Got yourself a serious Korean food craving? Though it might be easy to hunt for Korean comfort food close to your neighbourhood, there might be more hidden yet extremely delicious Korean restaurants and cafes in Malaysia that you might not have experienced. So, here is a list of seven underrated Korean eateries in Malaysia that you should visit – most of them offer delivery too!
1. Isaac Toast & Coffee (KL & Selangor)
Isaac Toast, one of the best sandwich toast chains in South Korea, is now in Malaysia! Highly regarded for its signature creamy, sweet and savoury kiwi sauce on grilled toast that is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, Isaac Toast is pork-free and dishes out flavourful sandwich toasts from a variety of fillings, especially the popular Chicken Bacon Cheese, Hot Chicken, Turkey Ham Cheese, Pizza, Tuna and Shrimp.
Locations: KLIA 2, The Gardens Mall, Taylor University Lakeside Campus
Price Rate: MYR10 – MYR20
2. Ko Hyang (KL & Selangor)
Ko Hyang Korean Country Delights is a simple Korean food outlet that serves traditional Korean home-cooked meals. From the selection of rice, vegetables, meat and seafood to traditional noodles, all meals are cooked without using MSG! The ingredients are sourced from halal-certified suppliers and no alcohol is used in any of their outlets. The eatery’s rich flavours will definitely warm your stomach!
Locations: The Gardens Mall, Sunway Pyramid, Setia City Mall, 1 Utama
Price Rate: MYR10 – MYR19
3. Tae Yang Island (Cyberjaya)
If you are looking for Korean fried chicken with less oil compared to other places and not overly spicy, be sure to give Tae Yang Island a try because its well marinated chicken and delicious gravy are sure to make you hungry for more! The range of signature dishes prepared here include Tae Yang Cheese Series that comes with an irresistible cheesy dipping sauce, hot pot cooked with dakgalbi (spicy stir-fried chicken), budae jjigae (Korean army stew), cheesy buldak (spicy chicken dish) and more. This bright and colourful halal-certified restaurant also serves other authentic Korean dishes such as bibimbap, bulgogi Beef and ramyeon (ramen) too!
Location: Shaftsbury Square
Price Rate: MYR10 – MYR60
4. ALLDAK (Bukit Bintang)
If you are a big K-drama fan, you are bound to learn that Jjajangmyeon (Korean black bean noodle) tastes great with tangsuyuk (sweet sour pork). However, Muslims should not feel disheartened if they wish to taste this dish because ALLDAK substitutes it with halal-certified tangsu chicken! ALLDAK is unique for their premium Korean chicken-based dishes because the eatery uses only chicken meat in their food. Other Korean dishes that you can order here are spicy dakgalbi served together with melted cheese ring, soufflé kimchi Fried Rice, tteokbokki and even steamed eggs.
Location: Fahrenheit 88
Price Rate: MYR8 – MYR70
5. Dookki Malaysia (Putrajaya & Johor Bahru)
This 90-minute all-you-can-eat Korean tteokbokki (spicy Korean rice cakes) buffet restaurant serves up to two types of meals for the price of one! Dookki offers you the widest assortment of tteokbokki hotpot with a total of six different kind of rice cakes that you can enjoy alongside a wide range of noodles and other Korean specialities like fried chicken, fish cakes and seaweed rolls. They also provide a variety of sauce choices based on your preferences. Living up to the name Dookki, which means ‘two meals’ in Korean, you can wrap up your meal with another meal such as kimchi fried rice using the left-over sauce of the hotpot!
Locations: IOI Mall Putrajaya & R&F Mall Johor Bahru
Price Rate: MYR19 – MYR36
6. Gomonae (Ampang)
This small Korean restaurant in Ampang Point is another hidden excellent halal Korean restaurant that you should not miss. The eatery is famous for its hearty yukgaejang (Korean Spicy Beef Stew) made from shredded beef and vegetables, eaten together with a bowl of warm rice for a completely satisfying meal! Although the place is tucked away in a mall and could have been overlooked, true Korean food lovers are bound to come back for more of the eatery’s mouth-watering homemade Korean fare.
Location: Ampang Point
Price Rate: MYR10 – MYR29
7. Cottiny Café (Kedah & Penang)
Calling out to all Korean food lovers in Kedah and Penang! This clean and beautiful two-storey Korean restaurant serves Korean home-style meals and snacks in a bright and cheerful environment, especially the fresh and delicious kimchi made using the original recipe from Korea! Even though many customers come here for the variety of Korean chicken dishes, tteokbokki and ramyeon, Cottiny Café prepares other Korean dishes like kimchi fried rice, gimbap (Korean rice rolls) and home-made dumplings as well. Lastly, for K-pop fans, you might want to consider this eatery for your next Cupsleeve event and gatherings to celebrate your Korean idols’ birthday!
Locations: Sungai Petani, Perai Jalan Baru & Pulau Penang
Price Rate: MYR8 – MYR55