Go K-Crazy At These 19 Muslim-Friendly Korean Restaurants In KL


Have Halal Will Travel •  Aug 01, 2023

Comfort food, street food, spicy food, barbecue – Korean food has got it all and more. If you can't try halal Korean food in Korea, these halal Korean restaurants in Kuala Lumpur are definitely the next best thing! Disclaimer: Do note that although some of these restaurants are NOT halal-certified, we have checked that they use halal suppliers for their ingredients/meat and have marked them accordingly. We advise all readers to double-check before visiting and to visit at their own discretion. Restaurants that are listed as 'Halal-certified' are JAKIM certified.

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1. Sweetree

Sweetree not only serves halal-certified Korean food but also has a cultural centre where they hold bazaars, classes and private events. It's a great place to chill in a cosy environment or even host a party at! Besides serving traditional Korean dishes like samgyetang and kimchi jjigae at affordable prices, Sweetree also has other dishes such as Malaysian kampung fried rice, Italian pasta and even Vietnamese beef noodles – definitely a place that will please almost any palate. Don't leave without trying their Bingsu and fresh Korean banana milk for a sweet treat! Halal status: Halal-certified Opening hours: Open daily; 11.30AM-10PM (last order at 9.15PM) Address: No 13 L-1 & 2, Jln. Ampang Putra, Taman Putra Sulaiman, Ampang, Selangor. Contact: +6017 282 1550 (WhatsApp) Website

2. DubuYo

Previously known as Dubu Dubu, the DubuYo franchise has been steadily growing with 13 locations around Malaysia! They’ve got pretty good set meals and regular promotions, with an extensive menu that has all the Korean classics like tteokbokki, pajeon, chicken wings and of course, bibimbap. Don't forget to try their desserts like the Nokcha Bingsu, topped with green tea powder, almonds, red beans and a scoop of yummy green tea ice cream. Alternatively, they serve the Mulgogi Aiskeulim, which is basically an adorable fish-shaped wafer with ice-cream filling.

Halal status: Halal-certified Address: Click here for all outlet locationsWebsite

3. Mr. Dakgalbi

For those who don’t know, dakgalbi is a popular Korean dish made from chicken marinated in gochujang (chilli paste) and stir-fried with vegetables and tteok (rice cakes). Mr. Dakgalbi is the place to try it! 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!

Halal status: Halal-certified Opening hours: Open daily; 11AM - 8PM Address: OB3.F.6 Sunway Pyramid, Petaling Jaya, Selangor Contact: +603 5611 1210 Facebook

4. BBQ Chicken

BBQ Chicken is the No. 1 franchise brand in Korea, and among Korea’s Top 100 brands! With a presence in 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!). Besides their yummy chicken, they've also got gooey cheesy pizza, pasta and other fusion dishes. They even have kimchinasi lemak on the menu! ? Halal status: All outlets use only halal-certified ingredients. Their outlets are in the process of applying for halal-certification. Opening hours: Click here for all opening hours Address:Click here for all outlet locationsWebsite

5. K.Street (previously The Street Café)

Specialising in Korean street food and daily traditional fare, K.Street has been serving halal Korean delights since 2008! You can try classic dishes like samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup), crunchy popcorn chicken and the popular odeng fish cake stick. If you're 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! Halal status: Halal-certified Opening hours: Daily; 11AM - 11PM Address: F1.AV.197 pyramid, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Contact: +603-5632-9822 Facebook

6. 4Fingers

Always wanted to try mouthwatering Korean fried chicken? Look no further than the crispy, succulent fried chicken from 4Fingers! This popular fried chicken chain from Singapore has made its way to our fair shores and the best part is, it's halal-certified! Free from preservatives and MSG, 4Fingers uses fresh chicken fried to perfection then coated in their signature Hot or Soy Garlic sauces ? 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. Halal status: Halal-certified Opening hours: Click here for all opening hoursAddress:Click here for all outlet locationsWebsite

7. MyeongDong Topokki

MyeongDong Topokki has been around since 2014 and now has outlets at various malls throughout Klang Valley such as Sunway Pyramid, One Utama and Paradigm Mall! The franchise specialises in freshly made Korean street food like topokki and other food inspired by Myeongdong street in Seoul, Korea. The restaurant serves a selection of other dishes like ramyun (ramen), jigae (stew), bokkeumbap (fried rice) and deopbap (covered rice) alongside their light snacks. Besides that, Myeongdong Topokki is also one of the best places for halal Korean fried chicken in Kuala Lumpur! Halal status: Halal-certified Opening hours: Click here for all outlet locationsAddress: Click here for all outlet locationsWebsite

