[Newly Opened] Masizzim Hits Singapore at 313@Somerset (Media Tasting)

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.

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[Newly Opened] Hvala Waffle Bar at 313@Somerset

Everyday I’m waffling! Just joking. The waffle craze is apparently not dying yet, seeing that another form of waffle has just popped up. Hvala Waffle Bar is offering not round waffles, not square waffles, but thin waffles on a stick! While the waffles do come with a stick, you may request for it to come without or even cut into smaller pieces for sharing.

This waffle bar at the basement of 313@Somerset is operated by a husband and wife pair, Benmin (featured above) and Lynette. The waffle batter is mixed by hand and are categorised into “Fruitalicious” and “Timeless Desserts.”

We ordered every flavour that they had! However, if you would like to be creative, you may customise your own waffle, starting from $2.50 for a basic waffle and $0.50 to $1 for each topping.

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Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory at 313@Somerset (Media Tasting)

Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory has opened its flagship outlet in Singapore at 313@Somerset. It is one of the largest chimaek  (chicken and beer) franchises in South Korea, with over 100 outlets across Korea, China and Taiwan. ‘Chir Chir’ is pronounced as chi-ruh chi-ruh and it gets its name from the bubbling sound that oil mix when the chicken hits the deep-fryer.

Chir Cream Beer ($13.90 for 350ml). Draught beer topped with freshly whipped cream. This story behind this drink is popular Korean drama Secret Garden’s latte where the main character got foam on the lips which led to a kiss.

Non-Alcoholic Passion Yellow Tok! Tok! ($14.90 per jug). Fizzy flavoured passionfruit mocktail that can be turned into a cocktail with the addition of soju for additional $4. The drink is also really cool as an iSi soda charger is used to fizz the drinks up at the tableside before it is served.

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The Kurobuta at Chabuton 313@Somerset (Media Tasting)

Believe it or not, but even after all that hype about Chabuton, this is my first visit there. I was glad to be able to finally try the famous ramen by the world’s first Michelin-starred ramen Chef Yasuji Morizumi.

The highlight of our visit was The Kurobuta ($18.90), which is available for a limited time only, from now till 31 March 2015.

While waiting for our ramen to be served, we tried the Hitokuchi Gyoza (8 pieces for $5) and Ika Karaage ($5). Both appetisers were rather oily. Mum, who was my plus one for the evening, preferred the fried squid at Sushi Tei.

And now for the main reason for our visit to Chabuton… The Kurobuta!

The ramen comes with two layers of soup. Their signature tonkotsu soup at the bottom and chicken collagen soup on the top. It is recommended not to stir the soup and drink the chicken collagen soup first. Besides, there is no need for stirring because as you eat your noodles, the soup will be mixed gradually.

The ramen is also served with a slice of Kurobuta pork, which is beautifully marbled and very tender. The noodles were too much for us, but we made sure we finished the soup!

Chabuton 313@Somerset
313 Orchard Road, #B2-01
Singapore 238895
Tel: 6636 8335
Opening Hours:
Opens daily from 1130-2200hrs.