I just can’t get enough of Korean food. The sweet, deliciously salty, spicy Korean chilli paste Gochujang is used in a lot of dishes. I would worship at the altar of this condiment if this was kosher. Jubo bills itself as a Korean Canteen and serves up tasty, morsels of tapas-sized joy in Shoreditch that are ideal if you’re not in the mood for a large blowout meal. There are bigger platters available but true to its canteen style, we’ve always just ordered little tapas-style plates. The star of the menu is the Korean fried chicken (Yangnyeom Tongdak). Sticky, perfectly battered and satisfying. We ordered the “Hot” flavour fried chicken strips, which weren’t really all that hot to be honest. They were tasty though if a bit overly battered so my personal preference is their actual fried chicken wings. You just cannot beat fried chicken. Am so pleased I didn’t live in the medieval times when all they could do was roast chicken over a hastily constructed fire. Korean fried chicken is one of the luxuries of modern life, surely?
The kimchi slaw is simply delicious. Has a bit of a spicy kick to it and is nice and crunchy – a good sidekick for the chicken. I used to scoff at coleslaw but now I know better. When made well, it’s one of the best side dishes you can have with barbecue ribs or a fried chicken dish. The serving size was pretty small so I’d suggest one per person. Or maybe I’m just greedy.
We tried the steamed buns the last time we were here and they were great but this time it was a tad dry. This is the Pork Bun – slow-cooked pork belly, pickled cucumber, hoisin and sriracha. A bit like a Korean taco with a soft bun on the outside. There’s a vegetarian version with portobello mushroom, spring onion and hoisin sauce. Mmm hoisin sauce. Another sauce I could guzzle.
The best thing we ordered by far was the Soy Garlic Fried Chicken Wings. Oh boy. These were sweet and sticky but not overly so. Delicately battered and crispy, next time I’ll avoid the strips and go straight for these and a side bucket of kimchi slaw. Am also intrigued by their Bokkeubap – kimchi fried rice, bacon or spinach, sesame, spring onions and a sunny side up egg. Spotted melon chilli ice cream as well but then we had already paid up. Bummer.
68 Rivington Street
London EC2A 3AY