Mr. Dakgalbi @ Citta Mall

MrDakgalbi Korea

It was just after work and we were at Citta Mall to grab a quick bite to eat. My better half actually wanted to eat something else but I saw an advertisement for this outlet at the escalators and we decided to check it out.

Mr Dakgalbi Citta Mall

Mr. Dakgalbi is a franchise from Korea with a pretty descriptive name – it tells you what’s on the menu, dak galbi. Dak galbi is a Korean dish from Chuncheon, Korea (just like how okonomiyaki is associated with Osaka, Japan) that involves a hot plate and chicken.

MrDakgalbi

The process of ordering at Mr. Dakgalbi is pretty simple:

  1. Wear your assigned aprons to avoid splash damage
  2. Choose one of chicken, octopus, or seafood dak galbi
  3. Choose combination of rice, ramen, cheese add-on

Mr Dakgalbi

I went for chicken since dak galbi is traditionally made with chicken. The Mr.Dakgalbi (RM 19) option is their flagship – chicken marinated in traditional Korean chilli paste, potatoes, onions, spring onions and tteok (rice cake). It’s a very common Korean ingredient, I’ve had tteokbokki while in Pusan.

MrDakgalbi Chicken

The chicken marinated in gochujang is then sliced into small pieces and fried together with the accoutrements. You don’t have to do it yourself – the staff will cook everything for you, much like Palsaik. It seems like full service Korean restaurants is very big here.

Mr Dakgalbi Rice

Next up, is choosing the carbs. I asked for rice (RM 6) and cheese (RM 6). You can also ask for ramen (RM 6) if you like. This is fried together with your chicken and then the entire thing is ready to eat!

MrDakgalbi Frying Rice

The staff will also portion your chicken into two portions just in case you want to add on, and if you don’t, your leftover rice will be made into a sort of pizza. It eats like the bottom of claypot chicken rice – the caramelized and crispy bottom is nice.

Pizza Rice

It’s pretty decent but if you don’t like gochujang or have small kids, you might want to order something else since the signature fermented Korean chilli paste can be quite spicy for sensitive palates.

Seafood Jeon

We also ordered Seafood Jeon (RM 19) – a crispy Korean style pancake. It looks nothing like what the menu promised (the picture in the menu had large octopus tentacles practically burying the jeon) and it tasted about as appealing as it looked. Dismal. action

Dak Galbi

I guess we should have stuck to ordering the namesake from Mr. Dakgalbi. Their dak galbi is alright and it can feed two people easily. You can also add rice, cheese or ramen as much as you want at a price of RM 6 per portion/plate. Thus, our dak galbi is actually RM 30 (RM 19 chicken + RM 6 rice + RM 6 cheese).

Mr Dakgalbi Us

It’s not good enough to make me want to make another trip back soon and their menu is pretty one dimensional. However, I’ll drop by if I have a dak galbi craving (or have an urge to dress up in aprons) since it’s quite close to us. The Mr. Dakgalbi restaurant in Citta Mall is very empty though – it was just the two of us inside before another couple walked in.

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12 thoughts on “Mr. Dakgalbi @ Citta Mall”

  1. Good to provide aprons at such places. Food looks great. My missus and my girl would love this place, I’m sure. Wish we have one like this here. They are so into anything Korean…

    • Yeah, there’s a lot of things than can go wrong with splattering oil! :)

      There are too many Korean restaurants in KL nowadays though, I liked it when it was all concentrated in Mont Kiara, with the Korean expats running small mom-and-pop shops instead of the wholesale import they’re doing now.

  2. Citta Mall is very near my workplace.. In fact, we just went to Citta Mall yesterday to get some Chatime drinks, haha.. We had lunch at one place in Ara Damansara, then after that, someone suggested for Chatime, and we went there to buy drinks, then back to the office.. Oh, I’ve seen this place, but nope, never been there, it’s empty most of the time.. But if I go there, I’d try the chicken with ramen, should be nice..

    • Yeah, it’s a very popular place coz the parking is always free! :)

      Haha! I noticed that when I came several years ago and they never started charging for parking. Guess it’s coz the mall is always empty.

      You can add ramen to the rice and cheese too if you can finish it.

    • I think it’s a bit of both! :)

      Personally, the portion is too big for 1 pax, I wouldn’t be able to finish it. It’s meant for two (or more) depending on how much add-ons you order (rice, ramen and cheese).

    • Yeah, and this has the advantage of being pork-free too. :)

      Dak galbi is traditionally made with chicken so it’s an easy sell for them to the local Muslims who are the majority.

  3. After reading your post, I think I will give this place a miss but to be honest I do not like places where we need to cook food by ourselves on hot plates so I won’t be going there in the first place.

    • Oh, you don’t need to cook it yourself! :)

      The staff will cook it for you. It’s like Palsaik, most Korean restaurants will do the cooking for you. I’ve even been to Korean BBQ places in Seoul and Busan where the attendants to do the cooking for you too.

    • I remember the Uncle Jang in Mont Kiara! :)

      Good to hear it’s in Penang now, sorry that you didn’t like it. I have only been there once, it was decent but nothing spectacular. There are better Korean places in Mont Kiara.

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