Mont Kiara is definitely not short of Korean restaurants due to the large population of Korean expats in the area, but one of the newest addition is Cafe K, located in Kiaraville Condominium which is walking distance from Solaris Mont Kiara. Cafe K is only over a month old, opened by a very dear friend of mine, Kris. I met Kris after I’ve just moved to KL, and we have collaborated several times in music. Currently I’m one of the vocal coaches in his music school (also a very new school located at Kiaraville), so it’s super convenient for me to grab some homely Korean food (the kitchen is run by his mother, who is a great cook).
The Cafe itself isn’t difficult to locate once you are in the condo. Just find your way to Block B and go to level 2, it’s right by the pool. You can access it by the lift opposite the Mini Mart, or the stairs next to the K Conservatory of Music.
Strictly speaking Cafe K is not a Korean restaurant even though it’s run by a Korean family. While there are many familiar dishes here such as Bibimbap, Kimchi Pancake etc, there are also local food and Western food, something for everyone. Like these Fried Calamari Rings, for example.
Even though it’s deep fried, it’s not greasy and I like the lightness of the batter. The accompanying coleslaw is cooling, and was made full use of when I had the crazy spicy noodles challenge on the same day (we’ll get to that in a minute). I shall also mention that I’ve combined 2 visits for this post so no…. I don’t actually eat that much.
Make the food spicy and I will be your loyal customer. Although Gochujang is usually on the sweet side, this packs a decent kick and I like how there are plenty of vegetables, making this a balanced meal.
The Kimchi pancake is lovely too, fried just right with perfect amount of crisp, and fluffiness.
Kris recommended Jjol Myeon, which is a type of thick cold noodles served with a spicy gochujang based sauce.
I’ve never had this before, and was happy with the chewy noodles. Even though it looks super red, the heat is quite mild for me. But then again, my tolerance for chili is almost God-like nowadays (another way to say that I’ve perhaps destroyed my system with all that chili I’ve eaten over the years). Wait til you see the Crazy Spicy noodles!
Bibimbap is probably my favourite Korean dish and here it’s made relatively healthy with multigrain rice (in my favourite colour purple, which is a bonus). The portion is huge though so this is good for 2 small eaters. To enjoy, simply stir in the Bibimbap sauce, and mix everything together until it looks like this.
I love fishing for the crispy burnt rice and needless to say, the egg yolk flowing over everything is just so comforting.
They also have a non hot pot version of Bibimbap and it’s served with a smile, how adorable!
Ok, now are you ready to see the crazy spicy noodles?
I don’t know where in the Scoville chart is this but I will bet this is somewhere in the millions. I definitely love my spicy food and will continue to challenge my tolerance. This plate of noodles will make any grown man cry! The trick, I shall share, is to keep slurping and swallowing the noodles without chewing and don’t ever stop until you finish everything. At first this tasted almost a little sweet, but the crazy heat kicks in after about a minute and boy is it strong!
Be prepared to sweat as the spice make the way down to your stomach. They really do burn. After I finished this, mine was burning for a good half an hour. I forgot to take an after pic because the heat was overwhelming. But let me tell you that the chili high was so addictive, my mouth still waters whenever I think of this. Think you can handle the spice? Go try this! The challenge is running until 3rd Nov, but this dish will remain on the menu. Let me know if you plan to do this, I might just come along and cheer you on.
Kiaraville Condominium, Mont Kiara.
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