Korean Food, S(e)oul Food

Korean Food, S(e)oul Food

The result of Korean media bombarding/enticing me with Korean food (from dramas, like let's eat 1&2, to reality shows, like 3 meals a day/ what shall we eat today.. And some many more)! This has got to be my favorite cuisine because to me Korean food doesn't just taste good it's usually really nutritious >> it's soul food too!
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Finally no snaking queue on a Saturday evening, mum postulated because it’s the school holidays and many families may be travelling.
Fortunately she then gets to try one of her favourite cuisines in our hood. There are not many Korean food establishments around Singapore serving our favourite Jokbal, unless you make your way to the Tanjong Pagar/ (maybe) Bukit Timah Korean enclaves, so we were delighted when we could find it here. The sweetened marinate and slow cooked trotter was good and i wish there was more “collagen”.
The highlight however was the crisp thin pancakes here that are pleasant unctuous mouthfuls with each bite. Maybe many other Korean restaurants around could sought tutelage from here to serve real Korean jeons.
Boy is mum glad we have good Korean food in the neighbourhood now.

Finally no snaking queue on a Saturday evening, mum postulated because it’s the school holidays and many families may be travelling.
Fortunately she then gets to try one of her favourite cuisines in our hood. There are not many Korean food establishments around Singapore serving our favourite Jokbal, unless you make your way to the Tanjong Pagar/ (maybe) Bukit Timah Korean enclaves, so we were delighted when we could find it here. The sweetened marinate and slow cooked trotter was good and i wish there was more “collagen”.
The highlight however was the crisp thin pancakes here that are pleasant unctuous mouthfuls with each bite. Maybe many other Korean restaurants around could sought tutelage from here to serve real Korean jeons.
Boy is mum glad we have good Korean food in the neighbourhood now.

As much as I’m going to sound like an entitled being, it’s slightly devastating to visit a place on ur wish list after some planning only to find the food to much dismay. I wanted to visit Dal-In when I learnt that they served korean Jokbal (very few korean restaurants in SG actually do). Sadly on this first visit the item was not on the menu and we settled for regular korean BBQ and other meat items instead.

Our $69 beef meat set was mediocre and we joked that mum’s meat cuts with our own grill at home would have been a better option. An appalling dish was the fried chicken chunks in oriental “hot & spicy pepper sauce” essentially Chinese dried chilli, other condiments and awkward bokchoy. It is hard to get fried dishes wrong but here one emerges. Then the soybean paste stew with a thin consistency had very little ingredients to warrant its $16 price tag.

The side dishes were the only good things we’ve had, which tells a sad story of our dining experience here.

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I was dismayed when my envision joy of treating my parents to a good hansik (한싴) meal was met with an ordinary korean meal with at least a decent variety of banchan (반찬). The former I’ve had in Korea had a variety of >8 bespoke Korean side dishes which Seoul’s rendition and pictorial reference on its website fell completely short of expectations of.
While we did have a good bowl of beef bone soup (ala carte), I’d require a compelling reason to pay a return visit to this establishment.

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Because Yole was closed at 10:05pm, I was delighted and also surprised to find a bingsoo alternative in Oma Spoon which have stood the test of time!
While the bingsoo food fad has long weaned, this korean dessert establishment is still surviving! Why? I’d think attributable to a myriad of factors from location, to product offerings (petite bingsoo go from $6++ onwards - a wallet friendlier option); also the as mentioned situation I found myself in.
Still the 2 bingsoo we got to share were all made with good ingredients but I was not pleased with the clumps of ice blocks within the supposed fine shaved ice expected of bingsoo.

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Snag my last chance to enjoy 1 for 1 at Joo Bar and no other person to enjoy it with than my mum 😬
It is not difficult to understand why this place is so popular, the slightly pricey Korean small and big bites somehow works with the generous (for light drinkers) low alcoholic content Makgeolli. The above dish feels good till you stop at the salad concoction that surprises you with bites of small anchovies, an excellent well thought side.

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Oh hello best korean fried chicken in Singapore (disclaimer: entirely in my family’s opinion) 😋

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If I bother to travel to the CBD for a regular weekend family dinner- it hopefully means something; I like the food here a lot. Today I try things on the menu I would not have ordered on my own; if not for my Brother, which I have to admit I was grateful. The clear mussel soup had minimal odour from what you’d expect when the shellfish is cooked; mum proposed it was because fresh mussels are used and the restaurant must have handled the mussels methodically to remove any odour. Whatever the case the, made spicy by chopped chilli padi, clear soup base was excellent and the mussels were of very good texture.
The latter description holds true too- for our first round of US prime ribs (200g for $20++ U.P.; on burpplebeyond)

I couldn’t miss out on ordering the pancakes here which sadly was the least favourite only because of all the great dishes we had. While the seafood pancake is good, I was reminded of the bulgogi one that was definitely more outstanding.

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Can I qualify as a serial burpplebeyond user? What’s there not to love about 1 for 1 thin crust fusion pizzas here at mad for garlic!

-crust that you’d happily polish off
-interesting toppings and flavours ie a sweet and savoury combination with their snowing pizza named after the generous cheese topping falling from a shredder as the pizza is tabled

Because of burpplebeyond we also had leeway for their starter set that came with 2 refreshingly sweet wine coolers and garlic bread.
It was really after I was halfway through my meal did it register that the establishment is really “mad for garlic” with garlic in every single item we ordered- yes I’m WOLS? *burpp*

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Small things matter and can make my day (II)- like saving half the price for 2 bowls of legit fusion cream based noodles. Kudos to Burpplebeyond.

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On this episode of Burpple Beyond, I got a taste of legit Korean AnJu snacks.
However the tofu chips were made- they were divine, crisp like biscuits but with the softness of tofu embodied concurrently. What does that even mean you definitely have to order them here to find.
For the 1 for 1 mains, we had a slight difficult to gnaw but absolutely tasty Galbi. What I loved was the melt in your mouth fat with soft delicious steamed meat in the pork belly of the Bossam; paired with tangibly declicious Korean sides.
Burpple Beyond gives you leeway to order the yummy Maekgeolli here too- que *Dae Bak*

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On this episode of Burpple Beyond, I got a taste of legit Korean AnJu snacks.
However the tofu chips were made- they were divine, crisp like biscuits but with the softness of tofu embodied concurrently. What does that even mean you definitely have to order this item here to find.
For the 1 for 1 mains, we had a slight difficult to gnaw but absolutely tasty Galbi. What I loved was the melt in your mouth fat with soft delicious steamed meat in the pork belly of the Bossam; paired with tangy and delicious Korean sides.
Burpple Beyond gives you leeway to order the yummy Maekgeolli here too- que *Dae Bak*.

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Eat to live, live to eat. Alternating between the 2 all day err day?

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