Mr Dakgalbi, Pan Grilled Chicken Restaurant

Anneoyo-haseyo~ In the hunt for the latest Korean food in town and here’s Mr Dakgalbi. The BF found it via Groupon Deal and our heart on Korean food never dies.

Mr Dakgalbi Apron

Same goes by it’s name, what they serve in the restaurant is dakgalbi. Above is the apron provided and because we ate before dakgalbi at other places, apron is usually provided and customers are encouraged to wear them. However, after the waiter took our order, there isn’t any reminder of wearing the apron hence that is probably why not many of the customers are wearing it.

Mr Dakgalbi Big Bang

Upon sitting on the table, we are also greeted by Big Bang’s music video and there you could see G-Dragon on the screen. The music videos played are all Koreans and that definitely adds to a greater Korean ambiance.

Mr Dakgalbi Running Man

We also found an interesting wall filled with Running Man members photos and some of their signatures. We couldn’t identify who’s signature but we could definitely tell that the owner must have been a great fan too. We are a great fan too and we attended LeeSsang’s Asia Tour Concert in January, part of the reason is to meet Gary and another, their song is awesome and meaningful.

Mr Dakgalbi Interior Design

This is the partial of their interior from where we are sitting. I was right in the middle of the restaurant and there are two floors of the same interior.

Mr Dakgalbi Wok

Jjang! This is our dakgalbi consist of marinated chicken, rice cakes (teokpokki), cabbage, spring onions, bean sprouts and another ingredient that I’m not very sure of. I really wish that they could give more teokpokki as you could see that they only gave four. For those who are not very familiar with dakgalbi, they are basically pan grilled chicken with a variety of vegetables and you are allowed to mix it with ramen or rice. You can also make  your dakgalbi special by adding seafood in it.

Mr Dakgalbi Ban Chang

Ban Chang is basically the condiments served when you have Korean food. Most of the time, it’s refillable and what they served here is shredded cabbage with mayonaise, pickled radish and kim chi. Every time we request for refills, the waitress doesn’t seem to be sure of what we want. They also served soup which I believed is chicken based with seaweed.

Mr Dakgalbi Squid

For our dakgalbi, we have requested for squid. I know this close up might look a little scary but they are fresh and marinated deliciously.

Mr Dakgalbi Rice

Aside from it, we also ordered rice.

Mr Dakgalbi Ramen

…and ramen. We’ve noticed that they use gochujang (red chilli paste) and sesame to top onto the rice and ramen.

Mr Dakgalbi Cooking

The waiter helps us to cook the dakgalbi. Covered the side of the wok with protector, just in case any of the sauce or ingredients splatters out from it. The BF looking serious, waiting patiently for the dakgalbi to be ready. The waiter first cook the squid along with the rest of the ingredients and we wanted to try ramen first.

Mr Dakgalbi Cooking Ramen

This is the ramen where I did notice, the waiter added water upon cooking it. The moisture is at the right point but not as saucy as we expected. We definitely love the squid, its very squid and flavorful.

Mr Dakgalbi Cooking Rice

After we finished the ramen, the waiter then cooked the rice for us with the remaining dakgalbi. This time, the rice tasted a little dry as to compare with the ramen. We do notice that the waiter didn’t add water as how he did for the ramen.

Mr Dakgalbi

As much as we love Korean food, we do find that the portion here is slightly lesser than the ones we normally had and also less saucy.  If it wasn’t because of the deal, it could be quite pricey or almost similar price to other dakgalbi restaurants. I believe that because their business is fairly new, hence the waiter or waitress could be unsure of what they should be doing because when we asked for ban chang refills, the waitress once refilled only one of our ban chang  and another time, she kept our dishes away. It’s a great experience of trying new Korean eatery but I do think that they could improve and better. They are located at the heart of the city,

No.61 Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03- 2110 5090

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xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh

Ko Hyang Korean Country Delights, Ma Sit Sso Yo!

I started to hunt Korean food ever since watching Korean dramas. You might think that I’m a fanatic for all the Korean fever but I started watching the dramas since 2005. Not very extreme, back then I was studying and I only watch when I have time for it. Each of their drama will have some mouthwatering dishes, let’s see some of it.

