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KoKoPanda – A Korean Superfood Dessert and Beverage Parlour

Officially opened on 16th December 2016, Kokopanda is a new Korean soft serve and beverage concept focusing on “superfood” toppings to cater to the health-conscious. Yes, you can indulge without feeling guilty!

They offer three unique soft serves, which include White Cremo (a rich smooth and creamy Korean soft serve ice-cream made from premium Korean milk), Black Yogo (a black frozen yogurt made from roasted coconut husk that contains edible activated charcoal, which helps to cleanse the body of toxins) and for the undecided who want to try both – KoKo Twisto (a combination of both Black Yogo and White Cremo).

White Cremo

Black Yogo

Koko Twisto

Quality ingredients sourced directly from Korea are used, including Korean Milk and a selection of superfood toppings like KoKoCrunch granola (a blend of dried fruits and rice puffs) and dried fruits that are rich in vitamins and fibre. The best part is that the fruits are not artificially sweetened and if you are familiar with Korean strawberries and tangerines, they are naturally sweet! The Korean Milk used here is preservative free and thus has a shorter shelf life, so this is regularly flown in fresh from Korea.

A variety of dried fruit is available and this includes Jeju tangerine, Korean strawberries, pear, apple, persimmon, orange and lemon! My favourites are the pear, tangerine and strawberries.

Interestingly, when you eat the dried fruit on its own, their texture is what you’d expect dried fruit to be like, but when you put them into the soft serve, some of them turn a little crispy! I tried this with both the tangerines and strawberries and there was an added crunch to them!

Fruit Bombs (made from real fruit juice) and Jelly Pearls (made from seaweed) are some of the other toppings that are available. If you like nuts, you can try the Honey Butter Almonds, which I absolutely loved!

In addition, there are also Jellies and Chia Seeds that you can choose to add to your dessert or beverage.

A variety of different drinks can be found on their beverage menu, which include Seoulistic Iced Tea Lattes, Korean Fruit Vinegar Ciders and Fruit Enzyme drinks, Exotic Gangnam Iced Teas and ChiaChaCha, which is a refreshing combination of 100% coconut water with Chia Seeds.

One of their signature drinks is the Jeju Green Tea Latte and you can have this with black KoKoPearls, i.e. if you are the type who’s into bubble teas. I usually like my drinks with 0% sugar and I found the green tea latte with black pearls to be just right for me as it wasn’t too sweet and I think those who don’t like the slightly bitter taste of Japanese matcha may like this as this Korean green tea doesn’t have that same bitter taste. Premium grade Jeju green tea is used and it contains natural polyphenols and antioxidants.

Those who can’t do without sugar haven’t been forgotten and similar to other beverage outlets in the market, you can customize your sugar levels, but of course to be healthier, try to slowly reduce your sugar intake and go for 0%! ^_^

Although I’m not a hugh fan of coconut water and healthy drinks, I did try the ChiaChaCha with added Mango Fruit Bombs and I have to say that those fruit caviars burst easily in your mouth and made each sip of the drink very flavourful! Hmm…possibly something I can consider drinking more of in the future, with health benefits!

Weight conscious individuals can opt for the Green Grapes or Green Apple Cider with Chia Seeds, as these are made from pure fruit vinegar ciders known for extra health benefits such as weight loss and maintaining blood sugar levels.

If you haven’t already noticed by now, the shop’s logo has a cute panda in it and you can find this mascot on both the drink and dessert cups, on the staff’s t-shirts, as well as at the shopfront.

On what sets KoKoPanda apart from other dessert and beverage outlets, Katie Kang, Managing Director for KoKoPanda states: “We are all about superfood desserts and beverages. We noticed that many of the drinks and desserts available today are mostly made from sugar and syrups with little goodness included. We are here to spread our concept of guilt-free indulgence by adding the benefits of superfoods into delicious desserts and beverages that people already enjoy.”

I’ve always thought of health foods as being bland and taste-wise not to my liking, but this has somewhat altered my perception. Healthy desserts and beverages that taste good too! Do come and give it a try!

As part of their Opening promotions, Kokopanda will be having a special Buy-1-Get-1-Free promotion on all items on their menu during their launch weekend from 16–18 December 2016.

