Incidental “Threesomes” & The Korean BBQ SagaJanuary 23, 2011 | 13,820 views
The spread of delicious Korean dishes at Daorae; they should have ushered us to a bigger table earlier. They probably did not foresee the impending madness that ensued; food enough for 4-5 pax maybe?
Coincidentally, my first Daorae Korean BBQ experience was another ‘threesome’ at work. No, we did not participate in hot, sweaty and explicit physical exchanges (or union of bodies?). But one not-so-fat monkey and that cheeky gym rat carted this Motormouth off on an excursion to everywhere but the intended destination. Haha …. to imagine we were supposed to go for tea at FRIM in Kepong, only to change to Sumi-Ka for yakitori (ahem, and since they open from 6pm onwards, it does not make sense to camp and wait for half a day more?), and finally a brilliant contingency plan to shift to Mr Mak’s Fish Head Noodles at USJ.
But lo and behold, Kopitiam Que Up chose to be closed on a Saturday afternoon. How (in)convenient. And that after witnessing some reckless driver flying off the divider and crashing into the middle of the roundabout at Subang Jaya; causing the traffic to come to a standstill on most roads leading to and away from that spot.
And if you’ve been driving in Malaysia for long (Klang Valley especially), you can’t help but realize that our generic pastime/custom/tradition is to slow down whenever a mishap on the road happen, and either jot down the plate number, look and see whether you know the poor creatures, OR plain kay-poh-chee and look-look-see-see for the fun of it. Furthermore, punctuality has never been one of our forte to begin with.
Chew on some tongues and grilled raw garlic for that extra punch.
And so, after suffering the almost an hour’s ordeal of warping all around Subang Jaya without successfully feeding these 3 hollowed stomachs, we settled for Korean food at Daorae in Taipan USJ. Already in half-famine states, we rushed up the elevator (which was smelling like some sweat socks …. I did not coin this, the Monkey did!) and thanks-be-to-the-gastronomic-lord-from-above for Daorae’s operating in full swing that afternoon!
If you wanna test your patience, or run an anger management short course, try maneuvering your car around Taipan USJ. Alternatives include Damansara Uptown, Bangsar or SS2 during lunch hours.
But first, why the incidental ‘threesomeS’? Surprisingly, the first two posts on Korean BBQ were attended by a party of three; at Korean Yea Won in Ipoh – first visit with Jason and Citygal, then quite recently a farewell of sorts with KCA and TallGal.
Good selection of ban chan (side dishes) at Daorae; with nary a miss aside from the sweetened lotus roots and a very psychedelic pink dressing to go with some julienned cabbage!.
Wobbly, smooth and hearty egg custard arriving in a bowl. A counterpart to the Japanese’s chawan mushi, perhaps?
Woo-sel-goo-ee (RM48/USD16) – Delicious ox tongues grilled to a firm yet chewy and tender texture. Ciki instantly ordered a portion of the tongue before anything else! Damn she’s obsessed with tongues!
As usual, you take a piece of fresh lettuce then slathered with the sauces; one with salt and oil, the other being a slightly spicy bean paste. Then place a slice of the meat of your choice, and some of your favourite side dishes (like the fermented cabbage – kim chi, for instance). Finally, add one slice of raw or grilled garlic and pop everything into your mouth!
The accompanying dishes (from top left) – Kimchi Mari Gooksoo (Korean cold noodles in kim chi soup) (RM18/USD6), Very, very good Beef Bulgogi (RM25/USD8), Kimchi-jjigae (Kim chi Stew with pork and beancurd) (RM18/USD6), and the Pork Special (RM35/USD11.30)
The Beef Bulgogi was very very good. At RM18 per serving, the slices of grilled marinated beef with lots of glass vermicelli noodles (beanthread noodles) in a hearty and savoury broth was very comforting. Grab a bowl of rice and this is a complete meal on its own.
The Kim Chi Stew and Kim Chi Cold Noodles were equally as impressive, and should not be missed out if you’re a lover of everything with kim chi. By the way, kimchi‘s supposed to be GOOD for your health too; the Korean classic fermented cabbage was even named as one of the World’s Top Five Healthiest Food for being rich in vitamins, aiding digestion and possibly reduction in cancer growth! If you still remember the tragic SARS outbreak few years ago, kimchi was purpotedly believed to be of benefits against the virus.
Got you wondering where to grab some kimchi now huh? 🙂
Sizzling cuts of pork with caramelized onions and grilled garlic.
Pa Jeon – Korean pancake on the house. When you have ordered an amount of food exceeding their expectations … or plain impressed them enough to warrant attention, you get a serving of pancake on the house. How cool huh?
The Korean feast was brilliant, I daresay this was on par with some of the more ‘authentic’ ones in Ampang; the Korean village of Klang Valley. But it’s been some years since I have returned to Ampang for my Korean fix. Which restaurant would YOU recommend me?
And finally, the company was good. Fine time to catch up on bits and pieces of news/gossips/happenings/rants/ramblings after sooooo long. Let’s do this again someday, and Sumi-Ka should be on the horizon … just don’t let me get disappointed a FOURTH time in succession!!!!
Daorae Korean BBQ
7B & 8B, Top Speed Business Centre,
Jalan USJ 10/1J,
47610 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Telephone : 603-8024 2616.
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