Earlier this week, Orchid wrote about K-popped! Trio’s excursion to Koreatown in Ampang. Walking around Little Korea of Malaysia worked up an appetite and it wouldn’t be a complete outing if the Trio, who were reunited for the Lunar New Year holidays, did not stop for Korean food!
We went to Han Woo Ri (한우리), a Korean BBQ restaurant. We chose the joint because it had the most patrons compared to the rest of the restaurants. When in Koreatown, do as the Koreans do, no?
Typically vegetable eaters (but not vegetarians), the Trio had quite a tough time ordering as the menu offered mostly meat dishes. No tofu or mushroom dishes in sight! We finally settled for two portions of meat – one beef and one pork, kimchi pancake and japchae.
Han Woo Ri’s rules: The restaurant requires you to order a minimum of two portions of meat to fire up the BBQ. The restaurant uses the traditional method of grilling – food is cooked over charcoal in a brazier. And yes, dear Muslim friends, the restaurant is non-halal.
Kalbi beef (RM59)
It consisted of beef short ribs that were marinated in a mixture of sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, sugar and onions. The waiter grilled the meat to perfection and after eating the bite-sized pieces, I thought about kalbi beef for the next two days!
It was absolutely delicious! Cooked over charcoal, the tender meat had a smoky aroma to it and dipping it into the salty and slightly vinegar-like sauces that accompanied the dish enhanced the taste.
It was darn expensive, but tasted real good. Yum!
Pork (about RM29)
On usual days, we’d avoid pork because we just don’t like it. However, the Trio gobbled up every single morsel from the grill that day because when cooked over charcoal fire, the aroma of the meat was just heavenly. For that extra oomph, dip it in the sauces provided.
What I liked most about the two dishes was that it didn’t have any bones…or blood. I can’t stand “bloody” meat and wrestling with bones when having a meal is a hassle. The pork had one bony piece, though, but Rooster dealt with it.
A large dish of tasty Korean glass noodles cooked with prawns, vegetables and some meat. The noodles were delightfully springy and had a fresher taste compared to the Malaysian dish of char bi hoon (fried rice vermicelli).
Kimchi jeon, 김치전 (RM40)
This dish was similar to the Korean seafood pancake we had at Seoul Korea Restaurant. It was filled with seafood and kimchi, making the dish flavourful and tasty.
The sauce that came with it had a funny taste. It was a little too vinegary for my liking, but I still enjoyed the pancake.
Of course, there were loads of side dishes accompanying the meal. Fantastic.
Han Woo Ri didn’t serve green tea as its default drink. You’d be served plain water and top ups were free.
However, the waiters were not very attentive, you’d probably be choking on something and turning red in the face before they’d come and fill your cup. You’d need to get their attention and ask for a top up yourself.
Dessert was a watermelon slice each.
But that wasn’t enough, so we made our way to Hanguk Supermarket (한국 슈퍼마켓) again for some Korean ice-cream!
Sticking to the rule of “when in Koreatown, do as the Koreans do”, we took note of what a bunch of Korean kids hovering over the ice-cream freezer were choosing. When the rowdy bunch left, we searched for the same ice-cream they picked.
Too bad Orchid couldn’t find the watermelon ice-cream as one of the boys got the last stick. She ended up with a Bibibik red bean ice-cream (RM2) instead (pic above).
Meanwhile, Rooster and I went for the Deowisanyan coffee-flavoured (RM2.80) one. It wasn’t too sweet, just the way I like my desserts.
How to get there:
Get yourself to One Ampang Avenue, take the first right after turning into the area.
Han Woo Ri is at:
C6-1, C7-1, Jalan Ampang Utama 1/1
One Ampang Avenue
68000 Ampang, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: 03-4253 1308
There’s also a Han Woo Ri branch in USJ (Taipan)
1D & 2D, Jalan USJ 10/1J
47620 UEP, Subang Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: 03-8023 3357
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