Korean Restaurants In Penang

Thinking about the last time you ate bibimbap or kimchi? Thankfully, Penang has many Korean restaurants that serve authentic Hallyu-inspired food in a cozy setting.

Relive that last amazing Korean gastronomic moment with these places to get great Korean food in Penang!

With options that include unassuming hole-in-the-wall restaurants to sleek Korean gourmet restaurants to satisfy your cravings!

Top 11 Korean Food In Penang

1. Han Sung Po Cha Korean BBQ

Han Sung Po Cha Korean BBQ will bowl you over with its Korean BBQ:

Here, you’ll find fresh and tender lamb, chicken, pork meat that are well-marinated and infused with divine flavors.

Don’t skip the Korean pancake – another popular menu item that’s crispy yet not drenched in oil.

Wash down your meal with a savory bowl of kimchi soup showcasing a perfect balance of saltiness and sourness.

Korean BBQ At Han Sung Po Cha Korean BBQ, Penang
Korean BBQ At Han Sung Po Cha Korean BBQ, Penang – Photo credits to leeqin (Instagram)

The raw crab dish is another chart-topper. And some patrons book this particular dish months in advance!

Above all, the prices are extremely reasonable with a portion of meat ranging between RM20 and RM30.

On the other hand, ventilation is just fair, and the restaurant does not accept reservations (aside from the raw crab dish).

And hence, it’s quite normal to have to wait between 15 to 20 minutes to be seated.

2. Hanju Eatery Soju Bar

Hanju Eatery exudes vibes of an upscale bar with an illuminated soju display taking center stage.

Upscale Bar With An Illuminated Soju Display At Hanju Eatery Soju Bar, Penang
Upscale Bar With An Illuminated Soju Display At Hanju Eatery Soju Bar, Penang – Photo credits to ellinyuen (Instagram)

If you dread waiting for a table, you won’t encounter this issue here in the spacious interior that hardly sees a crowd, even on a weekday lunch.

Food-wise, the clams are superbly delish while the Teobokki (Korean rice cakes) and Tangsuyuk (Sweet and sour pork /beef) hit all the right notes with generous portions too.

Kimchi Soup And Other Korean Dishes At Hanju Eatery Soju Bar In Penang
Kimchi Soup And Other Korean Dishes At Hanju Eatery Soju Bar In Penang – Photo credits to cheryllameats (Instagram)

Along with the attentive and polite staff, we’ll have to admit that the chic and relaxing ambiance is the main draw – it is an excellent hangout venue for hours of conversation.

3. HANMALU

It’s a bit of a hit and miss with Hanmalu, with some dishes raking in praises while a few fall short of expectations.

Fried Chicken And Grilled Pork Ribs At HANMALU, Penang
Fried Chicken And Grilled Pork Ribs At HANMALU, Penang – Photo credits to kelvin_chiahcs (Instagram)

Like the bibimbap which lacks some taste compared to other Korean restaurants in Penang.

But items that deserve their high ratings include the grilled pork ribs and fried chicken coated in a super crispy batter. Octopus lovers can chow down on the stir-fried octopus in delight too.

Korean Fried Chicken, Rabokki At HANMALU, Penang
Korean Fried Chicken, Rabokki At HANMALU, Penang – Photo credits to leeqin (Instagram)

Pair your meaty indulgences with an assortment of 15 Korean side dishes (Banchan).

All in all, this non-descript Korean diner with rows of tables makes a worthy alternative for Korean food foodies in the Tanjung Tokong area.

4. Bibimbowl Korean Restaurant

Jajangmyeon At Bibimbowl Korean Restaurant In Penang
Jajangmyeon At Bibimbowl Korean Restaurant In Penang – Photo credits to Jajangmyeon (Instagram)

Have authentic Korean cuisine at Bibibowl – almost every dish is cooked to perfection.

If we have to pick dishes to recommend,  they would be the kimchi pancake and fried chicken. These are crowd favorites that pack just the right amount of crisp.

Kimchi Spicy Fried Rice At Bibimbowl Korean Restaurant, Penang
Kimchi Spicy Fried Rice At Bibimbowl Korean Restaurant, Penang – Photo credits to bibimbowl_penang (Instagram)

The signature sweet and spicy Korean sauce coats the crunchy karaage.

Aside from the wonderfully varied menu  and great-tasting food,  service is very speedy so every dish is still piping hot!

5. Park’s Kitchen Korean Restaurant

Bibimbap And Side Dishes At Park_s Kitchen Korean Restaurant, Penang
Bibimbap And Side Dishes At Park_s Kitchen Korean Restaurant, Penang – Photo belongs to Park_s Kitchen 박식당_

If you seek generous platters of Korean dishes with freeflowing coffee, Park’s Kitchen Korean restaurant is the place to be.

It’s a cozy Korean restaurant in Penang with Korean songs emanating in the background.

The homely Korean food that is not overly heavy on seasoning. Despite that, their BBQ meats and bibimbap are heavenly to the last bite.

Korean BBQ At Park_s Kitchen Korean Restaurant, Penang
Korean BBQ At Park_s Kitchen Korean Restaurant, Penang – Photo belongs to Park_s Kitchen 박식당_

Because the food is cooked by a Korean chef who has a lot of experience behind his skills.

Not surprisingly, the affordable great food results in long queues and a packed room.

Service is slow during peak hours and the wait for food can be long – especially over lunch.

