The Korean joint: Garden city restaurant

Korean yumminess in the heart of Accra

Ash: Korean food holds a very special place in my heart so I was super excited trying out Garden City in Cantonments. One of my closest friends from college is Korean and I attended a Korean church, Mid Hudson Korean Methodist Church. S/O to PK. So I’ve had the opportunity to taste quite a bit of Korean food. At church we would enjoy Korean delicacies every single Sunday after service, way to encourage college kids to come to service. This was where I learnt to use chopsticks and where I fell in love with Korean food.

Korean Condiments  

Korean Condiments  

 Dede: I love Korean Bbq and Korean pens and Korean snacks and the people. My freshman roommate and babygal was Korean but I didn't try the food till my senior year, didn't know what I was missing out on.

What we ordered

Kimchi Fried Rice, Pork Belly with plain rice and The Bulgogi

Condiments   pickled cucumber, beans, fried tofu, some pickled something and kimchi  

Condiments  

pickled cucumber, beans, fried tofu, some pickled something and kimchi  

Kimchi Fried Rice

Kimchi for those who don’t know is like a Korean condiment and is eaten with almost everything. Rice, kimchi, stew, kimchi, soup, kimchi, life, kimchi. Kimchi is fermented cabbage in a peppery sauce, but my guy it is soo good. It’s tangy with a hint of heat and just elevates every meal, kimchi is to Korea as Tabasco is to America, I kid you not.

Kimchi Fried rice, topped with fried egg

Kimchi Fried rice, topped with fried egg

Ash: So Kimchi fried rice is basically fried rice with kimchi. However, I didn’t really enjoy the kimchi at Garden City, which reflected in the Kimchi fried rice. The kimchi was honestly just too salty and didn’t have any heat(no pepper), but overall it tasted like kimchi so I couldn’t really complain. It’s definitely a different kind of fried rice so I will definitely recommend trying it.

Dede: The Kimchi fried rice was ok. Honestly, I went to this restaurant imagining different platters so this isn’t what I expected when I was ordering. Clearly didn’t pay attention back in school when my Korean babe was ordering the food. The Kimchi is salty and has a tang to it, kinda like the buffalo sauce tang. The egg on the fried rice adds some more flavor to it and it’s definitely a different kind of fried rice. Kimchi is definitely an acquired taste.

Bulgogi Hot pot (sweet beef and noodles with vegetables)

Bulgogi hotpot

Bulgogi hotpot

Ash: This is a soup with noodles and meat and a tonne of veg. Honestly, Korean soups are pretty bland from my past experiences and this just fit right in. The kimchi and other spices on the table are generally added to make it more spicy and tasty. I liked the Bulgogi but I wasn’t like loving it, you know. And the biggest bummer, the beef wasn’t sweet so it was like nah uh. It was mad filling though, so can’t really complain.

Bowl of Bulgogi  

Bowl of Bulgogi  

 Dede: The description said sweet beef and that's the main reason I chose it. The beef wasn't sweet one bit, it was just bleh. The Korean soup I have had was very flavorful so I wasn't expecting this at all. It was too bland for me even with the peppers and garlic on the side. Googling it now I think what I was looking for was kimchi jigae which is so tasty so I wasn't a happy camper with this number.

 

Grilled pork belly

Grilled pork belly

Grilled pork belly

Ash: Korean barbecue is hands down in my top 3 things to eat, all day everyday, anywhere anytime. And grilled pork belly tops that list. Like at a regular Korean barbecue, the pork is grilled right in front of you, which i love for some reason. I’m that babe you take out for Hibachi, hint hint to all my suitors out there. Pork belly cuts are like thick bacon slices but the meat is a lot more juicy and has a lot less fat. It's lean meat.

Korean bbq pork belly  

Korean bbq pork belly  

Dede : My favorite thing about this pork belly is they cook it right in front of you, our own little hibachi. The pork was flavorful and Ash the Korean mantse tried to let me try her lettuce roll which she'll tell you about but I wasn't there for that. I just ate the pork belly like the little carnivore I am.

Pork belly on the grill

Pork belly on the grill

Ash: My absolute favorite way to eat pork belly is with lettuce, a soy bean paste, white rice and kimchi. Its quite simple actually, think of it as you’re making a lettuce roll. Put the rice into the lettuce, spread the soybean paste, before or after the rice actually. Add the pork belly and top off with the kimchi to taste. The mouthgasm is amazing, its freshness from the lettuce, the yummy grill on the pork belly and then the amazingness from the soybean and the kimchi. It’s a must try.

Ash's lettuce roll!  

Ash's lettuce roll!  

Korean bbq & kimchi fried rice  

Korean bbq & kimchi fried rice  

Korean Garden City serves pretty authentic Korean food, from my experience, I was super pleased and I’m definitely taking everyone there to share in my love of Korean cuisine.

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