Some of the best Korean food can be found right here in Kuching, at Seoul Garden. Now, we’re not talking about the franchise. We are referring to the Korean food joint at 3rd Mile that has been delighting the taste buds of local folks for 18 years!
The beauty of this restaurant is that the owner is a professional chef from Korea, with experience whipping up some Korean culinary wonders at a 5-star hotel back in his homeland. But having stayed here in Kuching for almost two decades, he’s practically already a Kuchingite.
Newly renovated and now sporting a fresh new look, Seoul Garden has a more Korean vibe to it. Downstairs is where customers can enjoy every meal off the menu while upstairs is for BBQ only.
It’s not just aesthetics with Seoul Garden. The food tastes just as good as the presentation. Every item on the menu is worth paying for. Why, you ask? Try freshness, quality and expert preparation techniques guaranteeing only the best food!
With that being said, here are 4 must-try dishes at Seoul Garden (in no particular order).
- Mul Naengmyeon
When we heard cold noodle soup, we didn’t know what to expect. But after slurping a mouthful of this springy buckwheat noodles, it’s like magic in the mouth! The broth, made of beef and Korean radish kimchi, is cold – as in chilly. It’s definitely not something we’re used to but what makes it work is the combination of meaty, sour and slightly sweet flavours that actually tastes really good chilled. It’s like a cold savoury beverage, with noodles in it.
Who doesn’t know the popular Korean mixed rice dish? The toppings vary but the crucial ingredient is the chilli pepper paste that forms the base flavour of the Bibimbap. Seoul Garden’s Bibimbap is truly authentic and made with seaweed, carrots, bean sprouts and other ingredients arranged beautifully on the sides of a stone bowl with steaming hot rice in the middle, topped with raw egg. Condiments are served on the side, as traditionally done in Korea. Every mouthful is an explosion of fresh and wonderful flavours.
If you’re feeling low on energy, this dish is highly recommended. Samgyetang is simply a Korean-style ginseng chicken soup. There are others who make this dish here in Kuching, but at Seoul Garden they take it up a notch. Only free-range kampung (village) chicken is used, guaranteeing more flavour due to the sweeter flesh of the chicken. The difference is so clear at just the sip of the soup. Do give it a try.
- Cheesy BBQ
The ultimate choice for meat and cheese lovers, Seoul Garden’s cheesy BBQ is heaven on a grill. What we had recently at the restaurant consisted of marinated lamb, three layered pork and boneless chicken. They are laid on a Korean BBQ grill pan with a delicious kimchi soup boiling away in the middle. In the grooves on the sides of the pan, melted cheese is left to bubble away. To enjoy, pick your favourite meat off the pan and dunk it in the hot melted cheese, pull it away and that scrumptious morsel is yours to savour. Soju would go perfectly with this dish.
Satisfy your cravings for Korean cuisine at its most authentic, at Seoul Garden, Kuching.
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