Go K-razy For Korean Food At These 11 Restaurants
This Korean Army stew from Seoul Yummy is a must-try!
Singapore is a food paradise. With the rise of K-pop and K-drama over the past few years, we see more delicious Korean restaurants popping up on our shores. While it’s best to try the local food at its home country, sometimes you just don’t have the luxury to do so. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s what you should order from these 11 Korean restaurants for a taste of Seoul.
1. 9PM Kkochi
From left: Skewers and tteokbokki are Korean street food staples.
Who hasn’t heard of Korea’s world-famous street food! 9PM Kkochi manages to re-create a traditional Korean pojangmacha (street stall) experience right here in Singapore. If you’ve been to Seoul, you’ll recognise the smell of grilled meat skewers wafting from the street stall along Myeongdong. Experience the same scent-sations when you dine at 9PM Kkochi.
Sets start from $4.90.
Bite into their freshly grilled Pork or Beef Belly Zig Zag Skewers that have been drenched in their 9PM version of the classic Korean sweet honey soya sauce. Don’t forget to try their Tteokbokki In A Cup which they claim is one of the best in town. For something more filling, opt for one of their affordable sets instead.
Crispy on the outside, and juicy on the inside.
This is hands down one of the best Korean fried chicken joints in Singapore. Each of their wings is carefully prepared using a unique double-frying method that makes the skin extra crispy. It’s also coated in just the right amount of Bonchon secret recipe sauce which has got to be the star of the show! The Koreans just know their way around fried chicken.
3. Wang Dae Bak Korean BBQ Restaurant
Doesn’t this make you salivate!
What’s a Korean food list without Korean BBQ? To give it the meat its delicious char-grilled smoky flavour, Wang Dae Bak Korean BBQ restaurant uses only 100% quality charcoal, and not gas, to grill the meat.
The most popular cuts of meat to order is their pork belly. This cut of meat has many layers of fat, and is cut into quarter inch cubes to allow the fat layers to char while making sure the meat remains soft and succulent.
Besides that, you should also their seafood pancake. This popular dish is full of seafood and scallions, wrapped in a batter-based shell. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, bite into this fluffy yet crunchy pancake that just melts in your mouth. Step the flavours up a notch and have it with the dipping sauce.
4. DaeSsiksin Korean BBQ Buffet
Enjoy prime cuts of meat at an affordable price!
Yes, here’s another Korean BBQ restaurant on the list. DaeSsiksin is an All-You-Can-Eat Korean grill barbeque restaurant offering 10 to 12 different types of signature marinated meats, fresh ingredients and a wide range of Korean delicacies, all at an affordable price!
The Korean barbeque or Gogigui (meat roast) over grill produces a unique blend of mouth-watering flavours that taste as good as it looks. Every item on the buffet is specially curated by a team of Korean chefs to evoke the charm of bustling food culture in Seoul.
For that extra oomph, coat the freshly grilled meat and kimchi with incredibly smooth cheese to indulge in a heavenly Korean BBQ experience.
5. Seoul Yummy
Seoul Yummy’s Daebak Army Stew is perfect for sharing.
Who hasn’t heard of budae jjigae, also known as Korean Army Stew? The origin of this dish dates back to the Korean War. Shortly after the Korean War ended, surplus food from US army bases were scrounged up to make a stew. Seoul Yummy has added a twist to this common Korean dish and made it luxurious.
Their Daebak Army Stew comes with marinated spicy chicken slices, marinated spicy pork collar slices, beef slices, sausage, spam, rice cakes, fish cakes, baked beans, kimchi, carrot slices, assorted vegetables and Korean ramyeon. You won’t be able to stop slurping up the rich flavours of this dish.
Meals at Seoul Yummy are great value for money too. Their weekday lunch menu starts from $10 and comes with free flow barley tea and Korean banchan (side dishes). If you’re not looking for something too filling, enjoy 50% off their appetisers and desserts when you dine between 3pm to 5pm.
6. Seoul Garden HotPot
Imagine sipping on a nutritious piping hot hotpot on a cold, rainy day.
While available all year round, samgyetang (ginseng chicken) is traditionally eaten on chobok, the first day of the hottest summer period, to revitalise the body and boost the immunity system. Seoul Garden HotPot’s newest menu serves up six different variations of ginseng chicken with healthier options endorsed as Lower in Calories. Enjoy feasting on this popular Korean dish for a fulfilling, wee-balanced and healthier diet!
