6 Affordable Korean BBQ Spots To Fulfill Those K-Drama Induced Cravings For Under $25
A good Korean BBQ is every meat lovers dream. I mean, who can say no to savouring tender, juicy slabs of meat grilled on the spot right in front of you.
K-BBQ is usually served buffet-style which means it can get a little pricey but we found 6 affordable Korean BBQ spots in Singapore for you to satisfy your Korean food cravings.
1. Ssikkek Korean Grill BBQ Buffet
There are a couple of Ssikkek BBQ outlets in Singapore, and their popularity leaves one little to wonder. It is a simple place and fuss-free place for casual feasting with your group of friends.[caption id="attachment_37930" align="aligncenter" width="1290"] Image Credit: Burpple User Eileen Ong[/caption]
While they lack in the quality of their meats, it makes up for it with its competitive pricing and lively atmosphere.
You can expect the typical meat ensemble such as seasoned soy sauce pork/chicken and pork belly, and vegetables including bean sprouts, onions, and pickles.
Lunch: $12 (adult) | $9 (child)
Dinner: $22 (adult) | $16 (child)
Weekend/PH: $24 (adult) | $18 (child)
Ssikkek Korean Grill BBQ Buffet (Chinatown)
Address: 291 New Bridge Rd, #01-01, Oriental Plaza, Singapore 088756
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11:30am – 2:30pm (lunch), 5pm – 10:30pm (dinner) | Sat – Sun/PH: 11:30am – 10:30pm
Contact No.: 6225 6964
Ssikkek Korean Grill BBQ Buffet (Tanjong Pagar)
Address: 44/46 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088467
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11:30am – 2:30pm (lunch), 5pm – 10:30pm (dinner) | Sat – Sun/PH: 11:30am-10:30pm
Contact No.: 6227 6033
2. Oppa BBQ
Oppa BBQ started out at Tanjong Pagar in 2008 – the motherland of all famous Korean food in Singapore. They’ve since relocated to JCube in Jurong, but serves the same affordable Korean BBQ buffet you know and love.[caption id="attachment_37932" align="aligncenter" width="1090"] Image Credit: @foodhuntparadise[/caption]
Oppa BBQ also offers a wide range of meat options. Expect to find choice cuts of thick sliced pork belly, pork collar and beef skirt-loin.
The extensive menu, which also includes a selection of street food like Spicy Rice Cake(Ddeokbokki) and Seaweed Rice Roll(Kimbab) is reflective of the restaurant’s efforts to cater to every palate.
Their salad bar carries all the ingredients you’ll need to whip up a delicious ssambap (Korean lettuce wrap), including spring onions, green chilli, and sliced onions.[caption id="attachment_37931" align="aligncenter" width="1218"] Image Credit: @nagaryan_[/caption]
Lunch: $14 (adult) | $12 (youth) | $8 (child) | $5 (toddler)
Dinner: $24 (adult) | $20 (youth) | $18 (child) | $10 (toddler)
Weekends/PH: $24 (adult) | $20 (youth) | $9 (child) | $10 (toddler)
Address: 2 Jurong East Central 1, JCube #03-10, S(609731)
Opening hours: 11:30AM-4:30PM (lunch) | 4:31PM-10:30PM (dinner)
Contact No.: 6339 5851
3. Daessiksin Korean BBQ
It’s not easy to find value-for-money Korean BBQ buffets in town; especially at Orchard. After a day of shopping around town, settle down for a hearty yet affordable meal. With lunch prices beginning from just $14.90, you get access to a BBQ buffet offering a variety of Korean favourites including beef bulgogi, kimchi fried rice, japchae, fried potato, and the like.[caption id="attachment_37933" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Image Credit: Thuy Nguyen Facebook[/caption]
Daessiksin serves up at least 10-12 variety of meats ranging from chicken bulgogi to thick cuts of pork belly.
Daessiksin also provides free flow soft drinks like Coca-Cola, Sprite and lemonade. Other types of drinks are also sold separately, including Korean alcohol.
