The K-wave has swept all over Malaysia, with good reason too! Comfort food, street food, spicy food, barbecue – Korean food has got it all and more.
*DISCLAIMER: Do note that although some of these restaurants are NOT halal-certified, however, we have checked that they use halal suppliers for their ingredients / meat and have marked them accordingly. All information is accurate at time of posting. We advise all readers to double check before visiting and to visit at their own discretion.
Sweetree not only serves halal certified Korean food, it also has a culture centre – the Episode On Culture Centre where they hold bazaars, classes and private events. Sweetree is a great place to chill in a cosy environment or even host a party at!
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Besides serving traditional Korean dishes like samgyetang and kimchi jjigae at affordable prices, Sweetree also has other cuisines such as Malaysian style kampung fried rice, Italian pasta and even Vietnamese beef noodles – Definitely a place that will please almost any palate.
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Don’t leave without trying their Bingsu and fresh Korean banana milk for a sweet treat!
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#HHWT Tip: We also love that they’ve got a prayer area in the restaurant itself, so you can hang out here for hours and not worry about a thing 😉
Address : No 13 L-1 & 2, Jln. Ampang Putra, Taman Putra Sulaiman, Ampang.
Contact Number: (+603) 4287 4685
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 11:30am (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday), 10:30am – 12:00am (Friday, Saturday). Closed on Tuesdays
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2. Kyochon (Pending halal certification from JAKIM)
Craving for some KFC? No…not that KFC. We mean KyoChon Fried Chicken! KyoChon has been consistently voted as the best fried chicken in South Korea for the last 13 years, and has branches around the world.
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If that’s not reason enough to dig in, their crispy, msg and antibiotic free succulent chicken with Korean flavours will definitely change your mind! They’ve also got other Korean staples on the menu like dakgalbi and bulgogi as well but we’d go straight for their chicken 😋
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Note: Kyochon is in the process of applying for JAKIM’s halal certification but do use halal certified ingredients. Do note that the Pearl Shopping Gallery, Penang G-Hotel, SkyAvenue Genting and Menara Hap Seng locations do serve alcohol on their premises. However, the alcohol is prepared in a separate bar area, using different glassware and washed in a separate area away from all the plates and utensils used to serve food.
3. Mr. Dakgalbi
For those who don’t know, dakgalbi is a popular Korean dish made from chicken marinated in gochujang (chilli paste), stir fried with vegetables and tteok (rice cakes), and Mr. Dakgalbi is the place to try it!
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The cooking process is pretty fun as you get to do it yourself on the cooking pit at every table. Make sure you put on aprons!
#HHWT Tip: We heard that the cheese ring dakgalbi is where it’s at!
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Locations: Check out their Facebook page for all outlets
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 11:00pm (depending on outlet).
4. DubuYo (Pending halal certification from JAKIM)
Previously known as Dubu Dubu, this franchise has been steadily growing with 13 locations around Malaysia!
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They’ve got pretty good meal sets and promotions regularly, with an extensive menu that has all the Korean classics like topokki, pajeon, chicken wings and of course bibimbap. Don’t forget to try their desserts like the Nokcha Bingsu, topped with green tea powder, almonds, read beans and a scoop of yummy green tea ice cream or the Mulgogi Aiskeulim, which is basically an adorable fish shaped wafer covered ice cream 😍
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Note: They’re in the process of applying for JAKIM’s halal certification for the restaurant but do use meats that are from JAKIM certified suppliers.
5. B Station
Located in the neighbourhood of Ampang’s “Korea Town”, B Station is a cute homey restaurant run by a Korean couple that serves not only authentic Korean food but also other items like pastries and home made hot dogs which is a must try!
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They’re big on ensuring that the food served here is healthy, and do not use any msg in their food preparations. Ask them for their recommendations and they’d be happy to help!
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Address: C14-1 Jalan Ampang Utama 1/1, 68000 Ampang Jaya, Selangor.
