Monday, September 10, 2012

Bulgogi Brothers, Oppa Korean Style @ Paradigm Mall

Chaswood Resources Holdings Limited recently added Bulgogi Brothers to its list of brands with its launch in Paradigm Mall.

Established since 2006, Bulgogi Brothers is a popular casual dining restaurant in Korea and is one of Korea's renowned restaurant chain.  Bulgogi Brothers first outlet in Korea is located in Gangnam; the same place in the title name of the most recent viral video, "Oppa Gangnam Style" as performed by PSY.  Bulgogi Brothers features the representative Korean food - the fire meat - BULGOGI, hence its name.  While I was not involved in any parody video of Gangnam Style (unfortunately), I was invited for a food tasting session of selected dishes just before its opening.  Lots of delicious photos ahead!

Starters - Sweet Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Sugar Snap Peas
Starters - Sweet Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Sugar Snap Peas

Banchan - side dishes
Banchan - I especially enjoyed the sweet pumpkin paste (middle left) and the radish (top right)

Yukhoe - Raw Beef
Yukhoe (RM45.90) - julienned raw beef marinated in a mixture of chillies, pears and cucumber.  I absolutely love this dish, though raw, the beef had a rather firm texture to it and tasted sweet with the mixture of the sweet diced pears. Best eaten immediately when served (it's a cold dish, not as good if it drops to room temperature).

Haemul Pajeon - Korean pancake
Haemul Pajeon (RM27.90)- Korean style pancake with seafood and green onions
I found Bulgogi Brothers' pancake a tad thick and therefore lack the crisp.  Average fare to me ...

Sauce for Haemul Pajeon
The sauce for the Haemul Pajeon was lovely though, a tangy onion dip!

Bulgogi Brothers Special
Then we have the Bulgogi Brothers Special (RM81.90 for 400g, RM121.90 for 600g) a combination of ...
Bulgogi Brothers Special - Gwangyang
Gwangyang Bulgogi - Seasoned beef slices prepared according to the style in the southern provinces in Korea.
Bulgogi Brothers Special - Unyang
Unyang Bulgogi - sliced beef hand pressed into heartshaped patties. Note : The meat has been marinated for a few days!

Each style is cooked and served separately at your table ...
Cooking Unyang

Unyang - Heart Shaped Beef

Bulgogi Brothers Special - Gwangyang

Bulgogi Brothers Special - Gwangyang
Both styles were delicious and if I have to pick a winner of the two, I would go for Unyang (heartshaped beef).  It was more flavourful of the two, given the fact that it has been marinated longer than the seasoned Gwangyang.  Both had a great smoky taste from the grilling session.  They were cooked just about right and still retained its moisture.

Hobak Juk - Pumpkin Soup
We were given a cup of Pumpkin soup to try at this point.  Its thick consistency, sweet and flavourful taste made this a favourite of mine too (especially since I love pumpkin dishes).

Bulgogi Bibimbap

Bulgogi Bibimbap
Next on the list - Bulgogi Bibimbap (RM29.90).  One of the best Bibimbap I've eaten.  The flavours were spot on, the combination of beef and vegetables; all mixed with the rice and special spicy saucy.  I couldn't get enough of it!
Janchi Guksu - Party Noodles

Janchi Guksu - Party Noodles
Janchi Guksu (RM17.90) - Known as the "party noodles" in Korea, served in seafood broth and garnished with lots of vegetables. 

Haemul Doenjang Jjigae - Seafood soybean stew

Haemul Doenjang Jjigae - Seafood soybean stew
Haemul Doenjang Jjigae (RM26.90) - slow cooked doenjang broth (soybean stew), served with shrimps, soft shell crab, mussels and vegetables.

Where's the beef??? Find it right here at Bulgogi Brothers! I would say Bulgogi Brothers beef dishes fared the best, coming out tops in comparison with the other non-beef dishes.  Using Australian Beef gives it a kick up a notch.  Order the beef dishes (and that includes the delicious Bulgogi Bimbimbap) and you're set!


Cindy said...

always feel so sweet looking at the heart shape meat slices..

jason said...

Love the beef here! Flavourful and tender but price slightly on the high side.