Lunch: $14.90 (adult) | $8.90 (child)
Dinner: $24.90 (adult) | $18.90 (child)
Weekend and PH (all day): $24.90 (adult) | $18.90 (child)
Daessiksin Korean BBQ I’m Kim Korean BBQ is located at the SOTA building, and is within walking distance from Dhoby Ghaut MRT.
Address: Find your nearest outlet 4. I’m Kim Korean BBQ
I’m Kim Korean BBQ is located at the SOTA building, and is within walking distance from Dhoby Ghaut MRT.[caption id="attachment_37934" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: I’m Kim Korean BBQ Facebook[/caption]
With prices starting at just $14.90++ for a weekday lunchtime buffet, they serve up a mix of plain and marinated meats, and the popular cuts include beef rib eye, short ribs, premium bacon and pork belly and their signature volcano chicken – so named for its intense spicy flavour.
I’m Kim Korean BBQ is certainly wallet-friendly and we can see why it is so popular. They also have special (even lower) prices for students on weekdays.
Mon – Fri: $14.90 (adult) | $12.90 (student/senior) | $9.90 (child)
Sat-Sun/PH: $24.90 (adult) | $22.90 (student/senior) | $16.90 (child)
Mon – Thurs: $24.90 (adult) | $22.90 (student/senior) | $16.90 (child)
Fri – Sun/PH Eve/PH: $25.90 (adult) | $23.90 (student/senior) | $16.90
I’m Kim Korean BBQ
Address: 1 Zubir Said Drive, School of The Arts,01-04/05/06/07 Singapore 227968
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 3.30pm & 5.30pm – 10.30pm daily
5. Don Dae Bak
What makes Don Dae Bak stand out from other Korean BBQ buffets is that the restaurant uses charcoal grill instead of the usual gasoline grill. That sure makes a lot of difference to our meats![caption id="attachment_37935" align="aligncenter" width="1290"] Image Credit: Burpple User Rachel Dawn[/caption]
A must-try is the marinated pork shoulder loin, which is a hit at this Korean BBQ buffet restaurant. Don Dae Bak is known for its authentic yet affordable Korean fare, so be prepared for a crazy dinner crowd.
Mon – Thurs: $23.90
Fri – Sat: $23.90 (lunch) | $25.90 (dinner)
Don Dae Bak
Address: 35 Kreta Ayer Road, Singapore 089000
Opening hours: 11:30AM-2:30PM (lunch) | 5:30PM-10:30PM (dinner) | Closed on Sun
Contact No.: 6226 1727
6. Maru Korean BBQ Buffet
The no-frills Korean restaurant is located along the stretch of Cheong Chin Nam Road and only a stone’s throw away from recently opened Beauty World MRT Station.[caption id="attachment_37936" align="aligncenter" width="1290"] Image Credit: Burpple User Xing Wei Chua[/caption]
Tuck into endless servings of prawns, sausages, marinated beef, marinated pork belly and whatnot. There are several different marinations to choose from and you can look forward to spicy, soy sauce teriyaki and even herb wine.
Lunch: Mon – Fri: $14++ | Sat – Sun: $24++
Dinner: Mon – Fri: $21++ | Sat – Sun: $24++
Maru Korean BBQ Buffet
Address: 16 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599740
Opening hours: Tue – Thur: 12pm to 3pm, 5:30pm to 11pm, Fri-Sun 12pm to 11pm
Contact No.: 8183 4939
Masiseoyo! Korean BBQ is definitely a must for anyone who loves meat. Let us know if there are any K-BBQ spots that we missed out on!
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(Header Image Source: I’m Kim Korean BBQ)
Popular South Korean Fried Chicken Chain ‘Mom’s Touch’ Is Coming To Singapore
Love Korean fried chicken? Then we’ve got great news for you.
South Korea-based Mom’s Touch Chicken and Burger Brand is coming to Singapore and Malaysia.[caption id="attachment_37757" align="aligncenter" width="1222"] Image Credit: Mom’s Touch[/caption]
Always Better With Mom
For the unacquainted, Mom’s Touch Chicken and Burger is a popular fast food chain with over 650 stores in South Korea.
