Jang Won Korean Restaurant JB
This is a little gem tucked away in some back alley at Stulang Laut in Johore Bahru it seems. The Jang Won Korean Restaurant in Johore Bahru or JB as we so affectionately refer to it in our conversations about food, is truly a treasure for food bloggers and budget travelers looking for great value and delicious Korean Cuisine. As I write this post, I already feel like going back just for lunch over the next weekend.
The first thing that anyone would ask would be what’s the damage? Well, the Beef Ribs or Galbi is just RM 60.00 (Ex Rate 1 SGD = 2.58 RM) which makes it SGD 23.25. I think if you like Korean food, you would also agree that it is very reasonably priced. This is what we had:
1 x Beef Ribs = RM 60.00
1 x Pork Spare Ribs = RM 30.00
1 x Ginseng Chicken = RM 30.00
1 x Seafood Pancake *Haemul-Pajeon* = RM 25.00
1 x Fried Octopus *Nakji Bokum* = RM 25.00
3 x Steam Rice = RM 6.00
1 x Plum Wine (Gold) = RM 60.00
Service Charge is levied at 10% = RM 23.60
Total RM 259.60
That’s like SGD 100.62 for 4 persons, which in my opinion is a good deal. Rarely can I order something like that and still pay SGD 100 for it. Besides the fact that it is good value, there are more than 13 side dishes served to us, which I heard signifies that we treated like royalty (I counted 20 items!). Most places that I go in Singapore just offer a maximum number of between 6-8 side dishes. So Jang Won Korean Restaurant is unreal.
Located at Stulang Laut which is by the sea, it is quite near The Zon (strange name). It’s located on the second floor of a dirty looking food court. But Jang Won is neat and clean as a restaurant, very different from its neighbour just one floor down. Here’s the address:
Jang Won Restaurant
K3-211, 2rd Floor, Block C,
Kompleks Perniagaan Stulang Laut, JB
Here’s a link on google maps, if you are thinking of going, but want to have a picture of where exactly it is. In fact, just google the address and you will find it. Easy. Click here.
I snapped a photo, just in case you need one for referencing. Very obvious, no way you can miss it. From your hotel in JB, hop onto any Red Taxi with a Yellow top and they should know how to bring you there.
Metered Taxi Service
One thing you got to watch out for though is that most of these taxi drivers tend to quote a fixed lump sum price as opposed to the metered pricing which they are supposed to do. Furthermore, a lot of these drivers are in cahoots with each other and they all quote a fixed price as opposed to metered pricing. If you go by the meter, it is way cheaper. But if you don’t want to haggle, then you just have to bite the bullet and take it.
It is supposed to be a metered taxi service, but they obviously also know that you’re a tourist, and especially if you are taking the taxi from a hotel location. We were staying at the KSL Resort over the weekend, so we took one of those taxis waiting outside the KFC on the ground floor. Usually the culprits are the ones that form a queue conveniently outside a common exit of a mall.
The driver that we spoke to quoted us RM 15.00 for the short drive to Stulang Laut. We thought at first it was a reasonable price, but when we took a metered taxi back from Stulang Laut to the hotel, the price was so much lower! The same type of Red taxi with Yellow top with the sign that says “No Haggling” on the side of its door, costs us only RM 6.70. Unbelievable. After that, we haggled with every taxi driver that didn’t want to turn on his meter. It was still cheap, but I guess it is the principle of it all isn’t it?
Anyway, I digress. Go Jang Won Korean Restaurant.