Best Korean Restaurants in Penang

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When most people think of Korean food, what comes to their mind is kimchi and a whole lot of banchans (side dishes). But that’s only a slice of the cake. Although Korean cuisine is usually an acquired taste, many Malaysians have grown to love Korean cuisine for its rare uniqueness. Their unique twists in common delights like fried rice, stews and grilled meats are nothing but delicious. Adhering to the growing demand, many new restaurants have evolved to a more modern and sophisticated Korean dining which also implements localised dishes suitable for the local Penangites. Just remember to go over with a hungry tummy.

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    Gangnam Style Non halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Oppa Gangnam Style, anyone? Korean food have come to a point of funny attractive shopfront names these days, but not like we're complaining (it's amusing). Gangnam Style is a local favourite due to their BBQ buffets and well-marinated range of meats – pork, chicken and beef. The fragrant BBQ aroma that hits you upon entering creates a wonderful, gastronomic dining experience perfect for BBQ lovers. Also, their fried Korean glass noodles and pancakes are great to go as a side dish. If you have any trouble grilling your meat, their courteous staffs are ready to help. 

    Tips

    Quite pack during dinner hours, so its good to go early.

    Things to expect

    Free flow meat with the BBQ buffet!

    Best with

    The Fried Korean Glass Noodles

    Price

    RM25.00 to RM80.00

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    Gangnam Style View restaurant

    28-1-2, Jalan Tanjung Tokong, 10470, Georgetown, Penang
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    048997900

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    11:00AM—11:00PM
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    Sa Rang Chae Korean RestaurantNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Sa Rang Chae actually translates into 'guest house' which places emphasis on providing home-cooked meals suited to diners who are looking for a relaxed dining experience. Being one of the rare traditional Korean eateries, this restaurant stands out from the usual crowd by serving authentic Korean delicacies apart from the typical KBBQ. A good note is to savour their wonderfully-prepared Korean side dishes like kimchi stew, bibimbap and steam egg to name a few. Plus, since they are around for more than 10 years, do expect a steady stream of crowd, especially during weekends. 

    Tips

    For meat lovers, do try their tasty dipping sauce.

    Things to expect

    Interesting homecooked Korean dishes.

    Best with

    Sa Rang Chae Jeongsik, a family set with spicy seafood stew, grilled fish, pork meat and kimchi pancake.

    Price

    RM30.00 to RM100.00

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    Sa Rang Chae Korean Restaurant View restaurant

    11-G-1 & 2, Jalan Gottlieb, 10350, Georgetown, Penang
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    0124686700

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    12:00PM—03:00PM
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    06:00PM—10:00PM
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    Korean Cafe ShwimPyoPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    If you're in the mood for some traditional Korean dishes, then ShwimPyo at Plaza Ivory is certainly a place worth visiting. Don't expect much from the decor though as the place is as bare as it gets. Fortunately, the colour and vibrancy lies with their dishes for all their dishes are cooked with passion and love. From stews to rice and side dishes to desserts, everything here is as Korean as it gets. Additionally, the prices here are really reasonable and the portion is great! So in conclusion, Korean Cafe ShwimPyo is definitely a great place for simple and hearty Korean food.

    Tips

    Cash only.

    Things to expect

    A really small place that is cozy and white.

    Best with

    Water or tea.

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM20.00

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    Korean Cafe ShwimPyo View restaurant

    Plaza Ivory, Sunway Bukit Gambier, 11700 Gelugor, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11700, Georgetown, Penang
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    046552915

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    12:00PM—10:00PM
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    Kim's Korea RestaurantNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Here, you should give a go at their Chuncheon Dakgalbi, spicy stir-fried marinated chicken with cabbage, onion, sweet potato and rice cake in a spicy red chilli sauce. Although a little pricey, average RM30 per meal, the portion and flavours justify it well. The best part is patrons can throw a haystack of cheese on top of the stir-fried goodness. Besides the main attraction here, there are other authentic Korean dishes to try too. Another plus point is their advance induction cooker, which does not create excessive smoke during cooking.
    Tips

    Ample parking space available here.

    Things to expect

    Comprehensive range of Korean delicacies. Be spoiled!

    Best with

    The Dak-Gangjeongl Korean Sweet Crispy-Glazed Chicken.

    Price

    RM30.00 to RM90.00

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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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    11:30AM—03:00PM
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    05:30PM—10:30PM
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    Aza Aza Starvil Korean Cuisine & BBQ RestaurantNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    If you're an avid BBQ fan than this Korean restaurant would interest you. Aza Aza Starvil BBQ dishes are somewhat extra fragrant. Their highly recommended, Aza Aza Special BBQ, is a tantalising pork dish, well marinated with spices and flavours. Kimchi Bokkeumbap (Kimchi Fried Rice), Dolsot Bibimbap (Hot Stone Bowl Rice), and Jeyuk Bokkeum (Spicy stir fried pork) are other dishes that are widely recommended here. And to add more to the modern Korean experience, they do play the hit entertainment series, Running Man in the restaurant! Besides the food, the service and ambience are commendable too. 

    Tips

    Cool yourself after a heating BBQ session with some Pat Bing Su.

    Things to expect

    Very KPOP-like restaurant. Hum along to KPOP tracks or sit back and enjoy some Running Man.

    Best with

    Your subtle K-pop dance moves at the table!

