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FUN MAGAZINE, April, 2006.
Les Banq Korean Restaurant
Kao Les Banq Korean Restaurant
40, Lane 51, DaAn Road, Sec. 1 (behind ZhongXin
Hours: 11:30 am-2 pm, 5-9 pm
Closed first, third Mondays of each month.
Credit cards accepted. 10% service charge.
YOUR RATING & REVIEW | VIEW VISITORS RATINGS &
--By Leslie Tseng Translated by Cara
Known to most as "Hua Jie"
(Sister Hua), Jiang Yu-hua and her famous singer brother
Jiang Yu-heng are both Chinese-Koreans who speak Chinese
and Korean fluently and possess friendly personalities.
They returned 21 years ago and opened Kao Les Banq,
selling kimchi, seaweed sprout salad, bean sprout salad,
crabmeat with cucumbers, golden radish pieces and more.
A great selection of special appetizers, authentic copper-plate
Korean BBQ, reasonable prices, friendly atmosphere and
authenticity make this restaurant very popular.
Other dishes include Korea's famous
Ginseng Chicken Soup. Innards are removed from young
chickens, which are stuffed with ginseng, sticky rice,
red dates and other herbal medicines before being stewed.
The freshness of the meat and sweetness of the soup
help cast away winter chills.
Be sure to try the Seafood Pancake,
crammed with shrimp, squid and other seafood; the Spicy
Stir-Fried New Year Cakes, which is both spicy and chewy;
and the Korean-Style Fresh Crabs that retain the crabs'
original flavors. The Stone Pot Mixed Rice comes piping
hot. Small iron bowls--containing six to seven kinds
of kimchi along with a pan-fried egg and delicious,
stir-fried minced meat--are mixed to create Vegetable
Deep Fried Shrimp is another dish unique
to this restaurant, with a crispy, golden outer layer.
The Korean Fragrant Chicken is made from de-boned chicken
thighs, stir-fried with succulent mushrooms and a secret
sauce. The Spicy Cold Noodles boast a real kick. Other
dishes include the New Year's Cake Soup, Spicy Yellow
Fish, and Imperial Hot Pot. After dinner, all diners
get a fragrant, delicious cup of Korean Pine Needle
Tea--a warm, sweet conclusion to a satisfying meal.
For 21 years, head chef and owner Hua
Jie has been in charge of preparing all the dishes.
She continues to insist on using fresh, quality ingredients,
and she never sells meat that has not been marinated
with enough flavors. Most who have been to Kao Les Banq
fall in love with the food and keep returning for more,
including celebrities like Chang Hsiao-Yen, Mickey Huang,
Matilda Tao, Liu Xuehua and others who are regulars
here. As a further tribute, Korean celebrities such
as Clon, SES and HOT have all stopped by during their
stays in Taiwan.