Hankki, Carnegie, Melbourne
How good is Hankki? My friend Jo heard good things about the place so we chose it for our first ever meal in Carnegie. And we chose super well with this bustling Korean eatery. Probably the best KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) we’ve had in Melbourne and with proper, authentic Korean flavours. As we’ve both been to Korea and dined plenty there, we can attest to this with some confidence.
Hankki is a Korean word (duh I guess) which translates exactly to meal. That makes enough sense. It’s a busy restaurant like all the other good picks in Carnegie and it’s a bit of reassurance when we first walked in. We were greedy and ordered three dishes. Which we didn’t finish. But it made for some lucky leftovers, though note to future self: fried chicken only tastes good at the time.
The three orders were: the deep-fried dumplings ($7), the Sizzling pork BBQ ($16) and the Korean Fried chicken in a sticky/ soy glaze (at a price I don’t remember).
The service at Hankki was competent and all the dishes came readily. The dumplings started us off to a happy note, these are actually filling in themselves. We didn’t need three items, but we weren’t complaining.
Sizzle and spice
Although noted for the spice, the sizzling plate was quite a manageable temperature, and it was helped with some serves of the accompanying rice. Tasty pork and packed with flavour.
The wings from Hankki were the most impressive part, great quality meat levelled up with some tasty sauce for lots of flavour excitement. Like in Korea, and a few other places in Melbourne they give you gloves so you can keep your sticky mitts, well, a little less sticky.
Hankki in Carnegie presents some good stuff when you’re craving some Korean. The approach here is straightforward and non-pretentious with the food easily reminding us of our experiences in Korea. We can’t wait to return.