Trio of Ipoh Floggers @ Yea Won Korean RestaurantJune 20, 2008 | 8,159 views
Shoes off, and sit cross-legged … just be sure you do not have a bad back. Ouch.
Passed by this restaurant for the umpteenth time, but heard mixed reviews, from both KYT and KCA. (No, they’re not related. Though both are equally crazy. Hehe…) Out of ideas on where to have lunch, and a late one at that, we finally came to a unanimous decision. Go for something Korean. Possibly the sole survivor in Ipoh, Yea Won has a strong following, evident during peak hours, when the crowd swells to its maximum capacity.
If your back can’t stand without support, opt for the normal seats, rather than bending forward or backwards awkwardly after a meal …
Citygal, being the Korean food connoiseur that she is, took helm and ordered accordingly. Impressive. Hehe …. (Btw, nice meeting you, Citygal! Funny how we both know the same “Cute, Funny Guy with DSLR” Muahaha. World’s small, ain’t it?)
Barley Tea (RM3)
Normally complimentary to a meal, the barley tea is a soothing, Korean style tea, equivalence of Chinese tea or green tea to the Japanese. But RM3 for a whole jug was not so bad. Though Citygal commented that the version served here lacked the smoky, roasted barley aroma.
Kim-chi and side dishes, typical of Korean meal
The side dishes were good, we did not ask for refills as at the end of the meal, we were stuffed. Not sure if unlimited refills are allowed, but should be, as most, if not all, Korean restaurants allow the patrons to. Encourage the citizens to eat their greens, I supposed? =)
Save the trouble, and watch the professional at work …
We ordered the Mo Dem BBQ set for two, with mixed portions of pork included. It was a delight watching the waiter grilling the items for us, while we were busy munching on the extras and chatting away. If you notice, a white paper cup is positioned at the end of the grill. Its function? Hehe, to collect the grease and oil from the meat. Gross, but at least makes the meat palatable, void from too much fat.
…. and After.
In a matter of minutes, the meat was done. Some may lament, as the fatty parts are obviously generous, and a diet freak’s nightmare. But that’s what statins are for, I presumed? LOL. Anyway, the portion served were enough for 3, as there were other side orders. The meat was not marinated, and the natural flavour of the meat, combined with the various dipping sauces, resulted in a myriad of flavours.
The fried rice cakes (Chau Nin Gou) is a Korean specialty. But the cakes were pretty much tasteless. The accompanying gravy (typical Korean red pepper sauce) did not help much, as it was too thick.
Spicy Cold Noodles (RM20)
Funny thing was, the lady who took our order commented that the noodles contain beef slices, therefore enquired whether anyone of us refrain from the meat. We all shook our heads. Then as the noodles arrived, no meat was in sight. Hmmm …..
Anyhow, the noodles arrived a wee too early, BUT we had them at the end of the meal. The consequences? The cold noodles lumped together, creating blocks of cold, hard soba-like noodles. We took our time dissecting it, and as I was nursing a sore mouth ulcer at that moment, every mouthful was torturing. Haha … it was not too spicy, but aggravated by my condition.
The restaurant closes for break at 3pm, forcing the lady boss to drop some hints, possibly trying desperately to shut us up. Haha … ^o^ We definitely overstayed our welcome. Til the next outing, Ipohans !!!