Korean BBQ @ Daorae Garden Desa Sri Hartamas

    (Non Halal)

    My love affair with Korean barbecue began from Hwaroyeon and it sets me to search for such goodies around KL. To my delight, I have extra excuses to indulge in such grilled and charred big chunks of meat in conjunction with Rome’s 20th birthday celebration.

    A huge increase of Korean restaurants, retailers and groceries stores around Sri Hartamas is seen, particularly because Hartamas and Bukit Kiara attracts a high expatriate population with Japanese and Korean who comprise almost half the total residential population. So Daorae at Desa Sri Hartamas it is!



    im chi is crunchy, tangy, salty, addictively spicy and less pungent. The panchan dishes such as spicy cockles, bean sprouts, omelette with sausages and sweet pumpkin has been ‘malaysianised’ to suit our taste bud, but it feels weird on Rome’s taste bud, it was inevitable.


    Bindaeduk (korean pancake) is ordered as a reminiscent of many of our hunger strike in night at our hostel at Jung No, Seoul.


    I love the plates of fresh green shallots that comes with the galbi set. The after effect will certainly take your friends’ breath away. Gobble down lots of shikye (rice drink) to avoid the serious onion-shallot-garlic breath after.


    We had some complimentary spicy crab dish that comes with the galbi set. Weird combination huh?


    We had four Daeji Galbi (pork ribs) dish of the sweet and spicy variation. The sweet variation is marinated in a sauce made from fruit juice, rice wine, soy sauce, sesame oil and sugar while the spicy variation uses house spicy marinate sauce. It is succulent in taste, crisply grilled to perfection with slightly charred around the edges.


    The waiters and Chef Kim will expertly grill, flip and toss the meat to ensure that it was cooked to perfection. It feels authentic because some fiery charchoal block is used.

    Another two Dakgalbi (marinated chicken) dish is added to the order as everyone turn out as cannibal.


    NaengMyeong (chilled buckwheat noodles) is often served followed by a galbi meal. Koreans believed that the icy cold broth full of shaved ice can offset the heatness of the galbis. Served in a cold stainess steel bowl, the noodles sit in a tangy iced broth made of chicken stock, and are garnished julienned cucumbers, a slice of a Korean pear, and often a boiled egg.


    Koreans have been drinking shoju for thousands of years. So a bottle or two of shoju is obligatory to mark the great birthday celebration. Smooth and clean in taste, it is easy to drink in combination with galbi dishes.


    Dipshisa! (Let’s Drink)

    Gunbae! (Cheers)


    Girls and Boys


    Rome with smoky, sauce-smeared lips after the feast. Happy Birthday Yeong Jun!


    O’Chocolate from BigBoysOven is excellent as always, very fresh and delicious. I’ll keep ordering from you guys!

    Daorae Garden serves authentic and delicious barbeque dishes. The service is excellent and prompt where you just have to sit and wait for the food to be done. The waiters also replace the grilling rack once it is charred. Total bill comes to RM 350++ with 2 bindaeduks, 6 galbi dishes (RM 27 each) and 3 shojus. Panchans, rice drinks and another 2 bindaeduk is on the house. Sounds reasonable for me because there were 11 of us. No wonder the Korean Popstar Rain dropped by!

    Korean BBQ Restaurant
    DAORAE GARDEN (Tel : 03-6203-2616)
    No.9, 1st Floor, Plaza Crystal Ville Center,
    Jalan 23/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas,
    50480 Kuala Lumpur
    (Same row as Maybank)


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