Review: Wagle Wagle Korean Food, Setiawalk Puchong – Great Chicken Wings!

This blog is slowly but surely turning into a chicken wing review site… but anyway. 

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Setiawalk in Puchong seems to have morphed into K-town – I think there must be six or more Korean restaurants on the ground floor alone ! S and I were there for dinner and decided to try one of the newly opened ones, called Wagle Wagle. The place attracts quite a number of Korean clientele, so I guess the food must be pretty authentic.

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Nice and cosy interior with a white/wood dominant design. Pop culture posters hang on the walls while the TV plays K-pop and drama.

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Most of the food is made for sharing between two to three people, but there are a few individual dishes as well. S had the cheese ramen (RM10) which was basically just Shin Ramyun noodles in a savoury/sour soup base, topped with a slice of cheese.

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What I like about Korean ramyeon – the texture is so springy ! Even after it’s been soaking in the soup for some time.

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Was craving for octopus, so I got the octopus stir fry with rice. A little disappointed because veggies > way more than octopi, which was chopped so finely I had to sift through the mountain of vegetables to locate what few measly pieces there were mixed in to the dish. I get that octopus is expensive, but really… you can pick out how small the bits were from the picture above. It also lacked salt, so it was spicy but all I tasted was the gochujang sauce.

The soy-sauce chicken wings (RM19 – set of four wings/drummettes) fared much better and seemed to be a hit with most tables.  Not the meatiest, but they were juicy and tender with a crispy coat, covered in a delightful sweet and savoury sauce. The sauce was a tad sweeter than the average K-chicken wings I’ve had, but tasty nonetheless. Good stuff. Didn’t feel overly greasy too. #canhavelotsofrice

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WAGLE WAGLE 

Lot C-9-G, Block C, Setiawalk Puchong, Taman Wawasan, 47100 Puchong, Selangor 
Phone:  014-638 7992
Business hours: 11AM – 1130PM (daily)

Food Review: Snow Story@ Setiawalk Puchong

Update 2021: This restaurant is permanently closed.

Hey guys! It’s been awhile since my last update. Wasn’t busy or anything; it’s just that I’ve been playing this game called Radiant Historia (it’s awesome by the way!) and it took up a lot of my spare time. I also bought some new Stephen King books to read, so that has kept me occupied.

S and I went to watch a movie over the weekend and decided to grab lunch at a new restaurant in Setiawalk. The place seems to be overrun with Japanese/Korean eateries: there’s literally five or six within one stretch. The one we went to is called Snow Story, specialising in bingsu, an icy dessert with various toppings – but it also has other items on their menu.

True to their icy theme, everything is in a cool shade of blue and white, with TVs playing colourful K-pop music videos. The draw will probably be its ‘snow machine’, a circular slot that dumps ice from the ceiling. S and I sat in the round ‘Christmas wonderland’ table in the middle and watched uneven chunks of ice plop down onto the fake fir tree lol.

Spacious, well-lit interior – perfect for chilling with a cold shaved ice dessert. Unfortunately we were pressed for time so we didn’t order a bingsu after our lunch. Maybe next time!

The shop also sells snacks imported from Korea.

Had the spicy chicken fried noodle, which came topped with half a boiled egg. If you like your food hot, then this has great flavour and will get you sweating. Noodles had a nice, springy texture and was coated well with the spicy broth. The dish did say it was ‘chicken’ noodle, so I was looking around for the chicken…

Ye that tiny little blimp is a piece of minced chicken. .__.

S had the same (spicy chicken) but with rice. It was served with a side of greens and a nice big portion of chicken. Filched a piece and it tasted pretty good with a strong kimchi flavour.

Will come back to try other items next time! 🙂

SNOW STORY SETIAWALK

G-07 Ground Floor Block G, Setiawalk, Persiaran Wawasan, Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47160, Puchong

Opening hours (daily): 9AM – 1AM

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng, Setiawalk Puchong

Update: This branch is now permanently closed. 
Despite it being one of the pioneers when Setiawalk Mall opened in Puchong, I’ve never been to the Wong Kok Char Chan Teng branch there. Maybe it’s the darkly lit interior, which doesn’t look as inviting as the boisterous Japanese and Korean restaurants clustered near the fountain area.

S and I went to grab dinner before our movie and we were craving Hong Kong food, so we finally decided to give this a try!

They have a very extensive menu with over a hundred items – can be a bit dizzying for someone dining here for the first time.  Aside from traditional noodle and rice dishes, they also serve fusion cuisine like cheese-baked rice/spaghetti, stir-fried spaghetti, toast and snacks. For drinks, you won’t go wrong with the HK-style milk tea. Bonus: If you come on your birthday and show IC as proof, they give you this giant milk tea that you can share with friends (or if you want to drink it by yourself it’s fine too lol).

When I mean giant I mean GIANT. Like this:

ye like YUGEEE. Image from foodspotting.com

S had the baked cheese rice with chicken chop. The food came served in a wooden steamer, wrapped around with aluminum foil. We could see the generous layer of cheese bubbling at the surface.

