Humans are creatures of habit who like to return to places which are familiar for comfort and assurance. Dining falls into this category and especially so when seeking something quick and reliable. Céci has always been in this category for Dr King and Kiki, with its value-for-money serving sizes, until they noticed the food starting to taste different and the noticeable absence of the expertly coiffed and well made-up lady owner.
When I told them that Céci had upped and left its original location leaving its name behind to be reincarnated as Burwood Korea House, they were relieved to find out that there was somewhere to reclaim the familiarity. Soon Monsieur Poisson and I find ourselves accompanying them there for a meal where the picture-heavy menu echoes that of Céci as well.
A small handwritten sign on the window mentions that they are behind the original Céci and, stepping inside, we are greeted by similar décor as well as the reassuring sight of the owner lady. Side dishes are brought to us soon after ordering and before we know it our table is crowded with food.
The ‘Seafood Pancake’ with fillings a-plenty and crunchy ‘Japchae’ with its slippery glass noodles act as appetisers as well as non-chilli relief from the ‘Pork and sausage hotpot’ below.
The hotpot is loaded up with strips of thinly-sliced pork belly, tinned luncheon meat, skinless frankfurts, a mixture of vegetables and a cake of instant noodles. Hotpots with noodles always get my attention as they provide a vessel for which to slurp up the tasty flavours of the soup in which they’re cooked.
Between the four of us there is leftover food to take home and change for each of us from $20. Now that’s a familiar situation I don’t mind revisiting!
Burwood Korea House
175 Burwood Rd, Burwood NSW
Tel: (02) 9715 5098
Opening Hours: 7 days..11am-11:30pm