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DOEUN Presents A Korean Culinary Journey Crafted from Scratch

DOEUN Presents A Korean Culinary Journey Crafted from Scratch

FoodieS Team
04 July 2024


Crafted using long-kept family recipes in a contemporary ambiance, DOEUN presents a premium Korean restaurant experience.


DOEUN, located in the heart of Menteng, Jakarta, is a new restaurant offering artisanal Korean cuisine. Led by Chef Kim Doeun, the restaurant blends traditional Korean flavors with contemporary dining experiences.

Chef Doeun’s culinary journey began in 2017 with DOEUN Kitchen, a home business in South Tangerang. Initially offering homemade frozen foods, spices, dressings, jams, syrups, and scones, DOEUN Kitchen also catered outside events. As the business grew, it expanded to include cooking classes aimed at stay-at-home moms, teaching them how to use DOEUN Kitchen’s products.

These classes soon became social gatherings, with participants staying for lunch and socializing at Chef Doeun’s home. Over time, these gatherings evolved into private dining events. After three years of offering home cooking services, hampers, event catering, cooking classes, and private dining events, Chef Doeun planned to open a drop-off kitchen in Jakarta to better serve her local customers. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, she showed resilience and adaptability, leading to the relocation to Jakarta and expansion of DOEUN Kitchen. On September 17, 2023, the new DOEUN restaurant opened its doors.

Before her culinary career, Chef Doeun worked as a certified fitness, golf-pilates, and aquarobics instructor. A life-altering incident led her to Shanghai, China, where her love for cooking began to blossom. She returned to Korea to immerse herself in the study of Korean cuisine, its ingredients, cooking techniques, and traditional recipes.

Chef Doeun’s approach to cooking is rooted in her family’s traditional recipes. She learned about food preparation techniques, including fermentation, which sets DOEUN apart from other Korean restaurants in the capital.

“I do not use any salt, sugar, or additives directly to create flavors. Every dish at DOEUN is crafted through a long and laborious fermentation process,” she said. “I believe this ancient technique that I learned in Korea offers a more natural taste that is still rich in flavors. My cooking is known for creating succulent dishes that are light yet flavorful.”

DOEUN offers a wide array of dishes, but some are considered Chef Doeun’s best creations based on customer review/order:

  • Woodae Galbi: This dish features beef ribs from the sixth to eighth rows, known for their tenderness. The meat is lightly smoked before serving to add a hint of smokiness without overpowering the taste. Served with two options, original and marinated.
  • Diamond Cut Galbi: Diamond-cut beef marinated in Doeun’s special sauce, a homemade blend crafted from beef stock. The secret sauce takes over 10 hours to prepare and cook.● Gochujang Iberico Pork Belly: Using Iberico Pork, one of the top three pork varieties. Marinated with homemade gochujang sauce crafted by Chef Doeun.
  • Butter Dry Aged Beef: Beef that has been butter dry aged for a minimum of 45 days. The aging process results in a richer flavor.
  • Japchae: Each component is prepared upon order. Utilizing a home cooking method that eliminates the use of cooking oil.
  • Samgyetang: This chicken soup is rich in flavor because it uses beef broth that has been cooked for 24 hours. Comforting.
  • Sundubu Jiggae: A traditional Korean tofu and beef stew, cooked using fermented sauce, results in a light yet flavorful soup due to the use of natural ingredients.
  • Sous Vide Octopus with Gim Puree: Deep fried sous vide octopus served

with signature sauce made from cream, butter, and seaweed. In addition to the tantalizing dishes, DOEUN offers the Makgeolli Signature Series to complement the meal. DOEUN’s Makgeolli is a heartfelt tribute to Chef Doeun’s mother and aunts. Each flavor in this series is carefully crafted, reflecting their unique personalities and the culinary lessons they passed on to Chef Doeun. Starting as a humble home business, DOEUN has evolved into an upscale and sophisticated establishment, reflecting the quality of the food curated and prepared by Chef Doeun. The restaurant’s interior boasts a modern design with subtle Korean accents seamlessly integrated. This minimalist approach was intentionally chosen to highlight DOEUN’s true star; the food


Jl. Yusuf Adiwinata No.29, RT.6/RW.5, Gondangdia, Kec. Menteng, Jakarta, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10350

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