Time Out Melbourne

Our writer Nola James proves that one person can eat a whole chicken

What is it?
It’s a tiny chicken in a bowl of soup with flu fighting superpowers. Or, by it’s proper name, samgyetang (don’t ask us, or the waitress, how to pronounce it – neither of us was Korean at the time). Our formerly feathered friend is stuffed with glutinous rice, ginseng, garlic and dried dates then simmered very, very slowly in a slightly slimy, gelatinous non-spicy chicken broth.

Where do I get it?
At the 7 & 7 Korean Restaurant in Carnegie’s ‘little Korea’. Although technically only bordering zone two, it’s enough of a schlep to qualify while still pulling a $4 tram ticket. Win.

What’s the place like?
Big on traditional Korean food, small on restaurant design, 7 & 7 is home to a single cramped room of wooden tables sporting the telltale burn marks of a good barbecue restaurant. Tables fill fast on weekends so you’ll want to book and if you’re feeling boozy, it’s best to BYO.

What else should I order?
The ten-page menu covers everything from bibimbap (a sizzling stone pot of rice, meats and vegetables) to yukgaejung (hot shredded beef stew). The beancurd twikim ($12.50) is a must have – squares of silken tofu lightly battered, deep fried and coated in salty sesame seeds have the perfect amount of crunch and smoosh. Stir-fried kimchi with pork ($19) is nudge-worthy, but will leave you smelling slightly fermented for a week.

21B Koornang Rd, Carnegie. (03 9572 4711). Lunch Thu-Sun noon-3pm; dinner daily 5-9.30pm.

Updated on 31 Jul 2012.

By Nola James   |  


Got an itch for short films? Flickerfest is here to scratch it

Oak and Vine

Oak and Vine

A restaurant that pays tribute to Victoria's produce growers and suppliers

Readers' comments, reviews, hints and pictures

Community guidelines

blog comments powered by Disqus

Get the Time Out weekend planner. Straight to your inbox, every Thursday.
Read more