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In many ways, Korean food is like a bastard child of East Asian cuisine.Β With THE big brother Japanese food enjoying tremendous success around the world with a million types of Japanese restaurants from conveyor belt restaurants to ramen stalls to supermarket takeaway, Korean cuisine is still largely represented by Korean BBQ places.

Most Korean restaurants look the same, a hold in the middle of the table, with an exhaust vent extended from the ceiling. With such specifications and most foods involving BBQ meat with full service, Korean restaurants are also typically out of many young adult’s budget. It became a bit of a one-in-a-while cuisine, like Japanese food 20-30 years, or French food today (and most likely, forever.)

KimichiHaru at Jaya One, PJ
KimichiHaru at Jaya One, PJ

Then there’s KimchiHaru, a quaint little restaurant located at the slightly less glamourous corners of Jaya One. I actually discovered this little restaurant while making my rounds in the parking lot looking for a spot. The photos and menu on the outside looks enticing and reasonably priced, hence we went in for a quick lunch.

Sam Gye Tang and Beef Bulgogi set
Sam Gye Tang and Beef Bulgogi set

A quick look at the menu revealed the usual Korean BBQ dishes – the chicken, pork, and beef bulgolgi, kimchi soup, fish/pork cutlet, and spring rolls too. We ordered Sam Gye Tang (chicken soup with ginseng, RM 23) and Beef Bulgogi (RM 23).

Instead of the unlimited supply of banchan (side dishes) found at full service Korean restaurants, we were served with 4 small portions of them with kimchi and salad too.

While the kimchi was a bit lackluster and the banchans we had were nothing to shout about, the sam gye tang turned out to be pretty decent, it was a quarter of a pretty good size chicken with the typical ingredients you find in such dish. I finished the soup too. Haze’s beef bulgogi was commendable too.

Haze and KY at KimchiHaru
Haze and KY at KimchiHaru

To me, KimchiHaru represents a step in the right direction for Korean food in this country, with it’s affordable menu (weekday bibimbap at RM 9.80, lunch set at RM 17.80), clean and modern set up, it is sure to attract younger crowd that will graduate to appreciate Korean food.

map to Jaya One, Petaling Jaya

No. 13-LG1 Block D, Jaya One,
No 72A, Jalan University,
46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS: 3.118298,101.635294
Tel: 03-7629 8020

Discuss : KY eats – Kimchiharu Korean Restaurant at Jaya One

  1. Went here for dinner once! Was really disappointed with the limited types of banchan. Had the kimchi jigae, and it was just so-so.

    I prefer Kimchi at Tropicana City Mall. πŸ˜€

  2. Michelle

    Ah, I still prefer bee won!

  3. Korean BBQ place = Smell like a restaurant after the meal. Have walked pass this place a few times but have yet to make a step into it. Currently my favourite Korean dishes is Fried Cake with Hot Kimchi sauce!

    • JD: hahaha yah, on the bright side, they usually allow smoking for those who does smoke. LOL

  4. i like this place actually.. cosy and simple fast korean food…i simply like their bulgogi… be it chicken or beef…got one outlet at ioi boulevard puchong also

  5. ya, i gotta admit, there’s only one korean dish that i really, really enjoy … bibimbap! when it’s done right, it’s as tasty as the best risotto or paella, i think πŸ˜€

  6. Thristhan

    Seems like a nice place to dine bro, wanna try it out soon. Price is quite cheap too. Hahaha, you draw your own maps right? Nice sketch πŸ™‚

  7. Bastard Child wtf! my fav food is Korean u go & call Bastard Child T.T hahaha~

  8. This reminds me of the affordable Korean meals I’ve eaten at Haeun Khon, Amcorp Mall! πŸ˜›

  9. Bulgogi is always awesome! I haven’t actually eaten one I didn’t like. πŸ™‚

  10. Korean food is the bastard of Japanese food meh> where got? where got πŸ˜› NAIS mah.. they each have their place!

    • ciki: not bastard of japanese food, but east asian food, japanese food is like the favored son πŸ˜€

  11. ahhh..should give it a try d..since below my office only

  12. hmm same conceop of korean street food.. they have one shop in asian street avenue in sunway pyramid and a branch in SS15 opposite taylors..

  13. Saw a Groupon on Kimchiharu so decided to look up on some reviews…and I think this person just lifted the last paragraph off your post?

  14. After seeing your review, im going to this shop tonight πŸ™‚ Thanks for yor recommendation.

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