My Birthday Celebration Part 2 - A Korean Affair

Monday, May 24, 2010

After our 1st part birthday celebration, we had another round of 'makan' in Puchong IOI Boulevard. Initially we were supposed to go to Umai Ya for their buffet lunch, but we had a bummer when we were there; their buffet lunch was only offered at their Uptown branch. Since we were already in Puchong, we decided to try new things. We saw a korean restaurant - KimchiHaru in the area and decided to give it a try.
Kimchi was normally served in Korean cuisine as Banchan. To be honest, I'm not a kimchi lover at all. I simply couldn't enjoy the taste of cold cabbage in their dressing; well maybe I'm the weirdo here coz I do know people who loves Kimchi. As for Hubby, I think he belongs to the weirdo group like me for disliking Kimchi. Hehe....
Kimchi - served as Banchan and it is refillable.

Salad as their Banchan too.

More varieties of Banchan served during our meal.

Hubby had ordered Yook Gae Jang (Korean Spicy Beef and Vegetable Soup) served with rice. As shown in their menu, the best way to eat them was to scoop all the rice into the bowl and mixed well. Taste wise for this dish was mediocre in my opinion as I think the soup was not flavourful enough. The portion of beef in the soup was a too little - shredded too fine. They should be more generous in their portion.

Can't really spot any shredded beef on the surface.

Once you digged deep inside the bowl, now you get to see the beef slices but majority of it was just shredded mushroom.

For me, I had ordered Cheese Bulgoki Bibimbap aka Korean Mixed Rice. Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste). A raw or fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions. The ingredients are stirred together thoroughly just before eating. It can be served either cold or hot. Vegetables commonly used in bibimbap include julienned cucumber, zucchini, mu (daikon), mushrooms, doraji (bellflower root), and gim, as well as spinach, soybean sprouts, and gosari (bracken fern stems). For visual appeal, the vegetables are often placed so that adjacent colors complement each other. I preferred this as compared to Hubby's.

My Bimbibap - before being mixed.

End result - we had a bowl of colourful rice.

We ordered another side dish as well - Seafood Pa-Jeon aka Korean pancake.Pajeon is a variety of jeon with green onions as its prominent ingredient. Pa literally means green onion in Korean. It is a pancake-like Korean dish made from a batter of eggs, flour, rice flour, green onions and other additional ingredients depending on the variety such as seafood.
The Pa-jeon was nice. But they should try to minimized the amount of oil being used. It was rather oily once u had a look at the bottom the pancake.

Overally, the atmosphere in the restaurant was good. Kinda cosy but food wise was just average. Nothing to shout about. But of coz what matters the most was the company of dear Hubby during the whole dining experience. :)
Kimchiharu (IOI Boulevard)
G-55, IOI Boulevard,
Jln Kenari 5, Bdr Puchong Jaya,
47170 Puchong, Selangor.


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