Jang YEG is the newest modern Korean-Japanese restaurant located in the heart of Downtown Edmonton on Jasper Ave. Chef Jamie Jang opened the restaurant with more than 15 years of experience in creating dishes from all over the world. From Korea to Australia and now to Canada. He now hopes to introduce Edmontonians to his unique blend of flavours.
Hearing this, I was a little skeptical about the whole Modern/Western/Korean/Japanese/Fusion mumbo jumbo. I’m more of a “just stick to one thing and be really good at it,” kinda gal.
Disclaimer: I was invited to Jang during their Media Night to preview a few of their items. Our meal was compensated but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
To start off, I was taken by surprise that everyone was at a communal table instead of having the opportunity to order off the menu on their own. I asked to sit separately than another fellow Instagrammer since introverted me wasn’t prepared to socialize that night (social anxiety problems – no hard feelings!) I was told some of my dishes will be smaller than the regular portions due to this.
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.
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.
My last dish was Jang’s Gogi Platter containing teriyaki ribeye with kimchi butter, galbi, pork belly, and spicy pork shoulder.
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).
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 YEG11212 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB T5K 2V2
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