Thanks to Chris whose glowing review sparked our interest, we decided to sample Uncle Jang's famous Chuncheon dak galbi dish at its Ampang branch.
Visit Uncle Jang for some seriously good value Korean cuisine
Dak galbi is a popular South Korean dish where marinated chicken cubes are stir-fried in a go chu jang (chilli pepper paste) sauce together with cabbage, sweet potato, scallions, onions and tteok (rice cake) on a hot plate. Dak Galbi originates from Chuncheon, Gangwan Province; hence the dish is also called Chuncheon chicken (春川炒辣鸡).
Selection of choices from their menu and instructions on how to enjoy your dak-galbi
Dak galbi can be enjoyed on its own or wrapped in lettuce leaves for a fresh and clean taste. It is also known as the “commoners’ galbi” or “university student’s galbi” because of its huge portion and affordable price tag.
Occasionally, tummy fillers like cheese, ramen, udon and rice are thrown in. You can choose to sit on the floor cushions or chairs at this popular no-frills restaurant. Food is served on a cast iron hot plate in the centre of the table. We were there early but the place soon filled up with other patrons – mainly Korean diners, so that's a good sign.
Korean food is never complete without banchan
This simple, neat and budget Korean diner offers a bilingual menu and specialises in dak galbi (spicy, RM22 or non-spicy, RM19) along with other simple dishes such as samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup) and dakgyetang (kimchi chicken soup with rice). By the way, “dak” is pronounced as “duck” and ironically means “chicken” in Korean.
They have a step-by-step guide on how to prepare the dak galbi dish but fret not, as the server will do most of the cooking. Just sit back and relax!
Let them take care of the cooking for you!
Once we were seated, we were served a fine range of complimentary condiments such as cabbages, kim chi and pickled onions. We ordered both the spicy and non-spicy dak galbi, plus an order of tteok, which was complimentary as we downloaded a voucher from the restaurant's Facebook page, as well as some ramen (RM6).
You could've mistaken this for a hot plate of nasi goreng kampung!
It took some time for the chicken to be cooked thoroughly but there was something special about a group of us eating out of the same pan. It was real fun! When we were left with about a quarter of the food, we signalled to the server to add rice, seaweed and greens (RM6) to the leftover dak galbi. The result was the best part of the meal – very delicious fried rice!
And that's a wrap!
One of the better budget Korean restaurants in KL, Uncle Jang serves delicious and outstanding Chuncheon dak galbi and we love it to bits! The price is reasonable – we paid less than RM15 per person. We’ll definitely be going back.