Onggi might be a relatively humble Korean cafe and takeaway but it scores highly on all the things that make you want to go somewhere. It is atmospheric, friendly, clean, professional, good value and, of course, serves umami-rich food that is fresh, tasty and cooked with love and care.
You might want to start with something like kimchijeon – savoury pancakes stuffed with kimchi. This is a street-food style treat that comes with a delightful, moreish dipping sauce. Main courses include bubbling one-pot stews and soups with various combinations of meat, fish, tofu and vegetables. Also popular are rice-based combinations cooked and served in hot stone bowls, and Korean barbecue dishes. We highly recommend the bulgogi – thinly sliced strips of beef in a slightly sweet marinade cooked quickly on a grill and served with gorgeously sticky rice and a hot, but not frightening, chili sauce. And don’t miss sides such a salad of braised burdock root or gim – pretty little sheets of dappled green, crispy seaweed.
Popular with students looking for a taste of home, family-run Onggi is also an ideal venue for those new to Korean food – staff are most welcoming and happy to help.
By Tim Burke, Leicestershire editor
Pictures: Onggi Facebook page