Mashisoyo! Korean Food

Mashisoyo! Korean Food

Be on the hunt with me for mashisoyo Korean grub!
Vanessa Kou
Vanessa Kou

Loading well-executed proteins and colourful medley of vegetables into their signature "pints”, Dosirak is run by passionate individuals that work towards creating an inclusive menu which people of different dietary requirements can enjoy. Hence, now brighter and larger, the new store at 313 Somerset is set to bring customizable bibimbaps to the town-goers.

Having tried some of the options available, the Soy Citrus Salmon would be my top pick, followed by Beef Bulgogi. Flaky and fresh tasting, the salmon was first cured for the extra depth and later torched for that melty soft texture. Seasoned with their house-made marinate, the chunks were pleasantly savoury though mild in citrus. The beef, on the other hand, packed more meaty flavour but also coupled harmoniously with the crunchy add-ons. As for the sauces, the Apple Cider Gochujang was a tangy play on the traditional chili paste and catering to those who can't handle spice, the Soy Garlic Jang was simply a crowd-pleaser. Then, complete your substantial bowls (can enjoy with Burpple Beyond 1-for-1) with their belly-warming soups such as their heavenly seaweed soup which was slurp-worthy and full of umami goodness.

Thank you @dosiraksg for hosting us and @burpple for the invitation!

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Surfing the Korean wave with their newly launched lineup, Sky22’s Korean Fare Buffet is helmed by their Junior Sous Chef from Daegu - Hwang In Yong. Available on Saturdays, Sundays (except on Easter weekend) and for dinner on Fridays till 28th April, the spread is priced reasonably at $56++/ adult and $28++/ child.

Though Korean BBQ often comes to mind when you think of Korean buffets, the extensive selections at Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena features Korean Classics on rotation. Think Braised Kimchi Pork Ribs, Seafood Pancake and House-made Kimchi. And not forgetting their D.I.Y Bibim Bar with an array of over 20 ingredients to customize your perfect bowl of Bibimbap as well as a Steam & Grill Seafood Bar to get your money's worth.

My favourite out of those that we tried was their Galbi Jjim (Braised Beef Short Ribs). Prepared using Chef In Yong’s mother home-recipe, the sweet yet savoury dish was well-executed with the tender and juicy chunks of beef short ribs. The saucy item would go wonderfully with a steaming bowl of white rice. A close second, the heat offered by the Sundubu Jjigae (Spicy Seafood Tofu Soup) was the ideal rainy day comfort food. Flavourful and almost addictively spicy, the sweetness of the seafood was distinct and paired nicely with the smooth curds. But of course, to end the meal on a high note, I would recommend the Hotteok. The warm Korean sweet pancake was a crisp, cinnamony dream.

Thank you @courtyardsingapore for the warm hospitality!

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Filled with ingredients and best shared among a few friends, jazz up your weekday lunch with The Gogi at Alexandra Central’s Budae Jungol (Army Stew). A slurp-worthy option, the item features a tantalising savoury soup base striking a great balance in terms of intensity and has just the right consistency; as to me the main differentiating factor between competing restaurants is always its base. Their version also comes adequately spicy without having the natural flavours of the broth taken away. With the usual suspects thrown in, the hot bubbling mix of mushrooms, tofu, rice cake, sausages, luncheon meat and ramyeon spells a good time too.

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A dish seen on almost every table, NY Night Market's Rosti & Beef ($10.90) was an easy crowd-pleaser as there are no better match than potatoes and beef! Giving the unfailing pan-fried potato fritter a boost with the garlicky and sweet Korean staple, the thin bulgogi beef slices were well-marinated and tender. The shredded russet potato pancake, absorbing some of that fragrant and savoury sauce, was also perfectly seasoned. Crisp on the outside and moist within, the combination was a sure winner. Finished off with a dollop of sour cream, the mild tanginess was able to break the richness of the meat and a bit of the greasiness-making it a super tasty fry up!

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Sticking to the well-loved staples at The GOGI, I finally got to curb my cravings for KBBQ - Filling my belly up with Pork Belly, Prime Beef Ribs, Seasoned Chicken, Cream Cone and Doenjang Jjigae (surprisingly good).

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Though I have a strong dislike for kimchi, I may have found a new appreciation for it through kimchi pancakes! A nice balance between the overly dry and the excessively doughy ones, The GOGI’s Kimchi Pancake doesn't overwhelm you with the greasiness or spiciness. Enjoying the gentle crunch of the kimchi, I really liked the crispy edges and slightly chewy center too.

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And for something soup-ish and less guilty, the Vongole Ppong ($16.80) offers quite a spicy and flavourful kick (so a tip is to get their life-saving Lychee Yogurt to douse the heat). Great as a rainy day comfort food, the white wine and garlic base was a heavenly combination that tied in superbly well with the sweetness of the clams.

Thank you Burpple for the invite, Rachel for hosting us and @NipongNaepongSG for feeding us~~~

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Revolutionising the traditional Chinese-Korean Seafood Noodles (Jjamppong), Nipong Naepong has recently opened in our sunny shores!

