This is a first.
Yes, this is my very first post on Korean food. It’s not that I don’t like Korean food. I was not really passionate about it but LL has done his best to try and change that. Yes, he’s very much into Korean stuff (like most youngsters his age!) ~ like K-Pop and of course Korean food. The Korean pop culture has totally swamped the scene – so many of LL’s friends are absolutely crazy about the various Korean boy & girl groups. I think they no longer listen to groups/singers from the west these days – at least, not LL… his iPod now houses mainly Korean songs only! I can’t say these Korean boy & girl bands are not cute – in fact they are damn cute, but I have no idea what they are singing about… except that ridiculously famous line from The Wonder Girls’ “I want nobody, nobody buttt chiuuu!”
Anyway, coming back to Korean cuisine… now what I like about it is their mostly-healthy side dishes – banchan. These are served in dainty plates in very small portions which are usually replenishable for as many times as you like. Yeah, usually, in most Korean restaurants.
However, in Da Sa Rang, some banchan are restricted to a certain number of replenishment rounds. For example, the sliced mushrooms, the anchovies can only be replenished twice and the kimchi only once!
LL’s must-order item in Korean dining is always the Bibimbap. The word itself means “mixed rice”. It’s rice mixed with vegetables and meat (if you so desire) served in a hotpot with an egg on top…
A bit like our local claypot rice… you just mix everything up like this…
… and enjoy the piping hot rice straight from the pot!
We never fail to order the Samgyeopsal when in a Korean restaurant. That’s slices of pork belly (either plain or marinated) which are usually grilled at your table. But that night at Da Sa Rang, they did the grilling at another station and served us the grilled pork on a plate…
That was a mistake. As the pork was grilled elsewhere, it was out of our sight and the pork ended up overdone & chewy. Good thing there was unlimited amounts of fresh lettuce leaves for us to wrap the pork and chew to our heart’s content!
I think the favourite dish of the night was definitely this…
Rolled slices of pork belly, very well-marinated, with strips of mushroom & vegetables cocooned inside and then grilled to perfection. Very addictive and fast-finishing dish! We ate this with lots of fresh lettuce leaves with the hope that the greens will somehow flush away the fats from the pork belly.
Yes, I know that’s really futile… more so because I know that if there’s one thing that can entice a repeated visit to this restaurant, it would be this dish of heavenly porky rolls.
Da Sa Rang
82 Jalan SS15/4D