Best 7 Korean Restaurants in Johor Bahru That Gives You A Taste Of Home
Among food havens in Malaysia are Johor Bahru, a relatively underrated destination when it comes to satisfying your gastronomy needs. In Johor, travelers often find a plethora of food, regardless of the origin.
You can find local delicacies to foreign specialties such as from the Arab, India, Chinese, Europe and many more.
Johor Bahru also houses another type of delicacy: Korean food. With the popularity of Korean food steadily increasing in Malaysia thanks to the influence of the K-pop industry on the locals, Johor Bahru houses various Korean food outlets across its vicinity. Koreans who are currently living in Johor Bahru as well as Singapore, we hear you and we want to help you look for the best of Korean food available in the city.
In this article, we list out seven of these outlets, ranked the best of the best (in no chronological order), to help you plan your gastronomy journey to Johor Bahru in search of tasteful Korean food.
1. Jang Won Korean BBQ Charcoal Restaurant
This is a heavy contender for great Korean food in the Johor Bahru area. It is also one of the oldest in town. Located at Jalan Ibrahim Sultan, the outlet boasts customers from all walks of life, even from as far as Singapore, during the 12 hours of its daily operations from 11 am to 11 pm.
Located on the second floor of the building, Jang Won is well air-conditioned, therefore you need not worry about getting oil on your skin or clothing.
The place is well lit and well ventilated, saving you from the usual smoky environment found in BBQ restaurants.
It also boasts a rather unique feature: Jang Won’s outdoor seating area is facing a great view.
You will be able to enjoy the view of Singapore just across the Johor Strait from where you sit in the outdoor area. Jang Won also houses a playroom for kids, which is a great place for kids to shake some muscles while parents enjoy their meal.
Adding to this is the outlet’s delicious food that will have you spoilt for choice! Their menu comes in five languages and provides a big variety of food and side dishes. Jang Won offers food by the set as well a la carte, and their price is reasonable and well-priced.
Jang Won Korea BBQ Charcoal
K3-211, Block C, Perniagaan Stulang Laut, Jalan Ibrahim Sultan, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Operation hours: 11am-11pm
Pricing: $$$ for two
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2. Kim Chi & BBQ
Spanning the area of two shop lots, Kim Chi & BBQ is definitely one of the largest Korean food outlets in the city.
The shop is set in a very antique, quaint theme, with wood and glass are the prominent features. It is also scattered well with décor and paraphernalia that scream vintage Korea.
The restaurant is also known for staying true to the traditional Korean aspect of the food, as its banchan are traditional dishes such as various types of pickles, unlike many Korean restaurants that provide fish balls, potato wedges and the like as part of their banchan. Kim Chi & BBQ is also said to provide a generous refill of banchan.
The restaurant’s pork dishes are the highlight, as they are savory and juicy, as well as crispy on the outside.
Perhaps the quality of the food is the reason Kim Chi & BBQ receives repeated customers all the time.
Located in Taman Pelangi, it is also a favorite destination among Malaysians as well as Singaporeans. With its reasonable pricing, strategic location and conducive ambiance, Kim Chi & BBQ is definitely a favorite among Korean food enthusiasts.
Kim Chi & BBQ
37 & 39, Jalan Perang, Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru.
Operation hours: 11am – 10pm
Pricing: $$-$$$ for two
3. Gogigo Korean BBQ & Steamboat Buffet
Gogigo is located in Mount Austin, another hotspot for Johoreans and Singaporeans when it comes to great food.
The shop is on the first floor of a shop lot and is quite spacious with loads of tables and chairs for seating.
They charge RM29 for an adult and RM15 for a child below 120cm. It is all you can eat for a fixed price! What’s more, the food is free of charge with a person celebrating their birthday on the day of the visit.
Gogigo’s range of food is extraordinarily vast, giving multiple choices to people with various gastronomy tastes.
All of their dishes are fresh, and when cooked on the sizzling pan or a steamboat as provided on each table, it is delicious and irresistible. Gogigo also added new varieties of dishes throughout their operating hours, which means customers get to enjoy many types of authentic Korean dishes in one visit.
Also, adding to the sheer number of dishes is an unlimited supply of ice cream and juices. With all these highlights, Gogigo remains a crowd-favorite among Korean restaurants in Johor Bahru.
