I’ve been telling myself that i need to blog about this before i forget. So here goes…
Last weekend, before the book fest, Liz and i met up at Koryo-won for lunch. We were in Suria KLCC in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and wanted to try out a Korean restaurant there. The one and only Korean food place we found is this restaurant.
Located on the top-most (that’s the 4th) floor at Suria KLCC shopping center, Koryo-won prides itself in serving fine Korean barbecue and traditional Korean cuisine. I must warn you though, that this place is not cheap. It’s pricey and if you want a taste of premium wagyu beef (wagyu = Japanese beef also known as the caviar of beef) on a Korean barbecue, well, you can get it here. One serving of wagyu beef on the barbecue stove can set you back RM360 (USD110)! So if you don’t want to burn a huge hole in your bank account, order carefully. But if you are a tourist or earn USD or Euros or some other currency, then this place would probably be all right.
The cheapest food item on the menu is RM25 (USD7.60). Nothing below that. After a quick survey of the menu, we ordered the Den Jang Ji Gae (된장찌개) and Mi Yok Guk (미역국).
Liz and i also took note that a drink at this place cost RM12 (USD3.60). They do not serve the usual free flow of tea or water here either. Since we were on a budget and want to keep the bill to a minimal, we didn’t order any drinks. We ordered soupy meals so that’s okay.
Liz had the Den Jang Ji Gae (RM25) which was traditional bean paste vegetable soup in a hot clay pot served with traditional Korean side dishes and fragrant rice. The vegetable soup and rice made a tasty yet simple meal. Very healthy too.
I had the Mi Yok Guk (RM28) – a traditional seaweed soup served with steamed rice. How come this does not come with traditional Korean side dishes? The Mi Yok Guk is the same traditional soup Koreans drink on their birthdays. =) My seaweed soup came with fresh scallops in it. There was a very generous amount of seaweed but not so generous with the scallops in the Mi Yok Guk. If you dislike the slightly “fishy” smell of seaweed, don’t order this.
Although the banchan (Korean side dishes) were good, the waiters did not top up when we finished a couple of them. Usually, these side dishes were topped up. We had to ask for more. 🙁
When we were having our meal, we noticed that a Korean man at a table nearby was served pieces of watermelon for dessert. We have visited quite a few Korean restaurants and they usually served fruits for dessert and on one occasion, we got a very nice sweet ginger drink with crushed ice. So after dinner, we waited for our dessert but none arrived. We then asked for the bill and the waiter took his time with that too. We were not at all pleased with the service at such an expensive restaurant. When Liz asked the waiter how come we didn’t get any dessert, he then mumbled some silly excuse which we could not understand and left! Gee…
On the way out, the man at the door offered us sweets in a small basket and said “Here, this is for dessert”. Sweets for dessert at a fine restaurant like this? We were less than impressed. Fine dining indeed! It wasn’t that fine for me.
BookFest @ Malaysia 2008
K-popped!’s culinary adventures:
Affordable Korean food at HanChon (Sri Hartamas)
Lunch at Han Woo Ri, Korean BBQ restaurant (Ampang)
Eating out at Seoul Korea Restaurant (Taman Desa)
Korean Cuisine at Pavilion KL (Kuala Lumpur)
Dae Jang Geum (Section 14, Petaling Jaya)
Daorae Garden (Sri Hartamas)