Monday, October 02, 2006

Nak Won - A Korean Restaurant in Ampang

I just came home from a very filling dinner at a Korean restaurant in Ampang's Koreatown. Ampang is home to many Korean expatriates and some of them have set up businesses (restaurants, saloons, supermarkets, etc...) in nearby commercial areas. We originally planned to eat at Teluk Gong but ended up in Nak Won Restaurant in Ampang instead.

My absolute favourite thing in Korean restaurants are the side dishes. Any good one will serve your meal along with an incredible array of side dishes. We counted over 15 different varieties with our meal tonight. I'm not complaining here but I think you should know that most of the side dishes are pickled stuff and tend to be indiscernible tastewise from the common kimchi.

Side dishes.

More side dishes.

An egg in stone pot side dish. Something that I've never tried before.

There were eight of us that night. Everyone ordered their individual dishes and we ordered 2 servings of meat to throw into the barbeque "pit". One great thing about this place is that the waiters actually help you barbeque the meat so you don't have to worry about doing it yourself.

Great! They use charcoal for the barbeque.

Chicken (RM28.00).

Yummy looking pork belly meat (RM25.00)!

I didn't take pictures of everyone's main course but here's what me and ST had.

Mixed Rice a.k.a. Bibimbap (RM15.00).

The bibimbap was delightful. It's basically rice with lots of different vegetables and a raw egg. When you are served your bibimbap mix everything immediately. You end up with a mess of delicious vegetables, rice and eggy goodness. It tastes good enough this way but the waiter said it's a lot better if you mix in the provided spicy paste and he's right. After mixing it in the flavour of the dish was further enhanced.

Kimchi soup (RM15.00)

The Kimchi soup came with a decent amount of ingredients but taste wise it's a little wanting. I'm not sure if this is how real Korean's prefer their Kimchi soup but I like mine to be more sour and spicy. Not disappointing but could be a lot better.

After the meal we were provided with a whitish colour drink. I have no idea what it's called or even what it actually is but it's a sweet drink and it's very similar to soya bean milk but there's a hint of rice taste. It's served cold and it's a very refreshing drink. A great way to end your dinner.

ST enjoys "the drink".

I had a good time at Nak Won but I found the taste of the food there a little flat. There are many similar restaurants in Ampang Koreatown (right opposite Ampang Point)... I'm thinking there may be better ones around there. Perhaps you guys know of a better place?

Oh... by the way have you guys seen this yet???

Restaurant Nak Won,
A11-1-1, Jalan Ampang Utama 2/2,
Business Ave, Ampang Jaya, 6800 Ampang.
Tel: 03-4253 4249.

posted by wyejon at Monday, October 02, 2006 (permalink) |

11 wise words from our readers:

a golden opinion from Blogger Bon Vivant

Wow, that's a lot of pan chan.

Here in Los Angeles Korean BBQ restaurants are a dime a dozen; some are excellent, most are just ok. Very few though use charcoal, must use gas grills.

The drink that I receive at my favorite place is a cold, very sweet honey barley tea.

Congratuations on your marriage!

4:18 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger lanatir

the white drink is shikkye (shik-hae). it's made from boiling rice for a while and then left to ferment to a few hours (not enough to develop alcohol). then sugar is added and the drink is served cold.

10:17 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger MeiyeN

Congratulations on your marriage, many many happy returns yeah!

12:10 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger babe_kl

congratulations to you and ST on your marriage.

3:43 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

bon vivant: I guess they use gas grills because they are easier to manage.

lanatir: icic... i thought it tasted like rice.

Thanks to everyone for you well wishes :)

10:36 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger Dragon City

gosh...u married already ?? how come never inform us?

10:45 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

dragon city: wedding dinner still to come! that's the one where everyone's invited :)

11:05 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger Honey Star

OH!! CONGRATS to u and ST!!!! You guys look so cute. Lovely rings! :)

2:09 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger KampungboyCitygal

Congrats~!! Aww so sweet and loving..My korean frenz told me that its a rice drink that they usually take..We can go yum seng at ur wedding?

11:48 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

honey star & kampungboycitygal:

thanks thanks :)

if anyone wants to come to my wedding dinner you are more than welcome... perhaps I'll work something out in the coming weeks... right now I've got a tonne of stuff to settle. Dinner's in December and I have so many things I need to do so I'm in a big pinch :P

12:07 AM  

a golden opinion from Anonymous Anonymous

Hi there,

I just happen to do a search on korean restaurant, and it landed to your website. Do you love kimchi ? Let me share with you a korean kimchi that I used to get it from (It was introduced by my korean friend). It is very nice and cheap too. It tasted much much better than other Korean shop that I usually gets.

12:34 PM  

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