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Palsaik Korean BBQ @ Melaka


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Brian Kennett

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Palsaik Korean BBQ @ Melaka


Stuck for somewhere to eat tonight on the CNY 1st day for celebration and we also wanted to get out of the hotel. We needed some cash to get out to get a taxi to try and get into the city. But again as it was CNY 1st day there were zero cabs so we walked to the ATM. As we walked along it became clearly evident that Melaka was on wholesale shut-down. Nothing was open at all. But we did remember Palsaik Korean BBQ @ Melaka, which was directly opposite the hotel. So we took a huge loop walk from the hotel to ATM back to the hotel to dine at Palsaik Korean BBQ @ Melaka. Anyways, it was a nice walk to see the local area and got us in the mood for food.

Palsaik Korean BBQ @ Melaka comes with a HIGH recommendation from family Kennett. What a superb concept they have. Above the entrance, they have panels with 1-8 and then the following; 01 – Ginseng, 02 – Red Wine, 03 – Pine Leaves, 04 – Garlic, 05 – Herb, 06 – Curry, 07 – Miso Paste, and 08 – Korean Hot Pepper. I am intrigued and now must visit them for some grazing.

Let’s hear from them about themselves and their unique concept;

“Korean barbecue or Korean BBQ is one of the most popular forms of Asian eating in the world. With a wide range of choices of meat, vegetables and sauces to select from, Korean BBQ is popular amongst people from all around the world, whether it’s for celebrations, gatherings or meals. So, what’s so special about Palsaik Korean BBQ?

Palsaik means ‘8-colours’ in Korean, and samgyupsal means ‘pork belly’.

As the name goes, Palsaik Korean BBQ is well-known for its 8 flavours of marinated pork belly. Each and every one of the flavours has health benefits, as the restaurant takes health into consideration. The ingredients used to marinate the meat are all 100% natural, and no additives or food colouring are added during the marination process.

The 8 flavours of Pork Belly eating sequence is as follows:

Ginseng >Red Wine >Pine Leaves >Garlic >Herb Curry >Miso Paste >Korean Hot Pepper

Let the flavours dance on the tip of your tongue, and savour the taste like a slow-dance to Waltz.”

And I, we, totally agree with them. The concept is stunning. We ordered the set meal with Kimchi soup base. With that you get; 2 rolls of naked pork belly, 4 fresh prawns, a cuttlefish, vegetables, all-you-can-eat lettuce leaves, and the World famous EIGHT marinated pork bellies. Roughly speaking all this will cost you $76 SGD. I nearly fell off my bloody chair. I could not believe it. Now to check the meat quality. We are truly loving it so far at Palsaik Korean BBQ @ Melaka.

We ordered Al la Carte too, to get some Beef for JudeJude (but actually did not need it because the pork was stunning!) – but still ate it because it was also incredible.

You have a little buzzer that loudly goes ‘Ding Dong’ when you push it, and someone should come running to take your order. It was quite funny as they massively messed up the drink order and did not bring Jude’s Coke, despite several reminders, for about 15 minutes. So, that bell became their retribution for single orders thereafter. Well, it made me giggle. And I promise no cry, Wolf, every Ding Dong was an order. Just some of the orders could have been done together perhaps – naughty Daddy!!!

You get your very own griller, and no I do not mean a big hairy Silverback. I mean the guy in red with the Chef hat. Literally, the only time you touch the food is when you pick it up with your chopsticks to eat it. Unless like me you couldn’t stop touching it. Come on you know me and cooking. This then became quite a competition between our BFF Griller and me. He’d walk off to go turn some meat on another table and I’d move some pork to char it up, or move the garlic into the oil to crisp it, or or… As soon as he saw me doing that he was running to our table to take over the tools again. It really was quite funny. Almost like Pavlov’s bell. Bless the guy. Yes, we did tip him well for our fun and superbly cooked food. He was extremely patient.

When the scaffolding of food arrived I noticed that they score the flesh of the pork, not the skin, and then roll it up and get that marinade doing its work. It is GENIUS. I can imagine stacks of these pork bellies all rolled and covered in marinade sitting in their chiller. Heavenly. It also gets that marinade into the meat super deep and also makes the meat cook super quick on the grill. It’s ingenious, and I love it. I’ll tell y0u more when I get to the pictures down below. Shall we have a look @ Palsaik Korean BBQ @ Melaka?

