[Non-halal] Korean pan mee, anyone? We checked out Ju Ga & Cook Korean Food in Plaza Damas.
Run by a Korean family, Ju Ga offers more than your usual Korean fare (e.g. sundubu jigae and kimchi jigae) with home-cooked Korean dishes not seen elsewhere.
This is the spot we discovered Sujebi – a hand-pulled dough noodles soup – that is very similar to our Chinese hand-torned pan mee soup (mee hoon kueh).
Ju Ga & Cook Korean Food
Ju Ga is located in Plaza Damas – just a few doors away from Rubberduck and Day Dreamers Cafe.
Similar to most Korean restaurants in the area, Ju Ga has a very homely and simple set-up.
However, Ju Ga has an extensive menu: offering common dishes such as sundubu jigae, bulgogi and samgyetang; popular snacks like gimbap, japchae, mandu, and pajeon; as well as guilty pleasures like ramyeon and tteokbokki.
Ju Ga also offers an array of homemade kimchi – such as cabbage kimchi, white kimchi, fresh kimchi and choisam kimchi – to take home in 500g to 2kg tubs.
Ju Ga serves special noodles
However, what pique our interest the most at Ju Ga is its offering of handmade noodles.
We were here to particularly try Sujebi 수제비 (RM23) – a popular homemade Korean noodles dish not commonly found in KL.
Similar to our mee hoon kueh, Sujebi is basically hand-torn noodles made from flour that’s cooked and served in seafood-based broth.
Sujebi – a Korean version of pan mee
Sujebi can be served in the traditional clear broth (made with anchovies, shellfish and kelp) or in kimchi-based broth.
As it was our first time trying the dish, we opted for the former.
And boy – did we enjoy it! The wet and rainy weather on that evening also made the experience more enjoyable.
Firstly, we found the clear broth to be similar to pan mee with deep umami from anchovies, but with added depth from kelp.
The flavours were further enhanced by the addition of fresh clams and mussels. This is finished with some seaweed, zucchini, and carrots.
The noodles were excellent as well as they were thin, and not undercooked at all.
However, the clams and mussels were definitely the highlight as they were fresh – and what differentiates the dish from our pan mee.
Perilla Seed Hand-torn Soup
We also ordered the Perilla Seed Hand-torn Soup (RM25) – another dish not commonly found here.
This dish was definitely unique as we found the perilla soup to be powdery (in a good way) and nutty in flavour and aroma.
The sliced cucumber helps to lighten the dish with fresh clams as protein. Again, the hand-torn noodles were perfectly cooked to Al-dente with a nice chewy texture.
We also enjoyed the Kimchi Pancake (RM25) here. While it was not as sour as we liked it – it was a decent companion to our noodle dishes.
Overall, we really enjoyed the noodles dishes.
We recommend checking out this spot if you’re curious about “Korean pan mee” and the Perilla Seed Noodles with its distinctive nutty taste.
Ju Ga & Cook Korean Food
Address: E-0-5, Plaza Damas, 60, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Taman Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 10.30am-8pm Daily (Closed on Sundays)
Phone: 03-6206 5435
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