Seriously, there are so many Korean restaurants in Singapore now. And I just discovered a new (?) gem. Saw a photo uploaded by my Korean friend saying that he had dinner at 왕대박 and it immediately piqued my curiosity. I’m not that sure if the restaurant does live up to its name, but it’s definitely a pretty decent and authentic Korean bbq restaurant. I think it’s one of the closest so far in Singapore to the real, authentic Korean restaurant. So if you want to have a feel of Korea at home, visit the restaurant!!
Located in 98 Amoy Street, the restaurant is located in a quaint neighborhood of shophouses and the same street houses a few other Korean restaurants too. The lunch menu looks good too, I’ll definitely be back. They have 알탕!!!! One of my favorites during company lunches back in summer 😀
Anyone interested? You get to work with…
cute Korean guys ^^
No Korean meal is completed without.. soju. I kid 😀 But 오랜만에 한 잔 하고 싶어! The alcohol here is priced relatively alright… $13 for soju and $18 for 막걸리. 복분자 (raspberry wine) is priced at $25, and FYI it’s around 7000won in Korea (marts). 😛 But soju is 3000won in Korean restaurants and 1000won in marts…. Oh well. This is Singapore.
The interior. As authentic as you can get!!! 😀 😀 And the area is pretty well ventilated, so you probably won’t stink so much as you may in Korea after the meal. If you were wondering why does it look so deserted, I was there at 530pm and no one normal eats dinner at that time ^^;; Many have made reservations though!
The lady boss was Korean, so obviously I acted like a normal Korean and spoke Korean to her. The first thing she said to me was 어서오세요 anyway 😛
Korean barbecue restaurants always look like that. The hanging things are not lamps (although in this case, they do contain light bulbs) but it’s a form of ventilation. It can be pulled down to suck all the smoke during the barbecue. And this restaurant is authentic, because they use charcoal grill. Not stupid electric ones. Take note of how they bring in the charcoal and take it out later. hehe it’s the real deal. ^^ The utensils and all the plates etc are all Korean. Look closely at the seats. You can lift the top and put your belongings in there. So they won’t clutter on the floor and make it difficult for the staff to walk around. Ingenious. And I’m super glad I didn’t hear a single Oppan Gangnam style during the meal. The music was Davichi biased but I’m cool with that XD
The banchan! May not look like much but they were delish, especially the green seaweed 😀 The rest were sausages, pickles, kimchi, and an unpictured seasoned white radish slices. You are supposed to barbecue the garlic, if you were wondering ^^;;
I love how they give 보리차 (barley tea) instead of plain water. And yes, all Korean restaurants give ice water/barley tea served in the exact same kind of container as pictured. No need to keep asking the waiter to refill your glasses. This is why I love Korea.
My Korean food knowledge is limited, but this is supposed to be eaten together with the barbecue meat. Sometimes I take what I know for granted, so I keep forgetting that people reading this blog may not know what to do with the various dishes.
Simple instruction: Take a piece of lettuce, take a piece of meat (and dip it into the 쌈짱 (a reddish color sauce…)), add a bit of this, add a piece of garlic, wrap it up, and stuff it into your mouth. In one mouthful. The last part is very important. ^^ Trust me.
Ordered 소금구이 (I don’t know the English name) for two and a 물냉 (cold noodles). 소금구이 is like my staple in Korean bbq restaurants. Because I love the ones in 새마을식당, a popular chain BBQ restaurant in Korea. I think you can ask the staff to cook it for you if you are not sure, but I DIYed. Basically you put one piece of meat on the grill, wait for it to cook on one side before turning it to the other side. Once it’s almost all cooked, use the tongs and scissors to cut it into bite-sized pieces and then enjoy!!!!
This restaurant is really daebak!!!! They pour egg at the side grill so you can make egg rolls!!!! 계란말이!!! OMG OMG OMG. The trick is to let the egg settle and cook on one side before rolling it up with your chopsticks. Skill. The mushrooms cook fast but leave the rice cake there for quite some time until it’s crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Seriously, who knows rice cakes can be so delishh! Somehow this restaurant review has turned into a how to eat Korean bbq tutorial ^^;;
Ordered a 물냉 too. Not too bad, but small portion D: It comes with two bottles. The transparent one contains vinegar and the yellow one hot mustard. Squeeze into the soup and mix and put as much as your tastebuds tell you. I’m not a big fan of strong flavors so I usually put a bit of each only. Koreans tell me that I have too bland tastebuds when they taste my 냉면 soup. hahahahhaha.
Anyway it’s supposed to be a very popular summer dish and given that Singapore is always summer… Koreans like to eat bbq with 냉면 ^^
Okay, I judge the authenticity of a Korean restaurant by its presence. Seriously, all Singapore restaurants should install this. Press the button and the staff will come. I don’t have to wave and wave and try to catch someone’s eyes anymore. Actually, I just act like a Korean and holler if I need something. 😛 저기요~ 여기 주문이요~~~ hahahha
Yummmmy~ sorry if the photo isn’t that good. Food photography doesn’t seem to be my thing! I rolled the egg rolls by the way 😀
I’m so random. hahahaha. Overall the food was really good 😀 😀 And so was the soju. I dearly miss 소맥. For those who love their alcohol, mix beer and soju. ^^ Common sense tells you that you should mix more beer compared to soju.
If you want a Korea experience in Singapore, this is a good place to check out! If you want to practice your restaurant Korean, feel free to make a reservation in Korean and speak only in Korean at the restaurant. ^^
Reservations are recommended if you are going to the restaurant beyond 6.30pm ^^ Call 6226-0450