Jang YEG: Korean & Japanese Cuisine

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apple kimchi $5
We started off with the apple kimchi. It was light, sweet, and soft compared to your traditional kimchi made with cabbage. I wasn’t a fan of this since I don’t particularly like mealy apples. I only eat apples that are crunchy and crisp!
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fresh salmon carpaccio with fennel $14
This was where I could see the Korean-Japanese fusion coming in. The fresh sashimi is dressed with a sweet Korean chili vinaigrette, and sits on a bed of avocados at the bottom. A nice mix of flavours but the sauce was a tad too sweet for me.
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kimchi croquette $7
This beautiful plate is the kimchi croquette. Inside there is sweet potato mash, pan-fried kimchi, grana parmigano, and served with shichimi aioli. As great as this looked, however, it didn’t match up to how it tasted. I got lost with all the different flavours and it just ended up tasting like a deep fried sweet potato. Great texture but nothing amazing.
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sizzling hot ika $14

Jang’s sizzling hot ika showcases Chef Jang’s creation of Asian and Western cuisines. It features calamari tossed in Korean chili pesto, topped with a poached egg, and drizzled with an olive oil emulsion.

Unfortunately, I was also confused at what this was supposed to be. The sweet caramelized onions with the sweet potato mash and sweet Korean chili pesto just threw me off at how sweet this dish was.

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This kimchi dome ($19) contains pork loin simmered in kimchi tomato sauce and is served with tofu, naan, and rice. I was initially surprised at how it came out with naan bread in a dome form. What’s the point? Who knows. Nonetheless, the naan bread was the best part before it became soggy. The pork loin was tender but there were exactly only 2 pieces in our entire bowl… I’m hoping this is due to having to sit at a separate table. I also found myself digging for more soup than kimchi.

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extra crispy beer-battered KFC $19 (half size pictured)

Okay, the extra crispy beer-battered KFC is the winner of my meal. To be more specific, their taro fries were the highlights. I’m a HUGE fan of taro fries – I used to get them all the time from Quickly’s in the Southside before the brand changed to JusFruit and I can’t seem to find them anywhere now.

The fried chicken was moist yet extremely crispy. It reminded me of Coco’s Fried Chicken! They even used a similar dipping sauce. It’s well-priced at $19 for double the portion of the photo – we only got half the portion since we were sitting at a separate table than everyone else. I’ve been told the regular size would be double the size of mine!

Although the chicken was good, the salad was overpowered by a heavy mustard dressing which just didn’t compliment the meal. I suggested a more light and citric salad for the future.

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Jang’s Gogi Platter $55

My last dish was Jang’s Gogi Platter containing teriyaki ribeye with kimchi butter, galbi, pork belly, and spicy pork shoulder.

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This would’ve been the favourite part of my meal but we were too full to eat it. We asked to pack it up and they gave it to another guest by accident so I can’t give a full in-depth review… All I can say is, the ribeye was yummy and tender! Love the concept of having 4 different types of meat. It’s quite expensive for $55 though (add rice +$3 per bowl).

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kumo cheesecake $10

Sweets by dia to end our night. Thank you Jang for the hospitality.

Overall, it seems to me that Jang is trying a little too hard to set themselves apart from other restaurants. Huge props to them for taking the risk to try new things though. They have so much potential! If you’re looking for an Asian fusion restaurant that’s different from the ones we already have in Edmonton, why not give Jang a try?

 

Jang YEG
11212 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB T5K 2V2

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