  • Goong – Spicy Rice Cakes, known as Dduk Bokki
  • Fashion 70s – Midnight snack where they mixed all the dinner left overs in a big bowl
  • My Lovely Sam Soon – Spicy Korean Soft Tofu Stew, known as Soon Du Bu

I even have Korean pair of chopsticks and spoon and always love to have Korean food if I have bumped any. If you’re wondering what’s Ma Sit Sso Yo from the title above, it means ‘it’s delicious’ in Korean. My Korean fever now is the game show called Running Man (must watch, freaking hilarious) and a drama called Nice Guy.

Ko Hyang Korean Country Delights was establish in 2008 at The Gardens Mid Valley and later on expanded to Sunway Pyramid in 2012. Ko Hyang is managed by Ms Chung Hee Jung and her parents whom are Koreans that have planned to be in Malaysia for good. The first time I found out of Ko Hyang was with my Lover from The Gardens Mid Valley (especially that the price is very affordable) and recently, discovered another at One Utama which I couldn’t resist.

Bi Bim Bab

Rice mixed with minced beef/chicken, shredded sautéed vegetables of cucumbers, carrots, mushroom, seaweed, radish and topped with bull’s eye egg with some sesame seeds and Korean chilli paste.

It comes with a bowl of soup and side dishes. The soup tasted like radish soup with bean sprout and has very nice sweetness from the vegetables. The side dishes was Kim Chi, anchovies, bean sprout. I’m not really a fan of anchovies, I have skipped it and the Kim Chi is the best I ever had. It’s spicy and not as sour, it was served not too cold. Unlike some Kim Chi I had, they served it cold directly from the fridge.

Bi Bim Bap always reminds me of their mid night snack. My choice of meat was beef and this dish tasted like spicy salad rice because of the loads of sautéed vegetables in there. It doesn’t taste too raw since the vegetables are sautéed, its still crunchy and it has a hint of nutty flavour at the end taste. The egg yolk makes the dish creamy and moist, nothing too spicy at all.

Price: MYR16.90 

The week after I have begged my Lover to go for Ko Hyang and the nearest to us is at Viva Homes. We have not dine together at Ko Hyang althought we found it in The Gardens Mid Valley. The outlet is slightly bigger than the one at One Utama and there’s an outdoor dining too. They also have set lunch available which I did not see it at One Utama, the sets are very affordable too.

 Tuk Man Du Guk

Home made chicken dumpling with shredded fried egg and seaweed in rice cake soup with minced beef /chicken.

It sounds like a simple dish but this is definitely quite a big portion. The soup tasted like chicken based, served 4-5 dumplings with lots of eggs. The rice cake sunk all the way at the base of the bowl and I almost didn’t notice it. Rice cake is my all time favourite and they are chewy and smooth. My choice of meat is beef and it adds a subtle flavour to the soup which is delicious! The minced chicken from the dumpling was too soft and the spring onion was a little too much that I almost couldn’t tell that it was chicken meat.

Price: MYR15.90

Soon Do Bu Ji Gae

Spicy soft tofu stew with seafood/chicken/beef and served with rice

Lover chose beef for the meat option and the meat is tender and juicy. The soup was not really spicy for the first few mouth but as you go on, you’ll definitely feel the burn. I don’t fancy tofu but their tofu is incredible smooth and soft! The rice was well cooked, not mushy at all.

Price: MYR15.90

I almost forgot to include the side dishes and it’s refillable! The Kim Chi tasted the same as how I remembered from the one I had in One Utama, I tried the anchovies this time, it tasted sweet and doesn’t smell as fishy. There’s seasoned bean sprout, spinach and cucumber. The seasoned cucumber was special because it was still still crunchy.

I would say Ko Hyang served most affordable Korean dishes and it tasted far better than I expected. Dining in are subjected to 6% service charge and it’s pork free. Recommended to try and support them by liking their Facebook below or you could check out more info in KoHyang.com.my!

 

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh