While there's no doubt that we love savouring halal Korean food in Seoul, there are bound to be days where we miss the food back home. Let's face it - nothing spells comfort food quite like nasi lemak, roti canai or laksa, especially on those cold winter days ?
Heading to Seoul soon and looking for a place to satisfy your cravings for Malaysian food? Head over to Agak Agak which is located in the Yeonnam-dong district near Hongdae. The restaurant just opened its doors in May this year.
In case you're wondering, Yeonnam-dong is an up-and-coming district in Seoul known for its dining scene and that's where Agak Agak fits in! Labelling itself as a "slightly atas (sophisticated) warung/mamak/kopitiam," the restaurant hopes to introduce the authentic flavours of Malaysian food to Koreans.
Some of their recommended items are classic Malaysian dishes like nasi lemak, Nyonya laksa and satay daging (beef satay) which uses Australian wagyu beef! In fact, their nasi lemak has gotten great reviews from Malaysians travellers so you know you're in for a treat ? Their ayam goreng berempah (spiced fried chicken) is fried to a perfect crisp, with traditional Malaysian herbs and spices that'll remind you of home.
Another iconic Malaysian dish that's not to be missed is their light and crispy roti canai! If you're craving something warm and flavourful to fill your tummy, this will hit the spot ? Just imagine tearing up a piece of the roti canai and dipping it in delectable chicken curry - yummy!
Of course, your Malaysian meal won't be complete without gulping down some teh susu (milk tea) which is served in aesthetically pleasing glass bottles. Besides its mouthwatering food, Agak Agak also has a pretty chic and hipster ambience, with dim lighting and old-school kopitiam (traditional coffee shop) cutlery. There are posters of old Malay movies with music by the late P Ramlee playing in the background, with contemporary paintings thrown into the mix.
In case you're wondering, one of Agak Agak's owners and its chef is Basira Yeusuff, one of Malaysia's prominent chefs who's known for her food catering business, Root Cellar KL and Agak Agak APW in Bangsar which has shut its doors.
So if you're in Seoul, don't miss out on the perfect chance to try Chef Basira's delicious offerings! What's even better is that the restaurant is located not far from Hongdae, so you can conveniently pop by after exploring the vibrant district ?
Halal status: Halal ingredients used. Alcoholic beverages are served so we recommend that you dine at your own discretion.
Average price of main dishes: KRW12,000
Opening hours: Tue-Thu; 5.30PM-9PM, Fri-Sun; 11.30AM-9PM (closed on Mon)
Address: 1st Floor, 57 Donggyo-ro 25-gil, Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea (5-10 minutes' walk from Hongik University station exit 1)
Contact: +82 2-336-0402