Palsaik Korean BBQ @ Melaka
Here we are sat ready and eager. Looking a tad industrial on the table with skillet and burner. Science experiment about to start? Jude Jude’s new photo-pose is working well – “How you doing…?”
Palsaik Korean BBQ @ Melaka
Then this trolley rocks up. OMG. See the 8 rolls of marinated pork belly at the front, plain at the back with the seafood and veggies at the bottom. This is gonna be BIG!!!
Palsaik Korean BBQ @ Melaka
So I’d better order some Korean libation to assist with the food swallowing. I am literally feeling as light as a cloud in anticipation, or is that Kloud?
Palsaik Korean BBQ @ Melaka
The Kimchi soup is now on the heat and looking rather evil it has to be said. I have ordered Ramen noodles to go with this. I feel no need for any Enemas tomorrow. I believe we will all be having a lovely Colonic clear out after this. EVIL!!!
Palsaik Korean BBQ @ Melaka
Have a look at these puppies. 1-8 of the pork bellies in order of marinade intensity. Look closely at the photo and see what I mean about the slices/scoring on the meat of the bellies. Get that marinade in BIG TIME. Love it!!!
Palsaik Korean BBQ @ Melaka
This serving scaffold is just food theatre at your table-side and we are loving it – despite being completely full up just looking at the task at hand. This is some serious grazing here folks. I reckon this is food for 6 adults not our little mix of age groups, but we damaged it really well.
Palsaik Korean BBQ @ Melaka
See the table layout. Basically our BFF comes to the far end and cooks the meat sort of three rolls at a time. He then exits as you eat. The veggies are at the end of the skillet roasting away with some sliced garlic and chopped chilli. In front of you is a small bowl of amazing, no, absolutely off-the-charts red miso paste with some sliced cucumber. Take a lettuce leaf, smear some miso paste, add a slice or two of toasted garlic and chilli, get some of the pork bellies in and then roll and chomp. Sit down and take a breath because angels will be singing. It’s a major foodie moment. This really is some of, if not the best Korean BBQ I have ever had. It is TOP DRAWER!!!
Palsaik Korean BBQ @ Melaka
I mean come on. Have a look at that array of amazingness. Pork belly at the top, next mushrooms, then veggies on either side and chilli and garlic in the bottom middle. It’s an artwork on a griddle.
Palsaik Korean BBQ @ Melaka
It’s like dualling banjoes but replace the banjoes with chop-sticks. Everyone is in there to grab some of that pork belly or charred beef and make their roll-up. Such fun. Again, you can only call this having a food theatre at your table-side. It is a one-off and we are deeply immersed in it. A fantastic NO HANDPHONE family meal cos we are all having such a giggle.

CLICK HERE to watch our new BFF in Malaysia cooking our food.

Palsaik Korean BBQ @ Melaka
Here’s our BFF. A little melted butter and that beef-steak is well on it’s way to medium-rare perfection. He’ll leave it for 5 minutes and I’ll have a quick fiddle just to giggle and watch him come sprinting back to stop me. Too many cooks? Shit yeah! Again, NAUGHTY DADDY!!!
Palsaik Korean BBQ @ Melaka
See those score marks again. This pork will literally cook and char in minutes on the skillet. A quick snip with his super-sharp scissors and job done. Get some lettuce rolling action going. This really was such a cracking dinner.
Palsaik Korean BBQ @ Melaka
He is The Guv’Nor. He is in control, not me. I must learn to leave his BBQ alone… Or shall I …?

It might be worth a reservation as when we visited Palsaik Korean BBQ @ Melaka it was absolutely mobbed. Maybe because they were one of the only places open, maybe not. But it was packed. At one point there were people queuing outside. So to avoid disappointment I would make sure you book. And disappointed you would be if you missed this theatre of incredible Korean BBQ food.

Give them a call at; +60 6 281 8623

Visit them at; N58 & 60, Jalan Melaka Raya 23, Taman Melaka Raya, 7500.

Palsaik Korean BBQ @ Melaka really is a Die Die Must Try if you are coming to Melaka. I have NEVER seen the concept of 8 anywhere else in this world. It is GENIUS. Then to have a BFF grill that up in front of you through at-you-table food theatre is just so very cool. It really is/was family fun. I did not see a handphone the whole night. We just chatted and giggled the whole night through and talked about how amazing the food was. Off the charts BBQ indoors. If you happen to frequent Melaka, please bring one and all here. It’s just such a great dining experience with such quality food outcomes. You’ll love it. I know you will. Give it a go and – ENJOY!!!

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