[编辑 Editor 吕大人 英译 Translator 刘大人 摄影 Photographer 刘大人]
K-food, K-pop, K-drama and K-whatever, seriously we’ve already lost track when the K-wave hit our shores but we, for one, are happy about it, especially the increase in the number of authentic Korean restaurants gracing our Johor Bahru. At a time when many organisations are scaling back and abandoning expansion plans due to the less than rosy economic outlook, many Korean companies are forging ahead with the opening of new outlets in Malaysia, in particular, Johor Bahru.
成立於1981年的 TEUMSAE 特色拉面，在韩国乃是家喻户晓的拉面品牌，位于首尔中心的明洞首家门市更已成为品牌旗舰店，常到韩国旅游的看官们或许曾在许多当地都市中瞧过他们的踪迹，看过经过却不曾尝过的人想必不在少数。
With its headquarter in Myeongdong and one of the most popular fusion food restaurants in Seoul since 1981, TEUMSAE actually means “a narrow space between walls”. Despite its small space, there’s always a queue lining up around the place. Another interesting aspect there is we can leave any messages on the restaurant’s wall. Covered with thousands of testimonials written on slips of paper, it’s obvious this place is something special.
那若是当时错过了也别扼腕，因为马来西亚第一家海外分店已於2019年1月15日正式落户南马伊斯干达特区里的 Sunway Citrine Hub 二楼单位，嗜食韩国拉面的看官们，不妨先随大人入店瞧瞧本地 TEUMSAE 特色拉面 的当家料理吧！
For those of us who have yet to visit TEUMSAE in Seoul, fret not as the brand has recently set up shop on the first floor of Sunway Citrine Hub in mid-January, its first overseas outlet outside of Korea which has made even the locals drool over.
其实在大人尚未到店时，就有密探通报这儿的韩式料理辣劲十足，大韩民族的正宗料理到了海外当然也得保有百分百的红色DNA。大人平日还算嗜辣，却也做好了万全的心理准备，万一舌尖被攻陷就点选他们家另一备受饕客热荐的 Gimbap 饱腹，据悉份量也不容小觑啊！
With the staff in the restaurant seemingly Koreans, it really sets the mood when we hear them speaking their native language. Korean food, like other Asian cuisines, can be spicy to give our meals some kick, but fret not, these intimidating bright red sauce that comes with many of the authentic Korean dishes has been toned down for broader acceptance!
负责人 Lina 透露，原汁原味的辣味拉面辣度十足，许多旅居本地的韩国饕客能在海外尝到原味自是喜不自胜，但为了迎合咱们在地人的口味，主人家则会相应做出些许调整。看着眼前被划为四大类主食的餐谱，单是 Gimbap 与饭团类就达12种之多，大人一时竟无从下手点选，于是咱们还是有请 Lina 为大伙儿推荐了数道韩国饕客来此必点的正宗料理吧！
Initially, in the words of Lina who move to JB to assist her parents, the original recipes from Korea are preserved initially for the Korean community to reminisce the taste from home, but the real deal has proved to be too much for many locals to handle. After gathering feedback and tweaking the recipes for our Malaysian tastebuds, Teumsae now offers the best of both worlds, much to the natives Koreans and local community’s delight. The menu is pretty extensive, with 12 varieties of Gimbap and rice dishes alone, all served with different broths and toppings, Without further ado, we leave our food destiny in the good hands of Lina for a delightful culinary trip to Seoul and back!
这三道 TEUMSAE 的餐前小菜，据悉是韩籍饕客的最爱，大人尤其钟爱他们家的泡菜，Lina 瞧见大人原来也蛮欣赏另两道在本地较不受落的马铃薯与腌渍白萝卜时，大感意外，「接下来，我们将增添多二至三道的小菜。」相较起大部分本地韩式餐厅一出手就是满满一桌的小菜，TEUMSAE 的精选小菜种类可谓贵精不贵多，简简单单三碟小菜就让大人我记牢了滋味！
As is customary, we started our meal with a simple serving of banchan dishes comprising kimchi, pickled radish and braised potato, but we were given assurances by Lina that there would be more variety than the current three we just had for our next visit.
