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Wednesday 7 August 2013

Restoran Korean B.B.Q Gung

Restoran Korean B.B.Q Gung
B2-2 Jalan Ampang Utama 2/2
One Ampang Business Avenue, Taman Ampang Utama,
68000 Ampang
(Coordinates: N3° 9' 19" E101° 45' 9")

Its Brendan’s birthday, but unlike previous years where he'd ask that we celebrate at some fancy western joint, this year the ‘Hallyu’ wave has truly taken us over. Truth be told, we had actually meant to try another Korean restaurant but the large crowd (even at 6:45PM) deterred us, and forced us into a detour.

Perhaps because it’s located on the first floor and out of sight, there was only one other family besides us dining here? First impressions were not favourable, as the restaurant looked run down and had simple furnishings. We hoped that the food would help sway our initial notions. As fate would have it, Gung (or Goong) is also the name of our favourite Korean drama starring our favourite Korean actress, Yoon Eun Hye.

simple signage

simple furnishings

We were greeted by a very friendly Korean proprietress and her liveliness definitely helped brighten the mood. For a party of three, we were recommended the RM70 set which included cuts of pork belly, cuts of marinated pork, a bowl of 1Kimchi soup, a plate of 2Bibimbap and unlimited side dishes. Since it was Brendan’s birthday she also recommended a plate of 3Japchae and threw in a glass of Aloe Vera juice on the house.

1a traditional fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings
2literally means "mixed rice", warm white rice topped with an array of individually prepared vegetables and beef and served with seasoned red pepper paste
3chewy cellophane noodles made from sweet potato starch tossed with julienned vegetables and meat, each component separately stir-fried.

let the games begin!

side dishes

side dishes

cuts of pork

almost done!

fresh salad

marvellous japchae

incomparable bibimbap

splendid kimchi soup

masissge deuseyo!

The cuts of pork were quite good, and we particularly liked the marinated pork. The side dishes were the standard fare, while the Bibimbap was certainly a delight. The stars of the night however, were the Kimchi soup and Japchae.

Since it’s a special occasion tonight’s meal will definitely not fall within the realms of the everyday food for the everyday person, and we will not speak of ‘damage’. All things said and done, we would have to admit that Kang San Ea remains our favourite Korean BBQ restaurant, but this restaurant is a close second!

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