3 cheers for Korean food!
Both gNOMes love Korean mainly for 3 reasons : BBQ meat, Bulgogi and Kim Chi Jjigae! Yums! *on a side note, we can’t wait to go Korea! yay!
Mamas Korean Kitchen is located at Sunway Giza, just right above Tokyo Kitchen. It took us a while to locate this place, but find Tokyo Kitchen, look up, and you will be there in no time.
Humble restaurant owners (Koreans mind you) and their foreign workers greet you ‘Annyeong Haseyo‘ chirpily as you enter. We love the decor of the place, decorated ala Muji style with wood planks and earthy tones. The place is spanking clean and spacious.
We wanted to have some soju (an alcoholic beverage normally made from wheat, barley, rice), but their Oksusu Cha (corn tea) priced at RM1 and refillable attracted us. A good change from the usual roasted rice teas they serve at other Korean diners. The tea was fragrant, and very refreshing after a typical porky meal.
They served a variety of banchans (side dishes), but not many of which the gNOMes really consumed, except the anchovies, pancake and some kimchi.
The Kim Chi was suprisingly nice, not too sour, just nice for the tastebuds. Their Cucumber Kim Chi also boasts similar taste, the fried anchovies/ikan bilis was however a little bit too sweet and salty for our liking. The water chestnut flour jelly side dish was pretty interesting, though it didn’t leave much of an impression afterwards.
We came for the BBQ meat and the Kim Chi Jjigae, so both orders are a must.
Wine Samgyeopsal (RM40). Pork belly marinated in wine, barbecued till tender and juicy. Since we had a BBQ dish, we were served a variety of greens to go with!
We had a few orders on the table, the workers cooked the meat separately while we nom-ed on the Beef Bulgogi and the Kim Chi Jjigae.
The end result!
The pork was cut into thick stripes, yet BBQ-ed nicely. It had the just right amount of fat and meat, not too much on either sides. The pork cutlets however had layer of salt like it was sprinkled with some after the BBQ before serving. Wrapped up with the greens and the sauce, the combination gave a rather savoury taste which was pretty pleasant, though not the best pork BBQ we have had. Perhaps it would have been better if we had ordered thinner cuts of pork so we would not be overwhelmed.
Our beef bulgogi was cooked right in front of our eyes.
The Beef Bulgogi (RM70) comprises of thick beef stripes, cellophane noodles (tang hoon), and generous servings of golden mushrooms and bean sprouts. The bulgogi was cooked over high heat for roughly 15 minutes, then we were allowed to dig in.
For gNOMe 2, the beef was slightly overcooked till it became pretty tough and chewy but not gamey. The first sip of the gravy was pretty flavorful, thanks to the sweetness from the beef strips and vegetables. Pairing this dish with a bowl of rice would be delightful. However, the dish was still cooking on its own even though the flames were turned off. And this, caused the gravy to be extremely sweet, like it had a combination of natural sweetness with artificial ones. 😦
We were also served complimentary steamed eggs as one of our side dishes.
The steamed egg was pretty decent, a good side dish to complement our dinner.
Lo and behold, with unanimous decision, we both were in agreement that the best dish of the night is the Kim Chi Jjigae (RM20)!.
The soup captured our tastebuds with the correct proportions of sourness and sweet taste. The broth itself wasn’t too thick, yet not too diluted. We were pleased with this order and were gulping down every single spoonful with relish. I guess it was due to their nice kim chi that made this dish palatable. As far as Kim Chi Jjigae goes, so far the gNOMes like the ones at Seoulscape Bistro KD and this one a little more than the others we have encountered of late.
And it came with tofu and kim chi in abundance. gNOMe 1, who normally does not consume too much of soup kimchi, downed every single last one of them this time. Perhaps this was due to the nature of the seasoning which was not overly salty or sour.
Verdict : Come for the Korean BBQ, but do order thinner slices if one does not want to be overwhelmed. A bowl of rice would help as well to “dilute” some of the saltiness. Kimchi Jjigae is a must! Service and ambiance were commendable.
How to get there :
Address : C-1-1, Sunway Giza, Jalan PJU 5/14, PJU 5, 47810 Petaling Jaya.
Contact : 03-6151 1816
Opening hours : Mon – Sun; 12:00pm – 23:00pm