Thanks to KoKoPanda for the dessert and beverage tasting!

Address:
KoKoPanda
#B2-60, Plaza Singapura,
68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839.

Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm Daily

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Seoul Garden’s All-U-Can-Eat Buffet at Harbourfront Centre

Seoul Garden has opened a second outlet at Harbourfront Centre #01-65/66 and this is a buffet restaurant (different from their hotpot restaurant located at the 2nd floor).

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For those who are unfamiliar with their buffet concept, both cooked food and uncooked ingredients are available in the buffet spread. You can choose to cook the raw meats and seafood on the grilling pan or in the hotpot(s) at the table.

Here’s a look at the buffet spread…

Take your pick from a selection of meats (beef, lamb, chicken) that you can put on the grill.

Premium meats and seafood are available in the dinner buffet – I was eyeing the crayfish and scallops! :p

Other items at the buffet for the hotpot/grill:

Various sauces to go with your food, or you can also use them as an additional marinade before cooking the various meats!

For those who can’t wait for their food to be cooked, a selection of cooked and ready-to-eat dishes are available.

Sushi:

Salad and pickles:

Instead of a soup base, you can opt for Queso Fundido, which is a cheese dip and these are some of the foods that go well with the dip!

Moving along…here are the drink dispensers, plus an ice shaving machine (at the far right of the photo below), which you can use to make your own version of ice kachang.

Fruits and ingredients for your ice kachang:

Ice cream and available toppings to go with it:

Both Western cakes and Asian “kueh“:

We tried the Thai Tom Yum hotpot and the Queso Fundido (cheese dip), which was topped with kimchi and grated cheese. I know the combination of kimchi and cheese sounds weird but surprisingly it actually goes well together!

  

In case you are unsure of the optimal temperatures to use for cooking, we were told to use P2 for the cheese dip, P4 for the grill and P3 for the hotpot.

Okay…time to start cooking and tucking in!

The good thing is that this restaurant has certainly kept up with the times! I’ve patronised Seoul Garden since my schooling days and when I first entered the workforce and in the past, after a BBQ meal, your clothes and hair will end up smelling of the food that you had cooked earlier – well, gone are those days as the restaurant has a ventilation system which absorbs the cooking “smells” and when you are done with your meal, your hair and clothes still smell exactly the way they did as when you first entered the restaurant! ^_^

I think the buffet spread is quite decent for its price and I loved the grilled meats, seafood and the cheese dip!

Thanks to Seoul Garden for the invite to the food tasting!


Address:

1 Maritime Square, #01-65/66 HarbourFront Centre, Singapore 099253.

Telephone: 6710 6339

Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm

Buffet Prices:
Weekday Lunch – Mon-Thur (11:30am-4:59pm), Fri & Eve of PH (11:30am-3:59pm): Adult $21.99++, Member $17.99++, Child $8.99++
Weekday Dinner – Mon-Thur (5:00pm-10:30pm): Adult $28.99++, Member $25.99++, Child $11.99++

Weekend Lunch – Sat-Sun & PH (11:30am-3:59pm): Adult $25.99++, Member $22.99++, Child $8.99++
Weekend Dinner – Fri-Sun, Eve of PH & PH (4:00pm-10:30pm): Adult $31.99++, Member $28.99++, Child $11.99++

Student Meal is available for Lunch on Mon-Fri, excluding PH (11:30am-3:59pm): $14.99++ (present bus-pass, matriculation card or student pass before ordering)

Senior Citizens (60 years and above): Mon-Fri (11:30am-4:00pm) – $15.99++

Kids (below 1.0m in height) dine for FREE on Sunday with every paying adult.
Child price is applicable for kids between 1.0m to 1.3m and those aged 9 years and below.

Soup Base (freeflow, per table):
Basic Soup Base $1.99++
Soup Upgrade $5.99++ which gets you a choice of any 2 soups OR 1 soup & 1 Queso Fundido (cheese dip)

Soup flavours include:
Herbal Beef Broth, Ginseng Chicken, Chinese Herbal, Thai Tom Yam, Seafood Kimchi and Miso.

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O’ma Spoon at 313@Somerset

Following the launch of its first outlet at Marina Square in March 2015, O’ma Spoon (pronounced as “oh my spoon”), a Korean dessert cafe, has since opened a second outlet at 313@Somerset, with an eye-catching pink neon at the front and a white tree fixture as its centrepiece.

