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Senin, 11 Agustus 2014

Seigo Dakgalbi

Hi Eaters.

Lately I've been writing so much about Asian cuisines. And most of them are Korean cuisines. 
Well, Korean restaurants are quite plenty in Jakarta, but most of them serve Korean BBQ, right? But this particular Korean restaurant which I visited the other day had a different concept. It also serves affordable Korean street foods. I was pretty anxious hearing this.
So without further delay, let me tell you about my exciting visit to Seigo Dakgalbi.






The name Seigo Dakgalbi is a derivative from Seigo (which was taken from a Javanese word, "Sego", which means rice) and Dakgalbi (Korean: Dak (chicken) and Galbi (grill))
Seigo Dakgalbi is located at Tebet Green Mall. It occupies quite a large space in the UG floor. The concept of the interior is somewhat modern-casual. The main element that dominated the interior is wood. Cheerful colors were also incorporated in the chair's cushions and the hanging paper lanters. There are also numerous glass windows occupying almost half of the space, so when you come there at night you can see the scenery of the busy street and city lights. It's really cozy inside and certainly comfortable. Here I give you some of the interior pictures I took that day.






The service was impeccable. The staffs were friendly and they have excellent knowledge of the restaurant's menu. I personally asked quite a lot of questions to the staffs and I got some satisfying answers.

The menus in Seigo Dakgalbi are all halal, they don't contain pork, so you don't have to worry or have any concerns to order your favourite Korean food here. Also, the flavors have been adjusted to the Indonesian palate, so you might find the taste to be friendly here.
Now let's check out some of the foods I tried.

Dakgalbi Original
 Dakgalbi Original
The main star of the restaurant is the Dakgalbi. Here you can find that the Dakgalbi is available in 2 version (Original and Seafood) and also 2 sizes (regular and large). Let me break it down for you:
Dakgalbi Original Regular - Rp. 65.500
Dakgalbi Original Large - Rp. 83.500
Dakgalbi Seafood Regular - Rp. 82.500
Dakgalbi Seafood Large - Rp. 117.500The regular portion could fit for 2-3 persons, while the large could fit for 4-5 persons. So don't be surprised by the price tag because yes this is a sharing menu, so it's quite worth it.
The one I tried was the Dakgalbi Original which uses chicken and vegetables. The seafood version has an addition of prawn and squid.
When you order the Dakgalbi, the staff will cook it for you on the grill which is available on each table. You are not allowed to cook the Dakgalbi by yourself because it is not cooked correctly there will be raw ingridients left uncooked. So it's best just let the staff or the chef cook it for you. The cooking process itself takes about 7 minutes.

Dakgalbi being cooked
 Dakgalbi being cooked
Dakgalbi Original
 Dakgalbi Original
After 7 minutes there it was. Voila! Chicken mixed together with gochujang sauce and vegetables such as sweet potatoes, cabbages, potatoes, carrots, and mushrooms. The overall flavor was exquisite. Tasty. Had a bit punch of spiciness, but not overwhelming. It's so savory and nice. Seasoned to perfection.
Dakgalbi Original + Cheese
 Dakgalbi Original + Cheese
You can also add extra ingridients for the Dakgalbi. The choices are between rice, ramen and cheese. I added Cheese - Rp. 23.000 to the Dakgalbi. The cheese used was mozzarella, which will melt as it is cooked. At first, I thought it might tasted weird, but after I tried it actually it tasted great. The cheese enhanced the flavor, and give a touch of saltiness and boosted up the savoriness of the dish. Excellent!
Kimchi
 Kimchi
The Seigo Palgam Kimchi - Rp. 8.500 was another side dish you can order. It tasted quite good, although the level of sourness was a bit overpowering the spiciness. 
Bibimbab
 Bibimbab
Bibimbab
 Bibimbab
The Bibimbab - Rp. 59.000 in Seigo was quite remarkable. Served in a large hotbowl consisting of rice, bibimbab sauce, beef, enokitake (enoki mushroom), bean sprouts, carrots, pumpkins, and pak choi, with a soft boiled sunny side up egg on the top.
Bibimbab being mixed
 Bibimbab being mixed
Bibimbab after mixed
 Bibimbab after mixed
So the way to eat Bibimbab is to mixed all the ingridients together while it's still hot. What made me amazed was that there's no rice crust I found inside the dish. I personally don't like chewing on hard-crusted rice, so for me it was a good thing that I didn't find any. The overall taste was sweet and savory. It's quite delicious.
Bogum Dalk
 Bogum Dalk
Bogum Dalk
 Bogum Dalk
As you might guess looking from those big chunks of chilli pepper in this dish. Yes, the Bogum Dalk - Rp. 44.000 is pretty spicy. The chicken used for this menu, however, was so tasty and savory. The meat was tender and quite juicy. If you're a fan of spicy foods, you will love this dish. Actually I'm not a big fan of spicy food, but I have to admit liking this dish.
Kimchi Jigae
 Kimchi Jigae
Kimchi Jigae
 Kimchi Jigae
The Kimchi Jigae - Rp. 55.000 is actually a fusion between the Seigo Palgam Kimchi with beef and silk tofu. The soup tasted sour and spicy because of the kimchi. The silk tofu was excellent. Chewy and tender, and also very juicy. The level of spiciness was quite mild. Overall it was pretty tasty for my palate.
Chajang Myeon
 Chajang Myeon
The Chajang Myeon - Rp. 49.000 is a kind of Korean noodle dish topped with a thick sauce made of chunjang (a salty black soybean paste), diced chicken and beef. The original Chajang Myeon (or Jajangmyeon in Korean) uses pork, but since Seigo only serves halal dishes then the pork is substituted by chicken and beef. The taste of the noodle dish was very delicious. I have to say it's my favourite that day. The noodle was cooked beautifully, well done, and not too squishy. The soybean paste was delicious. Perfect thickness. The seasoning was good, nothing was too overwhelming. Do remember to mix the soybean paste with the noodles before starting to eat them.