Just as the name mentions, Mom’s Touch mainly specialises in fried chicken wings, chicken burgers and hamburgers. Their all time popular wings comes in a variety of flavours such as spicy, chili pepper, honey, garlic, onion cheese, and curry.[caption id="attachment_37758" align="aligncenter" width="710"] Image Credit: Mom’s Touch[/caption]
What makes them great is that the fact that they do not use trans fat oils or MSG in their products, so you know you’re putting only the good stuff in your body.
Food and Beverage operator No Signboard Holdings, known for its seafood eateries, snagged the exclusive franchise deal to sell Mom’s Touch popular Korean-style fried chicken in Singapore and Malaysia.
No Signboard plans on opening the first store in Malaysia in 2019, with another 7 stores to be opened in different parts of both Singapore and Malaysia within the first three years of the agreement.[caption id="attachment_37759" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image Credit: Mom’s Touch[/caption]
This also means that you will still have to wait for a couple more months before they open the first store in Singapore. But we’re pretty sure Mom’s Touch Chicken And Burger is worth the wait.
So for all our Korean fried chicken fans, get ready to indulge in some finger lickin’ Korean fried chicken soon!
In the mean time, we’ll leave you to an hour long mukbang of two guys indulging in Mom’s Touch fried chicken.
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(Header Image Source: Mom’s Touch)
Make Your Heart Go “Dookki Dookki” At Singapore’s First Ever Tteokbokki Buffet
Omo-ya, it’s Singapore’s first ever tteokbokki buffet!
If you’ve ever watched a Korean drama, you would definitely have salivated watching your favorite actors feast on tteokbokki, a spicy stir fried rice cake dish that can be eaten as a snack or as a meal in itself.
Dookki, one of Korea’s leading tteokbokki places, has set up shop at Suntec City. The best part about Dookki is that you can customize your own tteokbokki down to the sauce at their free flow bar stocked full of Korean dishes.
Dookki directly translates to ‘two meals’ in Korean, as Koreans like to start off their meal with a hotpot dish and finish off with a kimchi fried rice.[caption id="attachment_29393" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Anything goes with tteokbokki – ramen, cheese, eomuk… (Image Credit: mandyzn_)[/caption]
Tteokbokki your way
Instead of providing a base sauce, Dookki lets you create your sauce from scratch. Go crazy on the spice – you can make it as spicy or as salty as you want![caption id="attachment_29390" align="aligncenter" width="300"] You can’t complain that the tteokbokki ain’t good cos you mixed it! (Image Credit: dookki_sg)[/caption]
If you don’t know where to start, there is a DIY guide sheet at the sauce station which marks out the ratio of Dookki sauce, tteokbokki sauce, gungjung sauce and flame sauce for the various spiciness levels.
Most people are accustomed to the red, spicy tteokbokki sauce, but the original tteokbokki was made stir-fried with soy sauce.
After mixing your sauce and leaving it to boil, move on to the tteokbokki station to pick out your rice cakes. Besides the typical cylinder-shaped rice cake that is commonly served by Korean eateries, the tteokbokki station also has options like Flat, Slim, Square, Hollow, Special, Square Wheat, Potato Sujebi.
The Potato Sujebi has a little surprise in the middle – each piece of tteok is stuffed with a creamy sweet potato filling. Bonus: see if you can find the heart-shaped tteok![caption id="attachment_29389" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The widest selection of tteokbokki under one roof! (Image Credit: dookki_sg)[/caption]
Load up on leeks and onions for an added layer of sweetness. There are also mushrooms and other veggies to jazz up your tteokbokki creation. Hardboiled eggs are also a huge hit with tteokbokki lovers.
Other than tteokbokki, Dookki also has counters overflowing with other popular Korean street foods like Kimmari (fried seaweed spring rolls) and eomuk (fish cake skewers). The fried chicken and mandu always runs out really quicky, so be sure to get them while they are hot![caption id="attachment_29394" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Fishcake on sticks! (Image Credit: dookki_sg)[/caption]
It’s like having a free flow buffet at a Korean street cart!
