Saturday, January 10, 2009

Kimchi fried rice, above Mid Valley mediocrity!

Whingefest about mall work location persists around lunchtime or when I'm returning from meetings offsite. Having kept in check all expectations when it comes to Mid Valley dining, I was pleasantly surprised to have stumbled upon this very delicious kimchi fried rice at Ko Hyang Korean Country Delights.

Ko Hyang is one of the kiosks that has opened up at the Gardens end of the LG floor, in front of Din Tai Fung. Run by a Korean family, it offers a simple pork-free menu, with bibimbap, hot and cold noodles, even the elusive reasonably priced Korean pancake.

Kimchi fried rice (RM13.90++) appears to be one of those ultimate Korean staples, yet I've not had any that tasted this good since the Upper Queen St. Korean restaurant boom back in Auckland. The standard Korean sticky rice grain is mixed in with what appears to be barley rice, fried with great gusto on that humble four-burner stove in the kiosk. The egg is golden perfection, the liquid yolk breaking upon point of contact to slowly slither into the rice and add another flavour dimension.

Standard panchan - 2 dishes and one seaweed soup. Staff quickly topped up dishes without being asked, which was a nice touch. I really hope this doesn't fall into the mall food disease trap!

20 comments:

thenomadGourmand said...

wahhh..so highly recom by u.. muz go try ASAP..mayb i'll enjoy Korean fare aft that..

Life for Beginners said...

The mall food disease trap? Is there any hope in avoiding it? Let's hope so! ;)

Thanks for the reccie!

ck lam said...

A good offer of kimchi fried rice that comes with two dishes and one seaweed soup...definitely a place for a quick lunch.

worldwindows said...

The Koreans are coming. Or has already come! This one is unque as their menu is different from the ones that I have eaten.

Allie said...

Kimchi fried rice looks interesting to me.
The egg is definitely fried to perfection, I juz luv those half cooked egg yolk.

Little Inbox said...

The kimchi fried rice looks really appetizing. :)

desmond-t said...

Wah...i'm a big kimchi fans and this one i agree! had one quickie there and quite impressive though

550ml jar of faith said...

Ooh, not a fan of Korean are you?

LFB, we can only hope! Mall food disease spreads so vigorously!

CK Lam, yes by Mid Valley standards, pretty decent prices!

Worldwindows, think the menu is a scaled down version of the usual Korean restaurant. More like a pit stop for a quick refuel.

Allie, yes, the perfectly fried egg brings so much joy!! I have to learn how to do it properly at home!

Little Inbox, it was very yummy!!

Desmond-T, really hope they keep it up! I'm aiming to go back there this week to try something else.

New Kid on the Blog said...

Looks good.... :)

Duckie said...

i loved it!!!

Bangsar-bAbE said...

I never bothered about this place because I usually assume Korean food in shopping malls isn't nice. I love runny eggs...especially on fried rice! *wipes drool...*

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nice ar?..ok can go n try..but just plain fried rice also rm13 ar..sigh..mall food disease indeed

Nic (KHKL) said...

sounds like a good alternative to the asam laksa inside jusco when i crave for something hot, spicy and appetising! hehehe...cool stuff.

J2Kfm said...

yeah yeah! i was tempted to try this when i was walking alone in The Gardens the last time.
reasonable (for The Garden's standard), and rather crowded. though lack of privacy.

imagine ppl going up n down the escalator watching you tucking in and making a mess.

550ml jar of faith said...

NKOTB, tastes even better! :-)

Duckie, you had a good experience too?! So it's not just me hallucinating then!?!

Bangsar Babe, that's what I thought too.. zero expectations really, which explains why it was so delightful that it wasn't your typical mall Korean.

Joe, paying RM13.90++ is by no means reasonable for plain fried rice. Explains why I'm starting to brown bag it to work!

Nic, the assam laksa acceptable ah? I dined there once and got really put off by the appearance of a very friendly roach!

J2Kfm, hehe, same deal here! Choose the seat with your back facing the escalator and knock yourself out! Although, you'd be in full view of the cook and all the wait staff!

backStreetGluttons said...

As you have tastefully noted , some Mall food are excellent value for money ( & service ), in addition to better cleanliness all round

Selba said...

*slurp*

I've been craving for kimchi since last year... :D

550ml jar of faith said...

BSG, the exceptional ones are far and few in between though. Or have I been staying away from mall food too long?

Selba, thanks for dropping by! Time to fix that craving then!!

Tummythoz said...

Ok. That's my stop next time I'm there.

Vivien said...

making me hungry now, i pass by this place few times noting they are full of customers, must go try one day.