Seoul Jjimdak at City Square Mall [Farrer Park]

After having an awesome Jjimdak in Korea, I longed for more of the wholesome dish following my return to Singapore. Seoul Jjimdak, which opened recently at City Square Mall, seemed like an answer to my prayers.

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The Army Stew ($33.90) is good for two or more and it is a classic Korean dish with homemade kimchi, luncheon meat, pork belly strips, assorted vegetables, baked beans and tofu. Should that not be enough, you can choose to top up additional pork belly for $5.90 and ramyeon for $2.90. I found that while the Army Stew had taste, it still needed more kimchi flavour.

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Next, we had the namesake of the restaurant, Seoul Jjimdak ($33.90), which is also good for two or more, and comes in bone and boneless versions. The chicken is tender and braised with potatoes and glass potato noodles. You may also pay for additional ingredients like prawns and mussels ($5.90) and Mozzarella cheese ($2.90), just to name a few.

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So what happens if you are going alone, but would still love to have the Seoul Jjimdak? The braised chicken dish also comes in individual portion size for $12.90. Frankly, the dish did not meet my expectations after trying Andong Zzimdak’s version in Korea. It was not as full-bodied or as satisfying.

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I did not take any pictures of the Kimchi Cheese Fries ($6.90) as it was horrible. The cheese looked plastic and was very off-putting. It was almost inedible, and we had to remove all the cheese to get to the fries at the bottom. Thankfully, the Spicy Cheese Tteokbokki ($11.90) was slightly better. The rice cake was served with spicy sauce, which needed to be spicier, and melted cheese.

Seoul Jjimdak
14 Kitchener Link, #05-04,
Singapore 208539
Tel: 6634 2668
Opening Hours:
Opens daily from 1130-2200hrs
Nearest MRT Station: Farrer Park Station (North East Line)

[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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Yoogane @ Westgate

Yoogane, the famous Korean chicken galbi chain, was one of my most unhappy dining experiences ever because of the demands made even before stepping into the restaurant. I continued on to dine at the restaurant because it is a popular chain in Korea and I wanted to see if the standard of food matched up to the ridiculous requirements made of diners. #1: Guests will only be seated upon arrival of whole party. This is a pretty normal requests if the restaurant is packed and you are on the waiting list. However, as you can see, there were empty seats and even one closed section at the side. #2: Orders must be taken before seating. This is not a buffet restaurant, nor is it fast food. I do not see the point of standing up, having to flip through the menu, especially since it was my first visit there, to choose what I want to eat. Diners will definitely feel more welcomed if they were seated first. #3: After having decided on our choices, the staff then pointed to the small fine print hidden behind the menu on the stand that two of us had to order the same main course. That was because they needed to use the gigantic pot in the middle to cook and for that to happen, they needed a minimum of two servings. Then I asked her, what happens if I dine alone, and she said that was a different matter altogether. And I inquired if there were individual portions, and she said yes. Honestly, what is the point of limiting what your diners want to order? Continue reading

Joo Bar @ Tan Quee Lan Street (Media Tasting)

After seeing yummy photos of Joo Bar on Instagram, I was pretty excited to try the food out for myself and see if they were truly as Instagram-worthy and as delicious as what the other foodies had said

The restaurant is just a stone’s throw away from Bugis MRT Station Exit D. Having the Downtown Line extension has made finding this street so much easier. In fact, you can spot their classy and mysterious black glass facade as you step out of the exit.

The restaurant is located within a three-storey shophouse and each floor is as sleek and inviting as the next! ‘Joo’ means alcohol in Korean. Other than their creative drink menu, they also serve modern Korean bites.

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