Its Korean owner, Chris Chun, hopes to transport the Korean bingsu boom to Singapore with this brand.

In recent months, I’ve noticed that more and more Korean bingsu cafes have opened in Singapore. Most of my friends have commented that these bingsus are more “atas” versions of our local ice kacang! ^_^ Regardless of the price, they seem to be rather popular with the younger crowd!

The snow-like bingsus found at O’ma Spoon are created purely from premium milk. Fresh milk is poured directly into a specially-designed machine and flash frozen at -25°C to form tiny shards of milk ice with a fluffy texture, keeping the icy dessert light without compromising on the creamy flavour of the milk.

Choices, choices, choices…what should we try??

My hubby and I had 3 bingsus in one night and received incredulous stares from the people seated at the surrounding tables!

Assembling a bingsu involves the stacking of various ingredients and this has to be done in an organised way to ensure that they won’t topple! You first start with a base of milk ice, which is then topped with a variety of ingredients like fruit, nuts, cakes and ice cream. The initial taste of this dessert cafe’s bingsu feels quite light on the tongue with only a hint of dairy contained within. As the ice starts to melt, a richer flavour of the milk comes through. For those who have a sweeter tooth, a small cup of sweetened milk is served with each bingsu, so you can add to your heart’s content.


Here are the main features of the bingsus that we tried…

Choco Brownie Bingsu – The milk ice base of the bingsu is first sprinkled with Oreo cookie crumble then lined with sliced bananas, before it is topped with whipped cream, brownie squares and a scoop of chocolate ice cream. As a final touch, chocolate sauce is drizzled on the bingsu alongside toasted almond flakes.


Mango Cheesecake Bingsu – Cubes of sweet ripe Thai mangoes sit atop the milk ice bingsu and this is topped with blueberries, a slice of New York style cheesecake, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and finally a sprinkling of toasted almond flakes.


Injeolmi Bingsu – This bingsu is dusted with toasted soya bean powder and dressed with cubes of chewy injeolmi rice cakes, cashews and toasted almond flakes.

These bingsus are generally designed for sharing with friends or family (but I’ve seen people having one all to themselves). There’s even an OMG Bingsu on the menu but we haven’t tried it yet!!


If you find the serving too huge and want something smaller, Petit Bingsus are available and these are served in cups. Available flavours are: Pat (red bean), Injeolmi, Mango and Oreo.

Is that anything else available apart from bingsu? Well, the cafe offers a selection of Oven-Baked Honey Bread, as well as Oven-Baked Toast.

Their Signature Oven-Baked Honey Bread is directly imported from Korea and this two-inch thick bread is covered with butter and Korean honey, which is a natural sweetener.

Choco Strawberry Honey Butter Bread – This has a Nutella spread which is then topped with strawberries and vanilla ice cream, and served with whipped cream, chocolate sauce and a generous sprinkling of almond flakes.


Injeolmi Toast – From the Oven-Baked Toast selection, this dessert features chewy injeolmi rice cakes which are sandwiched between two slices of bread before they are lightly toasted.

Look at that gooey texture from the rice cakes!

My favourite out of everything that we had tried in this post was the Mango Cheesecake Bingsu. It was a heavenly combination! (did I forget to mention that I’m biased towards mangoes? :p)

This was a hosted food tasting event, thanks to O’ma Spoon!


O’ma Spoon
313@Somerset
313 Orchard Road #04-20/32
Singapore 238895.

Telephone: +65 6634 2998
Opening Hours:
11.30am – 10.00pm (Mon-Thurs & Sun)
11.30am – 12.00am (Fri & Sat)

Other Outlet:
Marina Square
6 Raffles Boulevard #04-102
Singapore 039594.
Telephone: +65 6333 0995
Opening Hours: Daily 11.30am – 10.00pm

Payment Modes: Cash, NETS and all major credit cards accepted.

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(Re-Launched) Insadong Korea Town

After my previous review, Insadong Korea Town shut its doors for further renovations and re-opened this month with changes to their menu and a new self-service ordering system!

