Near train station
Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
We were in Chatswood after spending the morning cleaning my old apartment (handing the keys back on Monday) and were going to try out Toraya again, but realised we’d been eating A LOT of Japanese food lately. So randomly decided to go to Happy Noodle Korean Restaurant instead.
Nonsensically-named, it’s actually quite pricey for a dodgy little place tucked into a corner. Dishes approximate around $9 each, whereas food courts are around $8 and even so this place would’ve been cheaper than a food court. Their sole reason for being pricier? MONOPOLY! They’re pretty much the only authentic Korean place in the area.. so authentic that awhile back, they didn’t even had English names on their menu, and the people working there basically speak no English – I learned this when I realised that despite ANY question you ask them, they smile and say “Yes!” Haha.
We ordered 2 mains which we realised were almost identical, except one came on rice and one came with noodles 😉 So much for creativity! Their Korean-style gyozas (dumplings) were fantastic though, moist and delicious. Annoyingly, however, they kinda play favourites. We noticed that the Koreans sitting nearby got larger portions of Kimchi, like double the size. And our mains had small portions of beef, whereas the others had mega portions. Blah!
Their food is good, but I wouldn’t say it’s spectacular. And certainly not as refined and delicate as good Japanese food. What would make it get a higher rating? If their prices were slashed by 50% to reflect the quality and quantity of the portions. That would be perfect!
Happy Noodle Korean Restaurant
..With the egg pushed aside
Korean-Style Noodle Soup