Amidst the Korean madness revolving around K-pop idols, actors and actresses from your favourite K-dramas, there is also the Korean food hype. For instance when the famous Song Song couple got married in October, what better way to celebrate this big Korean celebrity hype than having Korean food? See what we did there.
Among all of the popular hubs in Kuala Lumpur, Mont Kiara is the place to go when you want to be surrounded by everything Korean. You have your all-you-can-eat barbecue eateries scattered across the area, restaurants that serve original Korean traditional dishes, there’s also a Korean mart located just walking distance, or if you are up for something extra: there’s a restaurant that serves live octopus for you to munch on. Not forgetting dessert parlours that serve icy, cold, sweet Bingsu to end the day.
Not a fan of Korean food? Just look past the fermented kimchi, there is really a Korean dish that may tingle your fancy. Meat barbecue for the meat lovers, hearty tofu stew, ramyeons or jajangmyeon for those who like to keep it classic and bimbimbap for vegetarians. We listed down 12 authentic Korean restaurants in Kuala Lumpur where you can have all of the above, and more, for breakfast, lunch, dinner or supper.
If you’ve been noticing a long queue for a particular eatery in Mont Kiara, 99 per cent of the time, it’s Omaya. It’s been open since 2016 and still draws huge crowds coming in for their popular Army Stew.
Omaya, Mont Kiara, 2, Jalan Solaris, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, +603-6206 5067
The name ‘Palsaik’ (which means eight) is not used out of random. This barbeque eatery is famous for their 8-Colour set, which consists of eight different kinds of specially marinated pork. Which includes: ginseng, wine, pine leaves, garlic, herb, curry, miso paste, and ‘hot’.
Palsaik Korean BBQ is available at Mont Kiara, Scott Garden (Old Klang Road), Kota Damansara and Kepong.
KyoChon 1991 is all about Korean fried chicken. Only the freshest and healthiest chickens are used in this eatery. They are then fried in canola oil, a healthier option compared to industrial cooking oil, and is flavoured using 100% natural ingredients.
KyoChon 1991 is available at 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Sunway Pyramid, Pearl Shopping Gallery, Sky Avenue Genting, and MyTown Shopping Centre.
Korean barbecues are huge not only in Malaysia but other countries. So it’s no surprise that San Ma Eul has huge crowds coming in during peak hours. Their must-order food item is the spicy rice ball; which is fun as you have to roll them yourself before eating.
Sae Ma Eul Jaya One, The Square, Jaya One, Jalan University, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, +603-7932 3196
What’s better than meat barbecue? An all-you-can-eat barbecue. Don Dwae Ji Sam Gyeob Sal not only has free flow of meat but you can keep ordering their spicy noodles and side dishes all night long.
Don Dwae Ji Sam Gyeob Sal, No 83. Jalan Radin Tengah, Sri Petaling
57000 Kuala Lumpur, +603-9056 2573
One of the most authentic Korean restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, they serve both a-la carte barbecue and traditional Korean dishes that we highly recommend. The queue gets pretty long here during peak hours so we suggest going slightly earlier to avoid the wait.
Restaurant Seoul Korea, No 1-1, Plaza Danau 2, 2, Jalan 3/109f, Taman Danau Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur, +6012-373 1176
If you’re up for a food adventure, here’s your stop. Crazy Fish serves Korean raw delicacies that is practically still alive. The one that takes the cake is live octopus that is cleaned, sliced and immediately served. It’s so fresh that it’s still moving.
Crazy Fish, 9, Jalan Solaris 3, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, +603-6211 7313
This restaurant serves almost every Korean dish under one roof. You can have kimchi stew and barbecue at the same time, or seafood pancake with fried chicken. However the beer chicken is a must try and needs to be reserved in advance as the dish takes one hour to prepare.
Gangnam88, No 1-1, Jalan Solaris 3, Solaris Mont’ Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, +603-6206 5888
With 500 restaurants worldwide and just 430 outlets in Korea, it’s no surprise that Shinmapo Korean BBQ is Korea’s No.1 barbecue restaurant. Help yourself to their fresh meat but save some space for their signature volcanic fried rice, which is kimchi fried rice with scrambled eggs.
Shinmapo Korean BBQ is available at The Gardens Mall and SS15 Courtyard
It’s crispy, crunchy, juicy and flavourful — basically, what a fried chicken is supposed to taste like. Their chicken is fried to order and coated in your choice of soy garlic and hot & spicy. These are made with no artificial flavourings and no MSG.
4Fingers is available at Mid Valley Megamall, NU Sentral, Sunway Pyramid, and Berjaya Times Square.
Do you know that Jajangmyeon is actually a Chinese dish? We didn’t know it too. This Korean-Chinese restaurant serves the most authentic Jajangmyeon (Korean-Chinese black bean noodle) and Jjambong (Korean-Chinese spicy noodle) in Kuala Lumpur.
Chung Gung Korean-Chinese Restaurant, C6-, C7-, D.E Malaysia, 1, Jalan 1, One Ampang Avenue, 68000 Ampang Jaya, Selangor, +603-4251 2159
Da On Fine Korean Cuisine is a contemporary fine dining restaurant that only uses the best ingredients from Korea in their dishes. From their menu, you will see a great selection of traditional Korean dishes, which also include the Sam Gye Tang — Korean ginseng chicken soup known for its cure-all benefit.
Da On Fine Korean Cuisine, Lot 6.40.00, Level 6, 168, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2141 2100