If you are addicted to cheese, add on a double cheese ring for just $9.80. The cheesy dip comes with corn in it for an extra crunch when you dip your tteok or sausages in it.[caption id="attachment_29392" align="aligncenter" width="240"] SHIOKKKK (Image Credit: dookki_sg)[/caption]
The stretchy cheesy dip also makes for good photos – but make sure to stir your cheese from time to time so that it does not harden too quickly.
Round 2 anyone?
Once you’re done stuffing your face with tteokbokki, clean up all the leftover sauce by adding some rice, kimchi, seaweed and corn and frying it all together. Drizzle some sesame oil for a nuttier finish.[caption id="attachment_29395" align="aligncenter" width="297"] Trust me, it tastes better than it looks! (Image Credit: stalker_jiaan)[/caption]
If you prefer noodles, Dookki also has instant ramen that you can add into your tteokbokki broth as well. Just remember to leave out the flavor packet, as it might ruin the taste of your delicious tteokbokki soup!
With the buffet going at just $18.80 for adults and $10.80 for children, you can stuff your face with as much tteokbokki and eomuk as you want without emptying your wallet. The only catch is that you need to finish your entire meal in 90 minutes.
Dookki screams of comfort food, and is the perfect place to go to when its raining and you are just craving some warm, hearty soup. We hear that the lines can be rather long during peak hours, so go early!
Address: Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard #B1-107 (East Wing), Singapore 038984
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 11.30am – 10.30pm
Contact: 6266 2425
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(Header Image Source: Dookki Singapore Facebook)
Korean Food Is All The Rage Now – Here Are 11 Ways To Eat And Drink Like A True Korean
K-dramas, K-pop, Korean food… It seems Singaporeans are crazy for all things Korean, and for good reason.
Their heart wrenching drama storylines tug at our heartstrings. Their very successful reality-variety shows like Running Man leave us in fits of laughter. Their virally catchy pop tunes stick in our heads and are fun to sing along to.[caption id="attachment_28120" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image Credit: Traditional Korean food on display at e2i’s Taste of East Asia event[/caption]
But although Singaporeans do enjoy Korean food, do you know that some of us may unknowingly be flouting Korean table manners?
To help us better appreciate their cuisine and get the full Korean dining experience, here are 11 ways you can eat and drink like a true Korean.
How Koreans Eat
In Korea, rice is a staple food with most of South Korea’s agricultural policies centred on rice. Though we are seeing more unique Korean food creations, the Koreans still love their usual meal of rice with side dishes.[caption id="attachment_28121" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image Credit: Image Credit: The Spruce[/caption]
This is one act we are guilty of. While it’s that much more shiok to hold up your soup bowl for big gulps of the soup, it’s not recommended to do so in public, especially not so when you’re having Korean food – you’ll just seem rude.
3. Don’t reach across the table for food
As mentioned, a traditional Korean meal consists of a wide assortment of small side dishes that usually fill up the table. While it may seem normal for us to reach across the table for dishes placed further away, it isn’t for the Koreans.
It’s considered poor manners to extend your arm across the table to reach for food. The general rule is to bring the dishes closer to you, and if you really need to, get your friends to pass the food over to you.
4. When you’re done with your meal, place your utensils on the table
Once you’re finished with your food, don’t stick your chopsticks into your bowl, because they look like joss sticks offered to ancestors. It is regarded as disrespectful and a sign of bad luck. Place your utensils back on the table instead. But only do it after the elders have placed their utensils on the table, and make sure that you place them neatly.[caption id="attachment_28122" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image Credit: 5. You must drink the soups and stews before trying any rice and side dishes
As Koreans like to start off a meal with alcohol, the soup or stew acts as a way to cleanse their palates from the ‘bitter alcohol aftertaste’ before digging in on the side dishes and rice.
It’s such a common culture that this is still practiced even with meals without alcohol.
How Koreans Drink
Korea has a strong drinking culture and you’ll often see Koreans pairing their food with a drink or two.