I wanted carbs without the rice, so I opted for cheese baked seafood angel hair pasta with special sauce. The sauce turned out tasting like mild curry, the cheese was gooey and soft, and the pasta portion was generous, as was the seafood – crab meat stick, shrimp, fried fish fillets (admittedly these were a bit soggy since they had been fried and then baked).

The meal wasn’t half bad, and came up to about RM50 for the two of us.

WONG KOK CHAR CHAN TENG (SETIAWALK) 

G-02-G, Block G, SetiaWalk, Persiaran Wawasan, Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47160 Puchong, Selangor.

Business Hours:
SUN – THURS (11am – 10pm)
FRI & SAT (11am – 11pm)

Korean Hotpot @ Gangnam 88, Setiawalk Puchong

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So recently I met up with C after work at Setiawalk in Puchong. It was a rainy night, so we thought of getting hotpot at one of the new outlets, Gangnam 88, which specialises in Korean cuisine. Hip but cosy, the restaurant is decked out with earthy wood and brick, minimalist black and block-coloured steel chairs, while wall-mounted TV screens blast K-pop music and ads.

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The menu offers a wide variety of choices – from rice-based dishes to ramen, barbecues, hotpots and snacks. Expect traditional favourites like Rabeokki (ramen + dokpokki – rice cakes), Samgyupsal (pork belly BBQ), Bibimbap (rice/beef/veggies in a stone bowl), Korean fried chicken, pancakes, and more.

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Green tea was refillable. Unlike the Japanese version, this had a strong roasted rice-like flavour.  C had corn tea. 

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Ordered a small Budae Jjigae (army stew). Don’t be fooled by the seemingly ‘small’ portion – it’s good for two, albeit, you might need to add on an extra block of ramen (RM5). We waited for the ingredients to boil before adding the ramen so it wouldn’t get too soggy.

Budae Jjigae is a relatively new dish created during the Korean war. As food was scarce, people made use of surplus food from US military bases such as hot dogs, Spam or ham and added them to a traditional spicy soup of red chilli paste and kimchi.  The result is an interesting mix of flavours and ingredients that’s perfect for cold winter nights and rainy days!

The version here had a generous amount of chilli, fish cakes, hotdog, spam, minced chicken meat , onions, tofu, glass noodles and spring onions. The soup was pretty spicy and had us gulping down lots of water, but the flavour was great.

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Adding the ramen. What I like best about Korean ‘ramyeon’ – they have a chewy texture and don’t get soggy easily, even after swimming in the broth for some time. 🙂

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‘Banchan’ or side dishes (refillable). We liked the simple but very flavourful spinach + chilli, drenched in a fragrant sesame sauce; the fried pajeon (pancakes) which were cold but still crispy and not greasy, and what seemed like grilled/roasted sweet potato with a honey baste.

Gangnam 88 Setiawalk Puchong interior

Restaurant really started filling up later in the evening.

Food prices are quite steep here so be prepared to fork out some cash.

GANGNAM 88 (Puchong branch)

I-2-G, Setiawalk, 47160, Persiaran Wawasan, Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47100
Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia
Open daily: 11AM-1AM
*They have two other stores in Solaris Mont Kiara and Sunway Giza

 

 

Sushi Tei, Setiawalk Puchong

Update: This restaurant is permanently closed. 

Been having a rough week at home, so when C asked me out for dinner, some food-therapy was in order. We went to Sushi Tei, one of the fancier Japanese joints in Setiawalk, Puchong that’s always packed with customers.

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For starters, a plate from the conveyor belt – Chuuka Idako or seasoned baby octopus. Served cold, the sauce was sweet and complemented the natural seafood-y flavours of the chewy octopi. I still prefer the version at Sushi King though.

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Sashimi (3 kinds) – bluefin tuna, yellowtail and salmon.  

Each slice was thick and cut well, but the seafood taste was faint. Probably the result of being frozen for a long period of time. .__.

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Gotta get ’em carbs in! The beef ramen was warm and comforting, with tender slices of beef swimming in a savoury soy-sauce broth and ramen with an al-dente texture. Nothing much to complain there.

Sushi Tei used to have these mini bowls going for just over RM10+, but they’ve done away with it so we’re stuck with the big bowls. Note that prices are higher than the usual Japanese chain restos like Sakae Sushi or Sushi King.

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Do get their Chicken Karaage, which comes in five juicy chunks, well marinated with crispy skin and served with a side of salad and mayo. Order a bowl of rice and or have it on its own as a snack! 🙂

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To cap off the meal, we tried the Matcha Nama Chocolate Ice-Cream. Coated in Matcha, these roll-shaped treats have a hard texture, meant to be eaten whole by popping one into the mouth and letting it dissolve. The sweetness of chocolate was offset by the bitterness of the matcha powder.

SUSHI TEI (SETIAWALK PUCHONG) 

I-03-G, Block I, Setiawalk
Persiaran Wawasan
Pusat Bandar Puchong.
Phone: +603 5891 0618

Kinjuku Japanese Restaurant, Setiawalk Puchong

Update: This restaurant is permanently closed.

