Korea Town In Singapore? Satisfy All Your Kimchi Cravings Near Beauty World MRT!

Do you know that there is a mini Korea Town near Beauty World MRT?

With Singapore Korean International School located in the vicinity, it is only understandable that there is a big Korean community in the area.

Nestled around Beauty World MRT (Downtown Line) are 6 Korean restaurants that will make your visit to this Korea town worth it!

1. Manbok BBQ & Seafood

Serving different varieties of meats, seafood and specially cooked Korean dishes, Manbok BBQ & Seafood whips up authentic Korean BBQ and Steamboat cuisine.

Enjoy BBQ-ing with the charcoal barbeque sets and indulge in a bottle of soju with a couple of friends at Manbok

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You can also go easy with a set meal starting from just S$12. There’s an array of complimentary side dishes such as kimchi, rice cakes and pickles.

The majority of staff here is Korean, so it’ll be a proper Korean dining experience!

Manbok BBQ & Seafood
Address: 19 Cheong Chin Nam Rd
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 12pm – 1am; Sun: 12 – 11pm

2. Oven & Fried Chicken

KFC, KFC, we love you! No, we are not talking about Kentucky.

We are talking about crispy heavenly Korean Fried Chicken! Oven & Fried Chicken’s second outlet has opened in Beauty World.

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If you need a KFC fix, this is the place to be!

Think non-greasy crispy fried chicken doused and seasoned in various appetising sauces such as Soy Sauce and Jambayala. Perfect for those who simply love licking sauces off their fingers!

Oven & Fried Chicken
Address: 16 Chun Tin Rd
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 12:00am; Fri – Sat: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 1:00am
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Be sure to try their Dolsot Bibimbap (Hot Stone Rice) and Samgyetang (Ginseng chicken soup) to satisfy the inner Korean in you!

Three Meals a Day
Address: 12 Chun Tin Rd
Opening Hours: Tues – Sun: 12pm – 3:30pm, 6pm – 11pm; Closed on Mondays

4. Joo Mak Korean Restaurant

How do you know a Korean restaurant serves authentic Korean food?

Ask a Korean, of course.

Walk into Joo Mak and be greeted with the incessant chattering of Korean families, couples, and students.

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Located at the fourth level of Beauty World Centre, Joo Mak is the natural choice for Koreans living in the neighbourhood

It is not hard to understand why once you have tried one of their Korean pancakes – crisp, golden-yellow, with a generous amount of leek and seafood, finished with a coating of egg.

Joo Mak Korean Restaurant
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #04-01 Beauty World Centre
Opening Hours: Mon: 6pm – 10pm; Tues – Sun: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm

5. Nunsongyee

The Korean bingsu craze is a long way from being over – famed 24-hour bingsu branch Nunsongyee opened yet another outlet here at Beauty World.

Their menu of delectable shaved ice with a wide variety of toppings available is certainly here to stay.

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There are two types of bingsu available – Snowflake bingsu ($12.90 – $15.90) and Premium bingsu ($18.90). Also, you can pick from an assortment of flavours including Oreo, Choco-banana, Cheesecake or Black Sesame and Coffee.

You are not truly a Korean food connoisseur if you have not tried one of their bingsu!

Address: 9 Yuk Tong Ave
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
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With unique flavours like Milk and Red Bean ($11), Tomato and Green Tea ($11), these shaved ice dessert is the perfect solution to cool off with.

Bing Go Jung Korean Dessert House
Address: 1 Jalan Anak Bukit, Bukitt Timah Plaza
Opening Hours: 10am – 11pm daily
Click here for their other outlets and contact details.

If these don’t excite you, we don’t know what will. Korean heaven is right here, near Beauty World MRT, so feast away!

Header image credit: Danielfooddiary, words by editor.

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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.

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2D1N Soju Bang
Address: 44/46 Tanjong Pagar Road, 088467
Contact number: +65 6227 6033
Operating Hours:
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).

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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.

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4. Todamgol

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!

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Address: #01-01, 31 Todamgol

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

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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.

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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.

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House of Gimbap
Address9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-103 Millenia Walk, 039596
Contact number: +65 68370765
Opening Hours:
Mon- Fri: 11:00pm – 8:00pm
Sat: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Facebook: House of Gimbap

8. Dosirak

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!

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Address: 8 Cross Street, #01-02 China Square Central, 048423
Contact number: +65 6536 6034
Operating Hours:
Weekdays 11:30am to 6pm
Facebook: Dosirak

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.

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