1. Daorae Korean BBQ Restaurant, Awana SkyCentral

1. Daorae Korean BBQ Restaurant, Awana SkyCentral

Although I live in Ipoh, Daorae Korean BBQ Restaurant is not such a strange name to me. In fact, Daorae opened its Ipoh outlet some six years ago at De Garden.

 2. indoor dining area

2. indoor dining area

There aren’t that many authentic Korean restaurants in Ipoh, I must say, hence Daorae stood out and was our preferred Korean restaurant when we craved for Korean cuisine.

3. side dishes

3. side dishes

 4. close-up of the side dishes

4. close-up of the side dishes

I have to acknowledge that I am not such a big fan of Korean food, compared to Cantonese fare. The Koreans are huge on BBQ, and I’m just a lazy person who doesn’t want to cook her own meal.

5. Hangjung Sal

5. Hangjung Sal

In any case, BBQ was exactly what we savoured at Awana SkyCentral’s Daorae Korean BBQ Restaurant, which started business in mid-October. Favourably, servers were on hand to do the grilling and we just wrapped our preferred meat in slices of fresh lettuce.

6. Hangjung Sal in the grill

6. Hangjung Sal in the grill

Have a look at what we were served. First into the grilling pan was fresh pig jowls seasoned with sesame oil. Known in Korean as Hangjung Sal, it was highly recommended by the restaurateur.

7. wrap the meat plus preferred items from side dishes in a fresh leaf of lettuce

7. wrap the meat plus preferred items from side dishes in a fresh leaf of lettuce

8. Go-Chu-Jang Sam-Kyub-Sal

8. Go-Chu-Jang Sam-Kyub-Sal

Next into the grill was Go-Chu-Jang Sam Kyub-Sal, or fresh pork belly marinated with traditional Korean chilli sauce, as you can see in the fiery orangy colour.

9. Go-Chu-Jang Sam-Kyub-Sal in the grill

9. Go-Chu-Jang Sam-Kyub-Sal in the grill

10. beef

10. beef

This was followed by more meat, but this time it was beef, which I had to abstain from.

11. Kimchi Jjigae

11. Kimchi Jjigae

By the way, if you plan to dine at Daorae, whether it is at Awana SkyCentral or other outlets, you would want to heed the recommendation of the restaurateur and order Kimchi-Jjigae, a spicy red stew with a generous portion of home-made kimchi and swimming with fresh seafood. This could certainly help you with your digestion!

12. Sam-Gye-Tang

12. Sam-Gye-Tang

On the other hand, if you would like a tonic, Sam-Gye-Tang is a good option. This soup features a whole young chicken stuffed with ginseng. Other ingredients in the bowl are sticky rice, garlic, Korean dates and chestnuts. These are all brewed in clear broth for long hours.

13. Korean vegetable dish

13. Korean vegetable dish

Oh yes, did you know that Daorae was listed in the top 300 restaurants in Asia in the 2008/2009 Miele Guide? If you are a Daorae customer and have enjoyed its authentic Korean dining experience, you definitely realise how deserving of its recommendation.

14. Korean vegetable dish

14. Korean vegetable dish

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