Kyung Joo Korean Restaurant @ Midvalley, KL

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First and foremost, I would like to point out that this particular restaurant has been around for 16 years. Yes, 16 years in the same place - Midvalley. Though some may not remember, back before Midvalley was renovated, there's a rather popular Korean restaurant on the same level as GSC Cinemas and Mcdonalds; and that is Kyung Joo. 

Back then, it was far too intimidating for me, as a child to simply walk in and have lunch. Not to mention that you'll need to walk up to the mezzanine floor. After the renovation, they've shifted to a whole new location, on similar floors with a more friendly approach. 

So that's about it for the short history - now onto the food.

Kyung Joo Korean Restaurant shopfront.

The interior, fairly cozy with a nice rustic touch. Seats are also very generous is size and accommodating more than 6 per large table can easily be done. Exhausts fan, BBQ grill; pretty much everything is there.

Started off with a little Korean side dish - my favourite part of any Korean restaurants. Here you'll find kimchi, mashed potatoes, marinated vegetables, pickled radish, black beans and pineapple. These are also free refill, so eat up!

Presetting the table with sauces, garlic, oil and lettuce for the BBQ!

Mixed BBQ Set - RM62.80

Starting off strong with a mixed bbq set, comprising on chicken, beef, lamb and of course, pork. All the meats here are marinated, so flavour is something you'll not have to worry about. What's even better is the fact that they will cook it for you, so just sit back, relax and enjoy the smell of fresh cuts of meat smoking away. 

Marinated chicken.

Marinated lamb.

Marinated beef.

Marinated pork.

Freshness is definitely the key here. Korean BBQ wouldn't be Korean BBQ if they aren't fresh. Apart from the marination, the freshness plays a huge role in providing flavours. Here at Kyung Joo Korean Restaurant, you'll not have to worry about it as everything was as fresh as it gets. 

The waiter also cooked all our meat to tender perfection, with the pork slightly overdone. But then again, it's better to be safe than sorry. Others were great - juicy and tender.

Toasted Rice Ball - RM29.80

This is the other rather unique item on the menu besides the BBQ. It may not look like much, but wait till it becomes like this.

Mixed and clumped into a rice ball, this concept replicates the idea of a Japanese onigiri with its own Korean twist. Seasoned roasted seaweed, minced pork, spicy sauce and rice are mixed together, forming into a shape of a ball then placed on the BBQ pit, allowing the heat to crisp out the exterior. 

By doing so, you'll get a balance of texture, from the crispiness of the crust to the fluffiness of the rice - perfect! Flavour-wise, definitely there!

Bibimbap - RM19.80/RM20.80

Next on the list is a hearty bibimbap. A classic where various vegetables (and sometimes meat) comes together in a stone bowl, mixed with some spicy Korean sauce and a raw egg, giving it that rich and velvety flavour with a nice crunch. Kyung Joo's version comes in 3 options - chicken, beef or pork. It's simple, healthy and undoubtedly delicious. 

Kimchi Jjigae (pork) - RM24.80

Kimchi Jjigae, one of my favourite Korean dish simply because it's a type of stew, and I love stew! This mildly spicy and savoury kimchi stew is packed filled with flavour. Mushrooms, tofu, rice noodles, pork and many more can be found inside and this dish goes great with a side of rice. 

*Promo for March 2016 - discount on most Kimchi items. Therefor making this dish roughly RM18+

Lime and Passion Mojito - RM14.80

Last but not least, some alcoholic beverages to counter the heat of the BBQ, and the accompanying dishes. Made with soju as the base, these cups of mojito is not only refreshing, but packed with a good amount of flavour as well. The soju certainly did help in terms of giving the slight kick at the end.

Overall, for over 10 years that I've been to Midvalley, I've finally tried out this place. Fortunately, the food was good and service was fairly respondent. Things came rather quickly and I find it nice for those who are in a rush, for a movie or shopping. Overall, this place is definitely worth visiting, and to those who love Korean food, it would be a sin not to try this place out. 


3rd Floor T049A, Mid Valley Megamall, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Operating hours: Daily 10am-10pm

Tel: 03-2282 1112

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