In the Korean eateries in Singapore, you’ll notice three types of Korean alcohol feature most prominently on the drinks menu: Soju, Makgeolli, and of course, beer.[caption id="attachment_28124" align="aligncenter" width="600"] From left to right: Maekju, Makgeolli, and Soju
Credit Image: Image Credit: Image Credit: Kwon Soon Woo[/caption]
Always wait for everyone to have their glasses ready before you toast and drink up together.
4. Do not refuse alcoholic drinks
The Koreans consider it rude when someone turns down a drink, especially when the elders offer it to you. So… bottoms up!
Remember to also hold your cup or glass with both hands when someone is pouring drinks for you.
5. Turn sideways when you drink liquor
Like the Japanese, Koreans emphasise a lot on societal ranking. One way that juniors show respect to elders, especially those higher in the corporate ladder, is to turn away when drinking.[caption id="attachment_28137" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Image Credit: Dayre[/caption]
6. Alcohol-food pairings
Did you know that some Korean alcohols were meant to be eaten with specific foods?
Korea has a long history of having alcohol when celebrating special occasions. Besides long-stemmed beliefs (like consuming Soju during the new year as a way to drive away bad spirits and illnesses), these alcohols actually make Korean cuisine that much more enjoyable.
Soju + Anju
While Anju is a general term for side dishes consumed with alcohol, Anju is most commonly paired with Soju.
These side dishes aren’t just any kind of foods. These are usually finger foods like nuts and fruits, or salads like Golbaengi-muchim (a mix of moon snails and vegetables).[caption id="attachment_28127" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image Credit: Pinterest[/caption]
Soju is also best paired with grilled meat like Samgyeopsal (pork belly).
Makgeolli + Jeon
The best food to eat with your makgeolli is Jeon, a fried pancake that at its most basic, consists of meat and/or vegetables, coated in flour and egg.
You can find all kinds of jeon—crispy, soft, doughy, and less doughy jeons versions, and they all pair deliciously with makgeolli.
Beer + Chicken
If you haven’t already heard of Chimaek, it’s about time you learnt of this.[caption id="attachment_28129" align="aligncenter" width="517"] Image Credit: Trazy[/caption]
A combination of “chicken” and “Maekju” (beer), Chimaek very literally means chicken and beer. The Koreans love their chicken with beer, particularly spicy and fried chicken. There are even Korean restaurants like Chir Chir that specialises in selling just that.
Learning from Asian Masters at e2i’s Taste Of East Asia
Wondering where we learnt all of this? It was at e2i’s Taste Of East Asia event that happened in May 2017, where Dr Dr Kim Sang-woo, Chairman of the East Asia Cultural Project[/caption]
A session intended to introduce people to the cultural, economic and political aspects of Korea, Dr Kim gave us a peek into Korean food and cultural traditions that went beyond the glitz and glamour we’ve all come to associate with the country.
We Singaporeans love Korean food, and so does the rest of the world. Interestingly, food is one of the mediums through which Korea has forged closer, friendlier ties with other nations.[caption id="attachment_28130" align="aligncenter" width="467"] Taste of East Asia[/caption]
Taste of East Asia is one of many masterclasses organized by the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) to help working people.
For Taste of East Asia, people working in the F&B industry attended the professional development workshops by Korean, Japanese, Sri Lankan and Hong Kong masters, to increase their knowledge and mastery of food techniques.
Attendees also got to mingle with the masters, participants and booth exhibitors to expand their professional networks.
To find out more about future e2i events, you can contact e2i here.
This article is written in collaboration with e2i to help trade professionals upskill and network via trade events such as curated masterclasses.
This Korean BBQ Joint Serves Up Premium Meats So You Can Treat Mum Right This Mother’s Day
While it’s no secret that Tanjong Pagar is a hot spot for Korean BBQs, we’ve discovered a new gem. You won’t have to travel into the CBD for this one.
Nestled in a corner of Plaza Singapura, this restaurant can be easy to miss. Seorae is known for its interesting mix of authentic Korean cuisine as well as creative twists on familiar favourites.
Unlike most other Korean BBQ spots where gas canisters are used, customers at Seorae get to enjoy premium meats grilled over flaming charcoal, which adds that extra oomph and fragrance to the dishes.[caption id="attachment_25926" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Entrance of Seorae[/caption]
Aside from its unique charcoal grill, this Korean eatery has also made a name for itself in Korea as a leading barbecue chain selling the much-loved skirt meat, or galmaegisal.
