4883 Kingsway, Burnaby BC V5H 4T5
Google, what does ‘daeji’ mean in Korean? Answer: Pig
Good to know, and this makes complete sense considering Dae-Ji Cutlet House serves, you guessed it: pork cutlets. Dae-Ji has 7 locations across the Lower Mainland that pump out variations of breaded and fried meat. No complaints here!
Sunday’s take-out choice was two orders of chicken cutlet served with all the banchan (Korean sides). We added their garlic spicy gravy sauce because the more sauces the better. We also added two sides of kimchi because it’s healthy and tasty. The order took less than 20 minutes and was ready for pick-up when we arrived. There was a blip on our order, but they corrected it right away and off we went.
Let’s talk sides for a moment. The cutlet order came with plain white rice, cabbage salad, macaroni salad, corn, and the added kimchi. Now, these are pretty standard banchan for Korean cuisine and all tasted just fine. My personal highlight was the kimchi, which was sufficiently fermented and quite spicy. While it lacked a bit of depth in flavour (more garlic please!), it made up for it by being well-brined and thoroughly coated. I can’t handle chopped cabbage sitting in a pool of watery hot sauce so was grateful for this – kimchi-props to you Dae-Ji.
Each order came with three palm-sized chicken cutlets (my palm so roughly 4 oz per piece) – they were lightly breaded and fried to a crispy, golden colour. The flavour was mild, not at all salty, and they didn’t have a greasy feel. Dae-Ji advertises that they use 100% canola oil. I really enjoyed these schnitzel-style Korean cutlets. They reminded me of giant chicken fingers and there’s nothing more nostalgic than that.
I’m a sauce girl so I was super stoked to have both tartar and their house ‘garlic spicy gravy sauce’ for my dipping pleasure. The tartar was deliciously sweet and relishy which complimented the savoury chicken bites well. The gravy sauce was a bit underwhelming and not as garlicky or spicy as I anticipated. I combined both sauces and liked how they melded together – a hit of savoury and sweet.
I would order at Dae-Ji again, especially if I was feeling lazy and wanted a complete meal. Koreans like their spice, give you all the sides, and do fried food well.
- 2 x Kimchi $0.99 each
- 2 x Chicken Cutlet (Requested Garlic Spicy Gravy Sauce) $14.99 each
- Banchan (side dishes): White Rice, Cabbage Salad, Macaroni Salad, Corn FREE
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