Apology

Sorry for the long absence… been busy with travelling and work lately. New post coming up very soon, I promise. In the meantime, hope that this will entice you to come back again. ūüėČ

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Conquered By Korean Barbeque

It was last month. Yes, 7th June. The week when DuanWu Festival took place.

Citygal and I went back to hometown (separately) for some scrumptious rice dumplings that week and the excited J2Kfm “booked” both of us for lunch on Saturday. While I humbly confessed that I’m slowly drifting apart from the new eateries in Ipoh, J2Kfm suggested what we do Korean BBQ. Such a great idea (I was still pretty much a Korean BBQ’s virgin, that’s why).

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If not mistaken, this is the ONLY place to have Korean cuisine in Ipoh. Few establishments blossomed before but all closed down. The airy interior of Yea Won soothes our bodies and surprisingly, there’s no evidence of smoky atmosphere eventhough no exhaust fans provided above the dining tables. Choose to sit at either normal dining table or an elevated floor which requires you to take off your shoes.

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I was told that barley tea is a common drink in Korea, hence we also had a jug of it for ourselves, RM 3. It tastes pretty much like our local Chinese tea but with a smoother aroma and flavour.

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I’m also have no idea whether these side dishes called banchan or panchan are supposed to be served, regardless which main course you ordered or they are served to every tables. There are about 6 types of banchan served, which include kimchi, muchae (white radish with chilli peppers), the highly suspected Gyeran-jjim (steamed eggs in tofu shape) and salad with mayo dressing.

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We want something spicy, so we opted for the Spicy Cold Noodles, RM 20, which came in brown-coloured noodle (buckwheat suspected but no further confirmation), topped with kimchi, seasoned cucumber slices, radish, hard-boiled egg and spicy chilli gravy. But maybe partly it’s our mistake – we didn’t inform the lady to serve this at the end of meal, so the noodle came when we were busy with our BBQ and none of us paid attention to it. When we digged into the noodles after that, it stucked together in a big lump. Not a problem, really, as the noodle was still cold (not cold as room temperature but more like chilled). Tastewise, it was a bit too spicy for me.

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Dipping sauce and condiments for the BBQ. Upper left is something like salt and pepper, upper right one tastes like taucu (fermented bean sauce). We have no idea what is the one in the biggest bowl. It looks like some radish in soy sauce.

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The Mo Dem BBQ set, RM 50 for 2 person, consists of pork cutlets, some enoki mushrooms, and er… onions. The staff there took the initiative to grill the meat for us, so we just continue with our conversations and munching on banchan (we wanted to do it ourselves actually, really). The meat were not marinated but you can eat them with the dipping sauces and leafy greens.

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And lastly, some Korean Fried Rice Cakes, RM 13, in red pepper sauce which is quite a letdown. The rice cakes were kinda thick and chewy, while the sauce is bland.

Apart from the above items, we spied that they also serve bibimbap and Korean porridge too. Shall drop by again next time, considering the food were not bad and there’s no service charge/government tax charge.

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Restoran Korea Yea Won
6, Jalan Medan Ipoh 1C,
Medan Ipoh Bistari,
31400 Ipoh, Perak.

Tel: 05-546 5779
(Not sure of the operating hours but they closes at 3pm for break and reopen at 6pm for dinner)

Read this, in case you haven’t.

Wholesomely Oriental

*Notice: Oriental Spoon moved out from Sooka Sentral to its new location at One Bangsar under the new name House of Tang.

It’s been aeons ago since I last had any dim sum meal (which is at Ming Court, Ipoh few months back) so, when Food Street, in collaboration with Ms. Lim and Jade Wong invited me over to Sooka Sentral for some halal dim sum last week, I accepted the invitation. It’s my first time trying halal dim sum by the way! And to make things merrier, I dragged KampungBoyCityGal along.

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Oriental Spoon is located at the new building next to KL Sentral. In case you don’t know yet, Sooka Sentral is a new lifestyle mall next to KL Sentral which has a variety of eatery under one roof such as Sushi King, Chilli Espresso (belonged to the same group that manages Isthmus), Killiney Kopitiam, Zen (under Secret Recipe), a colourful food court and spa for men. Oriental Spoon is under the group of companies that manages Bangsar Seafood restaurant.

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The steamed Siew Mai with Fresh Scallops, RM 10, was a delight with just the right thickness of the skin. Despite the absence of pork, the chicken filling was juicy and tender. The fresh scallop complete the whole ensemble. Delicious.

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Named as Sharks Fin Dumpling in Superior Soup, RM 10, we found that the sharks fin were not really visible but the dumpling, stuffed with marinated minced chicken and the soup was very flavourful and fresh. Again, the thickness of the dumpling skin is not an issue.

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I’m sure many Chinese restaurants out there have this dish where it is shaped to resembles the porcupine or hedgehog. Their Steamed Spinach Buns with Sesame Paste, RM 8, are coloured the healthy way using extracted spinach juice. The buns were fluffy with not-too-sweet black sesame paste.

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There are also some selection of rice rolls (chee cheong fun) but each with different filling, unlike the usual char siew or prawn version. The Rice Rolls with Minced Chicken & Corn, RM 8, was pretty good but the rather thick skin was a letdown though. The sweet corns gave it a refreshing bite.

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As for fried dim sum, we love their Yam Puff (wu kok), RM 7 for the crunchy yam shell and barbequed minced chicken filling and also deep fried Lotus Root Puffs. The “lotus root” shell was buttery and light and practically melts in the mouth!

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Their Mini Egg Tarts, RM 7 were also another god pick; the crust was light and flaky, holding the fragrant wobbly custard. Three words. Handle with care!

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Other than dim sum (which is available daily from 11.30am till 5.00pm), Oriental Spoon also whipped up some good Chinese fare such as this Butter Crab with thick butter sauce. Unlike some restaurants out there, Oriental Spoon uses real butter and not margarine.

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And lastly, some carbs to end the meal. Spicy XO Sauce Fried Rice came with generous amount of succulent big prawns, anchovies, spring onion and egg. The spiciness is tolerable and not greasy at all.

Overall, I think that Oriental Spoon did a good job on creating the halal range of dim sum. One quick note; although they closes pretty early, at 8pm but in case you will be arriving late, give them a call and they will extend their opening hours just for you!

And starting from the month of July, they will be having a Dim Sum Buffet promotion on weekends and public holidays (RM 18.80+ for adults, RM 9.80+ for children below 10 years old), from 11.30am till 3.00pm.

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Oriental Spoon
1st Floor, Sooka Sentral,
Jalan Stesen Sentral 5,
50470 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-2261 3222
Fax: 03-2780 2055
Business Hour: 11.00am ‚Äď 8.00pm daily
(Business hour can be extend upon request)
(Halal)

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