Korean🇰🇷

Korean🇰🇷

The very few times I get to eat Korean food in Singapore🤗 Ratings take into consideration price of the dish, quality of the dish, and overall service and ambience of the location if applicable!🌟
Jaslyn T.
Jaslyn T.

Went for the weekday lunch for the Hotpot Buffet, opting for the "90Mins The Best" sauce, made with a combination of Home made sauce, gungjung sauce, and volcano sauce. With this sauce, expect a tinge of sweetness and spiciness in a slightly thick textured broth. Expect free flow tteobokki, ramyeon, a wide spread of ingredients — chicken, pork collar,pork belly, cheese tofu, chicken sausage, luncheon meat, and the commonplace fare one can often find in other hotpot buffets as well. On the side, expect ready made dishes including spring rolls (don't be cheated by its seaweed chicken facade), vegetable gyoza, and pretty good and crispy chicken wings. Quintessential eomuk at a hotpot buffet was also thick and huge, tasting even better when dipped into the hotpot sauce. I thought the spread here for the price was pretty amazing and worth it, especially with lunchtime pricing. With every meal, you get free flow drinks. Unfortunately, I did not pace myself well enough and completely missed out on the free fried rice at the end. However, I thought it was for the better as food wastage costs the usual $5 with every 100g. Available for addition includes items like corn dogs which I was too full to order, ice cream, beef shabu (for people who want more options other than chicken/pork) and a cheese ring to dip your tteobokki and ingredients on the side. While it was my first time at a Korean Hotpot Buffet, I learnt a lot about pacing myself to better enjoy the other ingredients and fried rice I missed out, and I do see myself coming back again to try them again next time. Personally, the thicker paste-like broth would not be my usual go-to as compared to chinese hotpot where the soup is lighter and more enjoyable to drink. But I do think its an alternative experience that I forsee myself craving for occassionally. With that, I am glad that 90 Mins is an affordable option which I will return to get my korean buffet fix.

However, do note that it gets crowded and service really isn't the best. Staff are at best flippant and seemingly constantly flustered. The staff picking the food doesn't really take into consideration the quantity you ask for — usually resulting in more than less, affecting your ability to eat what you want later. So do make sure you request for the amount you ~really~ want. Not the friendliest faces around here, but well, they do get busy and they are just trying to do their job. So do manage expectations with respect to service!

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Finally the tried the famed jjajangmyeon from Obba Jjajang. Took me a while but I am always repulsed by huge crowds and long waiting times, so I managed to snag a seat by heading there early. Now I know what the hype is over a simple looking bowl of noodles. The flavourful black bean sauce comprised of onions and diced pork. While I was hoping for slightly more meat in the sauce, the onions and other vegetables in the sauce helped to give a good crunch to the noodles. The noodles were chewy and pliant, while the sauce was tangy and on the sweeter side. I aboslutely loved the noodles, and personally thought it was what made the dish so fantastic. While I personally do not like sweet sauces, I thought this was generally quite well-balanced (other than at the end when the black sauce sweetness started to overwhelm). I would definitely come back here to have this again — but I would probably try the spicy flavoured jjajangmyeon just to see if the sweetness is less apparent!

