One probably wouldn't think about going all the way to Langkawi for Korean food but here I am. Located near the Kuah Ferry Terminal, I stumbled upon this small Korean restaurant as I was drove past after doing some duty-free shopping.
The menu placed outside looked esthetically pleasing with a good selection of Korean dishes. While not listed as a Halal establishment, they do not serve pork or alcohol.
Upon entering the restaurant, we were warmly greeted by a Korean couple who appears to own the place - the husband serves customers while his wife takes charge of the kitchen. They are assisted by two other staff who were equally polite and friendly.
Service was prompt despite the lunch crowd. After our orders were taken, we were served some refillable Banchan (small side dishes) to enjoy.
Three small side dishes were served: kimchi, fishcakes, and stir-fried julienne potato. Each tasted pretty average and I would have liked a few more dishes for variety. But hey, it's FOC and refillable so I won't complain.
Jajangmyeon/Black Bean Sauce Noodles (4.5/5)
It's everything a good bowl of Jajangmyeon should be - fragrant, savoury, and sweet at the same time. Eventhough this version omits the pork, they managed to keep the black bean sauce deliciously rich and luscious without tasting oily.
The wheat noodles were also cooked just right with a springy texture. Best enjoyed with the julienned cucumber for a refreshing bite!
Haemul Sundubu Jjigae/Spicy Soft Tofu Stew with Seafood (4.5/5)
Judging from the colour, I was ready to brave some serious heat from the hot pepper flakes. Surprisingly, the level of spiciness was just nice.
The use of a good stock base and abundance of fresh squid, prawns, and clams added plenty of sweetness to the stew. Not forgetting the ever-important smashed tofu and runny egg that gives the stew its signature consistency.
Plus points for also serving the stew with a bowl of high-quality white rice!
Gyeranjjim/Korean Steamed Eggs (4.5/5) Served piping hot in a stone pot, the egg custard was so delicious! It was well seasoned and good enough to enjoy on its own, despite its relatively plain appearance.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by my meal here. After several mediocre meals at other Halal/Pork Free Korean establishments with promising ratings, I came in with managed expectations. But this place is the real deal. On top of serving delectable authentic Korean food, they provide warm service and a cosy environment to diners. Prices might slightly high compared to other smaller Korean establishments but it's justified by the quality of ingredients used. Make sure to add this place to your list of food places to check out in Langkawi!
Sabbylicious Makan Rating
Food : 4.5/5
Price : 4/5
Environment : 4/5
Service : 4/5
Must order : Jajangmyeon
Operating Hours Tuesday - Sunday (12pm–3pm, 6–10pm)
Closed on Monday. Best to check their Facebook page for updates on opening hours.
Korean Seoul Restaurant, No.80A Dayang Walk MY 07000, Persiaran Pelangi, 1 Kuah, Kedah.