened its branch in Citywalk.. The eatery was not too spacious, but quite comfortable.. Basic wooden furniture with Korean graffiti on the wall.. On each table, a stove for live cooking is available..

colorful graffiti 

I went there with my office mates during lunch hour as Citywalk is within reach from my office.. The eatery was empty when we arrived.. After looking at the menu and asking for recommendation from the waiter, we decided to have dakgalbi fried rice 79k, bulgogi (불고기fried udon 128k and tteokbokki (떡볶이) 46k..

First to come is kimchi (김치), traditional Korean fermented veggies, served as banchan (반찬).. In my opinion, kimchi served here was a bit tasteless compare to other Korean restaurant.. I wish more sourness and spiciness in the sauce.. Then came the tteokbokki, a popular Korean snack made from soft rice cake in a sweet red chili sauce.. I have tasted some tteokbokki available in other Korean restaurant, and Yoogane's is definitely one of the best.. The rice cake was soft and chewy, the sauce was tasty, spicy and just addictive..

The fried rice and fried udon should have been cooked live in front of us, but due to the empty restaurant, the waiter cooked our orders in separate table.. I think they did not want to ruin our hair and clothes with the smell of smoke from cooking.. Once ready, both dishes were served in a huge pot in front of us.. Both smelled really good and looked very appetizing.. Lunch time!

Dakgalbi fried rice was supposed to be spicy, due to the gochujang sauce.. However, this one was mildly spicy, so you, chili haters, should not be afraid to try.. The fried rice was very fragrant and tasty.. I love the texture, the mild-spicy sauce and the tender chicken.. Bulgogi is another Korean cuisine hits, made from thin slices of beef prime cuts, marinated to enhanced its flavor and tenderness.. The bulgogi then stir-fried with udon and vegetables.. It tasted sweet and salty.. I prefer the fried rice, but my other friend fancied the fried udon..

Overall, it was a hearty lunch at Yoogane.. Delicious food, good service and comfortable eatery.. Not to mention the short distance from my office, I am lucky to get another option of good Korean eatery..

Citywalk Sudirman 1st Flor Unit 25
Jl. KH Mas Mansyur Kav. 121
Central Jakarta
Ph.: 6221 2991 8977

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