UTOPIA: DubuYo

Friday, September 25, 2015

DubuYo

It was one of those days when I overspent and has limited budget for dinner...I wanted to hav my meal at MidValley before heading home but fastfood and food court stuffs were out of my option. Hence I chanced upon this place and decided to give it a try.
It offers a variety of Korean dishes in set meal or ala-carte, but 'no pork' as it is halal. Since I m on a limited budget, I dun hav mch choice but to order chicken Sundubu Jjigae, as it looks nice from the display picture.
well, it did came out as per the illustrated picture but I was abit disappointed with the banchan. Well, I m OK with only 3 banchans but being served cucumber, kimchi and eggplant seems a lil' too bland...I mean, yea, so 'vegetarian'!
Don't they have better banchan??? (beans, Korean pancake, fishcake, spiced tofu, seaweed kinda stuffs...) Anyhow, since this is a franchise outlet and the chef are mainly local M'sians or maybe immigrants, you dun feel like eating an authentic Korean meal as everything here seems to have been localized to suite our local tastebud.
This was probably the worst Korean meal that I've ever taken...perhaps not worth the price that you paid for...

6 comments :

mun said...

I think this Dubu Yo used to be called Dubu Dubu and I have eaten there twice. Seems to be acceptable only. How come fastfood and food court stuffs were out of your option? Why do you only have limited budget for dinner?

CL (RealGunners) said...

The strange this is that, you say they localize to suit our taste buds, but most Malaysians I know that went to Korea for vacation come back and say the authentic Korean food taste so much better. This means we prefer authentic Korean food as opposed to localized Korean food. There is no need to localize at all!

Princess Ribbon said...

Food looks ok to me from the picture.. If I have a limited budget, I wouldn't go for Korean or any "special" dinner, maybe just a simple dinner anywhere which offers sandwiches like Subway..

Huai Bin said...

I agree - kimchi shouldn't count as a banchan since it's an essential part of Korean cuisine.

Cucumbers + eggplant just seems like a cost-cutting measure, the family run (non franchised) Korean owned small restaurants do a lot better than that in terms of banchan. Maybe coz they eat it themselves. Haha.

I'm against the localization to suit taste buds, it's a corruption of Korean cuisine. I've been to Korea twice and the food there is quite good. There are good ones here too, the Korean owned family outlets.

You can get authentic Korean food at reasonable prices in a Korean owned family restaurant too, plenty of them in Sunway Giza (3 I can think of) and food can be had for under RM 18 for something similar to what you ordered. How much did you pay for that?

Nux V said...

Mun: I overspent while shopping so only have limited budget left for meal. Got 'sien' with fastfood and dislike foodcourt stuffs, so I prefer dining in a proper restaurant :-)

RealGunners: yea, I tink we prefer authentic food rather than the localized ones. I dun see any reason to take localized food in a Korean restaurant when we can have localized food anywhere?

Princess Ribbon: yea, that's true, but I jst dun feel like eating fastfood, but instead wanting something hot and savoury like hot soup on a cold nite. I tink it was raining that day...

Huai Bin: Yea, those family run restaurant are much better despite small scale and limited seating place. Now, I better stick back to those type of Korean restaurant. This set meal was around RM20++.

Huai Bin said...

Yeah, a Korean owned family restaurant would cost around the same price - RM 20+ or slightly higher for a meal like that, and it's more authentic with more ban chan available. :)

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