can you believe they had 6 people in small cramped space behind the counter cooking?
Korean food + Splashie Boy = great memories
Long before everything and anything Korean became so popular under the sun, whether it was movies, television shows about palace ladies cooking away and Rain (nope not what we want to cool us down in Malaysia but the singer), Korean food always had a special place in Splashie Boy's heart (and tummy). He was first introduced to Korean food, weirdly enough by his American German-descent colleague, MVE who is based in Korea. Like all food memories, nothing has come close to that first taste of his best-ever bibimbap. Served in a small shop in Seoul manned by an old Korean lady, he often tells me, it was simply unforgettable.
bibimbap - mix it good
Strangely enough, after 6 years, he seems to have found something quite close to that memorable taste at this tiny kiosk in Gardens. Owned by Chung Hee Jung, a Korean who used to study here, this simple no-frills place serves a menu of Korean favourites. They have bibimbap (of course), bulgogi, jap chae, bi bim kuk su (sweet and spicy noodles), jan chi guk su (seafood noodles), su je mi (a kind of hand torn dough with soup that bears a striking similarity to pan mee), kim chi ji kye (kimchi stew with tofu and vegetables), sun du bu ji kye (kimchi stew with tofu, prawns and vegetables) and kimchi bokem bap (fried kimchi rice).
not to spicy but satisfying kimchi soup, panjeon and side dishes (banchan)
Bibimbap (RM15.90) here is served in a large metal bowl, looking so pretty with all kinds of vegetables including mushroom, onion, carrot, zucchini, bean sprouts, parsley and seaweed. You have a choice of minced chicken or beef, that you will mix together with the spicy gochujang chilli paste and a fried egg. Mix it all up and you get to enjoy all the different flavours together. We also liked the rice they use, a kind of brown rice that is slightly sticky. I had the kim chi ji kye (RM14.90) - a not too spicy but satisfying tangy bright orange soup with beancurd, vegetables and glass noodles. Thumbs up to the taste of the food, as it had a homey feel to it and best of all, it was very tasty without any additional MSG. Often I have dined at other Korean places and the food tends to taste bland.
As a side dish, we also had the pajeon (RM9.50), a seafood version with prawns and spring onions. The soft but slightly oily pancake, a popular street food in Korea was tasty especially when dipped with the tangy sauce on the side. To cool off, try their Sik Hye (RM3.80), a cold sweet drink made from barley malt powder and sweet glutinous rice. Seems the refreshing drink is boiled for 7 hours. Apologies in advance if I got any Korean references wrong. Still trying to figure out what is what from my Korean cookbooks. For more pixs, see the Flickr set.
LG-K05, The Gardens
Mid Valley City
(Pork free. Place is opposite Justlife and located on the lower ground floor.)
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. This review is time sensitive; changes may occur to the place later on that can affect this opinion. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from this place for writing the review.