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A busy, buzzing Korean restaurant, Cah Chi is packed nightly with local young professionals. They come both for the warmth of welcome from the family who run the place, & to eat well. Korean
barbecue is the speciality, so each table has its own hotplate. Choose from beef, pork or prawn bulgogi, which is marinated & then cooked before your eyes. Whet your appetite with soup – pork
& vegetable dumpling soup & seaweed soup are both recommended – or tuck into steamed tofu or pan-fried courgettes. There are also hotpots & noodles to try. This is a cash-only
establishment, but prices are low (& it’s BYO – for wine only) so you won’t need wads. There’s a second branch at 34 Durham Road, Raynes Park SW20 0TW (020 947 1081).
I've had Korean a few times before, and had it again tonight at Cah-Chi in Earlsfield, and it is a cuisine that is yet to disappoint. Traditional Korean meals are noted for the number of side dishes that accompany steam-cooked short-grain rice. Commonly used ingredients include sesame oil, fermented bean paste, soy sauce, salt, garlic, ginger and fermented red chilli paste...
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With its cheerful green frontage, Cah-Chi looks from the outside like it might (as is the case with many moderately priced Asian restaurants) have a bit of a canteen-y feel to it. Stepping inside, however, you’re quickly reminded of the old adage, never judge a book by its cover. When my dining partner and I joined a couple of friends there for an evening meal one weekend, we were impressed from the outset and I immediately knew I’d be featuring Cah-Chi in a restaurant review...
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