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.
Koryo-won Korean restaurant @ Suria KLCC
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 interior of the restaurant as you step in. They even have two private rooms which you could book for large groups.
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.
Den Jang Ji Gae – the traditional bean paste vegetable soup came boiling hot!
The vegetable soup with tofu and shrimps
Banchan – these Korean side dishes came with Liz’s order of Den Jang Ji Gae
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.
Mi Yok Guk (RM28) – a traditional seaweed soup
Seaweed with bits of fresh white scallop meat on rice
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. 🙁
We loved these side dishes and asked 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…
Bad service caused us to leave the posh and expensive restaurant with a sour after-taste
The bill came up to RM60.95 as we kept it to a minimum by not ordering drinks and starters. So if you order drinks, a meal for two persons would be around RM80 – RM100 (that’s including the 5% Government tax and 10% Service Charge).
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.
And we Malaysians are consistently left out! Why is it that our dear neighbours get to enjoy so much K-pop while we Malaysians only get K-pop acts every now and then?
The Big Bang boys held their first independent concert in Thailand on June 7th. Called the Global Warning Tour (nice title), the party started at 8pm at the Huamark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok.
It is said that 10,000 fans including those from Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam showed up for the concert. I’m certain some Malaysian fans went for it as well, although they were not mentioned in the report by Hankooki.
As expected, the boys rocked the house! 🙂
Were you there?
The Big Bang boys heat up the stage
‘Lemme hear you scream!’
Everyone wants a piece of Tae Yang
Tae Yang puffs out his chest and shows off his rock solid bod
Seung-ri makes grown men genuflect
Dae-sung sings his heart out for a lucky fan, who looks overwhelmed. Someone’s walking on cloud nine…
Fan loses it when Dae-sung goes all gentleman-like and kisses the back of her hand
I was walking around at The Curve, Damansara when i caught a glimpse of Kwon Sang Woo and he was asking me to go to Korea with him! 😉 ㅋㅋㅋ To be precise, it was a cardboard version of Sang Woo sshi, with the announcement that THEFACESHOP is currently having a contest and you might win a trip to Korea!
Yes! I want to go to Korea!
With that thought in mind, i stepped into the shop and was ready to buy whatever it takes to participate. =) A very pretty lady assisted me in getting their star product, the Raspberry Roots Sleeping Mask. You either buy this or purchase up to RM150 to enter the contest. Without appearing over-enthusiastic, i listened attentively to what the product can do. The sleeping mask is to be applied twice per week after your usual night moisturizer. You then leave it on overnight. The mask will increase the elasticity, tighten pores and thoroughly hydrate your skin. Plus it smells quite nice. Okay, i’m sold!
THEFACESHOP’s star product cost RM89.90
After looking around the brightly lit shop, i realized that THEFACESHOP does have many interesting products! They have this shea butter lip balm that smells similar to chocolate that i really like, but didn’t get.
But i did bring home these other items…
Black Label Eye Shadow in Gold Pearl Pink (RM22.90)
Eyelash XNS (RM8.90)
Eyelash Adhesive (RM8.90)
Strawberry scented emery board (RM3.90) – not shown in pic
If you are interested, below are the details on how to enter the lucky draw contest.
THEFACESHOP Win a trip to Korea for 2 persons worth RM8,000! 6 June – 3 August 2008
How to participate: Purchase the Raspberry Roots Sleeping Mask (RM89.90) or purchase up to RM150 in a single receipt to be eligible for the lucky draw.
Did you know that Gummy is actually the unofficial 5th member of Big Mama? Well, I didn’t until I decided to listen to her songs…and curiosity did the rest.
She was grouped with the Sistas with Voices at the start of her career but management decided that she would do better as a solo artist! With that said, I guess you can gauge how good she is then, huh?
Songbird: What a voice!
The 27-year-old made her comeback in March this year after a 3-year hiatus from the K-pop music scene. Her first MV featured T.O.P of Big Bang and Sandara Park.
Gummy is a songbird with an admirable set of pipes and boy, can she blow. Since it’s Friday, why don’t you relax with this soothing ballad from Gummy entitled Looking into the Mirror? It features a rapper named Red Roc.
The MV depicts a woman who catches her husband cheating on her, and her downward spiral into depression after the incident.
Uh, not quite a Happy Friday subject to leave you guys with…but the song is good :-P.
Top Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon talked to the Korean press after a very successful The Legend Premium Event 2008 in Osaka, Japan on June 1.
The 36-year-old talks about administering his own injections, shampooing his long tresses, his future projects and marriage plans. Check it out!
I am Legend: Bae Yong-joon thrilled fans by appearing in his character’s costume
1) Thoughts on today’s event where 35,000 fans turned up?
It was sad when filming came to an end but at that time, director Kim and I said that it wasn’t over yet. However, now I feel that it is finally over.
It was nice today. I was able to meet my Asia family face-to-face. It was made even more meaningful as I shared this moment with the director and co-stars of The Legend.
2) You were hurt while filming The Legend. Have you recovered?
It’s still a little uncomfortable to walk. I am getting shots in my knees. For my shoulders, I’ll have to wait 1-2 months before going for surgery.
Ten days before filming ended for The Legend, I was seriously hurt, but I wouldn’t go to the hospital because I thought I would have to put on a cast, which would stop filming.
It hurt so much, I couldn’t sleep and had to take painkillers so I could continue working. Once, I went to a hospital and all the nurses were too busy attending to emergency patients. I had to administer the painkiller shots on my own (laughs).
3) While filming The Legend, there was talk about tension between director Kim Jong-hak and you.
That’s not true at all…and that’s all because of reporters (laughs).
My relationship with director Kim is very good. He is sometimes like a friend and sometimes like a father to me. During filming, we also talked about medicine that was good for us (laughs).
That’s right. A Korean version has been planned, but I’m keen on doing a Japanese version as well.
5) When you arrived in Japan, you filmed your fans with a digital camera.
I really like taking pictures. I wanted to take pictures of my family (fans). I am also thinking of publishing a book that introduces famous places in Korea to foreign tourists. It will contain pictures that I’ve taken.
6) Are you planning to keep The Legend hairstyle you have on right now?
When my next work is decided, I will change my hairstyle accordingly. There are many uncomfortable aspects about long hair, like using a lot of shampoo and taking a lot of time to dry (laughs).
7) Marriage plans?
My friends and juniors are all marrying, and I do have thoughts about it…but it’s not working out the way I want it to (laughs).
Even at home, my parents are talking about marriage. Last year at the MBC Acting Awards, I said I wanted to marry within three years, and I still have that desire. Introduce me to someone! (laughs).
The marrying kind: He wants to get married, but still hasn’t found The One yet. Any takers out there?
8) Your message to fans in Korea and Asia.
I believe that the love I receive not just from Korea, but from Asia is undeserved. If I cannot repay the love I receive through my acting and movies, I want to repay it some other way. When I find out how, I will let you know.
But before that…whoa, pandemonium in Malaysia last night huh, folks? Gridlock on the roads, lots of honking, tempers flaring and ALL petrol stations were jam-packed right after our Government announced the price increase in petrol.
RM2.70 per litre of petrol? Man, we’ve got to move around less…or sumthin’.
Everyone was racing to the pumps to fill up their car tank before the price hike took effect at midnight. Craziness to the max!
Now that I’ve got that off my chest, let’s talk about a different kind of panda-monium – the kind that only Korean superstar Rain can create :-).
TheStarOnline.tv has a behind-the-scenes video of Rain recording the Kung Fu Panda theme, courtesy of the movie’s local distributor United International Pictures.