Gogigo Korean BBQ & Steamboat Buffet
No 29-01 & No 31-10, Jalan Austin Heights 8/1, Taman Mount Austin, Johor Bahru
Operating hours: 5.30pm – 11.30pm (Mon – Fri), 4.30pm – 11.30pm (Sat-Sun)
4. Nam Moon Korean BBQ
Also located in Taman Pelangi, Nam Moon boasts one of the most affordable Korean food in the city. The shop is also known for its tasteful décor of wooden backdrop and tatami seating, providing an ambiance of stepping into Seoul itself out of nowhere.
Their banchan also stays true to the Korean heritage with plenty of traditional dishes, and their main dishes of pork, bacon, and beef are all fresh, delicious and provides a wonderful taste of Korea to its customers.
Another highlight of Nam Moon is the availability of TV screens that display various Korean dramas, adding more to the Korean ambiance of the restaurant. This is a major attraction here among others, as Korean dramas are fast becoming sensational hits in Malaysia and Singapore.
Overall, Nam Moon provides an unforgettable dining experience to its customers.
Nam Moon Korean BBQ
31, Jalan Perang, Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru.
Operating hours: 11am – 10pm
Pricing: $$ to $$$ for two
5. Palsaik Korean BBQ
Located in Taman Sutera Utama, Palsaik is well-known in the city not only for its food but also for its pleasant atmosphere. In Korean, Palsaik means eight colors.
Eight colors in the context of the restaurant describe the marinades in which the pork belly is flavored with. In fact, this is the main attraction for customers of the restaurant. The eight flavors that provide the colors are ginseng, wine, garlic, pine needles, herb, curry, hot pepper and soybean paste.
All of these flavors provide the unique color of the respective pork belly dishes and are all naturally-derived and free from coloring and any synthetic flavor additives. Thus, it is a favorite among healthy eaters.
Palsaik’s menu is pre-set and varies by the number of people. They allow customers to opt for either Premium, Eight color or Three Color sets, depending on the number of persons in a group.
Their elegant setting, as well as the mouth-watering menu, makes Palsaik of Taman Sutera famous, as is the branch in MidValley SouthKey.
Palsaik Korean BBQ
Sutera Utama JB Outlet: No 51, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/2, Taman Sutera Utama, Skudai
MidValley SouthKey JB Outlet: T048 & T049, Level 3, The Mall MidValley SouthKey, No 1, Persiaran SouthKey 1, Johor Bahru
Operating hours: 11.30am – 11.30pm
Pricing: $$$ per set depending on per pax
6. Myeong Dong BBQ Buffet
Myeong Dong specializes in both buffet and a la carte menu of Korean authentic dishes.
The buffet is priced at all-you-can-eat RM22 per adult and RM12 for children. Myeong Dong is, therefore, one of the cheapest buffet-style Korean restaurants in the city.
They do not serve beef, but they compensate in the wide array of pork and chicken dishes. All of their meat is fresh and dutifully marinated in a traditional Korean style and ingredients, giving customers, particularly Koreans, a taste of home.
They also offer various vegetable-based appetizers, as well as salad leaves to wrap the meat together with kimchi when eating Korean BBQ.
Myeong Dong’s special Korean sauce is also a crowd favorite, making customers visit the restaurant repeatedly. Each customer is also entitled to free ice cream as per their preferred flavor, and if they want more, ice cream can be purchased in various flavors for only RM1!
Myeong Dong BBQ Buffet
8/7, 58-01, Jalan Austin Heights 3, Taman Mount Austin, Johor Bahru.
Operating hours: 5.30pm – 11pm (Mon-thurs), 12pm – 11pm (Fri), 24 hours (Sat & Sun)
7. Jeju Korea Restaurant
Jeju is located in Bukit Indah, very adjacent to the AEON Bukit Indah Mall. The outlet itself is very spacious and has all features of a Korean BBQ restaurant, up to the ‘elephant trunk’ exhaust ducts.
Customers are provided with complimentary barley tea while waiting for their order to arrive. Sets of food vary by the number of persons, and therefore the price varies as well. Their banchan set consists of 15 small dishes in total, which is one of the highest numbers of banchan dishes in Korean restaurants in Johor Bahru.
Jeju is known in the area for its juicy and savory pork dishes as well as their famous kimchi soup that makes any mouth water. Their pricing is competitive, but when all the great taste, friendly service as well as the clean environment are countered, the price seems reasonable.
Jeju Korea Restaurant
22, Jalan Indah 15/3, Taman Bukit Indah, Johor Bahru
Operating hours: 11am – 10pm
Pricing: $$ to $$$ for two.