For the past few weeks already, I was mad about Korean cuisine. Not angry mad but love mad as in madly in love. This didn’t come as a surprise to me or anyone close to me as it goes hand in hand with my love for Korean dramas. I’ve made several Korean dishes at home and they were excellent. Will talk more about it next time.
To satiate my craving for Korean food over the weekend, particularly the oozingly good Korean BBQ I went out hunting for a new place. Saw quite a few posts online about Daorae so I went for it.
The place was packed to the brim. Thankfully we managed to secure a table right away. From what I see the boss is a Korean but waiters are of other nationality. Not sure about the cooks though.
What about the divine Korean food smell? (this is something I look for whenever I go to a Korean restaurant) Not so much which doesn’t surprises me at all.
Left: Condiment (top to bottom: sesame oil, soy sauce + something else), bean paste (doenjang)
Right: Pajori (spring onion salad).
Pajori is a dish I learned of its existence few days back while watching 2 Days 1 Night (Korean variety show). There and then I knew I was gonna love it. True enough :)
There were 9 cheop (side dishes) banchan…
1. Chili potato & sigeumchi namul (parboiled spinach)
2. Salad & sausages
3. Steamed broccoli with chili paste & kongnamul (cold boiled bean sprouts)
Kimchi and radish cube kimchi. Both are nice. The radish kimchi is super hot.
Steamed egg (I’m guessing this is the 9th cheop). It’s pretty bland. The least favorite of all.
Kimchi jeon (kimchi pancake) @ RM25.00.
Generous serving of kimchi however all I can taste is the flour. Very little kimchi taste.
Pork Jumulleok @ RM35.00. In the menu it says pork is marinated with special sauce. Found out later (by googling) it’s sesame oil.
Unfortunately pork jumulleok doesn’t taste as good as it looks. Its like a non-marinated lean pork.
Pork Galbi @ RM28.00. Pork marinated in sweet soy sauce. This one is delicious.
We also ordered:
Rice x 2 @ RM10.00
Service charge 10% @ RM9.80
Total bill: RM107.80
All in all, the dinner was a let down for me. Taste is mediocre. There were no chili paste in sight except from the broccoli side dish. That is a very important condiment for Korean BBQ. However if you prefer a nice ambiance this place has the right deal.
Update: Decided to give Daorae another chance hence a visit to its main branch at Sri Hartamas on 30th July. Unfortunately it doesn’t suit my taste again. No ‘kick’ were present. BBQ pork, kimchi and other banchan were less than mediocre. The nicer one is gochujang samgyeopsal.
My favorite is Seoul Garden BBQ Restaurant @ Bukit Tinggi, Klang.
Daorae Korean BBQ Restaurant
7B & 8B, Top Speed Business Center,
Jalan USJ 10/1J,
47610 UEP Subang Jaya,
Tel: 03-8024 2616
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