South Korea may be a 7-hour flight away but their finger-licking cuisine knows no bounds. With so many Korean restaurants popping up in Singapore, where should you go for the best fried chicken or barbecue? To save you from some research trouble, we have compiled a list of 8 Restaurants With the Best Korean Food in Singapore.
1. 2D1N Soju Bang
Tanjong Pagar Road is like a mini Korean town but there’s one particular gem that stands out among all Kimchis and that place is 2D1N Soju Bang.
2D1N Soju Bang may be small in size but their menu sure tickles. For the carnivorous, we highly recommend their samgyeopsal (BBQ pork belly), beef short ribs, and their super tender and sweet Bosam, (steam pork wrapped in lettuce). If you’re having some serious meat craving, head upstairs to the second floor for their BBQ buffet. Spot-on flavours aside, the prices here are also very reasonable. With about $24+ per pax, diners can enjoy free flow of meat, vegetables, and drinks. Extreme patience is needed as you might wait an hour or so for a table.
2D1N Soju Bang
Address: 44/46 Tanjong Pagar Road, 088467
Contact number: +65 6227 6033
Lunch: 11:30am – 2:30pm (Daily except PH)
Dinner: Sun – Thu, PH : 5:30pm – 00:00am
Fri, Sat, Day before PH : 5:30pm – 02:00am
Facebook: 2D1N Soju Bang
2. K.Cook Korean BBQ Buffet
What do you get when you add Kpop and value for money Korean BBQ together? K.Cook Korean BBQ Buffet!
Known as one of the most affordable Korean BBQ buffets in Singapore, K.Cook serves a huge spread of Korean style meat ranging from pork collar, pork belly, chicken, Beef Bulgogi, ribs and a salad bar to prevent you from falling into a meat coma. On top of their well-marinated BBQ meat, side dishes such as pancakes and rice cakes will make you go ‘mashisoyo’ (Korean for delicious).
K.Cook Korean BBQ Buffet
Address: #07-01, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road
Contact number: +65 6884 7282
Operating hours: 11.30am – 10pm
Facebook: K.Cook Korean BBQ Buffet
Lunch: $14.90++ Dinner: $24.90++
Weekends/ Eve of PH/ PH
Lunch: $24.90++ Dinner $26.90++
3. Big Mama Korean Restaurant
They say mums are the best cooks and Big Mama will take good care of your tummy like that Korean mum you never had.
Located at Tiong Bahru, this eatery is operated by a former caretaker who had been cooking for Korean students in Singapore. She then decided to open a restaurant and her mum-inspired authentic Korean dishes became a hit among Korean expats and local foodies alike. Like many generous mums, the serving here is hearty and big! Their signature Dakgalbi (stir fry marinated chicken in chilli pepper paste) comes in a minimum of two portions. Do also try their pan fried pork belly and Kimchi pancake. Reservations are advisable.
Address: 2 Kim Tian Road, 169244
Contact number: +65 6270 7704
Lunch: 11.30am to 2pm
Dinner: 5.30pm to 10pm
Website: Big Mama
Suffering from a terrible hangover? Todamgol’s soup and stew will pump you up and get you ready for go time.
Known for their wholesome and hearty dishes, Todamgol’s herbal chicken soup (samgyetan) is a must try for all patrons. Dig into the tender chicken stuffed with an abundance of chestnuts and dates as the herbal fragrance assails your nostrils. If that is not comfort food, we don’t know what is! If you’re looking for something richer in flavour, try their pork rib hangover soup, soybean paste stew or kimchi stew. They’re ‘seoul’ good and good for your ‘seoul’, you’ll come back for more!
5. Chicken Up
It’s hard to not love KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) and Chicken Up sure knows how to up their fried chicken game.
Known as “The Best Korean Fried Chicken in Singapore” (Straits Times’ famous food writer, Tan Hsueh Yun, picked it in a blind tasting), Chicken Up serves a wide variety of fried chicken with fancy names such as Spicy Up, Curry Up and Suicide Chicken, coated in a batter that gives some serious ccccrunch. They also double fry their chicken, making it less greasy and crunchier. If chicken and beer is your thing, their Chimac buffet* (featuring this wicked pair) is available daily from $35++ -$45++ (Additional $20 surchage on Friday).
