The people behind Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory have brought another interesting Korean restaurant called Masizzim to Singapore! The word ‘Masizzim’ (pronounced as ma-see-zim) is an amalgamation of the Korean words masi (delicious) and jjim (stew). This restaurant located right next to Chir Chir serves a medley of traditional and modern Korean dishes and specialises in stew.
We started with a Sikhye Jar ($9.50 for 660ml) at each table. This traditional Korean beverage is brewed in-house with malt barley and rice. This does help to ease the fire from the spicy stew.
The ban-chan (Korean side dishes) here is quite limited, probably because it serves more as an appetiser and is not the main focus of the meal. We had a side salad, radish and potato salad.
Next, we donned our plastic gloves and started mixing and shaping!
The DIY Rice Balls ($8). The medium-grain white rice, Korean black rice, barley, seaweed crumbs and crushed chilli padi bowl comes with a choice of Tuna (with mayonnaise and fried kimchi) or Anchovy. This is a really fun dish and one of the better ones we tried.
I preferred the Anchovy one as the fried anchovies were crunchy and lent an added texture to the rice, and it was easy to mould. Also, I am personally not a fan of tuna and found the rice balls a bit too moist for my liking.
Spicy Chicken Stew ($16). The chicken is marinated overnight and then slow cooked for six hours in Masizzim’s recipe sauce. The chicken is very tender and the taste is something distinctive Korean.
As with all the other stews, you may choose noodles to go with your stew: Korean Udon or Glass Noodles. I found the portion of noodles too little even for a small eater. Should you require more noodles, cheese or toppoki (Korean rice cakes), it is an additional $2 each.
Pork Rib Stew ($16), featuring Australian pork mixed ribs. You may choose beween Soy or Spicy (Levels 1 to 4) flavours. This is also applicable for the beef, but not the chicken. The one above is Soy flavoured and I found the sweetness from the pineapples and Korean pear in the stew base a bit surprising.
Last but not least, Beef Rib Stew ($18), which was hands-down my favourite. The beef used in this stew is Australian beef short ribs and the stew was a harmony of flavours. If you can take spice, Levels 2 is a good level and for those who feel like challenging yourself, go for Level 4.
Tomato Cheese Kimchi Pancake ($13). The pancake is topped with kimchi, minced beef, tomato paste, mozzarella and chopped basil. I did not fancy this as i found the flavours confusing in a Korean dish and the tomato kind of just overpowered everything else.
If I had to choose a favourite pancake, it would be the Potato Pancake ($12). The pancake was crispy and stuffed with potato. I eyed the golden brown parts. Also, it is highly recommended that you dip your pancake into the house-blended sauce that accompanies the dish.
Squid & Leek Pancake ($14), which is a winner among most of us and the one that was devoured quickly.
313 Orchard Road, #B3-02,
Tel: 6509 5808
Sunday to Thursday 1100-2200hrs
Friday & Saturday 1100-2300hrs