Opened by the MOF group, this themed dining experience now offers a wider variety of food, ranging from Authentic Korean dishes, Korean-Chinese, Korean-Japanese to Korean-Western! When this place first started operations in September, it served only Authentic Korean dishes and the concept wasn’t popular with the locals, thus their main clientele were Koreans, but with this re-launch and a re-vamp of their menu, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste buds and business is booming now!

  

Hmm…noticed that the side entrances are now accessible (previously you could only enter from the front)!

My previous visit (and review) was out of my own pocket and I didn’t manage to try that many dishes before they closed for further renovations, but this time during the soft launch of their re-opening, I was invited by MOF for a food tasting session and there were 14 items on the tasting menu (including drinks and desserts)!!

Lena Sim, the CEO of MOF, took us on a short tour of the place and I must say that throughout the entire evening, I could feel her passion for her food business and her enthusiasm for all the new dishes at this latest Korean-themed eating establishment! She has a good business sense and I was really impressed!

Self-service order kiosks can be found at the main entrance of the restaurant. It’s quite simple to place an order on their touchscreen interface – just click on the various tabs to view the available items on the menu and select the dishes that whet your appetite.

At the moment, only cash is accepted at these machines (change will be given). If you need to pay by NETS or credit card, you can do so at the cashier counter. You can also enquire with them on the earning/redemption of RWS Invites points.

I noticed that the little cafe at the front, which previously sold only drinks, has been transformed and it now sells both drinks and desserts!

Do note that there is a separate queue for the J-Cone dessert (from the main entrance to the cafe) and this is for customers who are not dining in and just want to buy the dessert, so they can just pay at the cashier counter there.

Back in September, they had used a system which had numbers flashing on TV screens to inform diners to collect their food, but now buzzer devices have been introduced and these will go off when your food orders are ready.

There’s even a sign showing you the locations of where your food orders can be collected from (depending on which category of food you have ordered and I guess the respective location will be printed on the receipt)!

These are Counters 1-3…

…and Kiosks 1 and 2 are located in the middle of the dining area.

Korean Street Food was being prepared at Kiosk 1 and I went to have a closer look!

Various types of skewered food are available (these will be sent to the kitchen for further cooking once you have placed your order)…

…and there’s also meat buns and spicy Korean rice cake!

Over at Kiosk 2, you can find Roast Iberico Pork Ribs (ala carte $18/set $10), Pork Rack (set $21) and Pork Loin (ala carte $18/set $11)…

…and even Roast Suckling Pig is available!!


Now for the tasting of the food!…

STREET FOOD

Toppoki (Korean Rice Cake) – $6
I’ve always seen this dish being served as street food in Korean dramas but have never tried it until now (reason being that I’m not a big fan of rice cake)! It was better than expected – the rice cake itself was chewy and didn’t have much taste but the sauce was really the star of this dish and it was spicy!!! Think of rice cake covered with thick kimchi flavoured red pepper sauce and you’ll get the picture… ^_^


Kimchi Pancake – $10

I don’t really like kimchi but this was good and I even had a second helping!! The pancake was slightly chewy and it had a vegetable filling (kimchi obviously!), which wasn’t as sour as the usual pickled version. Apparently this dish is extremely popular with Indian diners too! A must try!



AUTHENTIC KOREAN


Photo Credit: Insadong Korea Town


Ginseng Chicken Soup – $28

This is definitely authentic Korean ginseng chicken soup as the chicken is stuffed with glutinous rice and the soup is rather light tasting due to Korean ginseng not having a strong flavour.

However, a little bowl containing milk is provided by the side as an optional accompaniment to the dish and diners can choose to add the milk to the soup (think along the lines of fried fish soup + milk)! Most of the locals agreed that the soup tasted and looked better after adding the milk!! I thought so too but I still prefer the local Chinese version of ginseng chicken soup, which has a stronger ginseng taste! ^_^

One thing I did like about the one here was that the stuffing in the chicken had chestnuts mixed in with the glutinous rice – the famous one that I had tried in Seoul, Korea had LOTS of garlic in it and I didn’t enjoy that one!


Bossam (Napa Wraps with Pork) – Small $15, Large $25

The main highlight of this dish is the pork belly (similar to Chinese roasted pork belly – 烧肉) and the meat is served with accompanying ingredients like slices of garlic, kimchi, green chilli and a fermented bean sauce (like miso paste).

