Hidden on a Hartamas shop-house first floor, here's a Korean restaurant with a difference.
No BBQ meat on Badaya's menu; instead, expect stranger specialties like what some might call a 'fish reproduction soup' (RM35 before taxes).
This tangy broth brims with not only the roe of female fish but also milt, the sperm-bearing white reproductive glands of male fish, tasting like buttery brains.
Next up, another fiery-red stew, bearing a delicacy that might also prove an acquired taste.
Spicy gelatinous chicken feet, a whole pot of 'em, chopped & roasted. RM30.
Less threatening-looking, these fritters. No prizes for guessing what's battered within.
Oysters, fresh & juicy. Ten of them cost RM40, a not-bad bargain for these inflationary times.
Love Badaya's 'banchan' side dishes, especially since they're egg-filled, of the sunny-side-up chicken kind & the hard-boiled quail sort.
Kimchi daikon, crunchy carrots & more; enough to keep us satisfied, really.
Cool liquor too: Baekseju, the Korean ginseng-laced "hundred-year wine."
Badaya Korean Restaurant,
15, 1st Floor, Plaza Crystal Ville Center, Jalan 23/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.