Friday, July 19, 2013

Badaya Korean @ Desa Sri Hartamas

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.

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30 comments:

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    1. Mr lonely: yay! Good, good =)

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  2. Definitely a nice welcome from he usual Korean grills!

    They have baekseju too:D Wonder how much are they charging?

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, i must admit, i enjoy eating korean grilled meat occasionally, but it's not something i crave =) ooo, the bottle of baekseju is RM40 :D

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  3. Great little round-up Sean! Something to bookmark if I ever get there - which I hope to in the near future ..

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    1. Cquek: thanks! yeah, there are a lot of korean restaurants in the hartamas area, so it's worth investigating which ones might stand out or be a bit more distinctive =)

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  4. Wow. How long has this place been in biz?

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    1. TNG: not as long as some of the more established korean outlets in hartamas, but it's steadily been acquiring a faithful following :D

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  5. Come to think of it, have not tasted Korean Beer !

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    1. Wong: korean liquor carries unusual flavors :D

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  6. I love the bright decor. The food looks very good and fresh.

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    1. Linda: oh yes, for example, the oysters were satisfyingly fresh :D

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  7. Eyew!!! Chicken claws! Eyew!!! Kimchi!!! I'd give this place a pass, you guys go ahead... LOL!!! :D

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    1. Suituapui: is goooooooodddddddd :D

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  8. Interesting dishes! Hmmm should I try? But I do love chicken feet, hehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, must bring at least a few people if eating here, because the chicken feet is served in a very big pot! :D

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  9. Definitely not the usual Korean fare we see around KL.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yep, but luckily the flavors still taste unmistakably korean =)

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  10. wow...'fish reproduction soup' is interesting. Photo No. 3, I thought those are 'sotong' :-p
    The oyster fritters look good.

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    1. Melissa: heh, yeah, i love fish eggs, so that was my must-order =) and ya, the oysters were better than expected, considering the price :D

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  11. OK, i'll go for the pot of chicken feet, hehe! :P

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    1. Pureglutton: it's the perfect dish to satisfy any chicken-feet cravings! :D

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  12. It's been a while since I've had some Korean food. I've started to quite get a taste for some of their liquors.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, that's true, my pick would still be wine for most occasions, but it's fun to try different korean liquors :D

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  13. was gonna ask you what 'ish reproduction soup was.. then i saw the milt. Ewwww... teach them to be less literal please... haha!! Well, probably worth a try because the only other place I had this was at hanare.. yonks ago;)

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    1. Ciki: heheh, ya, i try to order 'shirako' at japanese restaurants whenever it's occasionally available. it's a delicacy! :D

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  14. Spicy stew is my favourite... Most Korean restaurant in town sells only BBQ. This is a good place to dine. My aunt would love this instead of having us bugging her to cook for us. Shall take her here!

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    1. Sycookies: yay, i hope you and your aunt enjoy this place! yeah, i'm a bit jaded with BBQ meat at this point, so this is a good alternative indeed =)

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  15. hm...the glands look like borlotti beans. :P

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    1. Diva: ooo, heh, u're right, there's a striking resemblance! =)

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