Three new nosh places K-fans should check out

Top image: Joo


More than just Korean specialty noodles, ‘guksu’ to the eponymous Guksu Noodle House‘s executive chef Kang Heunseong means love. His grandmother, Mdm Park Mi Suk fed their hometown during World War II with the same noodles for survival. Try the handmade noodle dishes of varying thicknesses (from $9.90) and make it a set (+$4) to enjoy a juicy fried chicken
drumstick (we like the garlic soya, U.P. $3.90) and Korean corn tea. The vongole ddeok bok ki pasta ($9) and the gul sam hap ($36.90, fresh oysters and steamed pork belly DIY wraps) are stars too. Daily 11am-10.30pm. #02-385 Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard. Tel: 6334 7950


Located right in the midst of the Kovan heartlands is Yorijori Singapore, a Korean hotplate that has just taken up shop at Paya Lebar Kovan Community Centre. Enjoy the peaceful sight of elders doing taichi as you munch through dak galbi (spicy chicken ribs) ($15/pax), rice balls ($5) with a rich flavour despite their messy appearances, and Korean BBQ ($15/pax), all on custom-made BBQ tables imported directly from Korea. Mon-Fri 3.30-11pm, Sat-Sun 11.30am-11pm. 207 Hougang Street 21 Paya Lebar Kovan CC. Tel: 6288 6651


Keeaboos (fans of K-culture) now have another reason to rejoice–the latest chic makgeolli bar,
Joo, serves home-brewed rice wines with delish anju, or bar grub. Opt for the makgeolli sampler ($35) for a taste of five refreshing flavours, including yucha, or Korean yuzu. Match the moreish tipples with some baby eel paper ($12), deep-fried fish crisps served with chilli salt and lime zest; slow-roasted mangalitsa belly ($32), a juicy Asian rendition of Hungarian pork; and seafood gochujang risotto ($24). The stylish branding and interiors are the final finishing touches to the merry night out. 5 Tan Quee Lan Street. Tel: 8138 1628