Friday, August 9, 2013

Mi Na Rae @ Sri Petaling

Sri Petaling's best Korean restaurant? Possibly, probably.

Mi Na Rae's menu delves deep, going beyond barbecued beef to grasp other traditional favorites such as 'gamjatang' (RM50 before taxes), a mildly spicy soup of pork backbone & ribs, potatoes, veggies, peppers & sesame seeds.

No hatin' on the hog, hear: This is the kind of recipe that might work best on a wintry night, but we like it well enough for rainy-evening nourishment.

The price might seem high, but the portion's princely, more than sufficient for two customers.

Fans of other types of meat will find their needs fulfilled here too. Mi Na Rae's beef ribs (RM45) are beautifully steamed with potatoes in a sweet-savory sauce.

'Samgyetang,' a soup of chicken stuffed with sticky rice, cooked with ginseng & dried red dates. Piping-hot pleasure, soulfully slurp-worthy.

Don't duck the duck: Mi Na Rae serves smoked, bone-free fowl, barbecued in the kitchen.

Wrap it up: The makings of balanced meals begin right here. RM25 for this.

Bibimbap, full of fresh ingredients. Slightly blander than the norm, but still comfort food.

Dry noodles, their coldness countered by a surprising spiciness, served with a tangy iced broth.

Mi Na Rae's banchan is worthwhile, everything we could want (& then some).

Small dishes here are free-flow, of course, & vary from day to day.

Lovable liquor: Bokbunja, the Korean fruit wine made with blackberries.

Makkoli, the acquired-taste fermented beverage built with rice & wheat.

Baekseju, the Korean ginseng-laced "hundred-year wine."

Chung Ha rice wine. Mi Na Rae's bar is certainly nicely stocked.

Mi Na Rae,
39, Jalan Radin Bagus, Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur.
Open daily for lunch & dinner, except on two Tuesdays a month.

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26 comments:

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    1. Wong: bibimbap's my first love in korean cooking too =)

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  2. looks brilliant, time for Korean food to go beyond BBQ & banchan

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    1. Ky: yeah, I like pure grilled juicy meat as much as the next guy, but I think I prefer meat stews better. And Korean meat stews are not bad :D

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  3. I absolutely love the sunny yellow decor! The soup looks quite good! The presentations are so nice.

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    1. Linda: oh yes, there's quite a pretty sheen to this place. And the soups and stews are very hearty and appealing indeed =)

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  4. Kinda surprised to see a Korean restaurant in this neighbourhood. What's more is that it is serving something different compared to grilled proteins...

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    1. Chong: ya, it's a nice change from the mainly Chinese restaurants in this territory. And it seems to be doing pretty well too, with at least several occupied tables on weeknights. Though I think a lot of customers actually stick to the grilled meat items on the menu here, heh =)

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  5. Ooo...in our neighbourhood...where exactly is this place? Cose I m loving the beef ribs steamed with potatoes in a sweet-savory sauce and the smoked duck. Any chance of getting a non-spicy cold noodle? =)

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    1. Ulric: ohh, same row as that pontian noodles place, except that this is on the first floor (so look up!) =) I think if you ask the Korean lady-boss (I think she's Korean, though then again, am not sure), she could probably oblige requests, cos she seems quite helpful and keen to please (especially toward customers who are enthusiastic about the food) :D

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  6. yummies again~ the liquor packaging looks special~ XD

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    1. Mr Lonely: oh yeah, some interesting liquors here, besides the usual soju :D

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  7. The beef ribs get my vote. Look awesome!

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    1. Suituapui: oh yeah, tender ribs, and perfect with potatoes! :D

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  8. The samgyetang willbe my must have...I love soups:P

    This post is good timing, I can have Korean before I catch Barcelona's match in Bukit Jalil:D THANX Sean!!!

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    1. Missyblurkit: it's such a heartwarming soup, yeah! i love chicken soup in general and this one's made even better with all the glutinous rice and red dates in it :D oooh, i just read that the barcelona match has been relocated to the shah alam stadium. yikes! hopefully you'll be able to find a good meal in shah alam tonite, ya =)

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  9. We seldom have Korean food. But if we go, I will always order the ginseng chicken soup, hehe

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, i think i also only have korean food three or four times every year, once every three months. ooo, maybe you can try making that ginseng chicken soup for one of your home weekend kitchen experiments :PD

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  10. I've always wanted to cook samgyetang at home... but not sure where I can get those small chickens. Not so easy to find here in KL. Guess I'll just have to visit a Korean restaurant still in the meantime to get my fix.

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooo, it sounds like it'd be quite a labor-intensive recipe. though i'd definitely like to see your rendition of it someday if you're able to obtain the chicken. it feels like a soup that would really satisfy the whole family =)

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  11. I will keep this list handy for when we're next there

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    1. Cquek: yup, the number of choices of restaurants in sri petaling can seem overwhelming =)

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  12. Not sure if I will go to Sri Petaling for Korean but the Beef Ribs and Samgyetang look good!

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    1. Pureglutton: oh yeah, if u ever do find yourself in this neighborhood, this restaurant is worthwhile. The beef ribs and chicken soup were pretty much perfect for me =)

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  13. A Korean in an unlikely neighborhood and one with uncommon dishes on the menu - looks like a drive over that side is worthwhile! :)

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    1. Rebecca: heheh, luckily it's just a five-minute drive from my home! and it does quite well with the chinese crowd here :D

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