Besides those menus I reviewed earlier, don't forget to try some of the Korean street foods served in Seigo Dakgalbi. I had the chance to tried some of them.

Korean Corn Dog
 Korean Corn Dog
Korean Corn Dog
 Korean Corn Dog
Korean Corn Dog - Rp 23.000/pcs. Beef sausage covered in a thick batter with potato fries. The taste was good. It's delicious. The batter was filled with so many slices of potato fries. For my consideration I would love it more if only the batter has more crunchy texture. It could have gone maybe with a little more time in the fryer.
Odeng
 Odeng
Odeng
 Odeng
Odeng - Rp. 40.500. If you're a fan of Korean movie, you might notice this particular Korean street food. It is made from imported fish flour from Korea, since the specific flour isn't available in Indonesia. The Odeng was served in a bowl of fish stock and accompanied by a small bowl of salty soy sauce as the dipping sauce. The Odeng had a nice chewy and tender texture, no fishy smell and the taste was delicious too. I loved it and couldn't stop chewing it. Yup, it's that good.
Tteokpeoki
 Tteokpeoki
Tteokpeoki
 Tteokpeoki
Tteokpeoki - Rp. 44.000. This is also a very typical Korean street food. It is a chewy-textured rice cake that tasted sweet and spicy. I loved the flavor. The level of spiciness was decent and not too strong. The texture of the rice cake was good, perfect fluffiness. For me, maybe the sauce was a bit too sloppy. It could have gone with more thick sauce.
Pat Bing Soo
 Pat Bing Soo
Yeayy! My favourite part of dining must be dessert time. The Pat Bing Soo - Rp. 38.000 is a great option for that. It is a Korean shaved-ice dessert with toppings such as red bean, pearls, vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce, and slices of strawberries and kiwi fruits.
It's so sweet tooth! I am loving this dessert. The shaved-ice was put at the bottom of the glass, so you might find this dessert a bit awkward because you didn't see the shaved-ice. But trust me, it's there. This is so recommended. Do order this if you ever go to Seigo. I'm loving it and I bet you will too.

Yache Juice
 Yache Juice
For you who would love to live healthy you might want to try the Yache Juice - Rp. 26.500 as your choice of beverage. It is a juice made from green cabbage, apple, lemon and pineapple. The overall taste was sweet. I couldn't barely feel the taste of the cabbage though. But it had a very strong veggie aroma. Personally I don't really like a drink with that kind of aroma. But the taste is quite decent.
Yu Cha Cha
 Yu Cha Cha
The Yu Cha Cha - Rp. 28.000 definitely is my favourite drink. It is one of Korean signature beverages, made from orange peel extract. There are even slices of orange peel inside. It tasted sweet and refreshing. Didn't taste sour at all. For me it's really good and I loved this drink. You can opt to have it hot or cold too.

Overall conclusion, this was a very incredible dining experience for me.
A great place, with superb service and wonderful food. There's nothing else to say other than this restaurant offers a complete satisfying dining experience.
Finding a Korean restaurant sertificated halal is like a bonus. And that's what you'll get here.
Prices are fair. Once you've tried the food you'll find that you've paid a good deal of money for good food.
So Korean food lovers, why don't you come and have a taste of the food at Seigo Dakgalbi? You might enjoy it. I know I have.

Keep on chewing!
Jazzy Dee
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Seigo Dakgalbi
Tebet Green, GF
Phone : (021) 29380754
Jl. Letjend MT Haryono Kav. 25 - 26, Tebet

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