Each individual ginseng hotpot is served with fresh chicken thigh, chestnut and glutinous rice which has been double boiled for up to five hours to bring out the rich and nutritious flavours in the ginseng chicken soup. This dish is limited to only 30 portions daily to assure 100% freshness and consistency in taste!
7. Patbingsoo Korean Dining House
This Korean comfort food is good for the Seoul (read soul).
You can’t say you’ve tried Korean food if you haven’t had ramyeon. For those who like a little spice, try Patbingsoo Korean Dining House’s Gochujang Ramyeon. This homey dish is packed with luncheon meat, enoki, pork or beef belly and topped with an egg; all nicely cooked with their house special Gochujang sauce. Complete your meal with one of their refreshing bingsu (Korean shaved ice).
Bring along a friend and get any of their jjigae (stews) to get 2 soft drinks and either honey garlic or spicy popcorn chicken for FREE from 1 October to 31 December 2019.
8. Seoul Garden
Celebrations are better with family and friends.
Seoul Garden is well known for its proprietary marinates. Their signature marinates includes Bulgogi, Kalbi and Kimchi. Developed by the Chef’s team, the closely guarded recipe is one of the core reasons why regular customers keeps coming back! Besides their ever-popular Korean BBQ meats, they also have steamboat, so you’ll get to enjoy the best of both worlds!
Did you know that the unique Seoul Garden smoke-less grill system Gen 9 creates a comfortable and worry-free atmosphere for everyone to enjoy which makes the place great for any occasion, anytime of the day!
If you are celebrating a special occasion soon, Seoul Garden is the place for you! Dine with your family and friends, and enjoy FREE Birthday Buffet!
Don’t forget to try out their new premium Nourishing Black Chicken Soup. Served with a real Black Chicken and double-boiled for 5 hours! This healthy and tasty dish is rich in antioxidants and not only strengthens the immune system but helps to promote a better digestive system as well. Warm your heart and soul at Seoul Garden!
9. Pizza Maru
The Chicago Pizza is a crowd favourite at Pizza Maru.
Unlike Western-style pizza, Korean pizza has its own unique flair. The toppings are often a mix of sweet and savoury and seemingly don’t go well together. But it somehow just works! What’s so unique about Pizza Maru is that they cook up Korean-style pizzas that are both delicious and heathy!
Sink your teeth into their Real BBQ Chicago Pizza that’s prepared with fibre-rich and antioxidant-packed black rice dough. This pizza is generously topped with chicken leg, potato cubes, roasted onions, tomato, mushrooms, almond flakes, and dusted with a light layer of icing sugar. Did we mention the incredible cheese pull shot you’ll get with this pizza?
From now till 10 November 2019, pay with GrabPay via the FRx app when you dine at Pizza Maru up to 2x Frasers when you spend a minimum of $10 and up to 10 Grab Rewards Points with every $1 spent. Find out more about this exclusive promotion here: http://bit.ly/FrasersPay
10. Ju Shin Jung Korean Charcoal BBQ
Clockwise from top left: Kimchi Soup, Kimchi Pancake, Soybean Paste Soup and Chive Pancake.
A favourite amongst the native Korean community in Singapore, this restaurant serves delectable Korean food with fantastic service. While waiting for your meat to be ready, try their kimchi pancake and chive pancake. After enjoying all that juicy cuts of meat, you’ll want something sour to cleanse your palate. Soybean paste and kimchi stew are great options for times like these.
If you’re in a group of 4, head down between 6pm at 7.30pm to enjoy their early bird promotion. 1 adult will get to dine for free with 3 paying adults for their BBQ buffet.
This Korean café chain is famous for being the shoot location of some Korean drama series like “It’s OK. That’s Love”, “Mrs Cop”, “Punch”, “Ruby Ring” and “Sweet Stranger and Me”. What sets Coffeesmith apart from other regular cafes is that it’s open 24h, just like its outlets in Korea.
From left: Choco Brownie Bingsu and Sweet Potato Latte.
Café culture is huge in Korea so we know you’ll definitely get high quality coffee from this popular chain. Besides coffee, sip on a cup of Sweet Potato Latte. In case you didn’t know, sweet potato is one of Korea’s traditional ingredients. Milky and not too sweet, this drink is a great alternative for when you don’t feel like having caffeine.
Beat the Singapore heat with their selection of tantalizing bingsu (Korean shaved ice). From traditional Korean flavours like Injeolmi (rice cake) to crowd favourites like Choco Brownie, there’s something you’ll enjoy.
It doesn’t look like the K-wave is dying any time soon. With so much scrumptious food options from the land of kimchi, we’re not complaining!