As Adelaide’s Mad March draws to a close, there’s one thing Hyunwoo Kang will miss more than any show. “Eating on the street,” he says. “People don’t really eat on the street much in Adelaide, except for during festivals.”

Born and raised in Seoul, Kang first moved to Adelaide in 2006 on a working visa. He loved Australia, so he returned to live here permanently and study at Le Cordon Bleu, where he met Steven Lee from the Plus 82 Group (which owns Pocha, Gogi and Mimi). Now, with co-owners Lee, Kelsey O’Riley and Terry Hwang, he’s revisiting his childhood and bringing his favourite South Korean street food to the eastern suburbs with new venue CNB (Chicken and Burger) at the Parade Central complex.

Ideal for a quick bite before catching a film (or a jaunt around the streets of Norwood), CNB’s simple menu features “K-Dogs”, burgers and Korean fried chicken. Korean hot dogs are similar to an Australian dagwood dog, only with different toppings.

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“We are the first ones doing these in Adelaide,” says chef Terry Hwang. “After the Korean War, we started to get corn dogs with real corn starch in Korea. At that time, flour was expensive, so people used corn starch to make it. Since then, it’s been modified, [such as] with crumbs and potato on the outside, and mozzarella inside.”

At CNB, there’ll be three different dogs to start with. “You can get all different types of sauces, and we’re even doing potato wrapped around the outside,” says O’Riley. “And they usually roll it in sugar at the end. It’s very different.”

Also on the menu is Korean fried chicken (including a soy-based vegan alternative), burgers, and sides of pickled radish and fries. Hwang warns the hot and spicy chicken isn’t for the faint of heart. “The hot and spicy is really hot. I use chipotle, gochujang (Korean chilli paste) and paprika,” he says. Thankfully, the milder options are still creative. “I love the honey-butter cheese [fried chicken],” says Hwang. “The cheese on top of the chicken is mixed with a honey-butter seasoning, and there’s a yoghurt-based dip that goes with it. It matches well – with cheese, you want something sour.”

You’ll also want something to drink – specifically the house lager on tap, or cans of Korean beers Cass and OB.

With its takeaway-focused menu and colourful, playful interior – featuring splashes of orange and blue and LED-lit archways – by Amber Ma (of AMiD Studio), CNB feels like the group’s most commercial venue by far. And there’s a reason for it. Lee hopes the brand will become a franchise; locations interstate and possibly overseas are on the horizon. “We want to focus on a lot of shopping centres and main strips,” he says.

The owners feel that now is the perfect time for growth. “When I came [to Adelaide in 2004], people didn’t know much about Korea,” says Hwang. “They just asked, ‘Are you from the south, or the north?’ But now, it’s well-known … there’s Korean idol groups like BTS, and films like Parasite. Korea is trendy now.”

CNB
Parade Central, 9/185 The Parade, Norwood
Hours:
Daily 11.30am–9.30pm

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