Recently, Seorae has also revamped its menu to include sizzling new selections, sharing sets, soju cocktails and makkoli mixes.
Needless to say, we couldn’t resist a taste.
1. Galmaegisal – $21.90
The very first Korean BBQ joint in Singapore to serve galmaegisal, Seorae is pioneering this tasty trend by offering up 3 flavours of the much-loved cut-garlic soy sauce, spicy and original.
Once served exclusively to Korean royalty, now you too get to feast like a king with Seorae’s signature dish, premium pork skirt meat marinated with authentic Korean spices.[caption id="attachment_25920" align="alignnone" width="4991"] Galmaegisal (Image Credit: Seorae)[/caption]
Grilled to perfection using a unique ‘circle grilling’ technique, the galmaegisal is reminiscent of wagyu beef–rich in flavour with a tender and juicy bite.[caption id="attachment_25952" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Galmaegisal[/caption]
Meat lovers, chew on this: The precious galmaegisal meat, located between the rib and belly, amounts to only 250 grams of a full-grown pig. That’s how precious it is!
2. Mixed Kkochi Platter – $21.90 (a la carte)
Next up, we got a taste of this platter that caters to even the most fickle of eaters. It was a sensational experience, with charcoal-grilled skewers of melted cheese, kimchi and spicy enoki wrapped in samgyeobsal (premium pork belly) and woosamgyeob (US prime beef shortplate).[caption id="attachment_25919" align="alignnone" width="1898"] Mixed Kkochi Platter (Image Credit: Seorae)[/caption]
It even came with skewers of pyogo buseot (shiitake mushroom), which were tasty and juicy, serving as a much welcomed palate cleanser among the wide array of meat skewers.[caption id="attachment_25951" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Pyogo buseot (shiitake mushroom)[/caption]
Silky Egg and Gooey Melted Cheese
Surrounding the grill are silky grilled egg and melted cheese, which allow diners to add a delicious mix of texture and flavours to their meal.[caption id="attachment_25930" align="alignnone" width="2619"] Silky egg…[/caption]
Despite being left on the grill for quite some time, the egg remained extremely fluffy and moist, with a soft and smooth, pudding-like texture. The top layer of the egg, on the other hand, was crispy and aromatic. Diners get 4 free refills of egg, so don’t hold back![caption id="attachment_25937" align="alignnone" width="1920"] …and gooey cheese[/caption]
The creamy, buttery flavour of the stretchy cheese added an explosive umami burst to the galmaegisal and samgyeobsal, a lethally tasty combination.
3. Woosamgyeob – $22.90[caption id="attachment_25918" align="alignnone" width="5616"] Image Credit: Seorae[/caption]
With a good ratio of lean meat to fat, woosamgyeob, otherwise known as US beef shortplate, is characterised by a rich flavour and pleasant bite.[caption id="attachment_25950" align="alignnone" width="2879"] Woosamgyeob[/caption]
Marinated with Seorae’s in-house sauce, the beef strips were nicely browned on the grill and dripping with flavour. We were pleasantly surprised as the beef remained juicy and tender instead of being tough and dry.
4. Spicy Samgyeobsal – $17.90
Crisp, sweet and perfectly browned, the slices of samgyeobsal kept our chopsticks busy.[caption id="attachment_25943" align="alignnone" width="1911"] Spicy Samgyeobsal[/caption]
If you’re not a fan of spicy food, this samgeyobsal will offer the flavours of chilli without the searing heat. The other options are regular and hangari samgyeopsal.
5. LA Galbi – $29.90[caption id="attachment_25946" align="alignnone" width="2314"] LA Galbi[/caption]
These succulent prime beef short-ribs called out to us to sink our teeth into them, and we gladly agreed.[caption id="attachment_25948" align="alignnone" width="2880"] LA Galbi[/caption]
The meat fell off the bone easily, and was sweeter and more flavourful than the other cuts of meat as the meat was cooked with the bone.
