Restaurant and food reviews from Perth, Australia

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Took Bae Kee Restaurant, Perth

If you ask a Korean who has spent a bit of time in Perth, chances are that Took Bae Kee will be on their list of Korean restaurants they recommend.  Situated on the east side of Perth near some other Korean establishments (next to a small Korean grocer and across from a haircut joint), this statement is even more true when you go inside.

Took Bae Kee is a casual restaurant that can get quite busy given it's quite small inside.  The decor is simple, but it's relatively clean and cosy for an eat-and-go Asian food establishment.  Service-wise, the wait staff seem to all be Korean and provide a decent service for the casual restaurant environment.

The menu contains a variety of Korean dishes from soups, to meat dishes, to rice dishes, and vegetarian dishes written in Korean and translated in English.  Prices vary mainly from around $10-15 for most main meal dishes.  Given Koreans can eat spicy, you might need to consider whether the dishes are edible for those with weaker stomachs – I know I struggle with very spicy food.

Bulgogi Bibimbap - $13

Bibimbap means mixed rice, or otherwise generally a bowl filled with rice and other ingredients that you mix together before you eat.

Took Bae Kee’s Bibimbap was a bowl that had rice topped with shredded cucumber, bean sprouts, carrot, shiitake mushroom, and sesame seed.  The Bibimbap is also served with a separate dish of “gochuchang” which is a chilli pepper paste that adds flavour.  However, notably the Bibimbap was missing a fried egg which I usually see in Bibimbaps.

The Bulgogi beef was soy flavoured barbecued sliced beef and was mildly tasty for a barbecued beef.  Together with the addition of the different ingredients, the combination makes this dish kind of nice to eat if not pretty simple.

The Bulgogi was (as it’s meant to be) dry even when adding the gochuchang sauce, and had a bit of a sweet and slightly oily overall feel.  I think this dish would have been much better with the optional extra fried egg which would have added to the taste and the texture of the overall mixed dish (and the Koreans I have asked seem to think the fried egg is a must).  However, this is Korean food cooked by Koreans and recommended by Koreans so who am I to question this?

Took Bae Kee also sells Dorset Bibimbaps which are meant to come in a heated stone bowl, but in actual fact the one I had came in a metallic one.  I recall my previous occasion of eating the Dorset Bibimbap to be good and I enjoyed that – but that one came with a fried egg.  Note to self – make sure it has a fried egg.

Soondoboo Jjeegae - $11

This dish was in the soup section of the menu and described as a hot and spicy soup with tofu and seasonal vegetables.  The seasonal vegetables included a lot of Chinese cabbage.

With noticeable chilli throughout, this dish was pretty spicy though if you can handle it and like things spicy I’m told it’s not bad.  The only thing is that you have to be careful when eating this dish as it can leave red marks on you and all over your lips.  This is also probably not a very summery dish.

Soy Beef Bulgogi  - $13

Remembering that Koreans can eat very spicy foods, I opted for the soy flavoured beef on a hot plate rather than the spicy chilli beef version.  Whilst this may have been the safer option, I am not convinced that the dish was the better tasting one.

The soy flavoured beef came on a sizzling plate and to me was a bit like a stir fry of beef with vegetables such as onion, carrot and cucumber.  The beef had a more sweet than salt flavour to it and was a pretty average beef dish for my liking.  However, that probably helps make the dish healthier and we are in a recommended casual Korean restaurant here.

As a main course, the beef was accompanied by a bowl of steamed rice in the “normal” stainless steel bowl.

The Korean side dishes served with main course meals

In summary, Took Bae Kee is a great little Korean restaurant that lets you have a taste of Korean food whilst dining with other Koreans.  If you like Korean food, I’m told this place is a must.

Points to note: Given its size and popularity, you may have to line up for a table during peak times.  You can also complete your Korean journey by going to the next door supermarket – they even have Korean ice creams.

Go for: Good Korean cuisine, recommended by Koreans.

Took Bae Kee Restaurant
Shop 6, 542 Hay Street
(08) 9225 4557

Trading Hours
Monday to Sunday – Lunch and dinner

Took Begi Restaurant on Urbanspoon


Apex said...

I always order my Bibimbap so that it gets served in one of those hot stone bowls. I think its costs a little more but its enhances the eating experience of Bibimbap!

Took Begi is a great place for Bibimbap.

Adrian (The Editor) said...

I agree - the normal bulgogi bibimbap (without fried egg) didn't work for me so much but I enjoyed the stone bowl bibimbap and recommend that over the normal one any day.

Took Begi is also great for spicy dishes - everyone seems to recommend it.

Miae said...

Hi Adrian,
They look really good, yum!
I keep telling you that you should come to Korea to experience "real" korean food ;p because you will love it!

anyways.. Ive been waiting for your updates.. please~

xxx Miae

Adrian (The Editor) said...

Hi Miae

Korea sounds great for real Korean food at great prices. I just hope it's not too chilli hot! I also remember seeing this program where they used oysters in the Kimchee - I would like to try that.

Plus I must get onto one of your party every night Korean "entertaining" sprees. :)


Raymond said...

I'm a little confused over "normal" bibimbap vs. stone bowl bibimbap.

From my time in Korea, I seem to recall you had the choice of hot or cold. So cold was in a metal bowl, hot in a warmed stone bowl.

But this was the same for noodles as well. I personally find cold noodles unpleasant and a little cloying, but I guess it's all personal taste. Plus being chinese, I'm used to noodles being hot out of the wok.

This restaurant does look good though. Will try this weekend!

Adrian (The Editor) said...

Hi Raymond

Yes, Took Begi sells both hot and cold although from my experience the cold bibimbap comes in a porcelain bowl whilst the hot bibimbap comes in a metal bowl (but is advertised as a stone bowl). Either way, they make good bibimbap. I would personally just make sure it comes with egg.

Hope you had a good experience there on the weekend.


Jeren said...

Is this review for Took Bae Kee (on Pier St, love this place) or Took Begi, on Hay St?

Or Took Bae Kee II on Barrack St.

I'm a little confused.

Adrian (The Editor) said...

Hi Jeren

The place I went to was the one on Pier Street which is therefore Took Bae Kee. I noticed I mixed up both names in the review but will fix it.

Thanks for the correction!

PS I agree Took Bae Kee is a great place for Korean food, and I've been several times!