Best Dakgalbi in Penang

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If you think Korean food is all about kimchi and BBQ meats, you’re seriously missing out the fun. Served in big portions which then morph into bigger flavours, dakgalbi is one of the most celebrated dishes in Korean cuisine. It’s rather a communal dish where diners gyrate around a large skillet piled with marinated chicken chunks, cabbages, sweet potatoes, onions, perilla leaves and rice cakes then generously basted with gochujang (chilli pepper) sauce. And the fun factor is stir-frying them yourself and what better joy than looking at the dish coming together lusciously. Talk about served piping hot, it does get better than this. On top of that, add-ons like ramen, udon, fried rice and gooey cheese could only make it even scrumptious. All you’ve got to do is gather your entire entourage and gobble down this meaty goodness. 

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    Chun Cheon Dak Galbi Korean Food

    Located on the first floor of Vantage Desiran Tanjung, this charming restaurant never fails to draw a steady stream of Korean food aficionados. As per the name, the jewel in the crown here is their dakgalbi. Generously stacked in a hot pan with a handful of chicken thigh chunks, cabbage, Korean rice cakes, sweet potatoes and addictive red sauce. Do not fret if you’re not into cooking as the attentive staffs will be right next to assist you. Looking at the luscious meats shrivel with the heap of ingredients sets your hunger pangs rolling. Jazz up the sizzling dish with add-ons like Kimchi Fried Rice, Ramen and Udon, and the temptation triumph – gooey cheese. Chopstick licking experience guaranteed.  

    Tips

    Ample of parking

    Things to expect

    Simple and neat ambience

    Best with

    Tea

    Price

    RM26.00 to RM40.00

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    Uncle Jang @ Vantage Desiran Tanjung

    More and more Korean joints are mushrooming all over the island but speaking off rivalry, it does get better than this. Uncle Jang is located at Vantage Desiran Tanjung, where Chun Cheon Dakgalbi resides too. Food War Asia, this one is for you! Either lashed with tear-jerking spicy sauce or settling with the original, chomping down dakgalbi is a must here. Huge skillet is filled to the brim with regular suspects and a standout here is the gochujang-marinated chicken slices which have the ideal symmetry of sweet, spicy and salty. Wash down the heat and meat with their Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup. 

    Tips

    Ample of parking

    Things to expect

    Poor air ventilation but the flavours and fine services makes up for it

    Best with

    Soju

    Price

    RM21.00 to RM40.00

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    Uncle Jang @ Vantage Desiran Tanjung View restaurant

    Unnamed Road, George Town, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10470, Georgetown, Penang
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    048907986

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    12:00PM—03:00PM
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    06:00PM—10:00PM
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    Jinggo Dak Galbi

    Housed in Elite Avenue, Jinggo Dakgalbi is fairly a newcomer yet has made quite a storm in the Korean food scene. The instant mood lifting interior and alluring aroma that permeates throughout the air will be your welcome reward. If chicken meat isn’t wowing your taste buds anymore and you’re keen for varieties, you’re definitely in safe hands. Apart from the regular chicken dakgalbi, patrons can flood the scorching skillet with pork meat or fresh seafood. A little tweak is basil leaves joins the row of condiments to enhance your chomping experience. Do yourself a favour, wear stretchy pants and devour to your heart’s content.

    Tips

    Check out their Facebook page

    Things to expect

    Decent amount of crowd

    Best with

    Kimchi soup

    Price

    RM21.00 to RM40.00

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    Jinggo Dak Galbi View restaurant

    18, Lorong Mayang Pasir 2, Bandar Bayan Baru, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11900, Georgetown, Penang
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    0124270113

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    11:00AM—09:30PM
    Monday
    05:30PM—09:30PM
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    Kim's Korean RestaurantNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Just a short stroll away from Union Primary School, one can easily spot a revamped colonial bungalow. The façade and interior are rather more casual and homey, unlike typical Korean restaurants yet the kitchen holds nothing back in churning out a range of authentic Korean delicacies. Among the best sellers is their dakgalbi – dices of marinated chicken, cabbages, onions, sweet potatoes, rice cake and homemade red chilli sauce round off a meal that is nothing short of excellence. To balance up the heat scale and adding a layer of joy, be sure of scattering handful of cheese atop the meaty bed. 

    Tips

    Kimchi Hot Pot is not to be missed

    Things to expect

    Located in secluded area and ample of parking during dinner hours

    Best with

    Seafood and Green Onion Pancake

    Price

    RM30.00 to RM50.00

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    Kim's Korean Restaurant View restaurant

    2, Tavoy Road, 10050, Georgetown, Penang
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    042266033

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    Every day
    11:30AM—03:00PM
    Every day
    05:30PM—10:30PM
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    Myeong Dong Dakgalbi

    Perched atop Suria at Tanjung Tokong, Myeong Dong Dakgalbi has been nabbing accolades as one of the finest places to quell your Korean food craving without breaking the bank. Especially on weekends, the never-ending crowd is a dead giveaway that you should be ogling for an empty table too. As per the name, the real standout here is their dakgalbi which comes in two variants, seafood or chicken. No matter which side you prefer to lean, the flavours are sure to rock your socks off. 

    Tips

    Ample of parking during dinner hours

    Things to expect

    Neat and clean ambience

    Best with

    Tea

    Price

    RM25.00 to RM40.00

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    Myeong Dong Dakgalbi View restaurant

    1, Jalan Tanjong Tokong, Kampung Masjid, 10470 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10470 , Georgetown, Penang
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    048995833

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    11:00AM—10:00PM
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