The word 'dakgalbi' gets me excited. This is a common Korean term which most of you can probably associate it with since there are a few outlets or branches in Malaysia exclusively offering this dish as a meal. Anyway, I got invited to review a recently opened nearby shop, Choi's Don & Dak which is located in the next neighbourhood from where I live.
My first impression of the place was that it was very homey. The friendly staffs and boss, Grace made it a pleasant experience for us. It seemed that they had customers already frequenting this place although they have opened only a week ago. Looks like Korean cuisine are a fave among Malaysians!
They have pegs and a line where you can take pictures of your experience at the restaurant, then hang it up there! A pretty creative way to decorate the place :)
So, we started out with the Dakgalbi whereby the meat used is chicken and uniquely, this place also serves a pork version of it called, Jumullok. Choi's Don & Dak is the first Korean restaurant serving pork cooked in the same style as dakgalbi. So, for those of you who prefer a twist to the usual dakgalbi, do try out their Jumullok!
By the way, the minimum order here is 2 persons @ RM 19.80 per pax.
The 'before' cooking picture. Look at the endless pile of cabbage, perfect for a health freak like me. No wonder Koreans have such good skin, their vegetable consumption is more than what they need to be honest.
The gigantic plate was poured into this cast iron pan to be mixed and fried!
Typically, this is served by combining chicken, a special sauce or Korean red pepper paste (gochujang), cabbage, potatoes, carrots, onions and rice cake together and sometimes, ramyun (noodles) can be added inside. According to the Korean owner, Grace, the chicken dices she used are cleanse with rice water and milk to remove the odour from the chicken and precisely, fresh milk must be used.
Grace whipping up delicious dakgalbi for her customers and she has made everything from the sauce down to the cooking itself to ensure that only the best is served to the patrons. She mentioned that her fruit based sauce was special and different as she makes it from scratch all by herself .
And, finally, mozzarella cheese was added to compliment the dish and of course, for that extra 'kick' in your dakgalbi.
It's distinctive spicy and sour taste, tantalizing each taste buds is unforgettable. You can have bowls and bowls of this without getting bored. You can even eat this with kimchi or wrapped in lettuce.
Some of the add-ons which are available are: mushrooms, ramyun (instant noodles), sausages (a mix of cheese, garlic, smoked, mushroom, black pepper and chilii in which you can choose 3 types out of the 6) and finally, udon. Oh, and the portion showed in the picture is only HALF of what the original one is.
The 'banchan' (side dishes) which we were served. I thought the mashed potatoes was a fantastic addition to the Korean cuisine and the reason behind this was that one of the staffs had prior experience of making German mashed potatoes.
Korean Ramyun (RM 12.00)
For those who are craving for instant noodles.
Korean Jjapaghetti (RM 7.80)
This reminds me of 'jajangmyeon' (black bean sauce noodles) but I guess this has a different, unique twist to it.
Korean Fried Rice with Dry Laver
The texture of this was a little burnt for me, although it was fragrant. By the way,this is fried rice with lettuce, seaweed and a special sauce.
For those uninitiated, here's a guide chart on how much to order. I'd recommend not to order too much at one go, it's better for you to add on if there isn't enough to eat because this dish can be very filling actually.
Here's how to get there!
Choi's Don & Dak ~ Korean Restaurant
30 Jalan Kuchai Maju 8,
Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park,
57100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-7980 0056
Daily: 10 AM to 10 PM