[Updated 7 July 2019]

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.

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If you can’t try halal Korean food in Korea, these 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. 😊 

Do note that restaurants that are listed as ‘Halal-certified’ are JAKIM certified!

1. Sweetree

Sweetree not only serves halal-certified Korean food but also has a cultural 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 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!

#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 missing your prayers 😉

Halal Status: Halal certified

Address : No 13 L-1 & 2, Jln. Ampang Putra, Taman Putra Sulaiman, Ampang.
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 11:30pm, daily (L.O. at 10:30pm). Closed on Tuesdays.
Contact Number: (+603) 4287 4685
Facilities: Prayer facility on-site
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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 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 😋

Note: Kyochon is in the process of applying for JAKIM’s halal certification but they use halal-certified ingredients, including chicken sourced from JAKIM-certified suppliers and halal sauces. 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.

Halal Status: Halal meat and ingredients used

Locations: Check their website here for all locations and opening hours!
Opening Hours: Opening hours vary according to the outlet. Check their website for the exact opening hours!
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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!

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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!

Halal Status: Halal-certified

Locations: Check out their Facebook page for all outlets
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm (depending on outlet).
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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 set meals and promotions regularly, 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 😍

Note: They’re in the process of applying for JAKIM’s halal certification for the restaurant but do use meat from JAKIM-certified suppliers.

Halal Status: Halal meat used

Locations: They have outlets around Malaysia, so do check out their website for addresses and contact details!
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Website | Facebook

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 homemade hot dogs which are 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 preparation of food. Ask them for their recommendations and they’ll be happy to help!

Halal Status: Halal meat used

Address: C14-1 Jalan Ampang Utama 1/1, 68000 Ampang Jaya, Selangor.
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 10:o0pm. Closed on Mondays.
Contact Number: (+603) 4251 0455

6. 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!).

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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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Halal Status: Cheras Tesco and Cyberjaya outlet are halal certified, in the midst of getting other outlets certified, with halal-certified ingredients used at all outlets.

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 the outlet
Price: Around RM15 onwards, depending on the dish

7. Gangnam Station

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).

Halal Status: Muslim-owned

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 – 11:00pm
Contact Number: 03-5887 0426

8. K-Street (previously known as The Street Café)

Specialising in Korean street food and daily traditional fare, K-Street has been serving halal Korean delights since 2008!

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At K-Street, 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

Address: K-Street / 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 9822

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 fares. Besides the usual dishes, you must try the delicately marinated bulgalbi beef steak which is delicious even on its own with rice, or wrapping it in lettuce works too! Order the pajeon (Korean pancakes) for a lovely side to the barbecued beef.

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Halal Status: Halal meat used

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 further! Try 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 🤤 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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Halal Status: Halal-certified

Locations: Check their website for all locations!
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm

11. EID – Halal Korean Food

While this eatery is not located exactly in KL, it had to be included in our list. If you’ve been to Seoul, you would have definitely been to the original Eid in Itaewon for some of the best halal Korean food in town. Thankfully, those of us who have yet to step foot in Korea or would like to relive our days there can get authentic Korean food here at Eid in Bangi, Selangor!

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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 tteokbokki!

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Halal Status: Muslim-owned

Address: No 8-23-01, Ground Floor, Jalan Medan Pusat Bandar 7A, Bangi Central, 43650 Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 11:30pm, daily
Contact Number: 017-310 3227

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! 🐙

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Besides their delicious bibimbap, you should also get your hands on their tteokbokki (spicy chewy rice cakes with vegetables). Enjoy your food while exercising your jaw! 😆

Halal Status: Halal meat used

Location: L1-19, Avenue K, 156 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10.00pm daily.
Contact Number: 017-308-1228

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! 😋

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It’s pretty common to have a slice of cheese on top of your kimchi fried rice. But why not have it with melted cheese instead? Yes, that’s how Sopoong serves their famous kimchi fried rice! Just look at that melting cheese 😋

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If you have sugar cravings, have a go at the Oreo shaved ice bingsu. What’s not to like about Oreo? 😉

Disclaimer: We’ve reached out to them and they have confirmed that they get their meat only from halal supplier and they do not use/serve alcohol in any of their dishes.

