BTS is one of the biggest K-Pop groups out there, internationally renowned and received numerous awards by multiple American and European media. Their self-composed songs are said to become anthems for today’s youths who are not afraid of expressing themselves differently. They are often seen as icons by their fans and their music is almost revered. But they are normal humans that eat and drink to live too.
After a few days desperately scrambling for interviews and reliable sources, I finally found their favourite food which fans can find them right here in Malaysia!
Disclaimer: This article is based on BTS’ responses during interviews that can be read online, thus may not reflect the team members’ actual personal preference. BTS fans need to proceed reading this article with kindness and caution. All BTS’s photos are taken from BTS Official Facebook.
1. Rap Monster, Korean Knife Cut Noodles at Sweet tree
In one of the interviews they had in America, Rap Monster or Kim Namjoon (the leader) mentioned that knife cut noodles are one of his favourites. For Malaysians, you can have this knife cut noodle soup at Sweet Tree, which is a longstanding Korean restaurant known for its good food, charming interior, and friendly local owners. Furthermore, it is certified halal, so Muslims can have a Korean feast without any worries. Try out the Clam Knife Cut Noodles (RM20) and experience for yourself a meal that is one of Namjoon’s favourite.
Opening Hours: 11:00 a.m. to Midnight
2. J-Hope, Fried Kimchi Rice at The Street Cafe
Although underrated, Kimchi Fried Rice is one of the best dishes in the Korean culinary scene and J-hope excitedly agreed to this during one of the interviews. Fans of J-Hope should visit Fried Kimchi Rice at The Street Cafe that serves Korean street fares with deep passion towards maintaining the authenticity of the taste and ingredients. This establishment’s Kimchi Fried rice is served together with regular set of side dishes such as the traditional cabbage kimchi and clear tofu soup. The price – which will only set you back RM16.85 together with the side dishes – is reasonable, considered cheap even compared to the other Korean themed stores out there!
Opening hours: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
3. Suga, Lamb Skewers at Hwang Hae & Salam Noodles
It is almost comical how Suga was teased by Jongkook about his fascination with Lamb Skewers, which you can savour right here in Kuala Lumpur at Hwang Hae, a quintessential Korean BBQ stall in Klang Valley. The interior of the store looks like it came straight out of a Korean drama, with dangling aluminium exhaust pipes and square wooden tabletops cornering a grill installation. While the smell of the cooked meat is seductive, this establishment is non-halal and serves other types of meats. For Muslims, for the closest option, the best bet is to head to the Chinese Muslim Restaurant, Salam Noodles. Fret not as the lamb skewer is a delicacy that is originated from China, so the taste should not be too far off from the Korean BBQ ones.
Call Hwang Hae Korean BBQ at +6 03 6206 1370
Korean BBQ is an out-of-this-world experience (as said by Josh and Olly, a pair of Youtube sensation called The Korean Englishman) and should be tried at least once in your life. No wonder Jimin swore by it too! For halal BBQ, check out Medini BBQ since it serves a rather interesting and delectable experience with local twist. For MYR49.90, you are spoiled for choice of high-quality seafood and meat choices.
Conversely, Apple Samgyupsal is non-halal and serves up a rather interesting twist to the usual pork tummy barbecue. The name is pretty self-explanatory: the pork and meats are marinated with apples and are even served with the fruit. Thin slices of apple are eaten together as a wrap or ssam instead of cabbage leaves. The tangy, sweet and fatty flavour mixed with special dip is said to be unique and satisfying. The Apple Platter set is priced at MYR88 and diners get an abundance of different parts of pork.
Madini BBQ Restaurant opening hours: 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Apple Samgyupsal Opening Hours: 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
5. V, Chinese Food (specifically Panda Express) at Mohammad Chow
Well, you can’t really find Panda Express in Malaysia, so its pretty hard to proclaim your love for it like Tae Hyung did (in every foreign interview he had done). However, no need to fret; Chinese food is abundant in our home country, and for Muslims, rush over to Mohammad Chow for a variety of halal Chinese fares. Try out their version of Kong Pao chicken and spring rolls for under MYR20 each! Rated highly in most review sites, Muhammad Chow might just give you a chance to taste one of V’s beloved Chinese cuisine when he travels away from South Korea!
6. Jin, steak at Prime @ Le Meridien
Awarded as the 2016 Best Hotel Restaurant by Expatriate Lifestyle magazine, this restaurant sure takes its meat seriously. A wide range of fine halal beef is imported from Australia and the United States to ensure exceptional experience and taste. The interior of the restaurant is opulent, with calming golden and earthy tones to soothe diners as they enjoy their meal. Some of the highlighted menus are the 21 Days Dry Aged Wagyu Cube Roll and the Wagyu Prime Ribs, lusciously topped off with a range of finely prepared sauces. Now, fans of BTS can really dine glamorously like Jin when they are in Kuala Lumpur by coming to this place!
Open: 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays
6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on the weekends
7. JongKook, Korean Fried Chicken at Kyochon
Fried chicken and Jongkook is a truly dynamic duo. As mentioned by the maknae (youngest member), chicken is the go-to food at all times. What better place to have that fried chicken session other than Kyochon, the Korean Fried Chicken chain that has established itself as one of the best fried chicken restaurants in the country with endless queues on weekends and five-star rating on social media. This restaurant has even gone viral due to its delicious menu. Reviewers of the restaurant swear by the Red series and Honey Series due to their unique and exciting tastes, while the Soy Garlic series is said to be perfect for those wanting to try out the chain’s original flavour, which is milder.
Bukit Bintang Branch operates from 10:30 a.m to 10:00 p.m.