Korean, Lunch

KimchiHaru @ Jaya One, PJ

March 24, 2011

I have to admit, I have never really like Korean food. Mainly because of the misconception that is being associated with it. When someone invite me for Korean food, somehow the first thing that comes to mind would be BBQ. While the BBQ meals are ok, the after effect of smelling like a BBQ pit ourselves is rather a turn off.

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Enter KimchiHaru, a very small shop located at Jaya One that serves contemporary Korean cuisine. I have passed by the shop numerous times when I was working at Jaya One, but never have I wanted to give it a try, until I read what KYSpeaks.com review.

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As mentioned earlier, the place is not big so be there early for lunch or expect to wait about 15 mins to get a seat.

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There’s a weekday special menu for selected items. Standard Chartered Cardmembers are eligible for 15% off from the food bill. Feeling rather hungry that day, we opt for a slightly higher price meals.

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Appetizers that comes before our mail meal. Salad and Kimchi.

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Original Topokki (RM11), my favourite Korean delicacy now after tasting it for the 1st time in Feng Chia Market, Taiwan. It’s basically rice cake, cooked with awesome chili sauce along with egg and bean curd (Fu Pei).

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The rice cake has a chewy texture and don’t have much taste on it’s own, however with this clever method of cooking, it’s bring to life! I wouldn’t mind just eating this all day long at KimchiHaru.

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May ordered Sam Gye Tang Set (RM23), which is actually Chicken Ginseng Soup with rice. The whole leg of this chicken is given in a hotpot, together with various ingredients like ginseng, red dates, bezel nut and rice. I’m not a soupy person, but the soup is very well boiled and don’t have a hinge of MSG.

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I ordered the Bulgoki Bibimbap Set (RM17) which I find is a very interesting way the Korean eat their rice. All the ingredients are in the same bowl, from seaweed, cabbage, carrot, minced meat, sprouts and egg.

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Mixed it all together, and add some Kimchi sauce according to taste, and it’s ready to go. It’s delicious and quite healthy too with lots of greens to be mix together.

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Banchan (small dishes) are serve together with every set, with 4 selection of traditional Korean small dishes.

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Ice Peach Tea and Korean Ginseng Tea, complimentary with the set.

Overall, it’s a nice dining experience and also provide an alternative to the traditional Korean BBQ that we had. I don’t mind visiting the place again as I love their Topokki. I’m sure any of you reading this will to.

Currently they have 2 locations, 1 in Jaya One and the other IOI Boulevard.

KimchiHaru Jaya One
13-LG1 Block D Jaya One
72A Jalan University
46200 Petaling Jaya
Tel No: 03 7629 8020

KimchiHaru Puchong
IOI Boulevard
Jalan Kenari 5
Bandar Puchong Jaya
47100 Puchong
Tel No: 03 8076 9020

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