韩式紫菜包饭 Ham Cheese Gimbap
卷入了火腿、起司、食蔬与鸡蛋的韩式紫菜包饭 Ham Cheese Gimbap (RM17)，入口后尽是清爽「蔬」脆，Lina 说许多韩国人习惯蘸点年糕的辣酱增添风味，大人当然也入乡随俗现学现尝，「紫菜包饭份量真的不小，这一碟十段若是一人独食，大人可就担心看官们吃不下其他美食了啊！」
We now start our meal proper with the Ham Cheese Gimbap (think sliced “Korean sushi”) with a generous filling of ham, cheese, egg, carrots, pickled radish, cucumber and burdock root which are well-seasoned and complementing the strong sesame oil flavour very well. While the fillings tend to be aggressively seasoned, so it doesn’t need to be dipped into anything, consider dipping these rice-rolls into the spicy sauce as the Koreans do for a more robust flavour. Next, We decided to get their two best-sellers.
辣炒年糕 Spicy Rice Cake & 辣味海鲜拉面 Spicy Seafood Ramen
这两道深红料理，让大人心中响起了警铃声，务必要小心辣味埋伏啊！料想不到他们家的辣炒年糕 Spicy Rice Cake (上图，RM22) 居然是大人我喜欢的口感，软嫩中带有嚼劲，大人身边有许多韩式年糕忠粉，看来得赶紧通报才行；而碗里摆满青蚝、虾子、墨鱼及食蔬等的辣味海鲜拉面 Spicy Seafood Ramen (下图，RM19)，对于以拉面起家的 TEUMSAE，Q弹爽滑嚼劲十足的口感绝对名不虚传，「对了，千万别小觑这年糕与拉面汤底的辣度，大人只觉越吃舌间越麻辣，后劲颇足！」刚问了 Lina 后才知原来这已是减辣的版本了！
On the occasion when we catch a Korean drama we would have salivated watching our favourite actors feast on tteokbokki, and now it’s our turn to tuck into some Spicy Rice Cake ourselves, culminating in a fiery burst of flavour with each bite. Even for someone who loves spicy food like us, we have to admit the Spicy Seafood Ramen still packs a punch. Brimming with seafood ingredients, the noodle was springy with a firm bite and paired well with the spicy broth that had a great depth of flavour. Fair warning though, our mouth won’t burn, and our eyes won’t water, but each spoonful of the broth was rich and hearty with an addictive slow burn.
韩式石锅拌饭 Hot Stone Bibimbap
不嗜辣的看官们，韩式石锅拌饭 Hot Stone Bibimbap (RM24) 可谓是最安全的选择。以牛肉细丁、食蔬、溏心蛋和紫菜丝铺顶的拌饭，搅拌后原本藏在锅底那微焦的锅巴香气大幅提升了饭香层次，「嗜辣者亦可自行添加辣酱；若是素食者可请主人家准备无肉的版本噢！」
The all-too-familiar gochujang fragrance filled the air, making our mouths water, as we started mixing up our bowl of Hot Stone Bibimbap full of delicious ingredients such as sliced beef, mushrooms, carrots, seaweed, gochujang and a gooey egg. The egg yolk helped to hold the rice together, creating a delectable creamy texture, while the gentle spiciness allows us to taste the different ingredients in the dish. Good news for the non-meat eaters, the vegetarian version is also available upon request.
咖哩猪排饭 Curry Tonkatsu
韩式咖哩猪排饭 Curry Tonkatsu (RM33) 比起年糕与拉面，简直亲和力十足，这一上桌立即让人惊呼「好大一份！」炸得极其酥脆的猪排搭上咖哩与白饭，辣度宜人，胃口怎会不大开啊？
Our eyes instantly light up when we see Tonkatsu on the menu, and this Curry Tonkatsu was a joy. The curry is warm but yet not as heavy than their Japanese counterpart, while this breaded, deep-fried tonkatsu is also lighter than our average pork cutlet but still retains its crispy goodness, especially at the edges. What else can we say?
品尝韩国料理最不必担心的事儿就是空虚饱，瞧瞧餐具们的尺寸即知不可能会饿着离开餐厅了啊！对正宗韩式料理魂牵梦萦的韩粉们快来朝圣吧！看来大人近期最常打卡的觅食据点 Sunway Citrine Hub 又慧眼添一员猛将了啊！
With the latest addition from Seoul adding more culinary flavours to the already diverse list of local and international restaurants, the 30-40 minutes drive to Sunway Citrine Hub is definitely worthwhile to try something new. So go on, try something hot and try to make it through some of the authentic spiciest Korean food you may ever eat. Good luck, you’re gonna need it. 😂
📍 1-15, First Floor, Citrine Hub, Persiaran Medini 3, Sunway Iskandar, 79250 Iskandar Puteri, Johor
📞 +607-585 7566
🕙 Daily from 11.00am – 8.30pm (Break: 2.30pm – 4.30pm)