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.
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.
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.
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!