HOW TO KOREA IN SYDNEY

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HOW TO KOREA IN SYDNEY

HOW TO KOREA IN SYDNEY

BLOSSOM PERRIARD TAKES US THROUGH THE BEST PLACES TO FIND YOUR INNER KOREAN IN SYDNEY.

If you are a Korean adoptee new to the community or are just interested in exploring your ‘inner Korean’, it is becoming increasingly easier to get a taste of Korean culture here in Australia. Due to the popularity of K-Pop, K-Drama and all things Korean, finding a little slice of Korea, in most capital cities at least, is an easy feat!

Sydney offers tons of Korean restaurants, supermarkets, hairdressers, Noraebang (Karaoke) and make-up stores scattered through the CBD and the suburbs with large Korean populations. These places can only provide a somewhat satisfactory stand-in for the “real thing”, and those in the know will walk away asking, “Did I really just pay 3 times what I would pay for that in Korea?!” However, there’s no denying that when you’re craving the warming effects of a kimchi jjigae, a restock of your favourite ramyun or a digital perm for your lovely locks, a trip to Koreatown can be everything you need!

RESTAURANTS

SEOULRIA | GEORGE STREET, SYDNEY
Lively atmosphere, almost too many options on the menu, all basic Korean staples are there as well as BBQ and Chinese Korean options. A great opportunity to practice your Korean with the waiters! www.facebook.com/Seoulria

NARUONE – PITT STREET, SYDNEY
Really good fried chicken and budaejjigae, has a very Korean vibe inside (feels like they’ve imported all their interiors from Korea), all the basic Korean dishes – jjigaes, bibimbap etc are available.
www.facebook.com/pages/Naruone-Korean-Restaurant/208820315910384

MOON PARK – REDFERN
A little more expensive than most but the prices are reasonable and the food is amazing. There is a Korean chef and Ben Sears, who used to be the head chef at Claude’s.
www.moon–park.com.au

DANJEE – ALBION PLACE, SYDNEY
This is my new favourite Korean restaurant in Sydney! It has a slightly more upmarket feel with wooden floors, more stylish interiors and mood lighting. The waiters are professional and proficient in English and they have a decent wine list and most of all the food is delicious!! A good spot for a date.
www.danjee.com.au

OBALTAN – PITT STREET, SYDNEY
This place specialises in BBQ. Pretty good meat (I always scoff at the prices, but it is what it is). Good atmosphere. Very smoky. Obaltan feels like you’re in Korea. And that’s a good thing.
www.urbanspoon.com/r/337/1481386/restaurant/Brisbane-CBD/Obaltan-Korean-Charcoal-BBQ-Restaurant-Brisbane

ARISUN – DIXON STREET, SYDNEY
Reminiscent of a Korean hof (Korean pub/soju and beer drinking place). Lots of unusual bar food like sausages, fruit salad and dried squid. There are also a few Korean Chinese dishes like Jjajangmyun and Champong. It’s very lively and convivial and sitting outside on a warm night with fried chicken, beer and friends is a wonderfully Korean thing to do.
https://www.zomato.com/sydney/arisun-cbd

GROCERY STORES

HAN HO GROCERY | PITT STREET, SYDNEY
I get all my supplies here. It’s a smaller place, but they have everything you need. Their kimchi is locally made and pretty delicious. I get a kilo bag for around $12. They also have a pretty good range of frozen mandu and
meat (kalbi, bulgogi etc).

HAIR SALONS

KIM SUN YOUNG | SYDNEY
Kim Sun Young has several locations in Sydney CBD and suburbs. This place is huge. They have a nail salon as well as the hair salon and apparently a jjimjilbang sauna. They offer a pretty good range of services – Magic straight, volume magic, digital perm and colouring. I am yet to have anything beyond a haircut done there. But will report back if I do get my next perm there.

CALLA | LIVERPOOL ST, SYDNEY
I used to go here all the time as there was a fantastic hairdresser called Nancy. No more Nancy now though! They offer all the same services as Kim Sun Young but are cheaper. They do a decent digital perm and straightening. From memory, I paid around $160 for both.

MAKE UP

YES STYLE, MISHA AND MY BB CREAM
Both of these are both pretty large suppliers online, well established sites that have good product ranges. Missha also has an Australian online store
with free shipping over $15.

www.yesstyle.com.au/en/home.html

http://www.mybbcream.com.au/

http://www.missha.com.au/

G MARKET
This is a Korean online marketplace where various retailers sell their wares (Might require basic Korean literacy). Many of the big Korean beauty brands (Missha, The Face Shop, Etude House, Tony Moly etc) have stores on G Market or their products are being sold through other retailers. G Market sells pretty much everything you can imagine. Not just beauty products! Just make sure you filter your search to “Worldwide Shipping”..

http://global.gmarket.co.kr/

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  • Carmen

    Wow!! Finally found someone with all of my bkgcarounds! 😀 I agree the stares can be intimidating at first, but once things settle, you really come to love being mixed!

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