Sunday, February 22, 2015

G-Cova Korean Chicken @ Mont Kiara Meridin


South Korea's G-Cova chicken franchise fires its opening salvo in Malaysia, launching in Mont Kiara Meridin this month.



A Korean team spearheads this outpost, serving grilled chicken on its own or smothered in a selection of soy-based sauces - sweet & sticky, savoury & spicy (customers can choose a preferred fieriness, subdued or stinging), with a whole boiled egg & tteokbokki rice cakes. If you have a penchant for Korean flavours, you'll probably enjoy this.



Variety isn't G-Cova's virtue for now - there's the option to purchase half a chicken (RM23-RM25) or what's presumed to be a whole bird (RM45-RM48). Two of us ordered two halves & easily finished everything; the chicken seemed a bit small & bony.



Lunch platters are available. A chicken chop with rice, salad & soft drink clock in at RM20 - the closest thing here to a balanced meal. G-Cova also expects to eventually offer chicken with noodles or rice balls.




Soju is served, a suitable companion for chicken. Caveat for certain patrons: You may face a language barrier; be patient.




GCova Malaysia Mont Kiara
Mont Kiara Meridin, Jalan Duta Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 1130am-930pm


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18 comments:

  1. Good to see there's no MSG. I wonder how they do the 'oil free' bit though?

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, i didn't quite wanna tout the supposed health benefits of this chicken ... though i guess it's probably more wholesome than most fast-food fried chicken :)

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  2. Gee! Either that looks like rojak...or it's too early in the morning. Hehehehehe!!! We have a Korean fried chicken franchise here, my girl quite likes what they have there - bet she would want to try this one.

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    1. Suituapui: you're right, the sticky chicken does seem reminiscent of rojak! :D ooo, hopefully more korean chicken chains will open up in your place soon :)

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  3. Nice to see no MSG, and the second set of photos are more tempting to me than the first. I love chicken but don't like it "smothered" in anything, I enjoy it lightly seasoned for flavour. The decor here is very attractive, light and airy.

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    1. Linda: true, i like chickens to be complemented by curries and gravies, but BBQ-like sauces tend to turn me off too, you make a good point :) and yup, this place is blessed with lots of natural sunshine :)

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  4. OMG! I remember this place, I had it in Korea. Good to see they've arrived in Malaysia, I should pop by and taste the chicken, it was really good when I remembered it.

    This one serves Jinro soju too!

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    1. Huai Bin: ooo, i actually had not heard of GCova before ... hopefully you like the Malaysian branch as much as the originals. the sauces are said to be all brought in from korea for authenticity ... and yeah, yay for soju! :D

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  5. Well chicken is a good start, but looks like some work is needed to make this place memorable.

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, though i suspect that a lot of korean recipes generally don't do it for my taste buds, due to personal preferences, heh :)

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  6. If one plate of that is equal to half a chicken, then the chicken is pretty small...and I think one half won't satisfy a big-eater! :D So, RM50 for one bird seems a bit pricey :(

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    1. Contact.ewew: i do agree with you ... two very light eaters can probably share a half-chicken, but two of us easily finished two halves plus a chicken chop with rice :)

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  7. I'm not even know where is Mont Kiara Meridin, haha! Too many new area popping up~

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    1. Choi Yen: ooo, actually you've probably driven past Mont Kiara Meridin before. it's a small complex by the road, on your left if you're driving from Plaza Mont Kiara toward Solaris Mont Kiara, after you pass most of the condos :)

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  8. At first I saw "Chicken Satay". :P
    I will go for chicken chop with rice for my lunch option, if they open in Intermark, hehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, coincidentally there is actually a satay shop on this same row of shops, near the korean chicken outlet :) ya, i think the chicken chop platter is a convenient choice, and more meaty than the chopped-up chicken parts :)

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  9. Since the chicken is skinny, I hope that is kampong or free range chicken? I agree the chicken goes really good with soju. Menu-wise is ok as I do not fancy too much choices. Few good tasting ones would suffice.

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  10. I've eaten here twice, the first time I was brought by a Korean friend who said this is very famous in Korea. It's good, but the spicy chicken is REALLY SPICY (even if you opt for mild) so I stay away from that. I prefer the sweet and sticky one, although the normal grilled chicken is also quite tasty (they serve it with a bit of salt).

    Anyway the servings are okay, and I usually go there when I want to fill up on meat, but not carbs (you have to order rice separately). It is a family-run place so it can be quite cozy and the owner (a man) does come to chat with you once in a while.. Lots of Koreans come to eat there, so I guess the brand speaks for itself.

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