|Deep fried chicken from Danjee|
Trust me, they work wonders.
So the story begins when I have to do a full month of prac at one of the busiest places in one of the busiest hospitals in Sydney. By the third week I managed to get a few blisters on my toes from all the running and standing, cold sores, and aching bones. Also, because I have been living on instant noodles, I was really craving for a proper meal. I needed a really fun and delicious escape even if only for a day.
That's when Isaac, Amy, and Yvonne came to the rescue.
We had a fun and hilarious night that was started by a Korean indulgence at Danjee, nestled on a dark alley that reminded us of Harry Potter's Knocturn Alley.
|Danjee's open kitchen|
The first glance can be deceiving. Come inside and you'll be welcomed by such a fancy and modern setup, with warm ambiance and elegant touches. The first thing that caught my sight was the bright open kitchen. I was also surprised about how expansive the place is, they seem to have two separate dining area, but both look equally comfortable with romantic dim glow.
The place is also livened by green plants here and there, and it seems to be quite popular among Koreans and non-Koreans alike.
|Decorations and whatnot|
Going with what Yvonne recommended, the fascinating salad was ordered. Nu rung ji salad consisted of a bed of lettuce concealed by handfuls of crispy rice (which tasted and felt like rengginang in Indonesia), completed with bright cherry tomatoes and pumpkin. The combination had a great and thrilling flavour with the tangy perilla seed dressing.
|Nu rung ji salad - crispy rice, pumpkin, mixed greens, perilla seed dressing ($6)|
Couldn't decide which jeon or pancake to get, we decided to go all in. Mo deum jeon or assorted pancakes had seven different types of pancakes on the plate, including green chillies, perilla leaves, prawns, chicken, tofu, and zucchini battered with egg mixture.
My favourite was the tasty chicken jeon.
|Mo deum jeon - assorted jeon ($30)|
Then the banchan arrived. Cue the arrival of main dishes.
|Banchan (side dishes)|
Kimchi deung gal bi jim (pork spare ribs in kimchi stew) was fiery in appearance, but it was much tamer in terms of flavour. The pork spare ribs were everything I dream of; tender, juicy, slightly fatty. Especially with the addition of my best friends: slices of pork belly that didn't give my jaw much workout. The punchy kimchi made us feel less guilty from not ordering any vegetables dishes.
A recommended move with this: order a bowl of rice.
|Kimchi deung gal bi jim - slow cooked pork spare ribs in kimchi stew ($35)|
The charcoal soy marinated beef had my eyes welling with happy tears from all of its marvelous traits. Every bite was packed with its uber tasty juice and subtle smoky aftertaste. The beef was incredibly succulent and cooked to utter perfection. It came with some perilla leaves and lettuce, which was great vessels to wrap it with.
|Danjee sutbul bool go gi - charcoal soy marinated beef ($35)|
When the fourth hot chick arrived on the table, it was too much for Isaac. His nose started bleeding and he had to excuse himself from all the intense hotness from the table. Three is his limit, apparently.
We were arguing whether to get the main or entree size of the fried chicken, but Isaac and I won with our glutton. The chicken was a legit, delicious version of KFC, with absolutely crunchy batter and juicy meat. Magnify the deliciousness by dipping each piece into either the garlic or sweet chilli sauce.
Amy even reckons that this one's better than Naruone's (SAY WHATTTT??).
|Deep fried chicken (main size) - $35|
We just kept eating until each of us complained of sudden tightness of our jeans and how it was getting harder to breathe.
I was so tempted to change the blog name to 'Irene's Getting Too Full' by this stage.
But dessert. Our bodies automatically made space for some.
We ended up at Kanzi, a cute café acting as a clothes shop at the same time.
|Kanzi's drinks: iced chocolate, iced peach tea, iced matcha latte|
Everyone around us seemed to order the same thing: melon bingsoo. The colossal dessert used half of honey dew as the bowl, filled with shaved ice, melon balls, few scoops of vanilla ice cream, and a stick of Melona drizzled with condensed milk.
It was epic, sweet, and satisfying. Especially when you add almost non-stop laughter and exciting conversations varying from blood, Dane Deehan, and tight pants.
Moral of the story: listen to your body. Ease it up a bit when it gets too much or busy. And also, Dane Deehan is downright hot.
Big thanks to you guys three for making my night! Let's do it again soon!
Currency: $1 = IDR 11,000
Danjee: 4/5 (Recommended)
Great selections of Korean dishes with some excellent ones, service is efficient, ambiance is really comfy and nice, price is reasonable.
Kanzi: 3/5 (Worth the try)
The mighty melon bingsoo. Enough said.
1-7 Albion Pl
Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 8084 9041
Facebook: Danjee Sydney
KANZI FASHION CAFE
393-399 Sussex St
Haymarket, NSW 2000
Facebook: Kanzi Fashion Café