6. Sundubu Jjigae – $14.90
If there was a go-to dish for a cold, rainy day, this would be it. A rich soup that nourishes and revitalises, this is Seorae’s secret: their special spicy soft tofu stew has a broth full of minced pork, fresh vegetables, clams and eggs.[caption id="attachment_25949" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Sundubu Jjigae[/caption]
We were initially worried the clams would be fishy, but the broth captured the sweetness of the clams without any hint of fishiness. The egg was beautifully cooked, partially gooey and slightly runny. Mixed with the flavourful soup and tofu, it was comfort food at its best.
7. Budae Jjigae – $35.90 (a la carte)
Unlike most other army stews, this version tasted much more wholesome, with a cleaner flavour. Simmered in a specially prepared Gochujang spicy sauce, the stew contained all the essentials and more. There was sausage, spam, fish cake, tteokboki, beans, and even bacon! They also included fresh vegetables to balance out all the meat.[caption id="attachment_25917" align="alignnone" width="7216"] Budae Jjigae (Image Credit: Seorae)[/caption]
If you’re not a fan of soggy ramyeon, Seorae’s staff can cook your ramyeon just right, making sure the noodle stays springy and chewy.[caption id="attachment_25953" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Budae Jjigae[/caption]
8. Cheese Mandu Tteokbokki – $35.90 (a la carte)
Guess what, more cheese! Not that we’re complaining.[caption id="attachment_25928" align="alignnone" width="2880"] Cheese Mandu Tteokbokki[/caption]
Otherwise known as rambokki (ramyeon + tteokbokki), this Cheese Mandu Tteokbokki covers all the bases. It consists of Korean rice cake cooked in Seorae’s hot sauce, served on a hot pan with fried fish cake, egg, corn-cheese mandu (dumplings), ramyeon and pineapple. The ramyeon and tteokbokki is meant to be stirred into the hot sauce, where tasty, gooey cheese lies within.
Cheese lovers, you will not be disappointed by the corn-cheese mandu, a crispy golden packet that gives an audible crunch when you bite into it. It oozes stringy melted cheese, sprinkled with bits of sweet corn. We’re definitely ordering this again the next time we’re here!
9. Pineapple Soju Cocktail – $22.90++
A Korean BBQ feast is not complete without some soju. Accompanying our feast was this refreshingly fruity twist on the conventional Korean soju. This summery drink featured an entire pineapple spiked with soju, laden with fresh pineapple bits scooped straight from the husk. We downed one glass after another, keeping pace with our fervent feeding frenzy.
Enjoy Seorae’s Mother’s Day Promotion![caption id="attachment_25913" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image Credit: Seorae[/caption]
This Mother’s Day, grab the opportunity to treat your mum to some delicious, authentic Korean cuisine at Seorae! A Mother’s Day promotion will be going on from 12 – 14 May, and you’ll get a FREE Pineapple Soju (worth $22.90++) with every reservation made.
Seorae offers much more in terms of taste and variety than the typical Korean BBQ restaurant. What really awed us were their fruity sojus and their famed galmaegisal. We’ll definitely be back, and very soon too!
Address: Plaza Singapura #02-01, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 11.30am – 10pm; Fri – Sat: 11.30am – 11pm; Sun: 11.30am – 10pm
Contact no.: 9181 2709
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8 Korean BBQ: For Premium Pork Belly That Will Leave You Begging For More!
Heads up, fellow Korean BBQ lovers, for we have some good news for you! The ever-popular E!GHT Korean BBQ has just opened its second outlet at Shaw Centre with a bigger and juicier menu to boot.
Good things should be shared, and after a delectable experience at E!GHT’s flagship outlet at Clark Quay, we just can’t wait to tell you more about our experience.
Here’s why E!GHT Korean BBQ ought to be on your to-eat list:
E!GHT’s Signature 8 Colours Set
With the restaurant named after this dish, the 8 Colours Set is without doubt, the pride and joy of E!GHT Korean BBQ.
As its name suggests, you’ll be able to savour 8 mouth-watering strips of pork belly, all marinated in 8 different flavours.
