Saturday, 19 March 2016

Review: Bornga Korean BBQ Restaurant at Johor Bahru City Square

The last 4 times we went to Johor Bahru, we dined at Bornga at City Square Mall. Korean food in Singapore is overpriced and it is hard to find a restaurant with value-for-money Korean food that is tasty and satisfying as well. Of course we have to satisfy our never-ending cravings for Korean food when we are in JB hehe!

Seafood pancake
The first time I had this, it was like the typical skinny Korean pancake but the subsequent ones that we had resembled more like an omelette, except thicker and fluffier. The portion was larger than average and it would be good to share among 4 people instead of 2 as I think it would be too eggy and boring to finish them all. The dipping sauce provided was minimally spicy and salty. Not a fan of it though.

Ginseng chicken soup
The consistency of this small pot of goodness was thicker than the usual ones I had and the chicken was really tender. The soup tasted very healthy because of its light and mild flavours. Bornga uses a whole chicken for this dish, which makes it very value-for-money. I also love digging for the sticky glutinous rice hidden within the chicken.

Gyeran Jjim
This Korean steamed egg was light and fluffy, but not a must-try.

We also tried their BBQ (woo samgyup) meat. There is a minimum order of 2 meats for the BBQ and we had the beef and pork ribs. Both were very well-marinated and our favourite was the BBQ beef which was so tender, juicy, and flavoursome.

Boneless pork ribs (yangnyum dwaeji galbi)

Wrap the BBQ meat in a piece of lettuce, add various toppings and finish it off with green pepper like the Koreans!

Budae Jijigae
I was a little disappointed with their army stew in terms of taste. Soup did not have that addictive feel and it felt like there was something missing from it. Ingredients include spam, sliced rice cakes (which got too soft as it was soaked in the hot soup), and mixed vegetables.

Dolsot Bibimbap
We had our bibimbap with finely minced beef topped with a sunny side-up egg. I loved this! While the bibimbap was already tasty on its own after we mixed everything up, the bibimbap sauce enhanced its overall taste with its spicy and sweet flavours. The rice was also kept hot throughout because of the granite stone bowl.

Haemul Dduk Jjim
This would be good to share among four people or more. There were different types of seafood in it, including clams, prawns, mussels, squid, octopus and crab. As this entire dish was completely covered in their sweet and slightly spicy sauce, it may be a tad overwhelming for 2 people to finish it.

I love how the accompanying sauce complemented the finely minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs patty well. Beef was not at all gamey which was to my liking although I am not sure if I would still order this again because of the price (RM38).

Yukgaejang - Spicy beef soup
The soup base tasted somewhat loaded with MSG and it was a tad salty too. The thin beef slices were gamier than the usual korean-style beef (bbq beef, beef bulgogi) that I had previously. Other than that, I appreciated the spiciness of this dish and how harmonious the combination of bean sprouts, glass noodles, vegetables, and egg was.

Naeng Myun - Cold noodles
This would be a very refreshing dish to have on a hot summer day. The thin buckwheat noodles were served in a bed of finely crushed ice to maintain its coldness. This was my second time having Korean cold noodles. My very first bowl of cold noodles was from Kim's Family Restaurant but I prefer Bornga's version more.

While there are hits and misses, Bornga is still our favourite restaurant in Johor Bahru City Square. Recently, there is a new Korean restaurant opened in the shopping mall so it is time to take a break from Bornga to try the other one hehe. Yay to more Korean food!


Johor Bahru Town
MF-23, Level 3
Johor Bahru City Square Shopping Mall
106-108, Jalan Wong Ah Fook

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