8. Seoul Garden & Seoul Garden HotPot

Seoul Garden is a chain buffet restaurant specialising in Korean-style hotpot and grill items. With over 40 outlets located all throughout Malaysia, it has become a familiar brand and can be found at many KL malls. Choose from a variety of seafood, marinated meats, vegetables and other goodies that you can cook at your table hotpot and grill. Halal status: Halal-certified Opening hours: Click here for all opening hours Address: Click here for all outlet locationsWebsite

9. Gangnam Station

Gangnam Station started off as a humble Korean restaurant in Shah Alam, but has now expanded its doors to the 19 USJ City Mall, upping its offerings to include Korean stick BBQ. ? 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). Halal status: Muslim-owned Opening hours: Daily; 11.30AM - 9PM Address: G45, Block 6, Laman Seri Business Park, Persiaran Sukan, Seksyen 13, 40150 Shah Alam, Selangor Contact: +6017-966 7976 (WhatsApp) Facebook

10. Kyochon

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. If that’s not enough of a reason to dig in, their crispy, MSG and antibiotic-free, succulent chicken with Korean flavouring will definitely change your mind! They’ve also got other Korean staples on the menu like dakgalbi and bulgogi but we’d go straight for their chicken ? Halal Status: KyoChon uses only halal-certified ingredients including chicken sourced from JAKIM-certified suppliers and halal sauces. They are in the process of applying for JAKIM certification across their stores. Do note that the Genting SkyAvenue, IPC Shopping Centre, Setia City Mall, Pearl Shopping Gallery, and G Hotel Gurney Penang locations also serve alcohol on their premises. However, the alcohol is prepared in a separate bar area, with strict precautions taken to keep utensils from the kitchen and bar separate at all times. We recommend you dine at your own discretion. Opening hours: Click here for all opening hours Address:Click here for all outlet locationsWebsite | Facebook | Instagram

11. B.Station

Located in 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 items like pastries and homemade hot dogs which are a must-try! They’re big on ensuring that the food served here is healthy, and do not use any MSG in their preparation of food. Ask them for their recommendations and they'll be happy to help! Halal Status: Uses halal ingredients, and no pork or lard is used. We recommend you dine at your own discretion. Opening hours: Open daily; 10.30AM-10PM Address: C14-1 Jalan Ampang Utama 1/1, 68000 Ampang Jaya, Selangor. Contact: +603-4251 0455 Facebook

12. B.Bap Korea

If you love bibimbap, you have to check out B.Bap Korean Bistro! This small yet chic restaurant serves up three types of bibimbap –chicken, beef and even octopus! ? Besides their delicious bibimbap, you should also get your hands on their tteokbokki (spicy chewy rice cakes with vegetables), or also the spicy ramyeon! Their menu will definitely keep you coming back for more. Halal status: Uses halal ingredients. We recommend you dine at your own discretion. Opening Hours: Open daily; 10AM-10PM Address: Lot GF08, Nu Sentral, 201, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Contact: +603-2856 9719 Facebook

13. Sopoong Restaurant

Sopoong has spread around Klang Valley like wildfire recently and we’re not surprised. This restaurant offers a variety of authentic Korean food at affordable prices! Our recommendation: the cheesy kimchi fried rice and topokki stew! ? It’s pretty common to have a slice of cheese on top of your topokki. But why not have it with melted cheese instead? Yes, that’s how Sopoong serves their famous kimchi fried rice! Just look at that cheesy goodness ? If you have sugar cravings, have a go at one of their shaved ice bingsu too. It'll be a perfect sweet treat to end the meal! Halal Status: Uses halal-certified meat, with no alcohol used in any of the cooking processes. We recommend you dine at your own discretion. Opening hours: Click here for all opening hoursAddress: Click here for all outlet locationsFacebook | Instagram

14. Ko Hyang Restaurant

Ko Hyang started out as a small premise in Sunway Pyramid, but they have now branched out to other commercial places like Cyberjaya, Mid Valley and Setia Alam! Their aim is to offer Malaysians (and also other Muslim travellers, of course!) traditional Korean home-cooked meals. Believe it or not - the meals are prepped without using any MSG! ? If you want to try Korean traditional bibimguksu, look no further than Ko Hyang! The rich flavours of their homemade gochujang and vinegar will make you fall in love with this meal. Do note that their meals might be too spicy for some, but you can request for them to be less spicy. Halal status: Uses meat and ingredients from halal-certified suppliers. No alcohol is used in any of their outlets. We recommend you dine at your own discretion. Address: Click here for all outlet locationsWebsite | Facebook

