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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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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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The anal freak in you would completely forgive how lopsided the beef bulgogi slices are situated in that well fried golden yellow disc of a pancake. This was soft Korean pancake, with occasional traces of crisp ends, done well!
We also had a pork kimchi stew to share which was simmered with abundant amount of kimchi and cooked till soft pork belly chunks. As if the meal was not enjoyable enough, with these on burpplebeyond the meal at Baek Jung just gets better and better!

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Mum and I always beam with excitement when seasoned soy bean sprouts are presented as part of a vibrant spread of 반찬 (Korean side dishes). This was the case on our first time at Guiga; contributing to the spread was kimchi that had a balanced splatter of dark red seasoning- tending towards a “mild and sweet” type.
In the 24 degree weather, we had an order of clear Korean oxtail soup, dumpling and rice cake soup; the former felt slightly diluted or clean tasting while the latter had intriguing dumplings with a peculiar aftertaste.

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Singaporean portions (as opposed to generous Korean portions) of decent but not spectacular Korean usuals- we had the BBQ pork and chicken set with “free” steamed egg, thin oily pancakes and a small soup/ noodles.

We proceeded to order a 부대찌개 (Korean army stew) that was a hearty msg laden affair (as should be) with ample amount of sausage, luncheon meat; and additional portion of ramen can be ordered at $5++.

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"Service" in Korea comes in the form of free sides- to get a rough glimpse of that head over to Kimchi Korean Restaurant where you get #1 quality side dishes (refillable at the self service kiosk).

#2 To end things on a sweet note, grab a free cup of Korean coffee as well (you'd get the iconic yellow satchel mix- to all familiar with the S.Korean food culture).

On to the mains, our beef seaweed soup was commendable for $13.90++; this was as well for the Egg omelette kimchi pancake (expect entirely eggs aka protein without any flour batter).

With an extensive menu, it keeps one interested to return and try the wide variety of Korean offerings here.

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$7.90++ for crisp at the ends and substantially thick without being jelat Korean seafood pancakes? This is Manna's signature dish.
At the same price tag the japchae was far from insipid- a dual sweet and savoury taste with each bite.
On the menu is a lower price range ($13.90-$15.90++ for our soups), hence one should manage his/her expectations (i.e. of generosity of seafood in pancake, ginseng used in the samgyetang). With such a mindset, you would be pleased with the tasty homely Korean fare here at Manna and discount the lacklustre side dishes.

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

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