李家麵屋 Ham Heung Naengmyeon (함흥냉면), Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur

:: New Naengmyeon specialty restaurant selling Busan delicacies ~ Ham Heung Naengmyeon and Dweji-gukbap ::

Newly open Korean Restaurant in town. We saw the restaurant (under renovation and yet open) around 2 weeks ago. The shop location previously was Japin Japanese Restaurant, not sure when Japin closed down for business cause it was still spotted around not long ago. This morning when we went to Desa Sri Hartamas looking for brunch, the restaurant has open for business and a lot of eaters inside (99% are Koreans and the only 1% is me). 

The one with RED signboard is the Naengmyeon specialty restaurant - 李家麵屋 (Lee's Family Noodle House) or 함흥냉면 (Ham Heung Naengmyeon). So, what is Ham Heung Naengmyeon? Ham Heung is actually a capital in North Korea, and Naengmyeon was origin from North Korea. It was bring down to South Korea by the refugees during Korea War. Besides Seoul, Naengmyeon travelled down to Busan with refugees from Ham Heung, and later evolved into Mil-myeon (wheat noodle). That's how it gets it name - Ham Heung Naengmyeon. Naeho Naengmyeon (a Naengmyeon restaurant) in Uam-dong, busan which I ate before, is one of the origin Mil-myeon opened by Han Heung refugess since 1954. (READ HERE)

Menu is on the wall. Surprise to find out that 李家麵屋 also selling Gukbap. First time ever we encounter a Korean restaurant selling Busan delicacy - Dweji gukbap in our neighbourhood!! Husband immediately order the gukbap without second thought! While I go for the Naengmyeon since I am craving for it. 

After we placed our order, complimentary yuksu (meat broth tea) was served. We were delighted as we never expect we can had yuksu in a Naengmyeon restaurant in Malaysia. Reminds me of Naeho Naengmyeon! However the yuksu already seasoned with salt. While the one I had in Naeho Naengmyeon is not seasoning with anything.

These are sides dishes that normally served along when you order Dweji-gukbap (Pork Soup Rice) - kimchi and mu-kimchi (white raddish kimchi). Usually Kkakdugi (red cubed radish kimchi) will be serve besides mu-kimchi - anyway Kkakdugi is available after our first visit.  While the condiments - gochugaru (red chilli powder) and Saeujeot (salted fermented shrimp paste) are use to seasoning the gukbap as it was served without seasoned. 

Dweji-gukbap @ RM20.00
Husband's order - Dweji gukbap (돼지국밥). Dweji-gukbap is the signature dish represent Busan - a pork soup where Koreans normally add the rice into the soup and eat together when it is boiling hot, together with kkakdugi. My first time have Dweji-gukbap in Busan was at a famous Dweji-gukbap chain-restaurant nearby husband's home. The Dweji-gukbap here taste good. Season with some shrimp paste or chilli paste (if you like spicy) before eat. 

Bibim Naengmyeon @ RM19.00
How can I miss out to try their Hamheung-style cold noodle since they are specialised on it. I choose Bibim-naengmyeon (비빔냉면) which is Naengmyeon without broth (dried), substitutes a dollop of red pepper sauce and a little bit of broth, where you need to bibim (mixed) it before eat.

Mul-Naengmyeon @ RM19.00
Second visit, it's a hot afternoon so we both had their Mul-Naengmyeon (물냉면) this time. The broth is good! You can add some vinegar and yellow-mustard in it if you like spicy and sour. However for me, I love the original taste as it is so I don't add normally unless the broth itself is bland. 

Naengmyeon (S) + Seogogi Suyuk @ RM39.00
Another revisit where we had the cold noodle and boiled beef set! You can choose soup or dry  for the Naengmyeon, and boiled pork instead of boiled beef. Seo-gogi suyuk (소고기수육) is boiled beef. According to the lady owner, the Naengmyeon in the set is smaller size than the normal Naengmyeon. The thinly sliced beef is so soft and with some fats attached on it, soak in broth to maintain it's moist. Goes well with the Bibim-Naengmyeon. The size is not to much not too less. Nice for 1 pax and definitely not enough is sharing! 



SeoGogi Gukbap  @ RM23.00
I also tried their Seogogi-gukbap (소고기 국밥) which also known as Jang-gukbap. It is Spicy Beef Soup with beef stripes, radish slices, napa-cabbages, chopped leeks and gochugaru. Just like Dweji-gukbap, it is served in ttukbaegi (hot-pot) and eat together with rice. It is a little bit spicier than I thought.

Now the operation hour revised to 9am till 5pm, we have another "Korean-breakfast" choice in town. And, don't be surprise if you spot the chef from Dae Sa Kwan Korean BBQ Restaurant (which is just few steps away) running between both 李家麵屋 and Dae Sa Kwan's kitchen. He owns both restaurants. 

李家麵屋 Ham Heung Naengmyeon (함흥냉면)
Address : 34G, Jalan 27/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Phone : 03-3122 7737

Note : The restaurant's company registration name is Han Kang Restaurant S/B therefore it was named after "Han Kang Restaurant" in google map by someone who create it. However signboard shows it 李家麵屋, 함흥냉면 (Ham Hueng Naengmyeon). Don't be confuse, they are all under the same place.

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