Saturday February 16, 2013
Restaurant manager still Psy-ched over visit
By CHRISTINA CHIN
GEORGE TOWN: Days after Psy mesmerised Penangites with his energetic performance, news about the South Korean superstar is still making its rounds here.
Daorae Korean BBQ Restaurant manager Kim Gi Joun, 56, spoke of his personal encounter with the performer at his restaurant in Jalan Tanjung Tokong after the latter's performance on Monday.
“Psy was humble and even served soju (Korean rice wine) to every member of his team. He was down to earth and did not behave like a superstar at all.
“As a fellow South Korean, I am very proud of him,” he said.
Kim said Psy ordered the Korean BBQ short rib, beef and pork belly, kimchi, Korean pancakes, seafood soup and spicy rice cakes.
Kim said he was informed six days earlier of Psy's visit and was in a dilemma after being told to keep it “top secret”.
“I was so excited and wanted very much to hang up a huge banner to publicise Psy's visit to my restaurant!” he said.
At about 4.45pm on Feb 11, hours after performing at the state Barisan Nasional Chinese New Year open house at the Han Chiang High School field, Psy made his “secret journey” to the restaurant clad in a black T-shirt.
Despite the apparent news blackout, about 200 fans waited outside the restaurant.
Kim said Psy, who came with 10 police escorts and five bodyguards, was at the restaurant for more than five hours.
“Psy had to leave through the back door at about 10pm because his fans were all crammed into the lobby and car park areas,” he said.
Psy is expected to perform in Malaysia again on March 16 at the Future Music Festival Asia 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.