What used to be a patch of jungle beside my secondary school has now become Star City, a nice little hangout hub - to say that it's a far cry from the overgrown greenery from my school days is quite the understatement. The brother had been talking about a Korean place in Star City that he had become very fond of (lunch, almost three times a week!) for weeks and there's only so much talk you can bear before you relent and give it a go.
A-7, Jalan Seri Kuantan 82,
Kuantan Star City,
Owned and run by a pleasant Korean couple, the restaurant serves up Korean fare that reminded us of our favourite Korean place in London. The setup is simple, tables that are equipped for hotpot meals and a conveyor belt in the middle of the restaurants for the Korean-style sushi.
A trio of bottomless appetisers to whet the appetite - kimchi, fried crispy sweet-salty anchovies and peanuts and the pumpkin appetiser that I just couldn't get enough of.
Chicken kimchi stew - spicy and punchy, with a generous amount of ingredients, just the way we like it. A set comes with one bowl of rice and a drink, and is enough for two.
The daeng jang soup set provided a lovely counterbalance to the more fiery kimchi stew with its mellow, subtle flavour.
Korean seafood pancake - one of those Korean restaurant must-haves. The one in JJ Kimbab is loaded with vegetables and bits of seafood, and dunked into the Korean soy sauce, it makes for a nice side nibble. I would probably have preferred it if it they had let it brown just a tiny bit more, though.
Apple and tomato juice - a refreshing combination that's quite uncommon and by the tastes of it, freshly squeezed with no added sugar. The equally refreshing iced peach tea is also popular.
Delicious Korean food at small town prices - it's no wonder that my brother has become a regular (he also highly recommends the under-RM 10 beef rice lunch set). It's always fun when you discover a little gem like this - I'm definitely going to have to return to sample their hotpot and barbecue, and yes, to collect more stamps on my rewards card too.
Korean in Kuantan - gotta love that progress.