Located opposite of Penang Chinese Girl Schools is a korean restaurant called Arirang. Compared to Japanese restaurants, Korean restaurants are fewer in Penang. Korean food is famous with its kimchi (a.k.a gimchi/kimchee). It is usually made of Chinese cabbage (baechu in Korea or 大白菜 in Chinese) stuffed with various seasonings. It is rich in fiber and vitamin C while low in calories. It tastes sour and little spicy. Some locals, however, may not able to cater for the taste.
When ordering Korean food, beware of the quantity of the side dishes they will provide. I was tricked during my first visit as the information is not shown in menu. I ordered rice roll set (RM12.00++) and thinking it may not enough for me, I ordered a kimchi pancake. There are overall 6 side dishes and eventually I have to take away some.
The kimchi fried rice (RM12.00++) is okay. Note that it is not local type of fried rice. The food theme is more toward healthier side, which is less oily and more on vegetables. The kimchi pancake (RM20.00++) (made of kimchi and crab sticks) is tasty even though slightly salty. Once I was given a cute watermelon dessert at the end of the meal.
As a whole, the food is aimed at healthier side but it may not suit all people’s taste. The price is mixed. Arirang should improve its menu by providing more information on the set lunch, such as side dishes. This will make the items more valuable and attractive to customers.
|Place Name:||Arirang Korean Restaurant|
|Address:||11-G-1 & 2, Jalan Gottlieb (New Bob Centre), 10350 Penang., Penang, Malaysia|
|Tel:||016-4672203 (PARK WON CHAN), 04-2268518|