Ugly Bob is a shiny new stall at the far end of Market City, replacing the crap-ish Naruto Ramen. The menu here is a corker, it's not huge but there's a bunch of dishes we've never tried before.
A serve of banchan (free side dishes) in a pretty platter is a most welcome surprise. The sweet yellow pickled radishes were the most fought over.
#6 Sun Bu Du - $10. Spice pepper seafood soup with silken tofu. A lightly spicy soup with flavours of korean chili paste. There's plenty of seafood for your dollar and a couple of big gorgeous hunks of silken tofu. A great version of one of our favourite dishes.
#26 Man Du Guk - $10. A white peppery soup with dumplings and slices of rice cake. This soup is way more filling than expected. There are a few pieces of well cooked beef to add a protein hit.
Kim chi fried rice with chicken - $9. This version has plenty of tangy kim chi and some chunky chicken. Comes with a tomato-y soup and a little salad with a delicious mystery dressing.
Bulgogi - $10. Bulgogi is cooked a little differently wherever we go and it's always a must-try. At Ugly Bob's the beef is cut into thick strips, similar to those Chinese fillet steak dishes, and is served on a sizzling platter. It has smokey bbq flavours with a touch of sweet chili. Yum.
Bibim guk su - Cold noodle with veggies and red pepper sauce - $10. Like a veggie bibimbap with cool thin noodles instead of rice. Served with soup and Korean chili sauce on the side.
What a feed for only $10!
Nang myun - cold beef soup with noodle - $10. Thin, clean noodles with some chew in an iced thin beefy salty broth with slices of corned beef, fresh pear, cucumber and half a googie egg. Hot English mustard and chili paste are served on the side. This is wonderful in summer. Highly recommended. See more about this dish on Wikipedia.
Bo ssam - steamed pork with kim chi lettuce - $11. Plain pork belly served with lettuce and chili sauce on the side to wrap it up in.
Dak gal bi - spicy pepper stir fried chicken rib with cheese - $11. It's the 'with cheese' bit that sold us on this. It's chook on a smoky hotplate with a handful of cheddar on top.
The cheese gets all gooey and stringy,and melts in with the bbq plate scorched onions and chicken.
Cheese is melted using a blowtorch. Fun!
Bibimbab - 5 colour veggies with rice and red sauce - $10. A vegetarian bibimbab. The red sauce is fantastic, it's like your classic Korean chili paste sauce mixed with tomato sauce. We've noticed the chili sauce varies with many of the dishes. Interestingly Ugly Bob doesn't do a classic beef bibimbab, that's because he is so stylish. Though we reckon he'd make you a beef bibimbab if you asked nicely. Or violently.
Don gas ramen - Korean style ramen with pork cutlet $11. A large deep fried crunchy pork schnitzel, like a Japanese tonkatsu, floating atop a broth tasting of Korean red chili paste, with noodles like spaghetti.
Ugly Bob Stylish Korean Food is at Market City Food Court, top level at Market City Shopping Centre, above Paddy's Markets, Chinatown.
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