*Chimac buffet is only available at Tanjong Pagar, Tampines, Parkway Parade and Buangkok
48 Tanjong Pagar Road #01-01 088469
Contact number: +65 6327 1203
Mon to Thurs 5:30pm-2.00am
Fri & Sat: 5:30pm-3.00am / Sun: 5:30pm-12am
2 Tampines Central 5 #01-44 to 47, Century Square 529509
Contact number: +65 6588 0308
Daily 11:30am-11.00pm (last order at 10:30pm)
Jurong East MRT 10 Jurong East ST12 #01-01, 609690
Contact number: +65 6563 0337
Blk 277C Compassvale Link #01-13 (Unit No.2A), 543277
Contact number: +65 6481 4495
Daily 24 hours
#01-10 Parkway Parade 80 Marine Parade Road, 449269
Contact number: +65 6348 0460
Daily 11:00am – 11:00pm
60 Queen Street Tastebud Foodcourt, 188540
500 Dover Rd Singapore Polytechnic, Food Court No.3, 139561
Mon to Fri: 9.00am- 7.00pm
Sat: 10.00am- 2.00pm
Website: Chicken Up
6. Kko Kko Na Ra
Kko Kko may sound like a bird’s chirp, but at Kko Kko Na Ra, all you’ll hear is sizzle sizzle crunch crunch.
Kko Kko Na Ra is one of the first restaurants to bring the KFC trend to the sunny shores of Singapore. For that, we bow down. What are we going to do without our beloved KFC? Offering 4 different flavours- original, soy garlic sauce, sweet & spicy, and hot & spicy, they aim to serve fried chicken with a twist of its own. We suggest going for the Chicken Combo set so you can try all four flavours. Reservations are advised for large groups or dinner time, as it requires quite a bit of patience to chuup a table during peak hours.
Kko Kko Na Ra
Address: 68 Tanjong Pagar Road, 088489
Contact number: +65 6225 9282
Mon-Sat : 11am – 3pm / 6pm – 3am
Sun : 6pm – 1am
Kko Kko Chicken Bar
Address: 48 Kandahar Street 198899 (Next to Arab Street)
Contact number: +65 6391-9717
Mon-Thurs : 12pm – 11pm
Fri – Sat : 12pm – 1 am
Website: Kko Kko Na Ra
7. House of Gimbap
If you think Korean rice meals must be served in a bowl, House of Gimbap begs to differ.
At House of Gimbap, they serve a variety of rice rolls fillings ranging from beef bulgogi, spicy pork, tangy wasabi tuna, dry anchovy and nuts. If you’re up for a food adventure, go ahead and give their cream cheese and walnut gimbap a go. On a meat detox? They have meat-less options, packed with a good load of other sources of protein to give you a balanced diet. While you’re at it, don’t forget to try their Korean wellness tea to give your immune system a boost. Rice roll (10 slices) ranges from $9.50 – $11.50.
If you think Korean food can be a little too luxurious for lunch or you don’t have the time to wait for your samgyeopsal to grill, what you need is a little pint of Dosirak.
Serving Korean takeout lunch boxes in China Square Central, Dosirak prides itself in its super yummy yet healthy (no MSG, no refined sugar, no corn syrup, and less than 500 calories kind of healthy) menu. They only use lean meat and sous-vide it in a water bath, keeping the meat moist and tender. You can customise your own lunch box or pick one of their pre-decided combination meals. Makes the perfect post-workout meal too!
Address: 8 Cross Street, #01-02 China Square Central, 048423
Contact number: +65 6536 6034
Weekdays 11:30am to 6pm
With eight yummylicious restaurants and five different type of Korean food to choose from, we hope you’ll get your Kimchi cravings satisfied soon! Don’t forget to drop us a comment and tell us which restaurant you’ll recommend to your friends.