Sa Rang Chae Korean Restaurant @ New Bob Centre, Penang


The Maewoon Kalbi – Spicy Pork Rib Stew (RM30) is perhaps one of the most popular dishes of the night. Mdm Lim’s own concoction of pork ribs and Korean glass noodles cooked with herbs and “ang cho” (red dates), this dish is actually sweet with a lil pleasant spicy aftertaste. Served piping hot, this would be perfect on a cold rainy night! Smaller portion available at RM20.


The very yummy Maewoon Kalbi (front) and equally tasty Dakgalbi (Spicy grilled chicken)


The Dakgalbi (Spicy Grilled Chicken) RM50 came in a pan with a sauce which I mistakenly took for soup. It’s actually a platter of vegetables and grilled chicken with a thick sweet spicy sauce, which tastes better after you let it simmer for a while (and the veg gets nice and soft) After taking your first bite of this dish, you might be fooled into thinking that it’s sweet. But be warned for the spiciness sneaks in a short while later and BOOM! Tongue on fire alert! lol However, I must say that this Dakgalbi is a very addictive dish (in my opinion at least) I was seen digging into this dish more than three times throughout the dinner. 😛


Now, if you’ve been scared off by the previous dishes where ‘spicy, spicy, spicy’ was seen everywhere, fret not! For Sa Rang Chae has this lil baby up its sleeves to tempt you non spicy people – the Japchae – stir fry glass noodles with shredded vegetables and meat (RM30).


I loved this dish the moment I tasted it. I’m a big big fan of Korean glass noodles as I just love the texture! And this plate of stir fried glass noodles is sweet and yummy!


It was definitely a very satisfying and interesting Korean meal! And although the prices may seem a lil steep, do bear in mind that the portions for each dish is huge! Between the 10 of us for this meal, we really had a hard time finishing everything (and you’re talking to gluttonous foodies with big appetites here! lol) I’ve been back with my family since this visit, and the four of us ordered the Japchae (glass noodles) and Dakgalbi (spicy grilled chicken) and a portion of BBQ pork which was more than enough!


Many thanks to CK for organizing this review and to Mdm Lim Soo Yeon & Mr Kim for being such gracious hosts!

Essential facts:

Sa Rang Chae Korean Restaurant

11-G-1&2 Jalan Gottlieb (New Bob  Centre)

10350 Penang.

Tel: 04-226 3587, 012-468 6700 (Mdm Lim/Mr Kim)

Business Hours: 12.00noon-3.00pm, 6.00pm-10.30pm (Closed Monday Lunch)

GPS: 5.432084, 100.301914 (for google map directions click HERE)

My personal favourites from this meal: Japchae (stir fried glass noodles), Dakgalbi (spicy grilled chicken), Maewoon Kalbi (spicy pork rib stew), the BBQ and Jokbal (glazed pig’s feet)

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  1. There are a lot of Korean food popping up recently. It is similar when Japanese cuisine when it started to invade Penang and Malaysia. Many authentic restaurants then, but now too many localised flavors.

    This Korean outlet looks like the real thing, but have yet to try it although we have passed by so many time. Must give it a try one day.
    .-= Jason Wong´s last blog ..????????? =-.

  2. wah jimui, u tried a lot of different dishes 🙂 dinner at any Korean restaurant, desmond and myself could only order 2 dishes maximum, coz the kimchi would be free flow and that add up 9-10 different dishes already 🙂 thanks for recommending, will try it this week! 🙂 Kamsa Hamnida~

  3. Not returning to SaRang Chae Korean Restaurant! Portion too small, limit only 1 refill of side dishes. Not value for money!
    Try others, Korean Rest in town, much better value.
    Don’t expect any service coz there is none! Myanmar waiters cannot speak at all!

    1. To Sharon,
      I just came back from Korea, normally side dishes are not refill more than 1x. I heard some of korean who are staying in Penang who feedback to me that most of the local people (2 or more customers in a table) just would like to order 1 main dish, but keep on requesting to refill side dishes (because is free), which showing Penangite’s attitude toward international.

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