Daorae Korean BBQ Restaurant @ De Garden, IpohFebruary 5, 2011 | 22,619 views
So how’s your Chinese New Year celebration so far? Surely, the time spent catching up with your family, friends and relatives was well worthy of the disastrous congestion/flood/horrid torrential downpour/effort you invested prior to these 3 days.
For me, coming home to Ipoh is undoubtedly a blessing in every manner. Reunions and gatherings aside, Ipoh’s still the ultimate food paradise for me. Yup, such a simple (naive?) Ipoh boy that I still am; I developed this penchant for eating and shooting the food that I eat (and successfully annoying the others by claiming ownership over the food that the others eat, albeit temporarily) back in 2008 when I was working in Ipoh, and running all around Perak (if you’re already bored of eating in same old Ipoh, consider travelling short distances to all around Perak, you’ll be astonished – Perak Food Guide)
Various Korean side dishes (ban chan) to perk up your appetite before the meats come into play.
Ironically, on the same day that I posted on our lunch at Daorae @ Taipan, I was informed that Daorae would soon be opening a branch at De Garden of Ipoh!!! That was music to my ears, indefinitely since I love Korean cuisine and the sheer dearth of worthy Korean outlets in Ipoh (only Yea Won and Onix Jun, though I have not given Riche Montana Korean Buffet a try yet) painted a bleak image about good Korean cuisine in the eyes of the locals.
A very spacious dining environment, separated into different sections to cater to all needs. You can have your BBQ meals seated on the wooden floor; from the low tables perched underneath the vacuum hood (to rid the diners off unpleasant smoke and grease), or you can choose to sit on usual heights and dine as usual.
Daorae Korean BBQ Restaurant opened their maiden outlet in Perak; on top of Pappa Rich at De Garden. Read on for the details ………
Soon-dubu-jjigae (RM18/USD6) – Kim Chi hotpot of stewed beancurd and seafood with an egg cracked just before serving. A sumptuous and hearty serving of tummy-warming concoction; and not too spicy too. Comes with a bowl of rice, this should be more than ample for an individual meal.
Hangbang Samkyup-sal (Thin slices of pork belly marinated in ginseng and herbs) (RM30/USD10) – Rather fatty cuts, hence you’d better request for leaner cuts if you’re not fond of chewy, melt-in-mouth layers of pork fat. But WHY NOT?
Cut up slices of pork belly; with a distinctive aroma of herbs marinated into the meat prior to the grilling. At Daorae, the staff do all the grilling, cutting and serving, so you can enjoy your side dishes (ban chan) while catching up on life stories and leaving the dirty work to them. Ingenious.
Yang-nyum Dak-gal-bi (RM28/USD9) - Marinated skinless chicken fillets in special soy sauce. The nice chunks of deboned and filleted chicken had this sweetish and savoury flavours; from the soy sauce used in the marinade. The caramelized onions and garlic provided much oomph; and you’re supposed to wrap everything together in a slice of fresh lettuce before popping the whole package into your mouth.
The place was packed, almost expected since there’s nothing much one can do in Ipoh aside from eating, eating and eating. Or maybe a movie or two. De Garden is bustling with the crowd day and night, and now that they have built the multi-level carpark (though with EXTREMELY tight spaces and ramps, RM1/hour), it settles the plaguing hassle of finding a vacant lot from back then.
Foodwise, nothing much to complain. Service was satisfactory and the place seems to run extremely well at a rapid turnover pace. Well-staffed and unlike most new eateries; Daorae actually hires more than enough hands to do all the ordering, cleaning, serving and grilling.
Since they use the same menu as the sister outlets in Klang Valley; read my previous post on Daorae @ Taipan USJ to see what else is good, and why you should go all out for some OX TONGUES!
Interesting display of Korean ginseng as soon as you walk in from the main entrance.
DAORAE KOREAN BBQ RESTAURANT (non-halal)
Lot L1-R-9, 1st Floor,
De Garden, No 3, Persiaran Medan Ipoh,
31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Telephone : 605-548 2616
(De Garden is situated opposite of Jusco Kinta City in Ipoh Garden East. For the other reviews on food at De Garden. hop to : Food @ De Garden, Ipoh)