Category: Korean Food

Gyeong Bok Gung Korean BBQ Restaurant @ Plaza Menjalara, Kepong

Among the 4 restaurants that recently opened at Plaza Menjalara, I consider Gyeong Bok Gung to be the best. From the name you should probably know that it is a Korean restaurant. Korean BBQ is their specialty but the menu also features a fair selection of familiar Korean dishes so you are not really limited to eating BBQ only.

Side-Dishes

The Banchan (side dishes) here might not be as elaborate as you expect it to be, but at least they taste good. We finished everything except for the kimchi which was left untouched the entire meal. Yeah, we are still unable to accept the taste of kimchi.

Steamed-Egg

Steamed egg is also part of the Banchan, not sure if it could be refilled because we were always too stuffed for seconds.

Raw-BBQ-Pork

We only tried the pork in our visits so far and we feel the Korean Spicy Pork is the tastiest, followed by the House Marinated Pork Ribs (Dwaeji Galbi, RM28) and pork neck slices (Dwaeji Mok Sal, RM25)

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Dak Galbi @ Uncle Jang Korean Restaurant, Solaris Mont Kiara

After our awesome Korean BBQ meal at Little Korea, I noticed another Korean restaurant called Uncle Jang that has a rather weird sign – a smiling bald uncle. The sign and restaurant name do not explain much but we found out later that they actually serve Dak Galbi – a popular South Korean dish especially for students who are on a low meal budget. Well, I think that applies only for Korean students.
Now if you are wondering what Dak Galbi is, let me explain after researching with my leet Google skills. This dish originates from the city of Chuncheon in Korea and is made by stir-frying diced-chicken, cabbage, scallions, onions and rice cake on huge pan in a chili-pepper based sauce. Since this dish is pretty much Kimchi free (unless you add it in yourself) we thought it should suit us and decided to give it a try.

pan-heater

A huge gas-powered pan heater sits on every table.

dak-galbi-frying-pan

A big frying pan being set up for preparing the Dak Galbi, now you could now see the relative size with the staff behind it.

free-water

Free ice water and tissues – these will come handy later.

dak-galbi-ingredients

There is a minimum order of 2 pax and you could choose either the non-spicy or spicy portions. For starters I suggest going for the 1:1 ratio (1 part spicy @ RM22, 1 part non-spicy @ RM19) first to gauge your tolerance towards the spiciness. Although I could handle spicy food very well I would still prefer to play safe, rather than having something too spicy to enjoy.
Besides, you need to consider for your dining partners’ comfort too because they will be eating from the same pan you see. And, as it turns out, 1:1 is just the right ratio, as anything beyond that would not be too pleasant for most people. Extra toppings like mushroom, egg, cheese etc are available too.

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Korean BBQ @ Little Korea Restaurant, Solaris Mon’t Kiara

I might have finally found a Korean restaurant that is able to convince me that Korean BBQ is nice. My previous dining experiences at various Korean BBQ restaurants just to name a few like Daorae and Go-Gung had been mediocre and borderline forgettable.
Little Korea at Solaris Mon’t Kiara has become the turning point for me and it was a blessing in disguise really. How so? Because we actually planned to have chicken rice at Segambut for lunch. But the plan took a drastic turn from having chicken rice to Korean BBQ because the restaurant was closed.

restaurant-interior

However, Little Korea is not a surprise stumble as a friend actually mentioned about this place before. He commented that the BBQ pork tastes like char siew and that comment of his stuck in my mind ever since. Korean BBQ that tastes like char siew? That’s new and worth trying alright. Somehow, we knew we won’t go wrong at Little Korea as it was full of Korean customers, which you won’t see of course because this photo was taken just before we left.

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Hong Park Sa Korean Restaurant @ Ampang (Ginseng Chicken Soup)

In the journey of discovering Korean cuisine I found myself at Hong Park Sa, a restaurant that specializes in Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup (Samgyetang) in Ampang. In Malaysia when one mentions about Korean food it is usually related to their barbecue, owing to the popularity of BBQ restaurants like Daorae. But you should know that having Korean barbecue is not an authentic experience of Korean cuisine, simply because it is not a Korean traditional food, just popular.

ginseng-chicken

Samgyetang on the other hand, is a traditional dish that is usually consumed during summer to replenish the lost energy and nutrients through the hot weather. The recipe dictates that only young chicken is used because it contains more nutrients – just what the dish requires. And to mention the more delicate meat too. Although Hong Park Sa uses mostly local ingredients to prepare the soup, quality Ginseng is still sourced from Korea.

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