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Dae Sa Kwan @ Desa Sri Hartamas

August 13, 2013 0

Lesson of the day: when all of the restaurants you want to go to are closed, don’t fret because it may just be serendipity. Serendipity is exactly how I found Dae Sa Kwan last week – for some reason, the restaurants I wanted to go to with my dad were shut so we ended up in Desa Sri Hartamas. As we drove past Dae Sa Kwan, a huge group of Koreans exited looking pretty happy. You know what they say…if it’s ethnic food and the ethnicity go there, it’s going to be good.

So we parked got in, and ordered what we wanted…and swiftly realised we didn’t have enough space on our table! (incidentally, I love Korean food because of the banchan selection!)

I had ordered a kimchi jeon (kimchi pancake) and a dolsot bibimbap (mixed rice in a sizzling stone bowl) whilst my dad went for dak galbi (chicken marinated in gochujang (red pepper sauce)) lunch set which came with pa jeon (spring onion pancake) and a tofu and spring onion soup.

How did I not know about this place?! Aside from the fact it’s close to my house, has reasonable pricing and are sooooo accommodating to vegetarians, I’ll definitely be going back there again. But for now, I’m content to let the pictures do the talking…and it was so good, I ended up going back there for dinner with another group of people! 😉


The banchan (sides)

DaeSaKwan (1)

Gamja jorim (baby potatoes with soy-honey glaze)

DaeSaKwan (2)

Gat kimchi (Indian mustard leaf kimchi)

DaeSaKwan (3)

Mini kimchi jeon (kimchi pancake)

DaeSaKwan (4)

Cheongpomuk muchim, also known as nokdumuk (mung bean starch muk (jelly) with spring onions, red pepper powder and soy sauce)

DaeSaKwan (5)

Maewoon sukju namul (spicy mung bean sprouts)

DaeSaKwan (6)

Hobak jeon (pan-fried courgette fritters)

DaeSaKwan (7)

Mak kimchi (simple kimchi)

DaeSaKwan (9)

Ttukbaegi gyeranjjim (steamed eggs in an earthenware bowl)

DaeSaKwan (10)

A dipping sauce for…no idea. I used it for everything though!


The mains

DaeSaKwan (8)

Soup of tofu, spring onions, red and green peppers and egg…delicious!

DaeSaKwan (11)

Dak galbi (chicken marinated in gochujang (red pepper sauce))

DaeSaKwan (12)

Pa jeon (spring onion pancake) with vinegary dippy sauce. It came as set with my dad’s dak galbi

DaeSaKwan (13)

Dolsot bibimbap (mixed rice in a sizzling stone bowl) pre-mixing!

DaeSaKwan (14)

Dolsot bibimbap (mixed rice in a sizzling stone bowl) post-mixing, with as much gochujang (red pepper sauce) as you can handle!

DaeSaKwan (15)

Kimchi jeon (kimchi pancake). Unusual in that it was more doughy and not as crispy as what you’d find in other places, but delicious nonetheless (especially when paired with the vinegary dipping sauce)

Contact Details:
40G, Jalan 25/70A
Sri Hartamas 50480
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

[T] +603 2300 1004

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