Located in Jem, their menu sees 9 different variations as well as sweet and savoury pizzas to share. Thus zooming in on the selection of ppong, you can now enjoy a 1-for-1 Burpple Exclusive deal available daily till 30th April 2018 and have your pick on the soupy, creamy and dry versions.

As a fan of cream-based dishes, my personal pick would be the "pink" sauce jjolmyeon (wheat noodles) - Ro Ppong- Roje ($17.80) and suggest skipping the slightly one-dimensional Alfredo-esque, Keu Ppong- cream. One of the top sellers, there is just something about the blend of tomatoes with cream that spells comfort food to me. Embellished with crowd-pleasing mozzarella cheese, briny flying fish roe and toasted tortilla, it also comes loaded with seafood like mussels and prawns.

Thank you Burpple for the invite, Rachel for hosting us and @NipongNaepongSG for feeding us!

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Priced at a reasonable $29.90 for 2 to 3 pax, the fuss-free set-up comes with a deal of ingredients - sliced rice cakes, tofu, sausage, cabbage, luncheon meat, vermicelli, kimchi, mushroom, cheese, instant noodles and specially imported Korean baked bean. A steal really, their Army Stew also offers free refills of their chicken stock. Though flavours lean towards the salty, you do get a good balance of spiciness from the gochujang and lucky for me (and those like me who can’t handle spice) the heat of the chilli paste was surprisingly manageable. Hence, hearty and not all that spicy or rich, I could really enjoy the other elements like the springy cheesy noodles as well as thickly cut luncheon meat - tender and savoury.

So why wait, grab your family and friends to share a comforting spicy hotpot stew. Available at selected outlets; Hougang Mall, Bukit Panjang Plaza and starting 22 Feb, tomorrow, Junction 9.

Thank you Burpple for extending the invite and Nene Chicken Singapore for feeding us!

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Encrusted with their signature batter and showered with a liberal coating of addictive curry seasoning, Chir Chir’s Curry Fried Chicken ($28.90) was absolutely mouthwatering! Tender and moist on the inside, the skin was deep-fried to a crunchy golden perfection. And a nice change from the familiar Korean fried chicken flavours that we usually get here; you got to adore the added textures from the crispy curry leaves, almond and chilli flakes as well as the aromatic boost they provide - savoury, mildly salty and sweet with a very subtle spicy kick. Then, double up the dose with their sweet curry dip served on the side.

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A sneak peak into Chir Chir’s newest menu earlier this week got me hooked on their Pineapple Smoothie cause the heat was on! For those who love more fire in their food, their Spicy Jjimdak ($19.90 for half chicken/ $32.90 for whole chicken) features a lip-smacking spicy soy-based sauce, chewy jjolmyeon (Korean wheat noodles), topokki (rice cake) and a small mount of crunchy beansprouts. The star being the thinly battered chicken simmering in the stew - tender and juicy.

Huge in portion and great for sharing, the seasoned and simmered chicken dish was not just red-hot but pleasantlysavoury and mildly sweet with the mix of BBQ sauces; giving it a somewhat complex flavour that was both potentially addictive and comforting if my tastebuds could handle that amount of spice. Not numbing but certainly lingering, the slow yet fiery kick should come with a warning as what was causing the burning was the addition of sliced red chillies and capsaicin sauce.

However, there was no stopping us, as we got to the bottom we noticed that the usual translucent glass noodles used was modified with Korean wheat noodles in their rendition. With more bite to it, the noodles manage to soak up all the goodness, reminding @okwhotookmyusername of the infamous Samyang Spicy Korean Noodle. Too shiok to handle, it would be perfect with a bowl of hot steamed rice and I guess I will stick to the non-spicy version for my next visit.

Many thanks to @chirchirsg and @sixthsensepr for feeding us, and @burpple for the invitation!

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Modernizing the traditional Korean Street snack, Samjin Amook, the popular Korean Fishcake chain from Busan has recently opened its first and only international outlet at ION Orchard B4. So since I was in the area I had to check it out! Spotting a “bakery-style” concept, the takeaway store is pretty small but carries a good variety. Packed with people when I was there in the early evening, they do fortunately replenish the eomuk pretty frequently.

Hence not knowing where to start, I just stuck to the non-spicy signatures. And surprisingly by pairing Korean fishcakes with various ingredients, the resulting items were all pretty distinct in taste. First off, I would recommend the Amook Croquettes. Stuffed with sweet potato, the Sweet Potato Amook Croquette ($2.30) was a good balance of sweet and savoury, crispy and soft. Deep-fried to perfection, the appealing breadcrumb crusted exterior encasing the bouncy-soft amook and potato mash was two-thumbs up. I also enjoyed the Bacon Dog ($2.80) as you just can’t go wrong with a long strip of smokey bacon wrapped and surrounding the savoury firm fishcake stick. And if those two mentioned above didn’t destroy your diet plan, you should certainly try Samjin Amook’s Goblin’s Mace ($3.50). A winning combination especially for the kid in me, the generous layer of diced potato coupled with amook and sausage within was substantial and a potatoes lover’s dream come true.

Overall a tad greasy but really flavourful.

*Be sure to eat them while they are warm or heat them up before consuming for the best taste*

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