Saturday, May 18, 2013

Woo Ga Chon @ Ampang

Woo Ga Chon has been a familiar name for fans of Korean fare in Kuala Lumpur for many years, but folks who haven't been here recently have a reason to return now, since a new Korean family has taken over this outlet.

Many thanks to the Kim family for inviting us for this feast, which kicked off with a satisfying array of 'banchan' small dishes. We particularly loved the kimchi, beautifully balanced in its spicy pungency & terrific in texture.

Marvelous meat, be it beef or pork, is the hallmark of a heavenly Korean establishment; on that score, Woo Ga Chon hits the bull's eye.

Charcoal-grilled marinated BBQ, a sizzling spectacle, whetting the carnivorous appetite & making omnivores forget about veggies.

Pork shoulder's a melt-in-the-mouth, fatty-fleshy wonder. Ribs are remarkably tasty too.

For something surprisingly spicy, sample the stir-fried squid & baby octopus with white noodles in chili sauce (RM35 before taxes). Helpings remain hugely hearty here.

Claypot-steamed beef ribs with potatoes, another crowd-pleasing triumph, a testament to the passion & prowess of Mrs Kim, who has cooked professionally for three decades and now helms the kitchen at Woo Ga Chon.

Our favorite Korean recipe, "bibimbap," is masterfully made here as well.

Kimchi meat soup, a heartwarming finish to a fine meal. Woo Ga Chon's current owners pride themselves on the honesty of their offerings, delivering the type of home-cooked cuisine that they too have relished all their lives.

Woo Ga Chon's wall is flooded with smiling faces, the evidence of its happy customers.


Woo Ga Chon Korean Restaurant,
G20, Jalan Sulaiman 1, Jalan Putra Sulaiman, Ampang, Selangor.
Tel: 03-4270-4211
Open 10am-3pm, 5pm-10pm daily, except Sundays (dinner only)

20 comments:

  1. It sounds like great food in a warm and friendly setting, Sean. The soup looks divine, the melt in your mouth pork sounds fantastic. Love the photos!

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    1. Linda: thanks! yes, this place definitely helped to boost my liking for korean cuisine :D

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  2. I always like the ikan bilis banchan the most...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: oooh, we have very different perspectives toward anchovies then. i actually don't like ikan bilis. would be happy to have nasi lemak and pizzas without any anchovies :D

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    2. Hahaha...I just like their crispiness n moreishness =)

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    3. Ulric: heh, somehow ikan bilis for me just doesn't go well with anything. But I guess I'm biased and that's the way I've felt about ikan bilis for at least 30 years =)

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  3. Korean eh? Looks good...I'll just leave the kimchi by the side, love all the rest! LOL!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, kimchi is ok for me though it's usually not my favorite ingredient. The one here is surprisingly nice though =)

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  4. Good choice! This used to be a frequent place that my K pals would bring me to dine at. Been some time since I last visited since most of them have balik kampung. Time to revisit and see eh difference now that its a new family running it.

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    1. Missyblurkit: it feels like the standards and assurance of quality have been quite well maintained here! Thanks largely to the fact that true-blue Koreans remain in charge, heh =)

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  5. We almost had grilled meat at some Korean place today, but headed over to a Jap restaurant instead. :P Banchan is one of my fav things of a Korean meal, esp if they have cockles!

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    1. Baby sumo: oooh, ya, it's always interesting to see what is served for banchan at a restaurant, since there so many varieties of side dishes that might be available! :D

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  6. If only two of us, we seldom ego for Korean food. Normally go with big group of friend for BBQ, hahahaha.

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    1. CK: true, korean food is really great for sharing! Though I think for bibimbap, my favorite dish, j can finish the whole bowl of rice by myself, heheh! :D

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  7. I am in the mood for Korean BBQ tonight! Something about rainy weather and kimchi that just goes so well :)

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    1. Ciki: you're right! will go korean the next time it pours! :D

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  8. this looks like a really nice and cosy place for some korean comfort food!

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    1. Eiling: exactly! i know where to get my korean food fix in ampang now :D

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  9. Kimchi Fried Rice best.

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    1. Maverick; sounds good =)

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