Friday, May 4, 2012

Macguli


Throw a stone in Desa Sri Hartamas and you'll probably smash the windows of a Korean restaurant. Whenever one closes, two more might open; wander into a random venue and here's what we can expect to eat.


A bevy of banchan _ cold cockles (yay!), sunny-side up eggs and sesame gelatin strips.


Of course, kimchi and various veggies are included, replenished on the house when finished.


Lots of meat is provided, including pork. We opted for well-marbled beef short ribs, which can be grilled in the kitchen or at the table.


A protein rush: muscular-tasting meat, tantamount to a sacrament of succulence.


Green onion pancake. Portions are hefty but prices are not; two can eat at Macguli and leave with swollen stomachs for about RM100.


Bibimbap. Decent, though our favorite version of this comfort food is still found at Gogung at The Gardens in Mid Valley.


Freebies keep pouring in: spicy seafood-and-cabbage soup.


Also on the house: some sort of mushroom consomme, nice and earthy.


Another attraction: Korean fermented rice wine, or "makguli," this restaurant's namesake. Mellow, easy-drinking booze, almost like a cross between shochu and tapai. Pear, apple and berry-flavored versions are also available.


Macguli,
16/1 (1F), Jalan 23/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2300-2819
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34 comments:

  1. My fav bimbimbap is at a small little shop called Shin in Sg Wang...costs a mere RM15.90...haha =)

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    1. Ulric: sounds promising! will remember to check it out if i'm at sg wang, tnx! :D

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    2. which floor does shin located? I reli wanted to try their bimbimbap..

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    3. Cindy: google says sixth floor (top floor)

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  2. I wanna try this place soon. :)

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    1. Michelle: can't go wrong with most of the korean restaurants in hartamas, i think :D

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  3. Korean BBQ without samgyeopsal? Blasphemy?

    (Just kidding) :P

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    1. Timing: heheh, yeah, it would have been nice to try the pork belly here too, but there were only two of us, and the beef ribs were too tempting, i think :D

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  4. I find Korean food especially good during winter! It can get really 'hot' eating Korean food in Malaysia! :P

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    1. Vien: true! though we've been having lotsa cold, rainy nights in KL lately, so korean food might be just the thing to warm us up :D

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  5. Cold cockles.... yum!!! It's my fav Korean ban chan.

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    1. Baby Sumo: i love cockles. the juicier the better! :D

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  6. Macguli.. for people who have lost their marbles! :P hahaha... cute name! Another Korean joint? Im not complaining so long as got BABI lah!

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    1. Ciki: heheh, it's a memorable name, eh :D ya, i think nearly all the korean outlets at hartamas are porky. yay! =)

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  7. Oh, I've never tried any Korean booze. This rice wine could be a fine way to start.

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    1. The Yum List: true, it's always fun to try different types of liquor from different nations and regions :D

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  8. it has closed down couple of months ago

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    1. Dogma: yikes! ermmm ... on the bright side, i guess there are still about a dozen other korean eateries in this neighborhood, heh =)

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  9. yummy! and i eye the makguli - one of my fave Korean beverages. Love the way they serve it. Pretty!

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    1. Missyblurkit: it was my first time trying makguli ... and i hope it won't be my last! :D

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  10. Cockles for Ban Chan! I'm so going there with the significant other when she gets back.

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    1. Unkaleong: oh, apparently i'm too late in posting this entry and this place has closed! yikes! but it's been replaced by another korean restaurant, i'm told. hopefully that one has cockles too =)

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    2. Noes!!! Hahaha... Maybe I can have a word with the Korean owner of our favourite Korean Joint (Korean House SS2) to see if he can whip me up some cockles ;)

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    3. Unkaleong: if it's your favorite, i oughta head there sometime too. i've actually not visited any of the korean eateries in SS2 :D

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  11. I tried this place as well, they are very generous with freebies free dessert, fried eggs etc

    I find the taste is so so
    Kinchi pancake very oily

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    1. Vivien: oh yeah, the freebies seem like almost enough to eat for a full meal :D oooh, i can't remember whether the pancakes were too oily here. you could be right =)

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  12. I like the name... one would think not of a Korean restaurant but perhaps a Scottish pub... :P

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    1. Kenny: ooh, that would be a nice thing to evoke. i dunno why i keep thinking of mcdonald's instead :D

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  13. There are so many Korean restaurants in Sri Hartamas that I've lost count on the actual amount. I wonder if they're serving the same type of dishes.

    As for the Kim Chi pancake, I've tried it at another place but I pretty much dislike it because it was too spicy for my palate. By the way, how much was the bibambap? I hope it's not pricier than the one in Pavilion's food court...

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    1. Waverly: yeah, i wandered into another korean restaurant this week and saw some unexpected things, including fish i had never heard of and even chicken feet! :D ooh, i'm generally not a fan of kim chi anyways. acquired taste, i guess. the bibimbap here was average. i'd rate it a 5 or 6/10. i haven't tried the one at pavilion's food court though =)

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  14. Oooh Pear Makgeolli!! i am so trying it!

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    1. Nekohime: pear sounds like a refreshing flavor for the liquor! but note though, this outlet closed recently and has been replaced by another korean restaurant. not sure if the current outlet serves pear makgeoli =)

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  15. the only stuff i take at a korean restaurant is their grilled meat. i don't know how to appreciate their sides or even the drinks.

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    1. Eiling: ooh, i don't know how to appreciate kimchi :D

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