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Arirang – The pleasure of Korean specialties
August 31, 2014, 1:40 pm
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Representing beautiful Korea, Arirang restaurant creates a refined dining experience, imbued with charm and atmosphere. The restaurant, located at the Swiss Bel Hotel Plaza, is at the center of the business hub in Kuwait city. Diners looking to relish a unique aspect of Asian cuisine can look to Korean food for it is flavorsome, healthy and gratifying.

Arirang prides itself on strong authentic Korean food, and the menu reflects this, for it contains a vast and an impressive selection of dishes typical of a Korean feast. Their latest additions to the menu are a testament to innovative Korean fare, and offer a diverse assortment of tastes from spicy to savory.

One step past its doors and you have entered a miniature Korea with beautifully decorated surroundings that emit a warm, classy ambience.  Arirang has designed spaces that replicate a traditional Korean seating arrangement with low ornate tables and floor sofas that allow you to sit cross legged and recline back taking in the soothing atmosphere. For those preferring a more Western seating arrangement, reserve an elegantly decorated table in the dining hall where you can appreciate the full sophistication of the restaurant.

Koreans believe in a balanced diet, and Arirang’s main focus is presenting Korean cuisine in a way that encourages a balanced way of eating. The menu consists of dishes specially created with all the basic nutrients included in a variety of healthy appetizers, soups and meat choices. Arirang makes it point to purchase only the freshest ingredients from a trusted supplier, and the sauces and seasonings are imported directly from Korea.

Arirang’s professional Chef Noe, trained in the art of Korean cuisine, artfully prepares the food, and infuses it with the luscious flavors of Korea. When questioned further about the health concept behind the cuisine, Chef Noe elaborated: “Freshness plays an important role to attain the taste authenticity in any kind of cuisine. No matter how good your spices are, if the meat or vegetable is not fresh at all, the end product result will be average. Hence we at Arirang guarantee that we serve what is best for our customers.”

A complete Korean meal includes cold and hot appetizers, soup, a main dish and a dessert. For starters, you have a delicious complimentary spread comprised of Kimchi (a popular Korean starter traditionally made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings), sushi, rolled egg, California rolls and pan-fried vegetables. The appetizer, Japchae (Korean Glass Noodles) with its combination of sweetness and texture is very yummy, and very popular among people who frequent the restaurant. For a little crunch, the Ebi Furai, breaded shrimp dipped in zesty garlic sauce, has astounding flavor.

Arirang’s distinctive flavor combinations are evident in their regular and speciality dishes. The latest addition to their menu, Haemultang (a spicy seafood soup of radish, cabbage and Korean Tofu) stands out as a true show of expert merging of flavors and is very delicious.  Soon Doo Boo Chigae (a seafood soup with bean curd) is a milder soup, and diners can choose if they would like it spicy or not. Regular diners vouch that the Soon Doo Boo Chigae is highly addictive in both variations. The Kimchi Chige (Kimchi Pot Stew) and the Dwenjang Chige (Beef-rib Soup) are other excellent choices for stews that erupt with flavour.  

Arirang’s main offerings are classic Korean dishes that include Kalbi Gui, a spectacular rendition of a classic Asian dish that promotes the juiciest slices of short ribs that have been marinated for 24 hours before being cooked and served. Another main dish, the Dolsot Bibimbap, is a signature Korean dish that is a most delicious mix of rice, beef and vegetables, topped with an egg yolk and gochujang (Korean chili paste).

The Bulgogi, small grilled pieces of marinated beef which are wrapped in fresh lettuce and dipped in sauce before eating, reaffirms an intimacy with Korean culture. You should also try this method with the proffered diced vegetables and rice. This Korean recipe ties in beautifully with the rest of your main course.

In ending their meal, Koreans generally choose the perfect sweetened dessert, Patbingsu, a shaved-ice dessert sweetened with toppings of chopped fruit, condensed milk, fruit syrup and red beans. With a bountiful menu of delicacies, efficient service and value for money, Arirang restaurant is a delightful place to sample a small slice of the Korean way of life. 

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