Had dinner with C at this new Japanese resto called Kinjuku that’s been open a couple of months at Setiawalk Puchong. The spot used to be another Japanese eatery but it closed down.

The inside is cozy and sports typical Japanese decor with paintings, wooden accents and a sushi bar where the chefs work at the back. Kinjuku also offers ala carte buffet, where guests can order a free flow of items and have them cook it to order.

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C had fresh salmon sashimi set, which came with a bowl of miso soup, egg, rice , salad and crispy fried salmon skin. The sashimi was nicely cut, thick and served on a bed of ice.

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My side order of deep fried soft shell crab temaki. Unlike some places that give you a measly amount of crab, this one jutted out beautifully and ran all the way to the bottom of the wrap.

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Set meal of cold soba noodles, udon, deep fried vege tempura and sweet teriyaki chicken. Udon noodles were a bit soft, but everything else was pretty good. Might come back here on a special occasion to try their ala carte buffet.

KINJUKU Puchong Setia Walk 

D-05-G, Block D, Setia Walk, Persiaran Wawasan, Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47160, Puchong

Opening hours (daily) 11am – 10pm

Jollibee Spaghetti @ Sun Kitchen, Setiawalk Puchong

Update 4/2/2021: This restaurant is permanently closed.

Where I live (KL, Malaysia), Filipino food is rare – which is a shame, seeing that they have some amazing cuisine. I was pleasantly surprised to find a restaurant in Setiawalk, Puchong that serves Pinoy dishes, and the call of ‘Jollibee Spaghetti’ enticed me in for lunch.

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Sun Kitchen is a cosy eatery that serves not just Filipino, but also Western, Chinese, and local delights. The interior is air-conditioned and comfy.

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I love Jollibee; I think KFC and McD’s got nothin’ on them.

The ‘Jollibee Spaghetti’ here is actually pretty close to the fast food chain’s version. They were generous with the servings, with loads of pasta and sauce packed with minced meat and sliced sausages. It wasn’t as sweet as the original, but still tasty.

I can’t emphasise how good Jollibee fried chicken is – crispy, crunchy, juicy and tender on the inside (when are you guys opening a branch in Malaysia? I’ll go everyday). The chicken here was a let down though. It felt like the meat had been lying around for hours, the skin was soggy, and it reeked of that greasy, used oil smell.

Sun Kitchen also serves traditional favourites like Adobo, Kare-Kare, Pinakbet and more. Might go back to try something else next time, now that I know there’s a Filipino resto so close to my house.

SUN KITCHEN 

G-03-G, Block G, Setiawalk, 47100 Puchong, Malaysia

Daily, 10am-10pm.

Tel: 03-5879-9555

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Setiawalk is one of the best places to catch Pokemon in the Klang Valley, since the (smart) management activated loads of lures. I haven’t been sucked in to the craze. I play it occasionally, but I still prefer my GBA games.

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Never seen the place so lively on a weekday lol.

Lucky Star Western Cafe, Setiawalk Puchong

Update: This restaurant is permanently closed.

Out looking for grub with the fam at Setiawalk Puchong last weekend! The initial plan was to have Vietnamese food, but after walking around we decided to try a restaurant next to it instead. Lucky Star prides itself in serving flame-grilled items, pizzas and pastas, and Western-style fare like chicken and pork chops.

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Minimal deco, but comfy enough. There were a couple of booths for more privacy. Staff was efficient and friendly. You order by writing them down on a piece of paper.

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Bro ordered a Spaghetti Americiana (?? Not sure how to spell) set, which came with a side of salad, chips and what they called garlic butter pizza but was really more like peanut-covered naan.

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His pasta was light and garlicky, with slices of chicken sausage. Yum! 🙂

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Moo’s pesto spaghetti with grilled chicken add on. The noodles were super green and came with a few pieces of soft boiled brocolli. Veggie lovers will love this because it has a strong, veggie flavour – reminded me of Chinese luk cha. The cream didn’t overpower everything either. Considering that my mum is such a small eater, it was a feat that she finished the whole bowl on her own.

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Pops had grilled teriyaki chicken with rice, served with egg and salad. They flame grill the chicken, so it had this great smokey flavour. Good stuff ! Teriyaki sauce had just the right balance of sweet.

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I got their Deluxe Flame-Grilled Chicken set (RM19.90), which came in a big portion with all the works – fried egg, sausage, ham slice, garlicky sauteed mushroom, baked jacket potato with cheese and sour cream, and a whole flame-grilled chicken thigh with black pepper sauce. Everything on the plate was good, especially the chicken meat. Tender and juicy, with smoky, slightly charred skin. They used a lot of pepper in the sauce – none of that watered down stuff you find in some cheapskate cafes. Overall, a meal worth the price.

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They brought the Setiawalk ducky out to play again! 🙂

LUCKY STAR

I-07-1, Level G, Block I, Setiawalk, Persiaran Wawasan, Puchong, 47160, Selangor, Malaysia.

Phone: 03-58806915

Opening hours: 11AM- 11PM