Contact Number: (+603) 4251 0455
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 10:30pm
6. BBQ Chicken
BBQ Chicken is the No. 1 franchise brand in Korea, and among Korea’s Top 100 brands! With presence in a whopping 59 countries around the world, this one definitely makes our list, especially for those of you who might not be big fans of traditional Korean cuisine (although how could you not be!!).
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Besides their yummy chicken, they’ve also got gooey cheesy pizza, pasta and other fusion dishes. They even have kimchi nasi lemak on the menu! 😱
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Locations: They have outlets all around Malaysia, so do check out their website for all locations
Opening Hours: Generally 10:00am – 10:00pm, depending on outlet
Price: Around RM15 onwards, depending dish
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7. Gangnam Station
What started off as a humble Korean restaurant in Shah Alam, Gangnam Station has now expanded its doors to the 19 USJ City Mall, upping its offerings to include Korean stick BBQ 😋
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Great for big groups and families with their affordable set meals, their must tries include the Sundubu Jjigae, Tteokbokki Rice Cake, Bulgogi and their Dakgogi Bokkeum (spicy stir-fried chicken).
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Address: G36, Block 5, Laman Seri Business Park, Jalan Persiaran Sukan, Seksyen 13 Shah Alam or The USJ 19 City Mall
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11pm
Contact Number: 03-5887 0426
8. The Street Café
Specialising in Korean street food and daily traditional fare, The Street has been serving halal Korean delights since 2008!
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At The Street, you can try classic dishes like Sam gye tang (ginseng chicken soup), crunchy popcorn chicken and the popular Odeng fish cake stick. If you’re one of the brave, take on the challenge to try their On Fire Ramyeon 🔥 They also serve affordable set menus and to top your fiery meal off, try their fish shaped Samanco ice cream!
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Address: The Street Café, SS15 Subang No. 28 Jalan SS 15/8 Subang Jaya, 47500 Selangor Darul Ehsan
Sunway Pyramid Lot 197 Asian Avenue, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall
Opening Hours: 11:00AM – 11:00PM
Contact Number: 03-5632 5328
9. GoGung Korean Restaurant
If you’re looking for a nice Korean meal out with your friends or family, head on over to GoGung at Empire Shopping Gallery for mouthwatering Korean bbq and other traditional fare.
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Besides the usual dishes, you must-try the delicately marinated Bulgalbi beef steak which is delicious even on it’s own with rice, or in a lettuce wrap with the works! Order the Pa jeon (Korean pancakes) for a lovely accompaniment to the barbecued beef.
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Address: LG36, Empire Shopping Gallery, Jalan SS16/1, 47500 Subang Jaya
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Contact Number: 03-5612 8885
10. 4 Fingers
Always wanted to try mouthwatering Korean fried chicken? Look no more than the crispy, succulent fried chicken from 4 Fingers! This popular fried chicken chain from Singapore finally made its way to our fair shores and the best part is, it’s halal certified (and so conveniently located at malls around the city).
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Free from preservatives and MSG, 4 Fingers uses fresh chicken, fried to perfection then coated in their signature Hot or Soy Garlic sauces *drool* Their sauces are hand-brushed on the chicken, so that’s the secret to their even coating! If you’re not a fan of chicken, opt for their seafood options and if you’re looking for something slightly healthier, they also have salads on the menu.
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11. BONUS: EID – Halal Korean Food
If you’ve been to Seoul, the you would have definitely been to the original Eid, located in Itaewon for some of the best halal Korean food in town. Thankfully for those of us who have yet to step foot in Korea or would like to relive our days there, you can be assured that you’ll get authentic Korean food here at Eid!
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Managed by Mr Hyun Woo (also known as Saad), a Korean-Muslim man, one of the best things about Eid is that they produce their own gochujang (some gochujang brands have added alcohol), which is an essential ingredient in Korean cooking! Don’t forget to try their bulgogi, japchae, dakganjeong and tteoppokki!
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Address: No 8-23-01, Ground Floor, Jalan Medan Pusat Bandar 7A, Bangi Central, 43650 Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
Contact Number: 017-310 3227
If you’re not up to going out, you could always opt to make these easy halal kimchi dishes at home too 😉