And with only two allocated parking bays, be prepared to put in extra leg work as finding parking can be tough.

Given the large servings, enjoyable meals, and side dishes, you’ll find plenty of reasons to swing by here.

6. YUN/ Korean ssäm bar (Launched in 2021)

Just like the name suggests (Ssäm which means “being wrapped”), this unassuming Korean Omakase serves dishes that taste and look good.

Kimbab At YUN윤 Korean ssäm bar, Penang
Kimbab At YUN윤 Korean ssäm bar, Penang – Photo credits to this.is.yun.pg (Instagram)

This new kid on the block sets gold standards for pretty plating.

The creative menu is curated none other by owner-chef, Adrien Ch’ng while native Korean co-owner, Stella injects bonafide Hallyu hospitality that makes this joint outstanding.

Myungran Bibimbap At YUN윤 Korean ssäm bar, Penang
Myungran Bibimbap At YUN윤 Korean ssäm bar, Penang – Photo credits to this.is.yun.pg (Instagram)

The fresh oysters with kimchi puree are hits along with their Teobokki too.

So get ready to discover some of the best Korean food in Penang at YUN/윤 Korean ssäm bar with gorgeous food presentation and reasonable pricing.

7. K Pot Fusion Restaurant

Don’t let the humble and vintage-like atmosphere fool you into not venturing into K Pot Fusion Restaurant:

Because delectable Korean food beckons with the promise of super cheap pricing and huge servings too!

Start with a generous portion of side dishes along with a free flow of cold tea. While side dishes are limited to only three varieties, they pair well with notable dishes such as the bibimbap, tteokbokki, kimchi pancake, soft tofu stew.

Kimchi Pancake At K Pot Fusion Restaurant, Penang
Kimchi Pancake At K Pot Fusion Restaurant, Penang – Photo credits to Chong Soon Lim

Hospitality is first-class with speedy service. In addition, finding a parking space is easy with ample bays along the road.

8. Da Ohn Da Korean BBQ

True to its name, Da Ohn is famous for BBQ sets with prompt staff to greet you the moment you enter.

BBQ Dishes At Da Ohn Da Korean BBQ, Penang
BBQ Dishes At Da Ohn Da Korean BBQ, Penang – Photo credits to chiewhooisim (Instagram)

This hole-in-the-wall Korean diner has a limited menu but features all the top picks to please any Korean foodie.

Indulge in star attractions like the bulgogi along with other BBQ dishes, kimchi soup, and rice sets.

Kimchi Soup At Da Ohn Da Korean BBQ, Penang
Kimchi Soup At Da Ohn Da Korean BBQ, Penang – Photo credits to pohthing_joy.ye (Instagram)

Being the sole Da Ohn outlet in Penang from this sprawling chain with a global presence, the food here is affordably priced, making up for its less than impressive interior setup.

9. Korean Cafe Shwim Pyo (Halal)

For halal Korean fare that will delight your tastebuds, head over to the Korean Café Shwim Pyo located at Sunway Bukit Gambier, Penang.

From their menu, their rice topped fried squid, fried spicy chicken noodles, and bibimbap are stellar choices that will delight!

Assorted Korean Dishes At Korean Cafe Shwim Pyo (Halal)
Assorted Korean Dishes At Korean Cafe Shwim Pyo (Halal) – Photo credits to waniesujari (Instagram)

Best of all, each dish costs approximately RM20 per person, making it extremely affordable with generous servings to boot.

On the other hand, their operating hours are somewhat unreliable as they tend to close before normal business hours without prior notice.

Nevertheless, exemplary and courteous service awaits!

10. Cottiny Cafe (Korean Restaurant)

Korean Food At Cottiny Korean Cafe, Penang
Korean Food At Cottiny Korean Cafe, Penang – Photo credits to sislapaq (Instagram)

Styling themselves as the first Korean café in Malaysia, Cottiny Korean café serves typical Korean snacks and meals.

Note: This Korean restaurant in Penang are owned by David and Christine Moon who are native Korean citizens.

You’ll find inexpensive lunch sets for only RM15 during promotions. The Korean desserts here are decadently delicious, and the Croffle (a Croissant-waffle) and chocolate bingsoo are swoon-worthy!

The façade of Cottiny Korean Cafe may look ordinary on the outside.

But its amazing ambiance inside is suitable for catch-ups, reunions, and family gatherings.

11. Chikin-Out

For the best Korean fried chicken in Penang, bring your friends (and stomach) to Chikin-Out!

Besides Korean fried chicken with soy sauce, this fried chicken specialist has chicken burgers slathered with 2 homemade sauces.

Korean Fried Chicken At Chikin-Out, Penang
Korean Fried Chicken At Chikin-Out, Penang – Photo credits to chikin.out (Instagram)

Apart from the usual Korean fanfare, fusion Korean food finds its way into the menu with innovative dishes like the Korean Fried Maggie and Salted Egg Fried Chicken.

Note: There are seasonal gift boxes to spice up the takeaway menu, offering diners more variety beyond their staple meals.

Supported by a courteous team of service staff, Chikin-Out is the place to be wolf-down delicious Korean at affordable prices. Enjoy magnificent food with 5-star service.

Conclusion

In spite of all the buzz surrounding Penang food, Korean restaurants still have a place in Penang. And there are many to choose from!

So regardless of your dining preference, taste, and budget, discover your next target from this list of restaurants featuring the best Korean food in Penang!

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