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Restaurant Review: Bonga Korean Restaurant at Mont Kiara Solaris

Saturday, May 05, 2012 |

I hope that you are all enjoying your weekend.  I have been hard-pressed for time to cook recently so I thought it would be a good change to feature a review on this blog which is pretty rare.  Bonga is one of my favourite Korean restaurants in Kuala Lumpur so far and I'm quite happy to recommend this authentic Korean eatery for all you Korean food fans in the area.  The restaurant occupies 2 floors and is pretty popular on weekends - so I would recommend for you to make a reservation especially if you're in a big group.  I went to dinner with my friend tonight and I of course purposely asked for a table next to the window for my food photography (lighting) purposes!

Bonga Korean Restaurant - Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur

Korean BBQ Restaurant

Pork belly cooking!
Korean Restaurant - Cooking Samgeopsal (Pork Belly)

Alright, on to the food, we ordered the pork belly (samgyobsal) and rib eye for the barbeque.  The barbeque comes with a bowl of doenjang jjigae (soybean paste broth) which is usually a seafood (this time clams) based broth cooked with some vegetables (usually zucchini) and some tofu.  I really like the soups done at Bonga - it must be the gochujang and the doenjang that they use.  I usually also order the kimchi jjigae but we skipped it tonight.

Korean Doenjang Jjigae (Soybean Paste Broth)

We also ordered the ojingoh muchim which is boiled squid tossed with vegetables in a spicy and tangy concoction made with gochujang, sesame oil, some sugar and possibly some pear juice.  By the way this is my own guess - the restaurant did not share the recipe!  Anyway, this was done well, the squid was cooked just enough and was not rubbery, the different textures in the dish were very pleasing as well with the chewy squid and crunchy vegetables.  The result was very refreshing on the palate.

Korean Ojingoh Muchim - Spicy Boiled Squid

Bonga also does not disappoint when it comes to the side dishes or banchan.  I quite like their kimchi while my friend was a big fan of their side dish of spicy cockles.  I thought the japchae was done pretty well although it was a little bland tonight.  I just realised I don't have a photo of the rib eye - I guess I was too busy eating at the same time, please forgive me :O.

Korean Banchan (Side Dishes)

All in all, I would recommend Bonga for a decent Korean meal.  I did note that Bonga does not serve its' diners the sweet ginger punch after the meal but then I'm not a fan of the ginger punch so I felt I didn't miss much.

Korean Banchan (Side dishes)

The restaurant is also located in a nice but busy part of town - we were very lucky to get a nearby parking space as well so be forewarned about the lack of parking space on busy weekends.

bonga (1 of 1)

Have a good weekend everyone!!


Bonga Korean Restaurant
Location 2-2, Block E,
Jalan Solaris 3, Mont Kiara
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel: 03-6204 0012

* All opinions for any restaurant reviews done on this blog remain my own.  This post is not a sponsored post.


Hyosunr said...

Everything looks so delicious!  Glad to hear you can find an authentic Korean restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. Great photos! Did you use a tripod?

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Hi Hyosun! Thanks :) No, I don't usually use a tripod anyway even while shooting at home. Yes, this is opened by Koreans and most of the patrons are Koreans..

Smallkucing said...

aiyo...see the pork belly makes my tummy do belly dance....drumming now...yum

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Haha it was good!!

Littlecornerofmine said...

I notice there are lots of Korean restaurants in Malaysia too.

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