More and more Korean restaurants start to bloom in Penang. Thanks to the Korean Craze (K-Pop song, Running Man, PSY!), more and more Korean influence is coming up. Well, it’s a good thing, which means there’s more choices of restaurants for us to choose. Ssambap Korean BBQ located in Krystal Point, Bayan Baru. It’s right next to Sriwan Thai Food and Domino’s Pizza.
First impression when I walk into the restaurant – Cozy and nice. Maybe it’s due to the wood interior design that they have in the restaurant. There aren’t many tables around but it does easily get packed in a short period of time. Menu is pretty straight forward and for the BBQ sets, you have to order 2 sets minimum. Hence, we ordered Samgyeopsal (Grilled Pork Belly), RM28 and Dak Bulgogi (Chicken Bulgogi), RM25. With additional one more order of Bibimbap (Stone rice), which made my stomach bloated at the end of the dinner session. Ha-ha.
The side dishes (the standard trademark for all Korean restaurants) is pretty awesome and there’s more variety compared to the rest. Here, they serve total of 9 side dishes (compared to the usual 5-6 in other places). Some of them are pretty good – sliced mushroom; as well as potato topped with corn and mayonnaise.
The grill plate that they have is pretty unique as well. There’s small area (4 of them) circle around the grill plate, where 1 of them is packed with kimchi, 1 of them is packed with mushroom, and 2 of them is filled up with stirred eggs with chives. First time seeing this and the taste is pretty good. But let’s focus on the main hero, shall we? The BBQ items – Samgyeopsal and Dak Bulgogi.
The Samgyeopsal that they offered is pretty thick. For meat lovers, they will definitely feel the value for money. Taste wise, it’s pretty good but definitely not extraordinary. Meanwhile, the Dak Bulgogi is pretty tasty. Think probably the meat had been seasoned for quite some time. But there’s quite a huge number of skins (maybe I’m just being picky that they should have remove the skins, or just leave it with some).
The Bibimbap, I would just rate is 6/10. I would say it’s due to the sauce that they have used. Nothing to shout about for this dish. Ordinary. Probably they can consider to change the Kochujang (Bibimbap sauce) and that can boost up the taste of it.
Try it out and let me know what you think about Ssambap Korean BBQ.
Ssambaq Korean BBQ
1-1-24, Krystal Point, Jalan Tun Dr. Awang, 11900, Bayan Lepas, Penang
Operating hours: 11 am to 3 pm; 5 pm to 10 pm