Gaga Hoho should seem familiar to those who’ve trawled the South Korean streets of Dongdaemun or Myeongdong. The restaurant channels cheap and cheerful vibes geared towards a younger clientele. Expect uncomfortable stools, cramped surrounds and, most importantly, an awesome selection of Seoul-style street food.
There are well over 60 snackish dishes on offer, from kimchi pancakes ($50) to dubboki rice cakes stir-fried in sweet pepper sauce ($45). And as a tribute to Korea’s obsession with good ol’ American junk food, the restaurant also dishes up homemade burgers served with crisp and golden fries.
A must-order here is the brilliant jajangmyeon ($50). The thick wheat noodles come heavily smothered in a rich and sweet black bean sauce that’s studded with bits of chopped onions and minced pork. It’s a beautifully delicious mess that’s worth all its sauce splatter.
Not all noodles here are made equal though. Skip the chewy naengmyeon buckwheat noodle dish ($60), which has strands that stick together in a hard, cake-like mass. The chilled beef broth it’s served in lacks tang and is near flavourless without copious amounts of additional vinegar and mustard. The restaurant’s kimbap ($35) – a Korean version of maki sushi rolled with meat, cucumber, carrots and pickled radish – is also rough around the edges, filled with rice that’s overcooked and slightly pasty.
The soondae sausages ($50), on the other hand, are scrumptious morsels. The bite-sized rounds of blood sausage are plumped with gamey bundles of vermicelli noodles and barley. It’s especially addictive after a quick dip in the accompanying pile of coarse salt, cracked black pepper and red chilli flakes. The spicy barbecue pork ($70) also shines with deliciously tender meat that’s blanketed under a coating of hot and savoury chilli paste.
Gaga Hoho turns out the sort of food that teens in Korea are eating right now. There are a few misses on the menu but, overall, food here is cheap, greasy and deliciously gratifying.
|Venue name:||Gaga Hoho|
Shop 1, G/F, 1B Kimberley St, Tsim Sha Tsui
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sun: 12.00pm-10.30pm|
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