Monday, February 23, 2015

Ticket To Korea @ Setiawalk, Puchong

Ticket To Korea tries to take culinary travellers on a first-class trip to explore Seoul's soul food; its friendly Korean founders, Jeff & Soo, are a young couple who've poured their passion into nurturing a warm, welcoming restaurant with enjoyable ideas.

Soo leads the kitchen, overseeing a selection that balances time-honoured comforts with modern-minded creations. For the former, the seafood pancake is lovely - warm & fresh, thick & tender. For the latter, the quesadillas packed with kimchi & cheddar & mozzarella (RM18.50) show how a skilled chef bridges the gastronomic gap between Korean & Tex-Mex cooking.

Piping-hot puffs, crispy outside, creamy within with sweet potato & cheese (RM6). Ticket To Korea's menu isn't too wide, comprising only 20-plus dishes, but there's something for everybody, even folks who might not typically be Korean food fans.

Pasta salad, with noodles topped mightily with veggies & ricotta & parmesan (cheeses play a pivotal role at Ticket To Korea), flavoured further with Oriental-inspired sauce. A big bowl, fulfilling a full day's requirement of carbs & fibre, feeds two. RM34.

For a taste of the traditional, this perfect-for-winter stew is a hearty assortment of ham & sausage slices, cooked with noodles & veggies in spicy chicken broth that flaunts unmistakably Korean dimensions of flavour. RM35 for medium, RM65 for large.

The restaurant's pride: Sous-vide, sizzling pork belly, cooked for 48 hours in low temperature, then roasted on the grill for a caramelised crunch & fleshy-fatty succulence, complemented by mushrooms, spring onions & sweet-savoury sauce. RM56.

Desserts are all about ice cream; have it with crushed Oreos on a metal plates for a hot-cold interplay of textures (RM19.50), or with natural honey & its hive (RM6.50), or with popcorn & Himalayan rock salt (RM17.50). 

Drinks also display a distinctive touch, with blackcurrant, lemon or orange juices jazzed up with chia seeds (RM11.50).

There are Korean cocktails too, from the eye-catching, easy-to-drink Soju Pineapple (RM45, with RM35 for each refill) to the Soju Mojito (RM30, with green grapes, green apples & lemon). Many thanks to Jeff & Soo for hosting this memorable meal. 

Ticket To Korea
C-8-1, Block C, Setiawalk, Puchong, Selangor. Open Wednesday to Monday, 12pm-3pm, 5pm-11pm (closed Tuesday)

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20 comments:

  1. Wooo the pork belly looks soooo yummy!
    I want to try that! :D

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    1. CK: yay, glad you like the look of it! the next time you're near puchong, you can check it out :D

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  2. Another Korean place. The omelette looks good but I think I'd stick to my Peranakan cincaluk omelette or the hawker delight - the or chian or oyster omelette.

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    1. Suituapui: it's definitely fun how there are so many variations of omelettes from different cultures that we can enjoy :D

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  3. The presentations are lovely, Sean. The pineapple looks inviting. I love it.

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    1. Linda: oh yes, pretty presentations, and a ravishing pineapple cocktail :D

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    1. Happy walker: yep, an interesting change from the regular korean fare :)

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  5. Catchy name and some carb heavy options here look wonderfully satisfying.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, love the name ... and yup, we were pretty filled up by this dinner :)

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  6. Something different and unique than the conventional korean dishes. ticket? means one way? :P

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    1. Ken: a one-way ticket for an exploration of korean and korean-inspired gastronomy :D

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  7. That pork belly.... one that I would wanna sink my teeth into!

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    1. Baby Sumo: ya, it was pretty explosive with juiciness :D

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  8. I've always enjoyed the Korean Seafood Omelette...but, then again, I've always enjoyed eggs! :D

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    1. Contact.ewew: i agree! i liked this omelette even more than usual though ... it had a nice balance between being dense and fluffy :D

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  9. As a Korean food lover, their food not really impress me :P Give me my Korean BBQ meat please~~

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    1. Choi Yen: ooo, on the other hand, i prefer some of these creative culinary experiments compared to the traditional bbq meat, especially since there are many korean restaurants in kl that do offer bbq :D

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  10. Wah - quite a few vegetarian options. Definitely worth heading there :-) . Thanks Sean

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    1. Puja: yup, it's reasonably vegetarian-friendly. i hope you enjoy your visit, and do feel free to use the eat drink kl app here to enjoy a 6 percent discount off your bill :)

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