To eat this, wrap the meat and the accompanying ingredients in the lettuce leaves that are provided with this dish.


Mushroom Beef Bulgogi Hotpot – $40 (to be shared amongst 4 or more persons)

Wow…the portion isn’t small and is packed with a mountainful of ingredients!

We were introduced to Chef Emily Oh, who was the one who had prepared all the dishes and we had the privilege of having her help us with the cooking of the ingredients in the hotpot at our table.

The next picture shows the cooked ingredients which are ready to be eaten! Yummy!! Thanks, Chef Emily! (she was rather camera shy) 🙂



KOREAN-WESTERN


Photo Credit: Insadong Korea Town


Beef Bulgogi Baked Rice – $15

This baked rice dish has a cheesy topping and a decent amount of beef in it.

It was tasty on its own but we were told to eat half of it and reserve the other half for another method of enjoying this dish! If you remember the Mushroom Beef Bulgogi Hotpot mentioned earlier and if you order both the hotpot and this baked rice, you can put a portion of the rice into the hotpot and let it soak up the flavourful soup stock – it certainly gives the dish a different dimension of flavours and was surprisingly delicious!


Pumpkin Spaghetti

LOVED this pasta dish!! The sauce had a smooth creamy texture with a rich buttery flavour and seemed to be made with pumpkin, which had been pureed. There were also bits of ham/bacon in it. Somehow I couldn’t find this dish on the menu and the only item with the same look and colour of the food which resembled this was the Carbonara Spaghetti ($14)!



KOREAN-CHINESE


Photo Credit: Insadong Korea Town


Xiao Long Bao – 6pcs $8.50, 10pcs $11.50
This to me is a Chinese dish! I didn’t know that it is considered a Korean dish too! It was quite nice – the dumpling skin had just the right thickness and contained enough soup to fill my spoon.


Xiao Long Bao in Kimchi Soup – 8pcs $13

Haha…now this is what I call fusion! The kimchi soup was quite nice but there is an accompanying small dish of chilli sauce (tastes like chicken rice chilli sauce), which you can add into the soup for an added kick! I do agree with Lena that the soup tastes better after adding the chilli sauce but I’m sure Chef Emily will probably frown at it as the authentic Korean taste doesn’t include the extra added chilli sauce! LOL…


Red Bean Pancake – $7.80

This tastes very much like Chinese-style red bean pancake! Apparently it is a Korean dish too!



DESSERTS


Photo Credit: Insadong Korea Town


Mixed Fruits Shaved Ice – $11

Buried underneath that pile of mango, strawberry and kiwi cubes is shaved ice covered with black sugar (i.e. gula melaka). It was quite sweet and a bit too much for one person to finish so you’re better off sharing this with a friend. Be careful of how you eat this as the guys at my table ate it starting from the bottom upwards, which resulted in the dessert being top-heavy and the scoop of ice cream came tumbling down onto the table! 😦


J-cone – $6

This probably is the most popular dessert here but I feel it’s more of a novelty. Typically known as jipangyi in Korea, this cane-shaped thingy is a puffed corn snack which has a hollow centre and vanilla ice cream is pumped into it. MOF specially brought in a machine from Korea and they make these J-cones in their local factory. A word of advice – you’d better eat them quickly before the ice cream starts to seep through! I found the ice cream leaking through the base of the “J” after some time!!



DRINKS


Photo Credit: Insadong Korea Town


Iced Honey Citron Tea – $4

This was very refreshing drink and is something that I would usually order if I have a cold or sore throat. If you like this drink, you can actually purchase a bottle of the honey citron mixture (available here at $15.80 per bottle) and make this drink at home.


Watermelon Soju – $30

Now, this was a very interesting drink as I’ve never had it before! I mean I have drunk soju but never in a watermelon concoction!

A whole bottle of soju is poured into the watermelon juice, which then turns this into an alcoholic beverage but in fact the alcohol content is really diluted after being mixed with the juice from a whole watermelon! It was refreshing but won’t cause you to be intoxicated even if you’ve had 2-3 cups of it.

