It was almost one year ago when I went to any Korean BBQ in KL, the Woo Ga Chon at Ampang, own by fellow blogger Hayanna‘s mom. I’ve been to the same restaurant several times when my tongue is itchy for some Korean BBQ. However, Ampang isn’t exactly nearby where I stay, so when I was informed that they have just opened a branch in Puchong, I was delighted.
nice environment with informative menu
While the Ampang branch is much less refined in terms of decoration and furnishing, Dae Jang Gum at Puchong is nicely decorated. There are also exhaust funnels built on top of every table to channel away smoke from the charcoal grill lest it gets on your clothings. A very nice set up. As a side effect, this is also advantageous for smokers’ friends as the funnels works just as well to put away any second hand smoke.
Since Kelvin the expert in Korean food was with us, we let him did the ordering. Afterall, my limited knowledge in Korean food would have meant that we would always only stick to the server’s recommendation.
the Samgyeopsal (pork belly) and Yang Nyum Kalbi (marinated beef ribs)
We ordered Samgyeopsal (pork belly), Yang Nyum Kalbi (marinated beef ribs), beef bulgogi, Kimchi Jigge (kimchi stew), Dwenjang Jigge (bean paste stew), and of course, Korean BBQ always come with lotsa panchan (side dishes) like kimchi, vege, tofu, mushroom and so forth. The friendly owner (Suanie’s hometown friend) also brought us a bottle of soju, Pajeon (Korean pancake), and some very nice imported Korean canned drinks.
Before you ask, yes, it was a lot of food for just five of us.
beef Bulgogi, Pajeon (pancake), kimchi jigge (kimchi stew), and panchan (side dishes)
The waiters did the griling for us, and service was pretty brisk. We had the Samgyeopsal first, and since this is a grill, you can choose to have it as cooked as you like. For example, you might want to leave it a few minutes longer to have the crispy texture like bacon. The pork belly goes well with some sesame oil + salt sauce and wrapped in the fresh lettuce.
We had the beef Bulgogi and Yang Nyum Kalbi next. While the two beef dishes were different (one cooked and the other grilled), both are equally tasty and tender. The Bulgogi slightly sweet and was good with some rice. The grilled marinated beef though, is best served wrapped in lettuce with some green chili, sliced garlic, and the special sauce.
soju (Korean liquor), and various imported Korean canned drinks
Pajeon is the Korean pancake made with egg and flour and topped with lotsa green onion, imitation crab meat, and squid/octopus. Best enjoyed while still sizzling hot. The The two types of stew we ordered provided the contrasting texture taste, differing from the grilled main dishes.
The side dishes were good compliments to the main course we had, the restaurant also serves the more traditional fermented Kimchi that is more sourish and spicy, but you will have to specifically ask for it. For the average diner, usually the fresh Kimchi is served.
The same shop lots with Citibank, right next to Giant Puchong
It was a very satisfying and complete meal. As for price, meat costs a reasonable RM 30-40 per portion, you can have a good Korean BBQ dinner for RM 25-40 per person depending on how luxury you want to go. Of course, there are also the ala carte menu to choose from if you are slightly low on budget and yet want to have a taste of the far east that isn’t Japanese.
Dae Jang Gum Korean BBQ opens from 11am to 11pm daily.
15 Jalan 1/4, Bandar Puteri Puchong,
47100 Puchong, Selangor
Tel: 03-8061 2160
The Star’s article.