You no longer have to fly to Seoul to enjoy delicious jjajangmyeon or tteokbokki fries. Just head to town and hit up these slew of spiffy Korean eateries serving authentically delicious K-grub.
The team behind Chicken Up has come up with a new 2-in-1 sister eatery. It’s Da Bang (Australian brunch) by day and Don’t Tell Mama (Korean-Mexican fusion) by night. Unwind at this casual after-dark watering hole with their in-house special soju cocktails like spicy melon ($12) and Bloody Mama ($12), (a twist on the usual Bloody Mary). Frozen cocktails like Beergarita ($22) are another draw. Drinking games are on a different level here with a games selection that includes the hilarious Tomy Pop-up Pirate and beer pong. Nibble on some kimchi fries ($18) and bulgogi quesadillas ($12) while you’re at it as well. It’s cold and raining outside? Pop in-store for some Varhona’s Guanaja hot chocolate which contains 70% cacao. Daily 7.30am-5pm (da bang) & 5pm-12am (Don’t Tell Mama). 52 Tanjong Pagar Road. Tel: 6221 2007
Newly Halal-certified Jinjja Chicken‘s the hot new chick in the Bugis block with its tasty Jinjja wings in soy garlic/yangnyeom/mix ($7.90 for 6pcs). What we’re really digging are the unique tteokbokki fries ($3.50/4.50), crisp and chewy all at once. Healthier options include jjajang myeon/bap ($7.50, noodles or rice), spicy seafood jjamppong ($9.50) and veggielicious bibimbap/myeon ($7.50). Special mention to the sikhye rice drink ($2.50/3.30, kinda like a Korean ‘barley’) and handheld bingsu (red bean/oreo, $5.90) for an afternoon takeaway. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11.30pm. 249 Victoria Street (Bugis Village).
From the same group that brought Chir Chir Chicken to our little Red Dot, comes Masizzim, pronounced as ma-see-zim, combining ’masi’ (delicious) and ’jjim’ (stew). Choose from three stews: fall-offthe-bone tender beef rib ($18 individual, 250g/$32 double, 500g), succulent pork rib and spicy chicken ($16 individual, 250g/$29 double, 500g). There’s a spicy base of gochujang with 4 heat levels, or opt for soy blend base, only available for beef and pork stews. Pile up on traditional rice balls ($8), and Korean pancakes of squid and leak ($14), potato ($12) or tomato cheese kimchi ($13). Wash all these fiery flavours down with a sweet, malt barley and rice Shikhye jar ($9.50, 600ml). Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. #B3-02 313 Somerset, 313 Orchard Road. Tel: 6509 5808
Seorae Galmaegi is all the Korean BBQ we could have asked for. The highlight is premium galmaegisal, or pork skirt meat ($21.90), with a juicier bite, and L.A. galbi (beef ribs, $38.90), both marinated in authentic Korean spices to bring out the meat’s best flavours. The circular grill at each table is also innovatively completed with sections for egg, garlic, kim chee and cheese, to give the ingredients a bubbly caramelisation. Complete the meal with a unique selection of Patbingsoo bingsu, from salad ($12.90) to Gangnam with popcorn and vanilla ice cream ($9.90). Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. #02-01 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road. Tel: 6238 8429