The coolest part is that this beverage is served in these cute metal cups! ^_^


Verdict:

The new re-vamped menu has a lot more variety of food being offered but my favourite grilled galbi dish was nowhere to be found! Arrgghh!!…I do hope they will put it back on the menu! However, I was quite thankful for this tasting session as it allowed me to sample some dishes which I would have never imagined myself ordering and I have to say that most of the dishes that we had tried were pretty awesome!

I liked the fact that the chef insisted that the recipes were kept true to the authentic Korean taste, but she compromised by allowing additional sauces to be provided with certain dishes to cater to the local taste buds (e.g. milk with the ginseng chicken soup and extra chilli for the kimchi soup).

My number one favourite dish out of all that we had tried in this blog post, was the pumpkin spaghetti! This was followed by the baked rice, hotpot and the kimchi pancake (LOL…I think some of my friends will faint if they hear that I’ve listed something containing kimchi as one of my favourite dishes since I don’t like kimchi!).


Address:
Insadong Korea Town

Resorts World Sentosa, Waterfront
26 Sentosa Gateway, #01-30/31/32/33, Sentosa, Singapore 098138.

Where exactly is it located within RWS?
If you have entered Sentosa via the boardwalk, it’s right next to the Malaysian Food Street. However, if you are getting there from Waterfront station or the S.E.A. Aquarium, it’s located just beside Slappy Cakes.

Operating Hours:
Daily 11am – 10pm

Tel No: +65 6238 8221

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Insadong Korea Town at RWS

**UPDATE** This place closed for further renovations a few weeks after it opened and recently re-opened in December. The new method of ordering is via self-service kiosks and the place where drinks were previously purchased from has been converted to a drinks and desserts corner.
Read my review on the re-vamped restaurant (with 14 food items!). click on the link

Insadong Korea Town opened at Resorts World Sentosa on 1st September and although I’m not a big fan of Korean food, I went to check it out…

Its main entrance is decorated to look like those traditional Korean buildings and I took some pictures of how it looks during both day and night.

This place can seat over 300 diners and is decorated to resemble the famous Insadong street in Seoul, Korea.

There are some decorations and a door along its side wall but you are not allowed to enter from there and have to return to the front to get in.

On the immediate left upon entering, is the counter where drinks can be purchased from.

Food orders are placed at this other counter located directly ahead and payment is made upon ordering.

The menu is displayed on the wooden partition next to the cashier counter.

I spotted my favourite Korean dish (grilled Galbi) so I went with that! I’m very selective when it comes to Korean cuisine as I don’t like all forms of kimchi (except one with raw crab in red pepper paste) and even though I’ve previously stayed in Seoul for one month on a business trip, that experience still didn’t change my mind about the food! I guess my tastebuds are rather hard to please! **sheepish grin**

Once you have made your payment, you will be given a ticket with a queue number (one for each food item), so go find a seat and wait for your number to be flashed on the TV screen, then collect your food from the “Food Distribution” counter.


The decor at the far end looks quite interesting.


If you are dining with a bunch of friends, you can consider sitting at this roadside cart. Cutlery can be obtained here.


When your ticket number is displayed, collect your food from this “Food distribution counter”.

There are side glass panels next to it where you can actually peek into the kitchen to watch the chefs at work.


GALBI GUI (Grilled Prime Beef Ribs) – The boneless beef slices were well marinated and very tender. This set is served with a bowl of rice and 3 side dishes (anchovies, pickled radish and kimchi). The little dish next to the beef contains some kind of bean paste which you can use as a dip for the beef. MSG-intolerant folks may want to skip this bean paste (I was thirsty the whole afternoon after the meal!). Taste-wise it was good but the food got cold when I was halfway through the meal. It would have been perfect if the food was kept warm until I was done with my meal! Hopefully they will take this into consideration!

Here’s a closer look at the delicious morsels of beef!


LA GALBI GUI (Korean Style Grilled Beef Ribs) – Each slice of beef was attached to a bone but the meat was chewier than the Galbi Gui (see previous dish) and thus was a bit difficult to separate from the bone! Raw vegetables were given in a side cup and you can dip them into the accompanying bean paste and eat them with the beef. I think I prefer the Galbi Gui over this although it costs a bit more (+$4) but the meat tastes better and isn’t as chewy.


