Recently there have been a number of Korean Restaurants opening up in Penang with the latest, Sa Rang Chae (meaning guest house). A few of us food bloggers arrived on an evening at this restaurant at the invitation of the owner, Mr Kevin Kim. This Korean restaurant located in New Bob Center along Gottlieb Road is bright and accentuated by surrounding glass panels.

Opening its doors just a mere seven months ago, it boasts an ethnic ambiance with three private dining rooms.

Korean Restaurant - Sa Rang Chae by

Maewoon Kalbi… a sneak peek into the Korean feast …!


Besides the usual BBQ meal which is synonymous with Korean Food, Mr Kevin Kim also recommended some unique Korean delicacies. An an eye opener is the Angler Fish!

Haemultang is a spicy hot seafood stew of crab, mussels, topped with mushroom. The added ingredients of radish, garlic stems, peppers, and bean sprouts provided extra flavor to this stew. It arrived piping hot and was kept warm in a portable gas burner with the aroma filling the place. Available sizes of S – RM60 and L – RM80

Haemultang - spicy hot seafood stew at Sa Rang Chae by

Haemultang - spicy hot seafood stew at Sa Rang Chae by

A nice rich seafood soup to drink


Next up is the Maewoon Kalbi – This pot of spicy pork rib stew with radish, carrot, potatoes, dates and tang hoon comes in slightly spicy and flavorful gravy. This is a satisfying dish with the noodles absorbing the gravy. Available sizes of S – RM20 and L –RM30

Korean Restaurant - Sa Rang Chae by


Jokbal RM70 – The glazed pig’s feet is slow cooked in low heat till tender and glazed with the flavor intact. The meat is sliced thinly with layers of chewy pork fat and skin and served with a fermented shrimp sauce.

This dish is a “conversation dish”. We slowly enjoyed it after the meal over a hearty conversation, accompanied with some Soju (Korean liquor) which cost RM25 per bottle.

Jokbal – glazed pig’s feet at Sa Rang Chae by

A mountainous plate of glazed pig’s feet, highly recommended!

Jokbal – glazed pig’s feet at Sa Rang Chae by Korean soju at Sa Rang Chae by


Every Korean family has their own distinct recipe for their banchan and I am impressed by those served to us at Sa Rang Chae. The banchans are in a good and tasty way except for the nuts in the anchovies which I found to be a little off.

Banchan at Sa Rang Chae by

Besides the spacious dining hall, this restaurant has three private rooms too.

Sa Rang Chae , Korean Restaurant by

A simple but pleasantly decorated restaurant…

Sa Rang Chae , Korean Restaurant by

Sa Rang Chae , Korean Restaurant by

A shot of the two private rooms…

Click here for more of the Angler Fish and the BBQ platter…

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26 comments so far


CK… you are fast…..

what a complete review….

November 30th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

New Bod building is not quite a good place to do F&B. Many come and many go. I hope this one can stay long enough for us to try.

November 30th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

looks really appetizing, no comparison with the lousy one I took recently in Ipoh….lol

November 30th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

Jokbal is quite rare in Korean restaurant.

November 30th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

PenangTuaPui – Thanks PTP!

Jason Wong – Nothing is predictable nowadays. I am sure if you plan your visit, you will be able to try the food. I just went for a revisit yesterday.

SimpleGirl – Each restaurant has their own recipes and I am sure the one that you went to has its specialty too.

foodbin – This was my first Jobpal!

November 30th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Japchae! I like it, a cross between Korean and Chinese dish.
Sea Angler is a rather huge fish, is it not?
glad to see something different from the usual offerings in common Korean restaurants.

November 30th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

so fast… i haven’t started anything yet
i need time!!! time!! time!!!

November 30th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

i liked the food so much i went back again the next day with my family! :) mdm lim sure was surprised to see us. lol!

November 30th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

hahah now I know where lingzie and CK will bring me to eat next lol! yeah love to meet Mrs Lim!

November 30th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

you guys having fun~ how i wish to join 2..:p

November 30th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

J2Kfm – Interesting tasting those dishes and the angler fish is one of them. It taste good and it is indeed a big fish.

NKOTB – The clock is ticking away lor…haha

lingzie – I also took my son there for a revisit yesterday night. He loves the Jokbal :)

Big Boys Oven – Will arrange to makan there. I think you will love the food.

taufulou – Let me know yr next Pg trip and we will plan an outing together.

November 30th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

I love the writing on the walls! (No pun intended, hehe.)

November 30th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

The word BABI really get my attention. Added to my hit list to be visited restaurant. YUMMY !!!

November 30th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Never know Korean food has become popular in Penang now. Must try it out when I’m back as I really can’t find any kaki in Singapore. ;)

December 1st, 2009 at 12:07 am

Life for Beginners – I am pretty sure those wordings are very meaningful. Will try to find out from the owner on my next visit.

email2me – The Jokbal is a must try dish. Tasty with good texture and do not have the jelak feeling.

food-4tots – All of us are lining up to be your makan kaki :)

December 1st, 2009 at 12:15 am

a new restaurant in New Bod building …
During my school times in PCGHS, Many come and many go.
Korean Food is still on the developing pace in Pg compared to Sg…
at least i can simply find a Korean restaurant in any shopping hub

December 1st, 2009 at 12:47 am

What a huge platter of food! I’m sure the portion was more than enough. And those fat sizzling on the BBQ pot… yummy!

December 1st, 2009 at 1:20 pm

wow! what a splendid meal. i need some korean food fix :(

December 1st, 2009 at 4:12 pm

your photos are always tempting. i miss the great veriety of banchan…

December 1st, 2009 at 6:34 pm
Sharon Chuah

I love this restaurant. Tried it months ago. It has strong original Korean taste and good customer service so far. It is indeed a family business where the husband and son are also helping in the restaurant.

December 1st, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Modo Alimentare – There are many Korean restaurants around Penang. Do try out their food as each of the restaurant has their own specialty.

iamthewitch – We had a filling meal, the portion was large and more than enough for all of us.

xin – Can plan to visit this place when you drop by.

ai wei – Colorful banchans are always the center of attraction.

Sharon Chuah – Glad you like the food.

December 3rd, 2009 at 12:10 am
santy lim

c.k you should try the ma ko li.
korean traditional rice wine.
very tasty. i drink the whole big bottle myself.
i went there 2 times. the ajumuni is very nice.
they even drive me back to my hotel.
i will defenitely goin back there.

January 21st, 2010 at 11:51 am
santy lim

i was wondering if anyone can help me find korean restaurant near northam hotel?? i was visiting next week for 1 months stay but couldnt found any close by korean resto.

January 21st, 2010 at 11:59 am

santy lim – Do try out the korean food at Choi’s Bee Won located on the 3rd Floor Royal Hotel along Jalan Larut. I did a review of this place which is a few minutes drive away from Northam Hotel.

January 21st, 2010 at 12:12 pm
santy lim

thank you so much c.k. very nice of you ^__^

January 26th, 2010 at 1:31 pm

A revisit recently, still love its karubi~

November 10th, 2011 at 9:27 pm

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