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A couple of weeks ago a couple friends and I were in Mid Valley Gardens looking for a quick dinner. We stopped by Canton-i, Sushi Zanmai, and Fong Lye Taiwanese restaurant, they were all absolutely full inside, and with people waiting outside as well.

Time was of essence, so we stepped into this GoGung Korean Restaurant at third floor.

Gogung Korean Restaurant
GoGung Korean Restaurant

Normally I love to have my grilled meat at Korean places, but since time is of the essence (Mell was waiting and it was the day before she’s was to fly off to Melbourne), we decided to forgo that luxury and go for something faster.

Unlike most other places, they serve no dinner sets, we ordered two Kimchi Jigge (kimchi soup) and a Kimchi Bo Kum Bab (kimchi fried rice) for RM 25 each, and 3 hot green tea. The food didn’t take too long to arrive, and to be frank, they taste ok. Not great, but not particularly bad either.

After hastily finished off our food, we asked for the bill. It came to RM 108.90. It kinda got me curious, I thought RM 75 plus whatever taxes and maybe a minimal amount for the tea bagged green tea we ordered shouldn’t amount to more than RM 100.

Gogung Korean Restaurant
3 green tea for RM 24, what do you think?

Then, on closer inspection, I saw what they charged us for the drinks. RM 8 per tea bag of green tea (well you do get unlimited hot water refill!). Frankly speaking I find that very excessive for something most Japanese and some Korean restaurants serve for free.

I will never go back to this GoGung Korean restaurant again. If you plan to head there, I suggest you might want to check if plain water is free.

P/S: I’ve been questioned on why almost all food places written on this blog are good, the reason is that for those I usually don’t write about food I deem not worthy of recommendation (even if it was an invited review). But here is one of the few bad reviews, cheers! πŸ˜€

Discuss : Outragiously Expensive Green Tea at GoGung Korean Restaurant, Midvalley Gardens

  1. That’s insane, but yeah Korean restaurants for some reason usually have really expensive drinks. Water ftw!

  2. Precious Pea

    Thanks for highlighting this. RM8 per tea bag is really outrageous. OSK Green Tea actually cheap stuff. If not mistaken, less than 50 sen per tea bag and if they get in bulk, lagi cheap.

  3. not going back there ever again. shit. but the korean roti canai is good though.

  4. foodcrazee

    MAYBE THATS y they are so quiet . . . .no biz as price is too expensive . .

  5. ShaolinTiger,
    Yah, but RM8 is still excessive!

    Precious Pea,
    Exactly! πŸ™‚

    Hahaha you can tapao πŸ˜›

    Probably. πŸ™‚

  6. Ish…Really con people…

    They are going to pay for the drop of sales

  7. Lyrical Lemongrass

    It’s crazy, man. I once almost stepped into this restaurant, but after seeing the really high prices on the menu displayed outside, I changed my mind. Some of these prices just can’t be justified. Thanks for highlighting this.

  8. korean roti canai? lol

  9. Mellissa

    RM8 for green tea is ridiculous! Especially if it’s just a tea bag too! Normally RM8 would be for like one whole tea pot or something with unlimited refills, terrible terrible.

  10. lotsofcravings

    gila man..thats like how many thousand percent profit man..

    can strike it out!

    or BYO water?

  11. if you want green tea, Rakuzen SS15 subang jaya have unlimited supply, plus its made from real tea leaves, not tea bags!!! and trust me, their matcha(green tea) ice cream which costs rm6 only is a die for~ Cheers for Rakuzen!!!(Coz i was a waiter there)

  12. hitomi,
    Most probably hopefully. hehe

    Lyrical Lemongrass,
    Ah we didn’t have time to study, it was too late :S

    Yess. hehe

    Yah, way too ridiculous!

    BYO water? I prefer just to skip the whole place instead!

    Oh I love Rakuzen and goes there very often actually, I will see you there one of these days! πŸ˜›

  13. fwah..must be some god-like tea bag from the mountain wtf

  14. /stamps a *REJECT* on the name… NEXT!

  15. super-umkong-striker

    those Teh Jantan doesn’t even cost so much.. least drink those d… feel abit heaty.. n horng too …. πŸ˜›

  16. RM8 for green tea eh? A bit on the steep side (pun intended). πŸ˜‰

  17. wa.. luckily i read ur post… im so never gonna go try out that place…!!!

  18. WTF….Green tea drink for RM 8 …. RM 3 also I kao beh kao bull….

  19. Unlimited refill on a tea bag isn’t so tempting either…

  20. O_O $8 can buy 80 fishballs instead πŸ˜€

  21. Yatz,
    Except it’s just some normal tea bag!

    Yes!! πŸ˜€

    I know.. very sien.

    Huai Bin,

    Hahah don’t go there.

    Yah, agreed!

