With many cheap little Japanese and Korean cafes popping up in the city, this little eatery provides cheap-as-chips lunch specials, quick service and close proximity to businesspeople and backpackers alike. The restaurant is nothing more than a long, narrow room, but its simple layout allows diners plenty of room to move. A brown and cream colour scheme is maintained throughout, including the soft bench seat, which runs the length of one wall. Located on Barrack Street, it attracts huge lunch crowds and a steady line of dinner patrons.
Poppo is certainly cheap. At lunch time, prices start at about $4, and $7 will get you a vegetable curry or fried rice. Larger meals start from about $8. But it is the high quality of the food that makes it good value for money. The sauces and soups are created from real herbs and spices, the meat is of a reasonable quality and the vegetables are fresh and plentiful. At dinner, entrees range from $4.50 to $9.50 and mains range from $5.50 to $22.50.
I actually went to lunch with Kimmy from work and was craving the dynamite roll again so after shopping around the city on a Friday night, John and I popped in for another cheap meal.
We ordered the dynamite roll which is tempura prawns rolled with crabmeat, avocado in a sushi roll, topped with bits of tempura batter, tobiko and a creamy tangy mayonnaise sauce. The roll is huge!!!!!! I think it is double the size of the normal roll. But it is delicious, the bits of tempura batter and tobiko gives the roll its crunchy texture. We also ordered the spicy pork on hot plate which is thinly sliced pork marinated in a spicy sauce and presented on a sizzling hot plate accompanied with rice, miso, kim chi, pickled bean sprouts and a creamy vegetable salad. The spicy pork was delicious and well marinated.
As our eyes are always bigger than our tummy, we also ordered a serve of topokki. Topokki or Tteokbokki, also known as Ddeokbokki, or also Nyebokki, is a popular Korean snack food which is commonly purchased from street vendors or Pojangmacha. Originally it was called tteok jjim , and was a broiled dish of sliced rice cake, meat, eggs, and seasoning. Tteok jjim an early variant of modern tteokbokki, was once a part of Korean royal court cuisine. This type of tteokbokki was made by broiling tteok, meat, vegetables, eggs, and seasonings in water, and then serving it topped with ginkgo nuts and walnuts. In its original form, tteokbokki, which was then known as gungjung tteokbokki, was a dish served in the royal court and regarded as a representative example of haute cuisine. The original tteokbokki was a stir-fried dish consisting of garaetteok combined with a variety of ingredients, such as beef, mung bean sprouts, green onions, shiitake mushrooms, carrots, and onions, and seasoned with soy sauce.
Following the Korean War a new type of tteokbokki became very popular. While the older version was a savory dish, this latter type was much spicier, and quickly became more popular than the older traditional dish. In addition to traditional ingredients, this tteokbokki used gochujang, a hot paste made from chilli peppers, along with fish cakes. Other ingredients added to tteokbokki include boiled eggs, pan-fried mandu (Korean dumplings), sausages, ramyeon and cheese. These days, many kinds of tteokbokki are popular such as seafood tteokbokki or rice tteokbokki. Flour tteokbokki was popular in early days, but rice tteokbokki is more popular these days.
Sindang-dong in Seoul, where tteokbokki was first sold, is still very famous for the dish, which has become one of Korea’s most popular snack foods.
The topokki that we had was with a spicy sauce with lots of fresh vegetables and I love it. It is such a simple dish with a good punch of flavours and fresh vegetables. The highlight for me was the dynamite roll which I love but it’s best to share with someone else as it is massive! The lowlight of the night was the waitress spilt wine all over table and some onto my phone. The manager was not working at the time and I have left plenty of messages for him to call as I would like to repair my phone but wanted a confirmation from the manager to go ahead and do so.
The meal cost us $52 for the 3 dishes and 2 glasses of wine which is really cheap and reasonable.
On the whole, 7 ½ for the food quality, 7 for the atmosphere, 6 for service and 7 ½ for pricing.
137 Barrack Street
Perth WA 6000
(08) 9325 5997