Halal Status: Halal meat used

Locations: Check their Facebook for all locations!
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm.

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!

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Their aim is to offer Malaysians (and also other Muslim travellers, of course!) Korean traditional home-cooked meals. Believe it or not – the meals are prepped without using any MSG seasoning! So you won’t have to worry about your health when you eat at Ko Hyang 😊

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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.

Note: it might be too spicy for some, but you can request for it to be less spicy 😊

Halal Status: Halal meat & ingredients used

Locations: Check their website for all locations!
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 9:30pm, depending on outlets.
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15. MyeongDong Topokki (Pending halal certification from JAKIM)

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, fried chicken, and other food inspired by the Myeongdong street in Seoul, Korea.

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The restaurant also serves a selection of other dishes such ramyun (ramen), jigae (stew), bokkeumbap(fried rice) and deopbap(covered rice) alongside their light snacks.

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Note: The restaurant chain is currently in the process of getting certified halal by JAKIM. All restaurants use ingredients from halal-certified suppliers, and no alcohol is included in dishes or served on the premises.

Halal Status: Halal meat & ingredients used

Locations: Check their website for all locations!
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm, depending on outlets.
Website | Facebook

16. 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.

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Seoul Garden also has sister restaurant Seoul Garden HotPot, which instead of a buffet, offers a menu with various ala carte hotpot dishes as well as other popular Korean meals like bibimbap and stews.

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Note: All of Seoul Garden outlets in Klang Valley are halal-certified, while for Seoul Garden HotPot all Klang Valley outlets have also been halal-certified except for two outlets (Sunway Velocity Mall and MYTown Shopping Centre). Please check Seoul Garden’s list of outlets on its website that lists the halal status of each outlet. For those still pending certification, we note that all ingredients including meats and sauces are sourced from halal-certified suppliers, and no alcohol is sold or used in the preparation and cooking of its food.

Halal Status: Halal-certified

Locations: Check their website for all locations!
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm
Website | Facebook

17. SeoulNami Korean BBQ (Pending halal certification from JAKIM)

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!).

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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.

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Halal status: Halal meats and ingredients used, and the restaurant is currently pending halal certification from JAKIM

Address: F-215 The Gardens Mall, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City, 59200 Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: Daily, 11AM–11PM
Contact: 03-2202 3336
Facebook | Instagram

18. Hanbing Korean Dessert Cafe (Pending halal certification from JAKIM)

You know you’re in for a treat when you see two bingsu coming to your table. This famous Korean shaved ice dessert happens to be the speciality of Hanbing Korean Dessert Cafe who 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.

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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.

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Halal status: Halal meats and ingredients used, and the restaurant is currently pending halal certification from JAKIM

Address: Hanbing Korean Dessert Cafe, LG-21, Nu Sentral Mall, Kuala Lumpur
Operating hours: Daily, 10AM-10PM
Contact number: +603 2276 2287
Note: This cafe also has other outlets in Bangsar, Subang Jaya and Putrajaya
Website | Facebook | Instagram

19. 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

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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, so splurge if you can. Well, looks like we’re never far away from authentic Korean tteokbokki after all

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Halal status: Halal meats and ingredients used, and the restaurant does not serve gochujang sauce.

Address: Dookki Malaysia, L1-12B, IOI City Mall, Putrajaya, Sepang.
Operating hours: Daily, 11.30AM-10PM
Contact number: +603 8685 4439
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If you’re not up for a meal out, you could always opt to make these easy halal kimchi dishes at home too 😉 Otherwise, you definitely won’t want to miss out on these eateries if you’re craving for Korean food! We know how it’s like to watch in hunger as your favourite Korean actors have a feast on TV 😆


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