    Not a recommended practice actually.

    Now I can only imagine why you’d want so many fishballs… lol

  22. OMG! I can’t believe the audacity of these folks! 8 bucks for a teabag? And 5 and 10 on top of that? OK staying far far away, thanks for the warning!

  23. janelgrace

    i thought green tea usually served free at Korean or Japanese restaurants as compliments

  24. That’s just daylight robbery!

  25. that is atrociously expensive to the max… i think i could buy 12 bags of green tea for rm3 in a supermarket and rm1 for unlimited water from my kitchen…

    maybe their’s are premium tea…

  26. what’s sort of green tea is that! RM8 per person!? They converting from pounds is it. hahaha

  27. frankly speaking..for me i will slap the table and ask the manager talk to me….
    I complaint it kao kao….

  28. kclee2002

    that’s like the most common green tea brand around, and it definitely doesn’t cost RM8. Anyway I suppose they need to cover their rent since it is in fact in the Gardens(where everything is posh and expensive)

  29. I will never pay so much just for a bag of low grade tea… too expensive!!!
    Unless it serve with a naked cute guys… HAHAHAHA…

  30. always wondered why GoGung looks so quiet compared to the rest of the eateries at Gardens. Maybe that’s why!

  31. King Kong

    Thanks for your info, KY. I am thinking to go Mid Valley tomorrow, so I won’t go there for lunch.

  32. 550ml jar of faith,
    Yah, a bit too much!

    Usually, but not this one :S


    cindy khor,
    Hahaha true, these aren’t exactly premium either.

    Or Arab money. lol

    Hahaha I was in too much of a hurry for that.

    I know, but u don’t cover your rent this way, the Japanese restaurant I went didn’t charge this kind of money for green tea.

    Hahah you’re crazy! lol

    Yah, maybe!

    King Kong,
    You’re welcome. Good choice! πŸ˜€

  33. hahahah Defintely not the place be. Already anned myself from entering this restaurant!

  34. This is outrageous! I’ve drank a SGD10 chinese tea before but at least it’s premium tea leaves and served in a traditional way. I wouldn’t pay RM8 for a stupid tea bag!

  35. Jade Zheng

    Korean restaurants are quite pricey one. & they kinda serve the same kind of food…. @@

  36. Big Boys Oven,
    Good choice πŸ˜›

    Premium is ok looo

    Jade Zheng,
    Oh well.. what to do.

  37. i avoid myself being slaughtered ………lol !thanks to this post;-)

  38. why didnt u check the menu first before ordering?
    they definitely stated the price on it

  39. Foodpromotions

    Thats absolutely insane to be charge so expensive for a green tea. But usually korean restaurant will serve the korean rice tea instead of green tea.

  40. RM8 per teabag? They must be kidding me!

    Btw, I think you should blog about bad restaurants too. Don’t just blog about the good ones. At least we know which restaurants to avoid! : )

  41. breadpitt,
    Hahah you’re welcome.

    Well we were in a hurry, and that’s kinda besides the point anyway. πŸ™‚

    Yah, I agree.

    Hahah noted! πŸ˜€

  42. Save drinking the tea you can have another round of “KIM CHI BO KUM BAB”! Just add RM 1.

  43. …Oh my god.. 8 RM that means like $2.7 canadian dollars? dude you’re so cheap 2.7 dollars for a cup of tea is bloody cheap!!
    what the hell? the whole bill was like $37 for three people? that’s amazing

    JEEZ what’s wrong with you complaining so much ??

  44. wow, this is the most expensive green tea i have seen

  45. tom,
    Hahhaha true

    And the minimum wage here is like what? $1.3 dollar. So stop comparing it that way thank you very much πŸ˜€

    Yess! me too!

  46. nadine ure a bitch. wat the fuck are you complaining in a malaysian blog and comparing prices in forex? different cities, different cost of living. do not ever come to malaysia or i will rape and kill you.

  47. Thanks for highlighting this. RM8 is really excessive.

    Dont think I will want to even try that place out.

  48. fakyuol,
    Hahah chill, chill. πŸ™‚


  49. just want to add – a box of that OSK tea bag only cost RM19.90 (at the most) at Jusco/Carrefour. πŸ˜›

  50. lina,
    OUCH! lol

  51. hey, can’t show u are painful, its the price to pay for to impress chicks u can afford…..koreeeeeaaaannn… food

  52. rj,
    Hahhaha, I don’t need to impress anyone by paying super expensive tea.

  53. Of course expensive lar. . this is 5 star korea restaurant in kl… do u know that . . u want to cheap cheap u go ampang lar..hehehe

  54. Leo,
    Hahah that’s where I usually go! πŸ˜€

  55. i am not korean food fan, but i do admit that ampang one was really good, to keep me visiting there everytime I have craving for korean food

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