Monday, April 14, 2008

Restaurant Kung Jung @ Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur

Where can one get more free dishes then paid dishes?

Dont get it? Meaning where can one pay for 1 dish and get err, lets see, one ,two ,three ,four ,five maybe six dishes free?

Apparently, in most places, the most you get free is your complimentary bread and butter, well for the chinese, even the peanuts and towels come with a price.

So it is with hospitality, that the Koreans came up with free side dishes and did i mention REFILLABLE as well for greedy gluttons like us.

It appears that Pavilion has tried to give their shoppers a flavour from all over the world; Kampachi has Japanese, Silk Road covers China and the Food Court covers virtually half the world. So filling in the quota for Korean cuisine, is Kung Jung.

If there is one complaint, the front entrance doesnt entice customers to come in. There on the left hand side are tables where it is always empty with no bbq equipment to see. Well apparently when we entered on a Saturday late afternoon, the inside was just as empty. Hmm, let the food speak.
When you think that eating korean food is already pampering yourself; no need to lift a finger to cook the meat, Kung Jung tries to lift it up a notch by giving you that classy ambience but does that mean "Fine Korean Cuisine"? Now opening inside a shopping centre that attempts to attract majority of the crowd, this place is unfortunately HALAL.


Go figure.

As i console myself with the "pan chan", the spicy tau fu slices got my appetite roaring. Definitely a good marketing tactic to keep your customers ordering.

Crunchy pickled asparagus. If you see a trend here, you are not alone. Truth is, Koreans arent all that rich. Most of them depends on pickled vegetables and thankfully plentiful of rice to get them through winter. Meat is drastically expensive especially beef and chicken

The dish that created this equation. Kimchi = Korea

One of the standard side dishes, bean sprouts.

The Girlfriend thinks its korean french fries. How can one be korean and french at the same time? This is basically how french fries look like before they get fried.

Pickled cucumbers.

A generous amount of fish cake slices.

One thing i got to say, they are pretty generous with their side dishes. So finally for the dishes that we actually paid for.

DIY, sometimes you got to do it yourself to make it taste good. Vegetables, garlic, bean paste and sesame oil dip.

Garlic Beef Sirloin (RM 65). Hefty price tag, but the marbled layers seem to assure you that you shall get your money's worth. The thin slices though make you feel that you might be a little short changed. Taste wise, the generous amounts of garlic was like heaven, and if you choose to be spick and span, you can ask them to cook it for you on one side, then serve to you cooked.

But then again, what is the meaning of korean bbq when you dont even see your food being cooked infront of your eyes?

After a bout of freeze inside the cinema, i spotted ginseng chicken soup (RM40). A whole baby chicken filled with glutinous rice and a stem of ginseng welcomed me with steam floating up the air.

One word: Bland.

Then again, they gave me salt for a reason, i guess some people prefer it bland while others douse rounds of salt before they are happy. Then again, it warmed my stomach and i shouldnt complan since my earlier latte didnt even come hot and this was steaming right in front of me.


6th floor, Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur

Verdict: If i got something positive out from it, it was a genuine attempt to inject some class into korean dining. All this while, we have smelly restaurants from plate after plate of charcoaled grilled pork and smoking koreans. Here things are abit slower and classier, i suppose. Then again, i rather like my rowdy korean crowd drinking soju while i see my pork belly sizzle.

3 stars out of 5 stars.


J2Kfm said...

passed by this restaurant few times but seemed pretty intimidating la, in fact most of the outlets on top floor looked the same ...

Seaqueen said...

Ooh! Yummy! Yummy! Yummy! I've always thought that I'd try it one day but like you said the entrance doesn't look that enticing. Always looks so empty and I have this thought that if it's empty, it must be the food or maybe the price is just too much.

daphne said...

ooo.. i dont mind a drink of that soup on this cold day.

ling239 said...

korean french fries a mix of Korean and French....??
so the Korean potato graduated from a French school ? :p

AngryYoungChild said...

Argh, Why does korean food have to be so expensive? lol..

Oh i spotted a korean bbq buffet restaurant at Plaza pantai, Kerinchi. Seen it before?

lingzie said...

ooo this looks good... reminds me of a korean restaurant here in Auto City. pricey as well but they are really really generous with the side dishes!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j2fkm: its the lack of crowd haha..

seaqueen: there were pretty ok when they served us though..

daphne: especially winter rite?

ling239: mayb french potato trained the korean way..

agy: i dunno, y is mamak food also expensive?? wait..y must ALL FOOD BE EXPENSIVE!

lingzie: unless they r all bz of course..but then again i virtually had the whole restaurant to ourselves..

Bernsy said...

I think Korean food should be the following :

1) cheap
2) must have pork
3) seat in Kaki Lima to eat

coz I found the best Bee Bim Bab, in the backstreets of Seoul, somewhere near the Philipines Embassy (coz I walked past it), saw one stall and ordered.. Best BBB I had... still craving for it...

Henry Yeo said...

what about those Korean BBQ restaurants populating Korean village?

kennymah said...

No pork? Absolutely don't pass requirements of Babitarians Anonymous! Wait till our President, Pakcik Nic hears this... Lol.

Jun said...

Babitarians Anonymous?? LOL!

anyway, korean's not too bad to my liking, but at the end of the day, i still prefer jap *hehe*

Nic (KHKL) said...

wah, seems like you really frequent the pavilion eh? (especially the 6th floor...hehe)

ya lor, no pork not sushi without fish! but the Garlic Beef Sirloin looked good though...babitarians rule! hehe...

Jason said...

Faster put up some pork for your next post :p

tigerfish said...

I thought the equation should be

More free dishes than paid dishes = Korea ?

Never had fish cake slices in korean eateries/restaurants before.

JingFei said...

tigerfish: haha another equation in the bag..

jason: let me see ar..

nic: haha also got vegetarian sushi 1 mah..

jun: haha tough choice for me though..

kennymah: wah eating pork is an addiction ar?

henry: me no try yet..

bernsy: if eat here..die from heat stroke hot the hot the atmosphere..nose bleed..

Simon Seow said...

In Pavilion mah, so no pork lor. Next time eat Korean food, just order a bowl of white rice and ask for refill or their table dishes wtf.

JOjo said...

But at least it looks quite authentic to me... =)

Precious Pea said...

There was once i went to a korean restaurant in hartamas area, they served the two of us with 20 over side dishes until we asked them to stop! But they said it's free...we told them but we can't finish, they insist of putting it down. Now this is what i call, EXCELLENT SERVICE..and ohh..this place closed down and relocated somewhere oledi. :(

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

simon: wtf hahah they probably kick me out..

jojo: authenthic i suppose..

pp: aiyoh where they relocate la!!!

Crunchasarus Rex said...

But they looked so delicious leh.. :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

crunch rex: it was lar..but not out of the world lor..