The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Revisit: Korean @ Han Woo Ri Korean BBQ Restaurant [Taipan USJ], Subang Jaya (Malaysia)

A trip to Malaysia involves a lot of catching up with relatives, and good food is always involved. We were in Kuala Lumpur for my cousin's wedding in May, and though we got to catch up with most of our uncles, aunties and cousins at the wedding and at lunch the next day, we didn't get much time to talk to the newlyweds and the mother-of-the-bride (my mum's sister). So although it seemed like we had been eating non-stop for the previous 24 hours, we loosened our belts once again for another family dinner to catch up with the wedding relatives. We ate at Han Woo Ri Korean BBQ Restaurant a few years ago, and the service and food were as good as I remembered. There were more of us this time, and we ordered a lot of red meat for the barbecue. I am not much of red meat eater, so I am pretty clueless regarding the different types and cuts of meat that we could order, but there were quite a few of them on the menu! Hubby and I ordered our favourite Korean dishes to share, and left the meat ordering to the others. We were well taken care of by the staff, and were pleasantly surprised when we were served a complimentary dish on the house.

Spacious and comfortable. We were actually given a more private dining table in a nicer area cordoned off by beaded curtains, but we'd have had to take off our shoes and there were one or two steps involved which was awkward with a baby stroller, so we requested a change:

Some of the banchan (side dishes) that we enjoyed:

Condiments for the barbecued meat, and complimentary barley tea (cool or warm tea on request):

One of the cuts we ordered:

Staff cooked our meat at a nearby table, presumably because there was a baby and a small kid at our table (I'm also grateful that my clothes weren't left with barbecued meat 'perfume'):

Haemul Pajeon, a delicious seafood pancake. We ordered two for the table, and the 5-year-old boy polished an entire plate on his own:

The Japchae was seasoned nicely, and was a good balance of sweet and savoury with the fragrance of sesame oil:

One of the barbecued meats we enjoyed:

I believe this was the Galbitang (beef short ribs soup). Good choice if you like soups and red meats, as the bovine flavour was pretty strong in the broth:

Samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup), as requested by me because I wanted something nutritious after indulging in all the rich wedding food and greasy (but oh-so-delicious) Malaysian hawker food. Tasty for a chicken soup:

Ddeokbokki (soft rice cake) cooked with ramyeon (i.e. ramen in a spicy red sauce. Ddeokbokki is usually one of hubby's favourite Korean food, but he wasn't keen on this version with the noodles:

This Gyeran Jjim (steamed egg) was served on the house. The light and fluffy texture of gyeran jjim was quite different to the silky smooth chawanmushi (Japanese steamed egg) or the tender-textured Chinese steamed egg. Delicious:

Han Woo Ri is a solid choice for Korean in the USJ Taipan area.

Han Woo Ri Korean BBQ Restaurant [Taipan USJ]
3rd Floor, 1D & 2D
Jalan USJ 10/1J
47620, Subang Jaya
Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: +60 3 80233357


  1. My favourite Korean Restaurant. As a frequent visitor, we have always been well-treated by them and given complimentary dishes many times. On one occasion, we ordered a bottle of Bokbunja and the Captain gave us a free bottle of soju. Your grandma had "happy hours" that night :)

  2. Lol, yes, I can see why ahma would be happy :)