Being less scared of Korean BBQ-How To Lose Weight in Malaysia Part 7

We are still eating a lot in Malaysia. You might think we are starving because it has been three weeks or more since I last posted advice on how to lose weight in Malaysia but rest easy, we have been eating just fine.

Desa Sri Hartamas, the neighborhood we live in, has a lot of Koreans and therefore a lot of Korean restaurants in it. Ampang Avenue, the street/plaza I work in on the other side of the neighborhood has a lot of Korean people and-say it with me people-therefore has a lot of Korean restaurants. So I eat Korean food once a week. Usually ramen or fried rice or dumplings, my personal favorite. Actually that is a lie. My favorite Korean food by a long shot has been a desert: Pat Bing Su. Google it. It is fantastic! (If you do google it, it might all be one word. The restaurant I get it ate spells it as three words: google spells it as one apparently)

Side note: The restaurant I get that fantastic desert at has a rustic American theme. It is bizarre to say the least. They offer good Korean food, and hot dogs…yeah…

Despite having Korean restaurants all around us, Iris and I have never eaten Korean BBQ. Frankly, we were a bit over whelmed by it. Korean food in general can be overwhelming. Even if you just order dumplings, they will bring you at least two or three banchan: Side dishes. Kimchi is the most well known of these but there are a whole lot of them. So when we would walk by these BBQ places with the range on the stove, the exhaust directly over the table, and it can be a bit intimidating. So once again, we turned to our favorite Malaysians: Joanne and Ken. You might remember them from the durian blog post. They are adventurous eating people…actually, I think they enjoy watching me eat weird foods, at least Ken does. Joanne eats most of the weird stuff with me, but Ken is not a huge fan. They are super nice and once again we had a great time eating with them. Last time they paid for everything, this time we had our revenge!

So here is our table. So much banchan, so little time. And for those of you with good eyes you are seeing two kinds of kimchi. The kind that is aged, and the kind that is aged even longer.
So here is our table. So much banchan, so little time. And for those of you with good eyes you are seeing two kinds of kimchi. The kind that is aged, and the kind that is aged even longer.
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Oh yeah, pork bellies. It was amazing!!

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Apparently I did not take a picture of the charcoal cooked beef strips that we also ordered. Probably because I was too much in love with the next item…

Kimchi pancake! We loved these so much that we have already made it at home, and are making it again this weekend.
Kimchi pancake! We loved these so much that we have already made it at home, and are making it again this weekend.

We also ordered a traditional Korean chicken rice stew that was really good. But frankly, the star of the meal was the pork bellies….no no the kimchi pancakes….the banchan…okay it was all really good! This restaurant does not have the individual exhausts which makes it much less intimidating. I was going to post a whole bunch of random food journeys Iris and I have gone on, including the duck heads and bull penises which we did not eat, but I will save those for another post!

Selmat Tinggal!

Kevin


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