The list of flavours to expect, in the recommended order of tasting are: wine, original, garlic, herb, curry, miso, red pepper paste, and finally kalbi.[caption id="attachment_17810" align="aligncenter" width="454"] Cooking in progress! (Image Credits: Author)[/caption]
Included in the set are some side dishes (such as kimchi) as well as seafood bean paste stew.
How’s that for a fulfilling meal?[caption id="attachment_17811" align="aligncenter" width="527"] Fully cooked! (Image Credits: Author)[/caption]
The proper and oh-so-good way to eat Korean BBQ: wrap the meat inside a lettuce leaf, add kimchi and sauce, and stuff it all into your mouth![caption id="attachment_17812" align="aligncenter" width="523"] (Image Credits: Author)[/caption]
Here’s the seafood bean paste stew that comes with the set!
The 8 Colours Set costs $98, and serves 3-4 people.
If you’re looking for something less filling, you could also go for smaller sets such as the Flower Pork Set ($68) or the 4 Colours Set ($58).
As with the 8 Colours Set, all of these sets come with side dishes and seafood bean paste stew.
If you’re wondering why the meat appears to be slightly pricey, it’s because all of these sets feature Mangalitsa pork, a top-grade Hungarian variety. We can vouch for its quality – it is incredibly juicy and tender.
In fact, Mangalitsa is said to be the “Kobe beef” of pork! Apparently, it is lower in cholesterol, and possesses higher levels of zinc and iron as compared to other types of pork. You’re definitely getting your money’s worth here.
More than just pork
If you’d like more than just BBQ pork, don’t worry, because the restaurant serves other dishes too!
From Beef Bulgogi Bibimbap ($18) to Kimchi Fried Rice ($8) and Seafood Pancake ($20), there’s definitely enough variety for you to complete your meal as you wish.
Those who’re on a tighter budget can also consider the weekday set lunches and specials -rice and stew sets from $8.
One of the comfort foods of Korean cuisine – Kimchi fried rice!
Some house brew, anyone?
As any Korean will know, no Korean BBQ meal is complete without some good alcohol.
Keeping in line with this practice, E!GHT Korean BBQ offers a great selection of drinks on its menu as well.
While standard fare such as beer and soju can be found on the drinks menu, the highlight we feel has definitely got to be their flavoured makgeoli (fermented Korean rice wine), all of which are brewed in-house.
Diners can choose from several flavours, such as the new Organic Honey Makgeolli ($35), as well as the Yucha Makgeolli ($35), Passionfruit Makgeolli ($35) and Joo Brew ($28).[caption id="attachment_17821" align="aligncenter" width="384"] Yucha Makgeolli! (Image Credits: Author)[/caption]
We particularly liked the Yucha Makgeolli since it was so refreshing, with the right amount of sweetness – definitely the perfect complement to a savoury meal!
Full service amidst a comfortable setting
With a seating capacity of 80, the new outlet at Shaw Centre looks to be just as spacious – if not even more so – than its Clark Quay counterpart. [=
The place is large and spacious – no worries about bringing a large group of friends here then!
You can also expect full service at E!GHT, where staff will prepare all the food for you. All you really need to do is eat.
Perhaps the most attractive point of all – besides the food – would be the restaurant’s effective ventilation system, which guarantees that you’ll leave the place without smelling like BBQ for the rest of the day. How awesome is that?
So there you have it!
Sounds delectable, doesn’t it?
Now that you know what lies in store for you, all that’s left to do is to head to town and satisfy your carvings!
Best of all, both outlets are centrally located and easily accessible, which means they are convenient for everyone.
E!GHT Korean BBQ
1 Scotts Road, Shaw Centre, #04-20/21, Singapore 228208
6 Eu Tong Sen Street, The Central, #02-79/90
Mon – Fri: 11:30AM – 14:30, 17:30 – 22:30
Sat & Sun: 11:30 – 22:30
For more information, check out E!IGHT Korean BBQ’s Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/8koreanbbqshaw
Unless otherwise stated, image credits: E!ght Korean BBQ.
This was an invited tasting session.
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