Hwaro BBQ Malaysia, Subang Jaya
July 15, 2022
Fans of authentic Korean grilled fare have a fresh-faced spot to check out in Subang: Launched in April 2022, Hwaro BBQ Malaysia is spearheaded by a Korean husband-and-wife team from Seoul, serving up sizzling slices of scrumptious succulence in a space that showcases portraits of Korean food and pop bands like BTS and Twice.
Hwaro is Korean for brazier, the pan that holds the burning charcoal for the barbecue.
Start with signature highlights like Samgyeopsal - Grilled Pork Belly, tender and tasty after being marinated for about two days, lip-smacking for fans of this crowd-pleasing cut (RM30).
If you love the distinctive heat of Korea's fermented red chilli paste, check out Hwaro's Gochujang Samgyeopsal - Spicy Grilled Pork Belly that conveys the unmistakable savoury-sweet spiciness that fuels so many popular Korean recipes (RM35). Thankfully, this isn't too fiery, so it's suitable for everyone in the family.
The Wine Samgyeopsal is Wine Marinated Pork Belly, recommended for its powerfully aromatic richness, with the marination enhancing the decadent depth of the herb-tinged, nuanced meat (RM36). This definitely deserves to be a bestseller.
Moksal - Grilled Pork Shoulder - is a reliable classic, its familiar leanness marbled with a layer of fat for a carnivore-pleasing balance of flesh (RM28).
Beyond pork, Hwaro's Sutbul Dak Galbi - Spicy Grilled Chicken - is a safe bet, succulently cooked to a slight char that perfectly complements its gochujang-based flavour (RM35).
For seafood, munch on Jjukkumi Sutbul Gui - Grilled Baby Octopus - with a bouncy bite and juicy gochujang chew (RM37). This is fun and easy to grill with a group of family or friends.
Red meat is also available, aged for around a week to make it sweeter and more supple.
Beyond BBQ, Hwaro promises all the attractive delights of a full-fledged Korean kitchen.
If noodles imported straight from South Korea are what you crave, slurp up Hwaro's soupy Ramyeon. child-friendly with the satisfying simplicity of egg and leek (RM15), or the Cheese Ramyeon if you prefer extra cheesiness to thicken the bowl (RM16).
For fried noodles, choose from the super-fiery Buldak Bokkeum Myeon (RM17) or the much milder soy-based Japagetti (RM17).
For refreshing coolness on hot days, order Hwaro's Cold Noodle Naengmyeon, swimming in a savoury soup. Alternatively, indulge in the contrasts of the Spicy Biebiem Namyeong, chilly in temperature but chilli-fuelled with gochujang to raise a sweat.
Hwaro's Gyeran Jjim is exemplary - superbly fluffy-custardy steamed egg - while the Japchae makes for a pleasant meal if you're steering clear of meat, featuring sweet potato noodles stir-fried with soy sauce and sesame oil.
Beverages range from alcoholic beverages like wine for a celebratory mood to regular iced green tea for everyday occasions.
Hwaro BBQ Malaysia39, Jalan USJ 10/1f, Taipan Business Centre, 47620 Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Open Monday-Tuesday, 4pm-1030pm; Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-3pm, 5pm-1030pm.