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Takeaway (+$0.50)
Established in 2020, Bab Sarang is located on the basement level of Orchard Towers, selling affordable Korean fare close to the heart of the famous shopping haven. Bab Sarang is run by Koreans, allowing them to market their food as authentic Korean flavours. Apart from selling cooked food such as ramyeon, samyetang, and even fried korean mandu, they double up as a grocery store where people can buy their handmade kimchi and marinated meat that is great for BBQ. Situated near M73 foodcourt, chopstix & rice and Isle foodcourt of Orchard Towers, Bab Sarang is not difficult to find. A humble shop with extremely polite and friendly owners, I was excited to have affordable korean cuisine in a relative expensive area.
This kimchi fried rice packs both a spicy kick and sour upon first taste. However, I’d find bits of rice that were plainer than other parts of the bowl - a sign that perhaps it wasn’t mixed well during frying. The egg wasn’t flowy - but I’d close one eye with that. Having options of beef/chicken/pork to choose from, I chose beef. The beef had an amazing marinade - also available to buy, raw. It was well charred and slightly sweet. Unfortunately, the portion of meat was extremely small - even for a dish that costs $5.90.
A quintessential in Korean restaurants are their often free flow sides. In this takeaway season, it’s nice to still have kimchi and anchovies on the side.
I’m glad that Bab Sarang opened a restaurant near to the Orchard-Tanglin region, providing people with an alternative other than Kim Dae Mun, which is towards the Dhoby Ghaut premises of Orchard Road already. I thought this kimchi fried rice was decent; Albeit authentic, I have tasted much better and enjoyed more generous portions elsewhere. Nonetheless, Korean cuisine in Singapore is relatively pricey, and it is difficult to deny the affordability and accessibility at Bab Sarang. That said, I look forward to the opportunities I have to try their other dishes, and can only hope that they are equally decent or better.
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It would be futile to go to SBCD without getting their Soontofu stew. SBCD prides on making their tofu fresh daily, starting from the process of grinding the soy beans. As such, their silky tofu in the stew was served in generous amounts - that I’m not complaining. This stew was filled to the brim with ingredients - beef, clam, crab claws, shrimp, squid and egg. Bits of minced pork can also be found because of the pork based broth of the stew. This bowl thus encompassed many flavours, and as a whole, was a piping hot goodness of spicy and tasty. For $21.90 of this quality and quantity, I think it’s pretty worth it! Especially when the Soontofu stew is served with a bowl of hotstone rice and the quintessential korean side dishes. You can also get a free cultured milk at the end😜
P.S. if you are a lazy eater, don’t opt for the seafood options because they come with shells! You might find it a hassle to peel them.
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Spicy fire chicken with tteok-bokki, baked with cheese.
Cheesy, stringy goodness which complemented really well with the supposedly overwhelming spiciness set by the buldak sauce. The cheesiness seemed to have help take away some of the spice, but this dish still packs the right amount of punch. Enjoyed the overall flavour of it, as well as the combination of Korean rice cakes and chicken. As an iza-bar, Taan seems to offer a ‘tapas’ selection of Japanese and Korean dishes that is best shared with friends. Similarly, I believe that this dish is best shared, especially with its huge amount of cheesiness and spice!
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Without the lunch set, the stew alone costs $13. With the lunch set, for $13 you get the stew, a bowl of rice, and a drink.
An unassuming place whipping up a mind-blowingly delicious spicy tofu stew. Right level of spicy, generous amount of seafood - shrimps and clams, and a fair amount of enoki, shiitake mushrooms and vegetables.
I absolutely love spicy tofu stew, and I foresee myself coming back for this, especially when everything was done right😊
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For a single portion it faired pretty small. First time trying mac & cheese combined with seafood, and it’s not bad, though I would think it paired better with meat and bacon instead. The mac & Cheese was on the more watery and milky texture, rather than one that was thick and cheesy. I would think it boils down to one’s palate when it comes to this sizzling plate of mac & cheese. Personally, I was not wow-ed and found it rather mediocre, especially with the price and portion.
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Buying in a set gets you a side and a drink as well. The side of honey butter fries was... completely not my cup of tea. Sweet and had a milky undertone.
The crispy chicken was served hot and crispy, just like it should be. It was juicy and oily which was great, but does get too you after a bit. The salsa-like side was an added sour, refreshing kick that which complemented the chicken well. Honestly had higher expectations for chir chir after not having it after a few years. Somehow, it did not amaze me as much this time.
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This was a decent army stew. I wasn’t a fan on the taste of the stew initially because it didn’t taste as spicy or sour as desired, but it did grow on me after a few refills and further simmering. A good portion of ingredients and straightforward and easy to eat, not much of a mess made either unlike ala carte steamboat. Comforting on a cold day!
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This stall gives a wide range of side dishes like kimchi, seaweed, taupok, and it’s free flow! You can ask them for top-ups😊 I loved the kimchi they served, but for the spicy tofu stew, the taste of the kimchi in the tofu stew was extremely different to me. It wasn’t extremely tasty, sour or spicy like the ones served in the side. A relatively good amount of beef and tofu. A good meal but rather ordinary!
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Couldn’t really make out what this dish was - so the experience was kind of ordinary. The steam egg was on the softer side, with what I believe looks like chopped carrots?? And cooked with soy sauce. I guess it does serve as a side to complement your meals but I’m not a fan of it and probably wouldn’t order it again.
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I foresee myself being addicted to this. First time at Paik’s and I decided to give the spicy tofu stew, which is a new dish on their menu, a shot. It came in a small bowl, and I slightly upset with how small the portion seemed. However, coupled with rice (which was an add on of $1), it made a perfect meal. The soup was so flavourful because it contained many ingredients, completely taking me by surprise. In this small bowl was a generous amount of tofu, minced beef, sotong, tiny shrimp 2 clams, and finally finished off with a lovely egg. It lived up to its name of being spicy and I’m so glad it did (you know the disappointment when the menu says it’s spicy but it isn’t?). This meal really gave me all that warm fuzzy feeling, it was so comforting to eat as well as it satisfied my Korean stew cravings! For $6.90, the amount of ingredients in an ostensibly small bowl makes it worth it; and it might even be difficult to find.
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