I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a big fan of Korean food because of the insane amount of veggies they have, and the sour/spicy/pungent taste.
So when Carmen suggested we have Mr Dakgalbi for dinner at Setiawalk Puchong, I was a bit reluctant. She was pretty insistent we have it, so I tagged along : on the condition that there weren’t going to be too much veggies in whatever we were ordering. ._. That meant severely limiting our options, coz most of the dishes here are chock full of them.
We ended up ordering the outlet’s signature Mr Dak fried rice (for 2pax). A waiter will cook the food for you on a flat pot in the middle of your table. First up: loads of spring onions and pieces of chicken meat in a spicy red sauce.
Rice is dumped into the mix, before being topped over by cheese bits which melt into the rice.
Last but not least, bouncy ramyeon with gochujang sauce is thrown in as well, but cooked separately from the rice.
Tada! The end result was actually pretty yummy! It’s not surprising that the restaurant is very popular with patrons and was packed by 7.30pm. I personally prefer the ramyeon (which tasted like Ibumie ala Korea) because it had that springy, al dente texture. The rice was not bad either – gooey from the cheese, tender chicken chunks, savoury with just a hint of spiciness.
The set for two also comes with a strawberry sauce salad (yeah strawberry. pretty weird imo) and a salty soup of unknown ingredients.
Overall the food was good, but the service has room for improvement. For one, it wasn’t very hygienic – our server had no gloves on and cooked like he was trying to kill our food (ie the ingredients were flying everywhere and left the table littered with bits of rice and sauce). He was also quite brusque when answering our questions. .-. bad day at work, dude?
Mr Dakgalbi (Puchong)
Ground floor, Setiawalk
Persiaran Wawasan, Pusat Bandar Puchong,
Finished off the night with Starbucks! :)