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TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE > December 2008

JIHWAJA

A.

奇化加韓國料理

B.

奇化加韓國料理

C.

Jihwaja

(02) 8771-4637
25, Lane 51, DaAn Rd, Sec 1
Hours:11:30 am-3 pm, 5-10 pm
11:30 am-10 pm open all day weekends & holidays
Credit cards not accepted. No service charge.

Jihwaja Korean Restaurant started out in Taichung but recently moved north to open a branch on Taipei's bustling east side. To make his tasty, authentic Korean delicacies more accessible to Taipei diners, owner Mr. Chu offers all menu items for very affordable prices. Although the sign here notes this is a "Stone Pot Specialty" restaurant, there are many other popular dishes available here. This includes a compiliation of Mr.Chu's most popular dishes over the last six to seven years. The owner's main hope is that Taipei diners will say "jihwaja jo-ta", meaning "excellent" in Korean, whenever they leave this place. --By Josie Wu, translated by Ann Lee

A. The owner's father is a restaurant chef back in Korea and notes, "The trick to a successful business is to always maintain the passion and spirit of your profession, running it as if you've only been open for a couple months. Don't be afraid to let the customers eat more than they can afford, and pay attention to the quality of the ingredients and hygiene of the entire place." Heeding his father's words, Mr. Chu freshly prepares all the vegetables and poultry ingredients used in his stone pot rice dishes (NT$160-180) daily.

B. The Spicy Stir-Fried Chicken Pot (serves two, NT$480) is cooked with boneless chicken leg, sweet potato strips, sticky rice cake, carrots and white mushrooms. The spicy marinating sauce is key in this delectable dish, a must-try for Korean food fans.

C. Seafood Pancake (NT$150) is filled with hearty seafood ingredients, with a crispy outer layer giving this dish an unforgettable texture.

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