Kong BBQ has been on Urbanspoon’s most talked list for a while now, I really don’t think it needs much introduction haha. It’s brought to us by the makers of Chin Chin, and features an extensive list of Korean inspired dishes, BBQs in particular, that’s meant for sharing.
|Rose Petal Infused Sake, Lychee, Pink Grapefruit, Calpico Grape Soda – $32|
A fruity and refreshing cocktail to accompany what’s about to be a quite heavy meal. I couldn’t make out the rose petal infused sake, but it was still very light and enjoyable to drink.
|BBQ Corn w. Chilli Salt & Miso Butter (3) – $12|
I can never say no to BBQ corns when I see them on the menu. The kernels were juicy and sweet, and was taken to the next level by the chilli salt. However, I couldn’t really taste the miso butter.
|Soft Shell Crab w. Salted Duck Egg Relish & Coriander – $6|
Mmmmm soft shell crab. Crunchy fried soft shell crab in a fluffy white bun, with the addition of the salted egg relish and pickles, this was small but satisfying. Oh btw I hate coriander, so took those out yay.
|Ssam Roti-Roll | Pulled Pork w. Slaw, Kimchi & Burnt Chilli Mayo – $12|
These roti-rolls were definitely a standout. I have no idea what they marinated the pulled pork with, but it was delicious! The pulled pork was full of flavour, and combined with the slaw, kimchi and mayo, every mouthful was a delight to eat. Oh and the roti was nice and flaky too.
|BBQ Soy Wings w. Sesame & Spring Onion – $12|
These wings were probably the least exciting out of all the things we ordered. It’s not that these were bad or anything, they just weren’t anything special. Sure, the soy had a nice balance between sweet and savoury, and the wings were very succulent, but it just didn’t blow my mind.
|Kong Bossam BBQ Tray | Pulled Chicken and Pork, Pork Belly and Beef Brisket w. Lettuce, Pickles, Kimchi and Walnut Ssamjang – $29|
Because of the plethora of choices we were given, I decided to go with the BBQ tray so we get to try a bit of everything. It was fun to try out different combinations of meat and picks all wrapped up in the lettuce, but more lettuce please!
The pulled pork and pork belly were the unanimous favourites. You can’t go wrong with pork belly, they were tender and juicy, the fat was gelatinous, and the crackling was the cherry on the cake. The pulled pork was the same as the ones in the roti rolls, and they were just as delicious. The pulled chicken was slightly on the blander end of things. The beef brisket had a nice smoky flavour, but I didn’t really get the sauce on top, it didn’t really taste like anything to me o.o The walnut ssamjang was something different, to me anyway haha. It’s basically a chutney that’s meant to be used as a “wrapping sauce”. It was quite sweet and rich, but wasn’t over the top.
Kong BBQ is definitely one of the better restaurants I’ve been to in a while. From the excellently executed food, to the attentive service, there was nothing much to fault. I guess that’s why people are willing to wait for hours for a table, but if you’re not one of those, then just go in the middle of the afternoon like I did! 🙂
How to get there:
Kong BBQ is located on Church Street, 10 minutes walk from East Richmond Station!