Saturday, 25 May 2013

Gung Korean Restaurant @ Ampang, Selangor

Located in Taman Ampang Utama is this Korean restaurant called Gung Korean Restaurant. I have heard from some of my Korean friends that this place serves some good grilled pork ribs. Being a Korean food fan myself, Angie and I decided to head here for lunch today. I am not very familiar with Ampang and luckily Mr. Garmin was able to guide me accurately to their doorstep. Having arrived here, I was surprised to see that every shop here was a Korean shop. Within this area itself, there must be at least a 100 Korean restaurants and another 20 Korean grocers and hair dressers. This place is surely a mini Korea!

Gung Korean Restaurant on the first floor
As you can see from the above photo, there is another Korean Restaurant just below this place too. The entrance to Gung restaurant is through the stairway on the right of this photo.

Stairway Leading To The Restaurant

Simple Interior 

Us at the restaurant
This restaurant is on the first floor and one has to climb two fleets of stairs to get here. Definitely not seniors friendly. The restaurant itself is huge, covering three shop lots and comprises of two large open dining spaces and with a number of private dining rooms. The furniture was simple but comfortable. There seems to be also a number of tables that have been set up for the BBQ and Korean Steamboat. Must be another thing that this restaurant is famous for. Most of the waiters here were Burmese guys with a few of their cooks being Koreans. They were very efficient and I must say they knew all the Korean dishes by heart which makes it easier for customers to order. In some places, when they hire foreigners they do not educate them on the dishes and this poses as a problem to customers but that was not the case here and the ordering was very smooth. As Angie and I had already decided what we would like to have, we did not take much time going through the menu and it was all a breeze. 

Green Tea @ RM 3.00
We both decided to go for the Green Tea and this was charged at RM 3.00 per mug.

10 Banchan Side Dishes

10 Banchan Side Dishes

10 Banchan Side Dishes

As we ordered the Kimchi Jigae, it comes with 10 Banchan side dishes as per the above photos. Unlike some other places, the side dishes above is limited to a three times refill free of charge and subsequent top ups would be charged at RM 5.00 . The variety of the Banchan's were quite good and they were fresh. I would rate those at 8/10 .

Dolsot Bibimbap @ RM 17.00
As the main dish, we ordered the above Dolsot Bibimbap and the portion was huge and good for two. I must agree that it was well done and tasted good. We also asked for some extra sauce which they accommodated without a fuss. I would rate this dish at 8.8/10 . 

Kimchi Jigae @ RM 20.00
I loved their Kimchi Jigae. It was heavenly. An excellently prepared dish and I would say that it is one of the top three Kimchi Jigae's that I have tried in the Klang Valley. There was a whole lot of vegetables and meat inside this piping hot soup. Extremely delicious. I would rate this dish at 9.8/10 .

Dwaeji Galbi @ RM 25.00
This dish is called Dwaeji Galbi and it is basically Korean Grilled Pork Ribs. This is the dish that was spoken very highly by my friend and it definitely was up to the mark. For this dish, you would have to choose the volume i.e. grams of pork that you would like to have and it is priced accordingly. We choose 200 grams and it was priced at RM 25.00 . I must say that it was very well done. The meat was juicy, tender and delicious. Definitely a must try dish at this restaurant. I would rate this dish at 9.8/10 .

Overall, this meal was worth the travel for us. I would also like to mention here that the lady boss of this restaurant goes to every table and gets the customers feedback and opinions on the food, ambiance and price which is an excellent practice. She also makes sure that all comments are recorded and resolved. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to any Korean food lover.

Address: B2-2, Jalan Ampang Utama 2/2, Taman Ampang Utama,
                68000 Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1130 - 1500 & 1700 - 2200 Daily

Telephone: +603 4252 6624 & +6016 309 1160


  1. nice photos Venothan ...BTW .... i could see a round shaped steel structure at the center of the table... is it a revolving one?....... i loved your tea cup photo and the salad .... thanks for the review ............ i hope i can share your blog in my Google group...thanks

    1. Thank you Sridhar. Those steel structure is to be used for the Korean Steamboat. It is a dish that is basically raw food which you would have to cook it yourself in a soup or two different types of soup by dipping it inside. Thank you again for your likes and please feel free to share all my postings around your Google group.

  2. I LOVE Ampang...the grocers especially..

    1. Indeed's a great neighbourhood...