15. SeoulNami Korean BBQ

From tantalising meats to delicious desserts, SeoulNami Korean BBQ is one of many restaurants we have in mind. Located in Gardens Mall, SeoulNami BBQ is the first on-table grill Korean BBQ outlet that uses halal ingredients through and through (this place is alcohol-free too!). Come to this restaurant, and you'll notice a variety of Korean delicacies to choose from! If you're indecisive when it comes to food, choose their signature dish, South Korean's iconic Chuncheon Chicken. Available in four marinade flavours, ranging from spicy hot pepper chicken to sweet honey butter chicken, you'll be in for a treat! There is also a range of noodles that includes fire ramyeon and their 3 king noodles. Click this article to read more about SeoulNami Korean BBQ! Halal status: Uses ingredients (including chicken and beef) from halal-certified suppliers and the restaurant is currently pending halal certification from JAKIM. No alcohol is used or served. We recommend you dine at your own discretion. Opening hours: Open daily; 11AM-11PM Address: F-215 The Gardens Mall, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City, 59200 Kuala Lumpur Contact: +603-2202 3336 Website | Facebook | Instagram

16. Hanbing Korean Dessert Cafe

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Hanbing Korean Dessert Cafe claims to serve the best bingsu in town. While there are plenty of flavours to choose from, we recommend going for the crowd-favourite Mango Snow Ice and Blueberry Snow Ice Cheese. Sweet and delightful, it's the perfect dessert after exploring Kuala Lumpur on a hot day. You may be tempted by the bingsu alone, but there's more reason to spend more time at Hanbing. The cafe also has a dedicated menu starring Korean dishes that you know and love. Whether you want to slurp down their army base stew, turn up the heat with Korean fried chicken or snack away with a kimbap, you know you're coming here once more. Halal status: All ingredients are sourced from halal-certified suppliers, and the cafe is currently in the process of applying for halal certification from JAKIM. We recommend you dine at your own discretion. Opening hours: Click here for all opening hoursAddress: Click here for all outlet locationsWebsite | Facebook | Instagram

17. Dookki Malaysia

Dookki (meaning ‘two meals’ in Korean) will serve exactly as its name suggests! Walk into the restaurant and prepare yourself for a 90-minute all-you-can-eat tteokbokki buffet complete with free-flow soft drinks. For the unfamiliar, tteokbokki (cheekily spelt as topokki) is a famous Korean stir-fried rice cake that is served with many side ingredients and spicy chilli paste. If you can’t resist a cheese pull, Dookki offers two cheese options: a double cheese ring (that circles your tteokbokki pot) and a snow cheese (where they sprinkle soft cheese savings on top of the tteokbokki). The cheese upgrade comes with additional charges, but it's worth a splurge if you can! Click this article to read more about Dookki! Halal status: Halal meats and ingredients used, with no alcohol used in cooking processes. We recommend you dine at your own discretion. Opening hours: Daily; 11.30AM - 10PM Address: L1-12B, IOI City Mall, Putrajaya, Sepang. Contact: +603-8685 4439 Facebook | Instagram

18. Godubab Cafe

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Godubab Cafe is a hidden gem located at The School, Jaya One, Petaling Jaya. This eatery is owned by Koreans and it's the perfect place to discover the authentic taste of Korean food as they serve all kinds of food that you'd see in K-dramas! Expect to fall in love with their Kimbap, Bibimbap, Kimchi Fried Rice, Sundubujjigae and more! Their homey and delicious Miyeokguk (seaweed soup) will make you feel like you're in Korea itself! Halal status: Halal meats and ingredients used, with no alcohol used in cooking processes. This place also serves no pork or lard. We recommend you dine at your own discretion. Opening hours: Daily, 11AM-9.30PM Address: 100-P2.045, Block J, The School, Jaya One, Jalan Universiti, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Contact: 011-2381 3060 Instagram | Facebook

19. Big Stick

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Originating from Korea, Big Stick specializes in freshly grilled Korean BBQ skewers! This restaurant is a fairly new on to the Korean restaurant scene in Malaysia, having opened in 2020 but has already captured the hearts of Korean food lovers. Each item on their menu are affordable and you have to try their best-selling Bikor Chicken Skewers, Cheesy Tteokbokki Chicken Skewers and Spicy Chicken Skewers paired with spicy fried ramyeon! Halal status: Uses halal-certified ingredients and doesn't serve alcohol, pork or lard on their premises. Opening hours: Daily, 11AM-8PM Address: Lot No. S.4 & S.5, Sidewalk Island of Building Located at 101, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur Contact: 1-700-88-3123 Website | Instagram | Facebook

If you're not up for a meal out, you could always opt to make these easy halal kimchi recipes at home too. Otherwise, you definitely won't want to miss out on these eateries if you're craving Korean food! We know what it's like to watch in hunger as your favourite Korean actors have a feast on TV.