Best Kimchi in Johor Bahru (JB)

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A dish that does not impress at first sight yet things change upon the first bite. That’s why you frequently see patrons in Korean restaurants pacing back and forth, refilling this bright condiment like moths to a flame. There are a plethora of kimchis around, varying in a gradation of colours and flavours. The most common one is the reddish hue kimchi which is often done with Chinese cabbage, radish, garlic, red pepper, spring onion, salt, and sugar, then stored in jars under room temperature. It reminds you of wine – the longer you store it, the deeper the taste develops. Once it taps onto your taste buds, you’ll be bombarded with a spicy and sour ride. And it certainly elevates any sorts of dishes, justifies why it’s commonly served with Korean BBQ. For the uninitiated, the national dish of Korea packs countless amount of health benefits – rich in vitamins and improves the digestive system, to name a few. We have carefully curated the finest kimchis in Johor Bahru that leaves you wanting more.

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    Kim Chi & BBQ Korean RestaurantNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    You know you’re in for a kimchi treat as the dish shares space with the name of the renowned restaurant. Highly regarded as one of the best Korean eateries in Johor Bahru, one can easily expect a never-ending crowd. Among the standout dish is their kimchi pancake, a simple yet succulent dish, made with kimchi, flour, and eggs. Despite the reddish outlook, the heat level is mild and each mouthful is packed with julienned vegetables. To further amp up your kimchi temptation, their Tofu with stir-fried kimchi is downright delicious too. Other kimchi infused dishes are stew, pork belly, and steamboat. Truly justifies why they make 100kg of kimchi every week. 

    Tips

    If you’re coming in a group, opt for their set meals

    Things to expect

    Cosy interior, courteous staffs and wallet-friendly price tag

    Best with

    Seafood Green Onion Pancake

    Price

    RM15.00 to RM40.00

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    Kimchi & BBQ Korean Restaurant View restaurant

    37, Jalan Perang, Taman Pelangi, 80400, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    073331700

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    11:00AM—11:00PM
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    Daorae Korean BBQ Restaurant

    Among the pioneers of the Korean food scene, and despite the mushrooming branches, it’s still a challenge to nab an empty table during peak hours. Either you settle for the kimchi radish and cabbage sides, or slurp up lip-smacking kimchi stew which is liberally loaded with vegetables and meats or seafood of your choice, or wolf down pizza-like kimchi pancakes or kimchi pork belly stew, you’re in for a kimchi feast that leaves you with foodgasm.  

    Tips

    Pork, ham, sausage, or seafood can be added into the stew

    Things to expect

    Neat and clean space, and bustling crowd during weekends

    Best with

    Tea

    Price

    RM15.00 to RM50.00

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    Daorae Korean BBQ Restaurant @JB View restaurant

    79, Jalan Indah 15/2 Taman Bukit Indah, 81200 , Johor Bahru, Johor
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    072975977

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    11:00AM—03:30PM
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    05:30PM—11:30PM
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    Kimchi is known to elevate or give life to any sort of dishes and why not fried rice? That’s what this charming cafe offers, an innovative take on our staple dish. Fried to perfection with eggs and anchovies, the mound of rice fills the air with appealing wok hei aroma and is crowned with a dollop of cabbage kimchi. You would chomp down this dish within a blink of an eye and fall in love with kimchi tenfold. Spend some time lingering around the marvelous interior which shouts for a post in Instagram. 

    Tips

    Get in a little early during weekend

    Things to expect

    Hipster atmopshere

    Best with

    Mango Tango

    Price

    RM8.00 to RM30.00

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    Roost Juice + Bar View restaurant

    9, Jalan Dhoby, 80000, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    0167767489

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    12:00PM—04:00PM
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    06:00PM—12:00AM
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    Sodam Korean Restaurant

    Be it online reviews and words of mouths, Sodam Korean Restaurant guarantees to have patrons return with a bloated stomach and wide smile. The backdrop of the restaurant gives a homey feel, thanks to the charming wallpapers, falling lights, and wooden fencing. Follow the footsteps of the regulars, assemble around the built-in braziers and char up the luscious range of meats on the menu. However, no visit here is deemed complete without glugging down their mouthwatering Kimchi soup and pancakes that would turn you into a kimchi junkie. 

