Friday, June 15, 2012

Tummy pleasing Korean meals in Han Mi

Welcome to Han Mi Korean Restaurant, in the mean time I opted this one as my favorite Korean Restaurant in Hamburg. This is the place where I love to bring people who wants to eat good & authentic Korean food. I've brought my cousin, my brother, visiting friends, colleagues to this restaurant and every time we were satisfied and went out with full tummies and happy faces. 

The restaurant is clean, spacey and furnished to be functional. The hallway is decorated with real size Korean gochujang/doenjang jars and I like these small details, which make feel you step into the world of Korean Drama "Dae Jang Gum". Once in early spring, they even prepare pots of cherry twigs which started to budding and gives such an east Asian atmosphere to the dining room. The young Korean waitress are not very chatty and exceptionally friendly but they function and work hard to run to the kitchen for extra order of kim chi and other ban chans. Be warned though that the chef took his sweet time to cook and because they often have full house, which meant 20 minutes of waiting time should be included to your dinner time.

My constant companion for my every Korean meal, a bottle of makgeolli "fermented rice wine". After the K-Drama Cinderalla Sister, everywhere we went my K-Drama addict cousin, Lei and me always order makgeolli, we both like it, taste sweet, mildly alcoholic and there's a distinct taste of fermentation. I love that they serve their Makgeolli in such a pretty cup, makes the whole drinking process more lady like.

The Ban Chan ... Like in every respectable Korean Restaurant: no charge on ban chan and it's free refill for everything. Their Kim Chi is very good; fresh, right mixture of sourness & saltniness and I loveee the deep fried aubergine ... you see the golden thingy in the right corner? that's the goodies, It was crisp in the outside and so soft and pillowy inside. It's deep fried without being oily and with just a hint of soy sauce, I can only eat this thing the whole night. I ask the waitress to give me refill all the time and I can still eat more of them.

Now the main dishes:
Hae Mul Pa Jeon, definitively one of the best pa jeon I've ever ate

Hae Mul Jigae ... a very good Jigae with a clear looking and tasting broth ... very soothing & warming in cold days

Kimchi Bokkeum ... stir fried pork belly with kimchi and cold tofu as topping ...

What is a Korean meal without the barbeque : we opted for a mixture of samgyeopsal and beef
look at the marbling of the beef ... makes a very buttery and tender grilled beef

to compensate such a orgie of meat ... here is the bed of salad

A serving of their L.A. Galbi ... a sweetish and charred beef rips ... my hubby wolf down more 
than half of this goodies and wanted to lick the plate clean

I save the best for the last, here's my favourite Jigae : Sundubu Jigae (Soft tofu stew with seafood and an egg) ... It came to the table, piping hot and still bubbling, spicy, tons of sea food combined with soft tofu and the surprise is when you got a set egg in the bottom of the bowl. After you tried Han Mi Jigae I can surely say other Sundubu Jigae pale in comparison. At least that happens with me. So please folks, Order this baby and I hope you will also find this jigaee is their champion.

The meals in han mi are always very good and you can see that many Koreans also patron this restaurant. They are surely not cheap but acceptable, a meal range around 10 - 20 Euro. But the meals are always satisfactory and I will always come back and I will gladly recommend this one to others.

Han Mi

Rentzelstra├če 36
20416 Hamburg
U3/U2 Schlump