    Price

    RM30.00 to RM100.00

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    Aza Aza Starvil Korean Cuisine & BBQ Restaurant View restaurant

    39, Persiaran Bayan Indah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11900, Bayan Lepas, Penang
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    046439092

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    11:30AM—02:30PM
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    05:30PM—10:00PM
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    Daorae Korean BBQ Non halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Daorae Korean BBQ is without a doubt, one of the earliest Korean restaurant to have set foot in Malaysia, way before the rush of K-wave! Daorae is also one of the more prestigious restaurant as they only serve fairly premium meat, seafood and side dishes.You can also expect the service to be on point, where the waiters will do all the cooking for you. If you're confident or rather, prefer your own way of BBQing, by all means, just mention it to the staffs and they will allow you to do so. Last but not least, expect the prices to be a little higher than usual!

    Tips

    Credit cards accepted.

    Things to expect

    An inviting, warm and cozy place.

    Best with

    Soju or water.

    Price

    RM80.00 to RM200.00

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    Daorae Korean BBQ @ Penang View restaurant

    32, Jalan Tanjong Tokong, Kampung Masjid, 10470 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11200, George Town, Penang
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    048913616

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    09:00AM—11:00PM
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    Chun Chuan Dak Gal Bi Korean RestaurantNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Chun Chuan Dak Galbi Korean Food Restaurant is located at Vantage Desiran Tanjung, surprisingly close to a Daorae the competitor. The restaurant is opened and operated by a native Korean who had imported the famous Chun Chuan delicacy all the way to Penang. The infamous Dakgalbi comes with cabbage, Korean rice cake, sweet potato and a whole lot of chicken. The substantial element in this dish is the sweet and spicy seasoning sauce, aka Gochujang. The superb seasoning will surely blow your mind and taste buds! For extra oomph, do add ramen noodles and cheese into the delectable mix.

    Tips

    Difficult to find as it's hidden at the corner of Vantage Desiran Tanjong.

    Things to expect

    Not much of a variety here so sticking to dak galbi dishes will do.

    Best with

    Chicken dak-galbi as the name says!

    Price

    RM20.00 to RM50.00

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    Chun Chuan Dak Gal Bi Korean Restaurant View restaurant

    Unit No. A1-6 & A1-7, Vantage, Jalan Desiran Tanjung, , 10470, Tanjung Tokong, Penang
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    048908749

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    10:00AM—03:00PM
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    06:00PM—10:00PM
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    K Pot Korean BBQNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    If you or your friends are huge-eaters, then K Pot Korean BBQ might just be the place for you. Costing less than RM40 per person, it is possibly one of the most affordable Korean BBQ in town. Featuring a wide array of meat; both marinated and plain, seafood, vegetables and many other ready-made dishes, it certainly is a feast to behold. On top of that, you'll also get plenty of Korean side dishes to pair with as well. Last but not least, a good selection of fruits as desserts to help wash it all down. Don't forget to take more veggies too! 

    Tips

    Reservations available. Do remember to check out their FB page for promos.

    Things to expect

    Outdoor seating available.

    Best with

    Water, Tea or Korean Soda.

    Price

    RM40.00

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    K Pot Korean BBQ View restaurant

    Menara KOMTAR, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11200, George Town, Penang
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    01136304137

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    Every day
    05:00PM—11:00PM
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    Namoo Korean Dessert Cafe n BistroNon halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Namoo Korean Dessert Cafe n Bistro has been a really popular place, especially when it comes to Korean desserts and coffee. The design of the place is nicely decorated with rustic elements such as wooden panel, contemporary looking furnitures, stylish lightbulbs and warm lighting. They were also one of the first few to introduce the rice burger, which has been quite a hit lately. Unlike other Korean restaurant, Namoo focuses on several classic but mostly contemporary cafe dishes from Korea. It's a great way to try something fresh from Korea, instead of the standard BBQ.

    Tips

    Free wifi and water.

    Things to expect

    A rustic and contemporary looking place.

    Best with

    Coffee.

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM30.00

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    Namoo Korean Dessert Cafe n Bistro @ Penang View restaurant

    Gurney Plaza, 170, Persiaran Gurney, George Town, 10250 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10250, George Town, Penang
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    042264810

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    Every day
    10:30AM—11:00PM
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    KO.B.Q Precinct 10Non halal 01f78899591256b47a2708a65f6538333b86089a30fbd22545a41deece4ea490

    Taking up a total of 4 shoplots, KO.B.Q Korean Restaurant at Precinct 10 is an absolutely beast! The massive size of the restaurant, coupled with their menu makes it one of the most attractive Korean dining restaurants in Penang. Unfortunately, they do not offer buffet but their set meals are fairly reasonable. They are also always having promotions, which helps them promote different sections of the menu. A cozy and fun-filled dining environment, fresh meat, seafood and vegetables, excellent service and reasonable pricing - what's not to love about KO.B.Q Korean Restaurant?

    Tips

    Reservation recommended.

    Things to expect

    A really huge place with plenty of items to choose from on the menu.

    Best with

    Water or Roasted Tea.

    Price

    RM30.00 to RM70.00

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    KO.B.Q View restaurant

    1-1-13A, Elit Avenue, Jalan Mayang Pasir 2, Elite Height, 11900 , Georgetown, Penang
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    046370297

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    11:30AM—03:00PM
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    05:00PM—10:30PM
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    11:30AM—10:30PM
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