    Tips

    Smoked chicken/duck, BBQ beef and BBQ pork is fabulous

    Things to expect

    Charming and homey ambiance

    Best with

    Beer

    Price

    RM20.00 to RM40.00

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    Sodam Korean Restaurant View restaurant

    3-33, Jalan Permas Utara, Bandar Baru Permas Jaya, 81750 Masai, Johor, Malaysia, 81750 , Johor Bahru, Johor
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    073880800

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    12:00PM—11:00PM
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    Shik Gaek Korean Family Restaurant

    No Korean cuisine conversation in Johor Bahru will be without this buzzing restaurant. From the interior with tatami seats and monochromatic backdrop to Korean-style spoon and chopsticks, nothing is short of authenticity.  There are plenty of dishes to choose from but the highlight would be their BBQ and kimchi soup. The steaming pot of scarlet-red soup bubbling with generous helpings of vegetables ensures your taste buds take a trip to heaven with a medley of sour and spicy flavours. Their kimchi pancake does not disappoint too. 

    Tips

    Ddokbeokgi is a must have

    Things to expect

    Bustling crowd during Fridays and weekends

    Best with

    Kiwi Juice

    Price

    RM18.00 to RM30.00

    Shik Gaek Korean Family Restaurant @ JB View restaurant

    185, Jalan Sri Pelangi, Taman Pelangi, 80400, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    0127976384

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    12:00PM—03:00PM
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    06:00PM—11:00PM
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    One of the newest kid on the block yet has surprised and inspired locals with authentic dishes with novel touches. If you’re a big fan of kimchi, then you’ve got to order their Korean Seafood fried rice kimchi. Spicy fried rice with subtle kimchi essence is crowned with a handful of shrimps and squid then topped with homemade special sauce. Done with the rice, continue your kimchi affair with their soup, which is flooded with vegetables and spongy tofu cubes. Aside from Korean cuisine, the kitchen also prepares one of the best Chocolate Lava Cake in town. Not your regular Korean restaurant for sure and it does hook a solid place in your heart. 

    Tips

    Wafu Members can enjoy 15% of discount during promotions, sign up!

    Things to expect

    Casual ambiance that is usually pack during peak hours

    Best with

    Bacon cheese pancake

    Price

    RM15.00 to RM29.90

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    Wafu Kitchen View restaurant

    18, Jalan Austin Heights 3/2, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 , Johor Bahru, Johor
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    073522357

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    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    08:00AM—10:00PM
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    Korea House @ JB

    Staying very true to the name, it’s a house turned into a restaurant that dishes out one of the best Korean cuisines in town and it’s Halal. Sidestepping from authentic Korean or cafe ambiance, this place is for those who yearn for tranquility and homey vibes.  Reward yourself with their much-lauded BBQ meal and ensure gracing up the table with kimchi pancake and soup, both variants would provide a big uptick from kimchi enthusiasts. The pancake is a little dense with a tad of crispiness by the side and the broth is simply splendid. Don’t hesitate to go for seconds, or thirds, it’s a common act by the patrons. 

    Tips

    Be sure of turning on your GPS, this place is pretty hard to find

    Things to expect

    Laid-back and quiet ambiance

    Best with

    Tea

    Price

    RM15.00 to RM30.00

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    Korea House @ JB View restaurant

    6, Jalan Noja, Kampung Bahru, 80100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 80100, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    072234485

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    12:00PM—03:00PM
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    06:00PM—09:45PM
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    Yama Kopitiam

    Yama Kopitiam is widely hailed as the cheapest Korean food in town yet it does not compromise in portions and flavours. Expect a simple and neat atmosphere and never-ending crowd chomping down a range of Korean delicacies. The best seller on the menu is their kimchi soup, which is served piping hot, loaded with tofu cubes and assorted vegetables. Need an additional kick? Opt for their seafood or chicken kimchis. Each mouthful just bursts with savoury and spicy ride and it’s great to go with a mound of steamed white rice. Slurp up the heavenly bowl clean. 

    Tips

    Their breakfast fried rice set is value for money.

    Things to expect

    Easy on the wallet bill

    Best with

    Bird's Nest Coffee

    Price

    RM9.90 to RM30.00

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    Yama Kopitiam View restaurant

    42A, Jalan Perang, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 80400, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    073361951

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    09:00AM—04:00PM
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    07:00PM—09:00PM
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