Bon-Ga Korean Restaurant, Solaris Mont' Kiara, Kuala Lumpur | 본가 솔라리스 몽키아라

:: Korean food hunting : we had Kkotgye-tang as dinner at neighborhood area :: 

Seems like Korean restaurants at Solaris Mont' Kiara are pack with eaters everywhere today. Initially we want to try out the new Korean BBQ Restaurant "Gogi-King" which located same row with Shin Shun Mi Mart. However it is full house and all the servers are so busy that they don't even bother to greet or approach the walk-in customer (including us). After standing in front of a vacant table for almost 5 minutes and disappointing with no responds at all, we left and heading to Bon-ga. 

Turns out, Bon-ga is full house too. We and some other walk-ins have to stand near the entrance to wait for an empty table. Just when we thought of leave and search for another less crowded restaurant, suddenly the waitress told us the table is ready. We noticed the restaurant owner has changed to young Korean couple. The husband was busy at the cashier counter while wife is busy with orders and foods with other servers. Some of the server are still the same person since our last visit. 

Bon-ga served 12 + 1  ban-chan (side dish), more than the average Korean Restaurant we visit would served. Normally the maximum would be 9 banchans. The Japchae comes just on time to filled our hungry stomach.  

Bon Ga has more seafood choices in their menu compare to other Korean BBQ restaurants. Husband suggest to order Kkotgye-tang since I miss the Kkotgye dwenjang guk that we had in Busan last year. While waiting for our meal served (we were asked to wait for 20-30mins), we took photo of the menu page by page. 

Bon-ga is Korean BBQ Restaurant. They are using electrical grill for the barbecue which is pretty convenient compare to the charcoal type. Their Beef Menu for BBQ come with choices of Kkot-deungsim (꽃등심) - rib eye steak, Saeng-galbi (생갈비) - Beef ribs without any seasoning, and Wang-galbi (왕갈비) premium quality short ribs.

Other beef menu are Jumulleok (주물럭) - short steaks marinated with sesame oil, Chadol bagi (차돌박이) - thinly sliced brisket point, Galbisal (갈비살) - rib meat, and Sohyeo (소혀) - cow tongue. While the pork menu is very simple with 3 parts available: Samgyeopsal (삼겹살) - pork belly, Dweji-galbi (돼지갈비) - marinated pork rib, Hanjeongsal (한정살) thin meat strips from pork neck (very few portion come from one pig) and meoksal (목살) pork neck meat. 

Bonga also served Dakgalbi or marinated chicken (for BBQ grilled). Next is the meal set (jiggae and rice meal) e.g.: dwenjang jigage, kimchi jiggae, sundubu jiggae, chongguk-jang and yukgyejang. Bibimbap has only one selection. 

Other meal menu are Galbi-tang, tteok-mandu-guk, dduk-bugolgi, jeyuk-bokkuem and maesaengi-guk (with or without octopus). For those who don't know,  Maesaengi is a type of sea plant that grows in the cleanest waters, similar to seaweed, usually use to cook soup or jeon.

As for their noodle dish, Mul-naengmyeon, bibim-naengmyeon and kimchi-mari-guksu (cold kimchi noodle) can be found. Not sure why tteokbokki is listed under noodle here. 

Pancake menu has 3 types of pancakes:- Kimchi pancake, seafood pancake and seafood with leek pancake. 

As mentioned they have a lot of dish related to seafood, so it is not surprise that they have up to 7 selections for their fish menu:- godeungeo gui (grilled mackerel), godeungeo jorim (braised mackerel). kkongchi gui (grilled saury), *Ojingeo-daejim (Steamed squid), Ojingeo muchim (Sweet and spicy boiled squid with vegetables), Hwangtae-gui (Grilled spicy pollack fish) and Minmul jangeo (Grilled fresh water eel). *see Fish menu below 

Various selection from chicken, fish, crab to pork available in the Stew Menu such as Samgyetang (Ginseng chicken soup), Gamjatang (Potato pork bone stew), Kkotgye-tang (Spicy crab stew that we order), *Saengson maeun-tang (Spicy fish stew), Jogi maeun-tang (Spicy yellow croaker fish stew), bulgolgi  jengol (bugolgi stew) and Insam-dweji-galbi-jjim (braised pork ribs with ginseng). *See Stew menu below

I am fascinate with the choices of their Special Dish. Some of the dish, especially those fish dishes I heard of it before but yet tried so far are available in Bonga. What they have in Special Menu are:- Gwamegi (Half-dried herring bill-fish), Ganjang gyejang (Soy sauce crab), Yangmyum gyejang (Spicy sauce crab), Bori-gulbi (Yellow corvina fish) and Deodeok gui (grilled deodeok) - deodeok is a root of a  flowering plant. 

Others like Kimchi jjim (Braised kimchi), Suyuk bossam (boiled pork with vegetable wraps) and Gul-bossam (Boiled pork served with fresh oyster and salted napa cabbage wraps) are commonly seen in other restaurant. The rest of the dish such as Honghap nakji-tang (Mussel and octopus soup), Galnak-tang (octopus and beef rib soup), Gyejang baekban (soybean crab set meal), Gulbi baekban (yellow corvina set meal), Hongeo samhap (combo of fermented skate, pork and kimchi) and Ori-hunje (smoked duck) are those rare dishes that not many Korean restaurant would sell I would say. 

There are some wrong translation in mandarin, so don't be confuse when you see it.

Last page of the menu is always about Drinks which included soju and beers. 

Kkotgye tang 꽃게탕 (RM88.00)
Our order -Kkotgye-tang is in normal serving which can feed 2 to 3 pax. Kkotgye-tang is Korean Spicy Crab Stew that made from blue crabs (or known as flower crab), vegetables and soup base that made from dwenjang, gochujang and gochugaru. 

Vegetables usually are radish, onions, green onion, bean sprout and enoki mushrooms. All raw ingredient will be pour into the pot filled with soup base, bring to boil for a while until everything is cook before consume. 

The portion is quite generous, there are at least 4 blue crabs in the Kkotgye-tang. The broth taste good, however the blue crab meat is probably frozen and not properly defrost, the meat texture is not chewy thus less rich taste than the fresh crab. 

The only portion of crab I took that night, the rest was finish by my husband. I am not really enjoy the crab meat, but at least soup and vegetables taste not bad so I still able to finish a bowl of rice with it. Guess we are running out of luck today. First we ask for refill for banchan but it never come (the server are too busy). After meal husband ask for the dessert and we were told it is finish! 

This is something we never encounter before in such a decent Korean Restaurant. Normally if dessert is finish they would serve drinks like sikye (sweet rice punch) or iced coffee as replacement. Husband is upset and he highlighted it to the boss when he pay the bill. They should be well prepared on this especially on weekends. Anyway, no more Kkotgye-tang for us in Malaysia after this. We should save those money and eat it in Korea in coming October when we go back to Busan. 

Bon-Ga Korean Restaurant |  본가
No.3A-2 Block E, Jln Solaris 3, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-6204 0012

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