JJAJANGMYEON (Korean Black Soybean Sauce Noodle) – This is my hubby’s favourite Korean dish and thus he ordered the one here to try. The sauce was flavourful with a wok hei taste and he enjoyed the noodles very much except for the fact that it was a meatless dish. I tasted the sauce and it was good!


BUCHU JEON (Chive Pancake) – It was a combination of chewy flour dough and chives and somehow tasted better after you’ve dipped it into the sauce. I didn’t really like the texture of the pancake and I’m not a fan of chives, so my hubby ate it all! LOL… Anyway, this was a complimentary dish for RWS Invites members if you spend over $20 in a single receipt (promotion period from 1 – 30 September 2014).


When you are done eating, return your food tray to either the “Return tray counter” or the tray racks which can be found at several spots within this eatery.


Verdict:  Out of the dishes which we had tried, I only liked the Galbi Gui and my hubby said he would come again for the JjaJangMyeon.


On my way out, I spotted something interesting but I wasn’t sure what it was – A snack?? A dessert?? Curiosity got the better of me so I went to enquire about it. The cane is actually a corn snack and is a hollow shell, so vanilla ice-cream will be pumped into it when you purchase it. Apparently it is known as ‘Jipangyi‘, a traditional crispy corn snack in Korea.


Address:
Insadong Korea Town

Resorts World Sentosa, Waterfront
26 Sentosa Gateway, #01-30/31/32/33, Sentosa, Singapore 098138.

Where exactly is it located within RWS?
If you have entered Sentosa via the boardwalk, it’s right next to the Malaysian Food Street. However, if you are getting there from Waterfront station or the S.E.A. Aquarium, it’s located just beside Slappy Cakes.

Operating Hours: Daily 11am – 10pm

Tel No: +65 6238 8221

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BBQ Chicken

This is Korea’s No. 1 Chicken Restaurant but its name certainly doesn’t sound Korean! BBQ stands for Best in Quality. I dined at the outlet located at Rivervale Mall.

Soup of Day – The soup tasted like Cream of Chicken, which also contained some tiny pieces of fresh shiitake mushrooms.

In my attempt to eat healthier, tried the grilled chicken instead of the deep-fried items on the menu.

Jerk (Jamaican Jerk Spice) BBQ Chicken – This came with 2 sides and the options are fries, mashed potatoes or coleslaw but you can always choose for example fries+fries if you are really crazy about fries! ;p

I chose mashed potato and coleslaw.

I liked the grilled chicken which was well marinated and was a little spicy. However, both the mashed potato and gravy were cold and that made it a little unappetizing.


Verdict:
I would consider going back again for the grilled chicken but not the side dishes.


Address:
BBQ Chicken
11 Rivervale Crescent,
#02-10, Rivervale Mall
Singapore 545082.
Tel: 6312 0161

Operation Hours: Daily 11am – 10:30pm (Last Order 10:15pm)

They have several branches scattered in various parts of the island so do check their website for more details.

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Haramiya (はらみや)

This is one of the latest restaurants which opened at The Central and seems to specialise in yakiniku so I decided to check it out.

All their set meals come with a serving of kimchi and they also serve a selection of different types of bibimbab. Thus, it made me wonder if this was a Korean restaurant instead of a Japanese restaurant!!

Ordered a Karubi Lunch set ($13.99++) and this consisted of 7 slices of beef, a bowl of seaweed soup, a side dish of spicy tang hoon (vermicelli) and some cold tofu, veggies and kimchi. Very Korean indeed! Taste-wise…I found it to be Korean instead of Japanese!

   

My colleagues had ordered various types of bibimbab but I was too engrossed with the grilling of my tasty beef short rib morsels to take pictures of what the others had! LOL…

Everyone agreed the food both looked and tasted Korean. Hmm… so why does the restaurant have a Japanese name then??

Verdict: The food was quite reasonably priced for weekday lunch. Service was good as there was an extremely friendly “auntie” who attended to us and even joked with us. In addition, you don’t need to be worried about smelling like barbequed meat after you leave the restaurant. There were no traces of the “BBQ smell” on our clothes or hair, so that was good. ^_^


Address:
Haramiya (はらみや) Japanese BBQ
6 Eu Tong Sen Street
#03-87 The Central
Singapore 059817.

Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay

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