Quite a number of people emailed / whatsapp me to ask for recommendations , so i decided to make my own list. Lol i know i took almost 1 month to do it. Been abit busy these days studying. I haven studied for a loooong time so my head was so tight and packed. I realized that this blog post was drafted back in May and i only posted it today.
The places from this list are the places me and my Oppa often go to. Sometimes i walked past certain Korean restaurants and asked if he wants to try and at times , he will pull me away and said “맛없어” which means not delicious in Korean even though there was a loooong queue. Being a Korean , he knows what is good and what is not. Same goes to me , i will bring him to the best hawker stalls or chinese restaurants because i know which is good or not.
So well , here is the list and places we frequented for the past 1.5 years. I realized that i don’t see alot of Singaporeans in these restaurants everytime i went there and mosts of the customers are Koreans. Perhaps these places are not very common or well known. So here they are and all listed in random order. There are no pictures available for some restaurants because i don’t take out my camera when i am having BBQ ( later my camera lens oily lah ) . Well , here you go for authentic Korean food.
1) Woo Jung –
45 Peking Street , #01-01 – Tel : 65363110
It is near Telok Ayer Mrt and opposite the Citibank.
You can have BBQ , Ala carte dishes like kimchi pancake , kimchi soups etc ) and stews.
The food tastes very good but the service is very slow. I waited 20 minutes for a bowl of soup before and 30 minutes for a plate of the beef for BBQ even though there were only 5 customers including me and my bf in the restaurant. So i will suggest that you order everything one shot. My bf asked why it took so long and the boss said they don’t use MSG so it took quite long.
I like their Korean BBQ especially the marble wagyu beef. So yummy and delicious.
This restaurant is hidden at the side of the Reddot building. It serves fresh Korean sashimi and other ala carte dishes. But this restaurant is famous for its sashimi. Raw live octopus sashimi is also available here. You know the one you saw often that were still squiggling and wriggling though they were chopped into pieces ? I LOVE IT. Not that i am sadistic or what but it is very delicious and fresh. The whole octopus is too big and too dangerous for me to swallow down so i asked for it to be chopped into tiny pieces. Dipped it with sesame oil and it is soo yum yum. Side dishes are free flow and each main dish set comes with its own kind of side dishes.
I blogged about it here before.
My bf and his friends only order sashimi from this restaurant and we have been there quite often.
3) Hwang Sil Korean-Chinese Restaurant
Airview Building, 38 Maxwell Road #01-03/05 – Tel : 62244371
It is located beside the Reddot Traffic Building.
Only ala carte cooked food and no BBQ . You can find popular Korean-Chinese dishes like that black bean sauce noodles ( Jjajangmyeon ) , Spicy seafood noodles (Jjampong) , Sweet and Sour Pork ( Tangsuyuk ). These 3 dishes usually go together. What i do there is i order the Jjajangmyeon ( Black bean sauce noodle ) for myself , a bowl Jjampong soup and a plate of sweet and sour pork to share. I don’t know why but i will go on a food coma after my meals at Hwang Sil. Too full and too delicious. I haven tried other dishes yet because these 3 are my favourite so far at the restaurant and that’s what my bf and his friends always order. The signature dish is actually the Jjampong noodle ( Spicy seafood noodle ) .
Better to go in a group of 2-4 because the portion is quite huge. You can even share a bowl of noodles.
Tangsuyuk ( Sweet and Sour Pork )
Jjampong ( Spicy Seafood noodle ).
31 Tanjong Pagar Rd – Tel : 6224 7077
Located near the end of the Tanjong Pagar road turning towards Chinatown , this restaurant is always full house and it is better for you to call for reservation if not you have to wait for 1hr to be seated. What i like about this place is that it opens till 3am so it is a good supper place ( if you are really hungry and want a full meal ) . The seatings are very cozy.
I have been here very often and have blogged about it HERE . I always order the Odeng Soup , Bo Ssam ( braised pork belly ) , Potato pancake ( Gamjajeon ) , Japchae and Makkoli ( goes well with the potato pancake and these 2 usually should come as a pair ).
Or i will order the army stew if i go with more people. It is better to go in a group of 3-4 so you can try more dishes.
5) Tae Woo Bam Jum Korean Restuarant
6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #03-84 Clarke Quay Central, Clarke Quay Central Tel – 6224 8284
Located conveniently inside Clark Quay Central mall , this restaurant serves one of the best Jjajangmyeon ! It has a “wok-hei” taste which i really like alot and they do have nice and cheap lunch set which can give you food coma after that.
Again , the usual dishes i order are Jjajangmyeon ( Black bean sauce noodle ) , Jjampong ( Spicy Seafood soup/noodle ) and Tangsuyuk ( Sweet and Sour Pork ) .
This restaurant serves Korean-Chinese cuisine and no Korean BBQ . There are 2 kinds of Jjajangmyeon ( i always order the traditional one ).
6) Bornga at Vivocity
I blogged about my first visit over HERE. And i went there twice after that.
The pricing at this restaurant is abit expensive but it is worth it. The food was delicious and you should really try their soon-dubu jiggae and spicy beef stew. I brought a friend along and she really loves it. It tasted abit different from the usual soon-dubu jiggae you had anywhere. The taste is really fragrant and nice. Generous portion of tofu and clams. The first time i went there , i wasn’t really impressed because the staff only serve the side dishes in the middle of our meal even though we asked for it many times. My bf wasn’t happy about it because he is not used to having side dishes being served only in the middle of the meal. Side dishes should be served the moment the customers sat down at the table. I have not tried their BBQ yet because it is a little pricey. But if you want to go for the usual dishes like kimchi jiggae , budaejjigae ( army stew ) etc , this is a good place to go.
7) Dong Bang Hong
94 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 048473
It is a Korean-chinese restaurant just like Hwang Sil. But i prefer the Jjampong here. It is better than Hwang Sil’s. But can be abit fishy to some people. So if you think it taste abit “fishy” , you can try adding abit of soya sauce. I had a unique dish. I can’t remember if it’s sliced pig ears or head. But it tasted so delicious. So if you work around Raffles area and craving for Korean food , Telok Ayer is a good place to go for Korean food. Quite a number of Korean restaurants there.
8) 2 days 1 Night located along Tanjong Pagar Road
Always long queue and need to call for reservation.
I used to go there once a month with Oppa after his baseball practices on Sunday. Well , the team always order the same thing. Dak Doritang and Bossam (braised pork)
Dak Doritang which is a kind of spicy chicken stew. I love this and it is easy to cook.
I cooked and blogged about it HERE before . I bought many bottles of sauces from Korean supermarkets just to cook this. But if you are just want to try to cook one time and you seldom cook Korean dishes , you can buy ready made sauces from the Korean Mart that comes in sachets for 1 time use and it cost less than $4.
Bossam ( Pork Belly )
Love it when i wrap the pork + kimchi with lettuce and stuff it into my mouth. The website and menu mentioned there’s oyster in the dish but when it was served on our table , i don’t see any oysters so far.
These are the only 2 dishes we have every time with the team.
Well , these are some places Oppa frequents and hope you enjoy the dishes i mentioned here.
Actually there are more places just that i didnt get to try more food because i always order the usual ones and the ones i like to eat . Let this be list 1 and i shall do a list 2 next time for Korean BBQ.