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! 😀

Outragiously Expensive Green Tea at GoGung Korean Restaurant, Midvalley Gardens
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55 thoughts on “Outragiously Expensive Green Tea at GoGung Korean Restaurant, Midvalley Gardens

  • March 6, 2009 at 12:33 pm
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    That’s insane, but yeah Korean restaurants for some reason usually have really expensive drinks. Water ftw!

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  • March 6, 2009 at 12:35 pm
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    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.

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  • March 6, 2009 at 1:46 pm
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    not going back there ever again. shit. but the korean roti canai is good though.

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  • March 6, 2009 at 1:49 pm
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    MAYBE THATS y they are so quiet . . . .no biz as price is too expensive . .

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  • March 6, 2009 at 3:11 pm
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    ShaolinTiger,
    Yah, but RM8 is still excessive!

    Precious Pea,
    Exactly! 🙂

    Myhorng,
    Hahaha you can tapao 😛

    foodcrazee,
    Probably. 🙂

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  • March 6, 2009 at 3:19 pm
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    Ish…Really con people…

    They are going to pay for the drop of sales

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  • March 6, 2009 at 3:35 pm
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    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.

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  • March 6, 2009 at 4:06 pm
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    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.

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  • March 6, 2009 at 4:08 pm
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    gila man..thats like how many thousand percent profit man..

    can strike it out!

    or BYO water?

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  • March 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm
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    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)

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  • March 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm
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    hitomi,
    Most probably hopefully. hehe

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

    Robb,
    Yess. hehe

    Mellissa,
    Yah, way too ridiculous!

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

    Binn,
    Oh I love Rakuzen and goes there very often actually, I will see you there one of these days! 😛

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  • March 6, 2009 at 4:20 pm
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    fwah..must be some god-like tea bag from the mountain wtf

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  • March 6, 2009 at 4:48 pm
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    those Teh Jantan doesn’t even cost so much.. least drink those d… feel abit heaty.. n horng too …. 😛

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  • March 6, 2009 at 5:09 pm
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    RM8 for green tea eh? A bit on the steep side (pun intended). 😉

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  • March 6, 2009 at 5:14 pm
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    wa.. luckily i read ur post… im so never gonna go try out that place…!!!

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  • March 6, 2009 at 5:20 pm
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    WTF….Green tea drink for RM 8 …. RM 3 also I kao beh kao bull….

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  • March 6, 2009 at 5:20 pm
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    Unlimited refill on a tea bag isn’t so tempting either…

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  • March 6, 2009 at 5:35 pm
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    O_O $8 can buy 80 fishballs instead 😀

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  • March 6, 2009 at 5:36 pm
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    Yatz,
    Except it’s just some normal tea bag!

    Yiling,
    Yes!! 😀

    super-umkong-striker,
    I know.. very sien.

    Huai Bin,
    Very!

    JunJun-Riko,
    Hahah don’t go there.

    vialentino,
    Yah, agreed!

    julian,
    Not a recommended practice actually.

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

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  • March 6, 2009 at 6:10 pm
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    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!

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  • March 6, 2009 at 6:42 pm
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    i thought green tea usually served free at Korean or Japanese restaurants as compliments

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  • March 6, 2009 at 7:29 pm
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    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…

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  • March 6, 2009 at 7:54 pm
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    what’s sort of green tea is that! RM8 per person!? They converting from pounds is it. hahaha

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  • March 6, 2009 at 9:14 pm
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    frankly speaking..for me i will slap the table and ask the manager talk to me….
    I complaint it kao kao….

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  • March 6, 2009 at 11:22 pm
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    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)

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  • March 6, 2009 at 11:38 pm
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    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…

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  • March 6, 2009 at 11:41 pm
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    always wondered why GoGung looks so quiet compared to the rest of the eateries at Gardens. Maybe that’s why!

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  • March 7, 2009 at 12:23 am
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    Thanks for your info, KY. I am thinking to go Mid Valley tomorrow, so I won’t go there for lunch.

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  • March 7, 2009 at 12:51 am
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    550ml jar of faith,
    Yah, a bit too much!

    janelgrace,
    Usually, but not this one :S

    Bangsar-bAbE,
    Exactly!

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

    irvine,
    Or Arab money. lol

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

    kclee2002,
    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.

    sotong,
    Hahah you’re crazy! lol

    lina,
    Yah, maybe!

    King Kong,
    You’re welcome. Good choice! 😀

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  • March 7, 2009 at 1:18 am
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    hahahah Defintely not the place be. Already anned myself from entering this restaurant!

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  • March 7, 2009 at 11:23 am
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    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!

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  • March 7, 2009 at 12:13 pm
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    Korean restaurants are quite pricey one. & they kinda serve the same kind of food…. @@

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  • March 7, 2009 at 10:13 pm
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    Big Boys Oven,
    Good choice 😛

    eiling,
    Premium is ok looo

    Jade Zheng,
    Oh well.. what to do.

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  • March 8, 2009 at 1:44 am
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    i avoid myself being slaughtered ………lol !thanks to this post;-)

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  • March 8, 2009 at 11:38 am
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    why didnt u check the menu first before ordering?
    they definitely stated the price on it

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  • March 8, 2009 at 5:01 pm
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    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.

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  • March 8, 2009 at 6:50 pm
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    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! : )

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  • March 8, 2009 at 9:50 pm
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    breadpitt,
    Hahah you’re welcome.

    jen,
    Well we were in a hurry, and that’s kinda besides the point anyway. 🙂

    Foodpromotions,
    Yah, I agree.

    foongpc,
    Hahah noted! 😀

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  • March 9, 2009 at 8:52 am
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    Save drinking the tea you can have another round of “KIM CHI BO KUM BAB”! Just add RM 1.

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  • March 9, 2009 at 12:27 pm
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    …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 ??

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  • March 9, 2009 at 1:25 pm
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    wow, this is the most expensive green tea i have seen

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  • March 9, 2009 at 1:50 pm
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    tom,
    Hahhaha true

    Nadine,
    And the minimum wage here is like what? $1.3 dollar. So stop comparing it that way thank you very much 😀

    Vivien,
    Yess! me too!

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  • March 9, 2009 at 2:11 pm
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    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.

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  • March 10, 2009 at 3:41 pm
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    Thanks for highlighting this. RM8 is really excessive.

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

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  • March 10, 2009 at 4:08 pm
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    fakyuol,
    Hahah chill, chill. 🙂

    Kuzco,
    😀

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  • March 11, 2009 at 11:29 pm
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    just want to add – a box of that OSK tea bag only cost RM19.90 (at the most) at Jusco/Carrefour. 😛

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  • March 15, 2009 at 10:13 pm
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    hey, can’t show u are painful, its the price to pay for to impress chicks u can afford…..koreeeeeaaaannn… food

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  • March 19, 2009 at 9:40 am
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    rj,
    Hahhaha, I don’t need to impress anyone by paying super expensive tea.

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  • May 6, 2009 at 5:27 pm
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    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

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  • May 6, 2009 at 5:42 pm
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    Leo,
    Hahah that’s where I usually go! 😀

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  • October 20, 2010 at 12:50 am
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    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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