One of the reasons why I love eating out with D, E and T (maybe we should call them Team DET from now on haha) is the different restaurants we end up in; they’re always thinking of something different each time we have a catch up.
When they asked if I’ve ever had Korean summer wraps before, I emphatically told them no and that we must go there (after my eyes had stopped goggling from such an insanely wonderful concept). Must!!
Happily they took my bullying rather well and after some deliberation, managed to order what we thought was a good amount for four people. I don’t know about you, but Team DET and I have the notorious eyes-bigger-than-our-stomach syndrome: we always over order and basically want to eat everything that sounds tasty.
I grew up with Vietnamese summer rolls and their varied fillings, so I thought I knew what was “right” to go into them. Eating a Korean summer roll has taught me differently, you can add: apple, pineapple, avocado, tofu, bean sprouts, cucumber, prawns, mushroom, snow peas, broccoli, carrot, capsicum and seafood stick – all topped off with some fresh herbs and rice noodles. I don’t think I’ve left out anything…
Oh yes, I did – you also get a side of thinly sliced beef that you broil in the pot the dish comes with. It was a half-half hotpot pot so we used one half to cook the beef and the other half to soften the rice paper. I managed to forget which was which and cooked my beef on the wrong side.. oops sorry Team DET.
We decided to get some bulgogi too to go with our rolls (yum!), which came with a bowl of rice.
It quickly became clear to me that Korean summer rolls are EPIC and that I’ve been totally missing out. You’d think that such a weird variety wouldn’t go well together and yet somehow they do!
I found myself only adding maybe half of the ingredients into my roll before it just got too scrumptiously unmanageable (it’s a bit of a fail when your rice paper gets all holey and becomes structurally unsound).
But E has perfected the art of systematically adding everything in (I think she mentioned that she places all the hard stuff at the bottom to give it a bit of structure) and deceptively makes it look easy to roll up the monster she has just created.
Dinner at a Korean restaurant would not be the same without their delicious sides. Despite having so much food already, I think we asked for our side dishes to be refilled three times! But goodness they were really good; our favourite would have to be their potato salad.
Food Friends doesn’t really cater for dessert and we were all craving for something quite sweet, so we ended up at the nearby Max Brenner. Thankfully they weren’t super busy and managed to snag a table.
I have to be honest, we struggled to finish our desserts and hot beverages, but it really did hit the spot.
Food Friends is quite popular during lunch, I’m told by D and E, as their range is quick to make, simple and relatively healthy at a pretty decent price. They can get quite busy with large groups during dinner service, so it might be best to call up just in case (we actually just rocked up and hoped for the best!).
81 George St
Parramatta NSW 2150
Ph: (02) 9633 3670