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Friday, June 20, 2008

Trio of Ipoh Floggers @ Yea Won Korean Restaurant


Aeons ago, I met up with Jason and Citygal, back where they belong (hehe), here in Ipoh. OK, it was in fact, only 2 weeks ago, but June seems to drag on forever for me. Wonder why ...


Shoes off, and sit cross-legged ... just be sure you do not have a bad back. Ouch.

Passed by this restaurant for the umpteenth time, but heard mixed reviews, from both KYT and KCA. (No, they're not related. Though both are equally crazy. Hehe...) Out of ideas on where to have lunch, and a late one at that, we finally came to a unanimous decision. Go for something Korean. Possibly the sole survivor in Ipoh, Yea Won has a strong following, evident during peak hours, when the crowd swells to its maximum capacity.

If your back can't stand without support, opt for the normal seats, rather than bending forward or backwards awkwardly after a meal ...

Half expected to see Dae Jung Gum's face in this ...

Citygal, being the Korean food connoiseur that she is, took helm and ordered accordingly. Impressive. Hehe .... (Btw, nice meeting you, Citygal! Funny how we both know the same "Cute, Funny Guy with DSLR" Muahaha. World's small, ain't it?)

Barley Tea (RM3)

Normally complimentary to a meal, the barley tea is a soothing, Korean style tea, equivalence of Chinese tea or green tea to the Japanese. But RM3 for a whole jug was not so bad. Though Citygal commented that the version served here lacked the smoky, roasted barley aroma.

Condiments and dipping sauces

Various leafy greens to wrap the meat, side dishes, garlic, and green chilli before dipping the whole bunch into 3 different type of sauces

Kim-chi and side dishes, typical of Korean meal

The side dishes were good, we did not ask for refills as at the end of the meal, we were stuffed. Not sure if unlimited refills are allowed, but should be, as most, if not all, Korean restaurants allow the patrons to. Encourage the citizens to eat their greens, I supposed? =)

Save the trouble, and watch the professional at work ...

We ordered the Mo Dem BBQ set for two, with mixed portions of pork included. It was a delight watching the waiter grilling the items for us, while we were busy munching on the extras and chatting away. If you notice, a white paper cup is positioned at the end of the grill. Its function? Hehe, to collect the grease and oil from the meat. Gross, but at least makes the meat palatable, void from too much fat.

Before .....

.... and After.

In a matter of minutes, the meat was done. Some may lament, as the fatty parts are obviously generous, and a diet freak's nightmare. But that's what statins are for, I presumed? LOL. Anyway, the portion served were enough for 3, as there were other side orders. The meat was not marinated, and the natural flavour of the meat, combined with the various dipping sauces, resulted in a myriad of flavours.

Korean Fried Rice Cakes (RM13)

The fried rice cakes (Chau Nin Gou) is a Korean specialty. But the cakes were pretty much tasteless. The accompanying gravy (typical Korean red pepper sauce) did not help much, as it was too thick.

Spicy Cold Noodles (RM20)

Funny thing was, the lady who took our order commented that the noodles contain beef slices, therefore enquired whether anyone of us refrain from the meat. We all shook our heads. Then as the noodles arrived, no meat was in sight. Hmmm .....

Anyhow, the noodles arrived a wee too early, BUT we had them at the end of the meal. The consequences? The cold noodles lumped together, creating blocks of cold, hard soba-like noodles. We took our time dissecting it, and as I was nursing a sore mouth ulcer at that moment, every mouthful was torturing. Haha ... it was not too spicy, but aggravated by my condition.

The restaurant closes for break at 3pm, forcing the lady boss to drop some hints, possibly trying desperately to shut us up. Haha ... ^o^ We definitely overstayed our welcome. Til the next outing, Ipohans !!!

Location : 6, Jalan Medan Ipoh 1C, Medan Ipoh Bistari, 31400 Ipoh. The row of new shops next to Tesco hypermarket opposite Jusco. Same area as Famous Cafe and Kizuna Japanese Restaurant.

9 comments:

CUMI & CIKI said...

where's the tongue.. we need tongue!!! lol.. (dats like my fav at any korean BBQ). Since i got bk to ipoh for CNY and gparent's bdays, i would be happy to check out this place. thx for the tip

J2Kfm said...

you're most welcomed! :)
do give your 2 cents' worth.

Big Boys Oven said...

looks so awesome delicious . . . hahaha don't forget me also Ipoh mali, we ipoh foodie all should meet up as it will be great fun!

jason said...

It's always good to eat with someone who loves their food ^^

My first time on Korean meal... de-virginized liao T_T

J2Kfm said...

BBO : hey I din know you were from IPOH! :) yeah, another Ipohan would be better!

jason : oh, sorry to have taken 'something' so precious from you then ... =P but Citygal contributed some too ...

mycroft said...

bit on the exp side though, n my gf dun really like it. lol, but think the bibimbap rice was ok, just dun touch the bowl, ouch, anyway, it burn my pocket anyway

J2Kfm said...

mycroft : yup, but being Korean food, everywhere's nearly the same in terms of pricing. the other in behind Jusco area, same row with Yeolde English is slightly premium-priced, though helmed by REAL koreans. will post soon.

bibimbap burnt your fingers or pockets? =)

See Teck said...

Took my family there in Dec 2008 to experience Korean food.

cheap viagra said...

I sold out in that place specially with the BBQ, because it is pretty impressive how delicious it looks.