I have been to Big Mama several times since 2 years ago and I still loveee it. It's strange that I only ever want to eat at Big Mama when it's cold. I love the side dishes (cold pasta!!!) even though they don't even seem to fit authentic Jap/Korea cuisine...
I always request to change my dish to chicken instead of beef for everything, including Jap Chae AUD $10. I know that Jap Chae looks really unappetizing but you MUST try it.
I had my very first Jap Chae at a Korean restaurant in London called ASSA. When I first saw it, it reminded me of Chinese glass noodles which resembled thin translucent threads and are made from green beans. I dismissed the plate instantly but decided to take a bite for the sake of trying it. To my surprise, the taste and texture were infinitely better and I finished the entire plate. I now call it my favourite noodles. Jap Chae is different from Chinese noodles because the Korean glass noodles are made from sweet potato starch, are thicker and usually brownish in colour even in their uncooked form.
Big Mama serves several variations of yummy hot pots meant for sharing. There are also mini hot pots meant for one person. The hot pot that we had was in a kimchi stew filled with baked beans, mushrooms, sliced carrots, cucumber chunks, luncheon meat & bacon.
Last but not least, let's talk about the kimchi fried rice with garlic prawn cream sauce AUD $12. I did not have this item on Saturday. In fact I had it ages ago so the picture below is pretty old. Nevertheless, this is another famous dish in Big Mama. The combination of the cream sauce alongside with seafood, fried rice and kimchi is awesome. I am very fussy about the freshness of prawns so I'm glad to say yes, the prawns are fresh!
By the way, an important thing to note: Cash only.
466 Swanston St
Melbourne VIC 3053
03 9347 2656