Thursday, January 8, 2009

Nolboo Korean Restaurant @ Sunway Pyramid (Old Wing)

Nolboo has been around in Sunway since the hey days of ice skating and way before the huge extension was even in his diapers. Opened by a Korean family and manned by the lady boss, they serve some humble korean delights with continuous efforts to revamp the menu to suit the local taste buds. Apparently Nol Boo is a name of a the korean "Scrooge" in one of the folk stories and the family thought what a perfect name for a restaurant, to earn money the hard way.

How do i know so much? My dear university friend's mom is the owner.

So where else can one spend some time catching up other than in his own restaurant?

Looking more like a cafe, because of the small size, at full capacity, the place can probably fit around 30 people at max.

Flipping through the menu, this was a clear example of what innovation Auntie had put in. Clearly not very korean, even my friend said so, this was bulgogi down in a more watered down style.

Being in a smaller place, the number of side dishes are much less when you compare to a full fledge restaurant. Only 3 side dishes.

Once the beef is cooked and turns to the familiar brown, the whole pot is ready for consumption. I found the dish not overwhelming, rather light on the flavours but neither bland. In a way suitable for a light dinner if you choose to skip the rice, as you can happily dig into the crystal noodles ("tang hun") while eating the well seasoned beef.

Dakdori Tang (RM 26) - Chicken cooked with seasoned korean sauce (non spicy). The broth was hot and soothing for a cold day, the healthier side as opposed to the heaty BBQ. The meat was falling of its bones after being simmered evidently for a good number of hours. Seriously reminded me of home cooked food, so you can imagine what this may be like for the odd korean soul in Malaysia?

I was also dying to eat the korean pancake, and it was the Haemool Pajeon or Pajun. Apparently the authenthic version is thick with flour and chokeful of ingredients, so i was told. However those who had started the trend of eating korean cuisine, had made this thin but yet charge the expensive price. This doesnt come cheap too over here at RM22.

Drinks wise, order the fresh juices for RM6 (best deal of the lot). It is unfortunate but the only way one can recover the exorbitant rentals in shopping complexes is to make ridiculous markup on drinks, thus those looking for tea will be charged RM 5 a cup (free refill). Can't blame the Koreans, it looks like they are more shrewd business people than the chinese.

We ordered the Rocky to share. Red bean topping, fresh fruits and fine shaven ice, funny combination but lip smacking delicious (RM8).

Address and contact details:

LL2.38(A), Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall,
No. 3, Jalan PJS 11/15, Bandar Sunway,
46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Tel: 03 7494 0238

Verdict: 3 stars out of 5 stars. Whilst it is not a full blown korean cuisine experience and the prices are not dirt cheap, throw those aside and what you get is another one of those home cooked experience in the middle of a shopping complex. Perfect for those koreans in Malaysia, because you can probably catch my friend manning the shop when he is free and for those who want a quick meal.

27 comments:

worldwindows said...

Dakdori Tang is really special, meat falling off the bones. My son and I love to order this broth.

Bangsar-bAbE said...

watered down style bulgogi?? was it as satisfying as the authentic one?

teckiee said...

The beef in tang hoon looks nice.. but the rest looks normal. Then again..rm20 cannot expect too much.

Henry Yeo said...

still exploring Korean Village.

backStreetGluttons said...

If only we could see more Korean ladies at the corridors of complexes outside the Korean restaurants like some of the so many we see on TV . We are quite sure they are more delicious than this one you just had , they are not only shrewd but sexier too

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bsg: hahah the tv spoil market 1..where got so hot in complexes?

henry: show us the findings!

teckiee: very normal food i suppose

bangsarbabe: diff i suppose..dis is more like a broth than the sweeter sauced bulgogi..

worldwindows: really? u prob enjoy this version

J2Kfm said...

wahv... RM22 for thin pancake! too much. the batter can be bought from supermarket one.

but the desserts look good. like 'Hung Tau Ping' ...

mh said...

When I was stuck in Menara Sunway for months...this is the place to go to satisfy my craving for anything Korean. You are right, they are not cheap, considering that its not even a full fledged restaurant (i honestly think Dao Rae gives a better deal in terms of pricing and all).

But beggar can't be chooser...there's only 2 korean restaurant that i know off within this part of Sunway. Its either the Korean restaurant in Sunway Lagoon Hotel (i think its Koryo Won or sumthing), or Nolboo! Definitely Nolboo will win, when you are talking about being shrewd!!

:D

550ml jar of faith said...

I never can understand the pricing of the Korean pancake. It's a relatively simple, cheap dish to make and yet every Korean joint I've been to insists on charging over RM20 a pop. Can anyone enlighten me on why this is so?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

550ml: enlighten me too..apparently its bcoz of the difficulty in making it..as compared to all the ready made stews haha..

mh: dao rae does give value for money..although much less when compared to when it first opened..

j2kfm: tell me where to get outside cheaper?? cant find u knw..

mimid3vils said...

I always feel Korean pancake overpriced, only flour + chives =.=''

Foodista said...

Hello Joe, this is my first time to visit your blog and you have a lot of dishes/food that are all new to me.I'd like to invite you to take some time to drop by at Foodista and share your food knowledge with us. We have launched an online food and cooking encyclopedia ala wikipedia. Don't forget to register first so we know who to thank the recipe for. Thanks!

Jun said...

this place looked like a fast food outlet to me when my friends and i went in search of korean food in pyramid, so we din end up trying. thr's another one in the new wing next to jusco-- it looked more established, but we decided not to have korean in the end. try it out and lemme know :P

SuLee said...

love the dessert! but rm8 for that abit pricey....

Henry Yeo said...

joe, they are all the same!!!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

henry: aiyo..no la..diff 1..

sulee: haha rm8 is damn small nowadays..seriously

jun: in the rare days that i will step back to sunway..i shall let u know..

foodista: yeah will drop by

mimi: exactly my sentiments

xin said...

nice pics! and the beef set looks so yum! def look like somehting that i will go for

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

xin: isit? well no harm giving it a try then..

CUMI & CIKI said...

so, since you know the mum, got discount kah? hehe

Nic (KHKL) said...

the thing about korean food is that the number of side dishes itself, plus a white rice is enough to make walking seems like a hike up mount kinabalu. i love that! hehehe...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: haha i have only been at that place whenever my friend is around..which means complimentary hehehe...

nic: hahaha yes i agree..but times are bad..the number of refills getting less n less..

ling239 said...

soupy bbq ? XD

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: something like that..

Selba said...

I'm CRAVING for Korean food!!! Ah... no body wants to company me to eat Korean Food *sobs*

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

selba: haha if u r in m'sia i will gladly oblige..

YilingL said...

I realize this place has been here for ages but the location is too hidden and small that noone pays notice to it everytime they walk pass. And i'm guilty of that as well, with your post, I don't see why it shouldn't be a lunch/dinner place the next time i visit pyramid!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

yiling: its dreadfully small..but last i heard from my fren..the rent is edging to 5 figures a month!