10 Best Korean Restaurants in Singapore: BBQ, Bibimbap & Fried Chicken
Eat & Drink | April 22, 2019
We have had a constant love for Korean food since Hallyu hit our shores. It is true if you are now craving for that meaty goodness wrapped in lettuce, a piping hot bibimbap bowl, some pieces of crispy-juicy fried chicken or all of them.
It is ok to crave for good food at all times. What to do now is to get your right fix at the right restaurants. Just allow those listed below to make a hit with you.
A place to have one of the best Dakgalbi in Singapore: It is hard to find a Korean restaurant serving Dakgalbi in town. Fortunately, Big Mama offers Dakgalbi as one of its two signature dishes. Tender chicken chunks, vegetables, rice cake, sweet potato, and spicy sauce are included as ingredients, pan-fried on the spot at your table. The dish is delicious to taste and entertaining to watch. And the best is to save a small portion of your Dakgalbi in the pan and add a bowl of rice (S$3) to be fried with remaining foods. The fragrant fried rice will certainly satisfy both your palate and stomach.
Big Mama is there for those who want to experience Korean home style cooking: Just like mom cooks for her child and so does Big Mama. A lot of Korean students have flocked to this homely eatery to enjoy a taste of home.
More Korean specialties on the menu: At Big Mama, you can find more than just Korean popular dishes such as grilled meats, bibimbap and ginseng chicken soup. With around 30 items, the restaurant offers you a beautiful selection of dishes that are closer to daily local meals.
Dining in a traditional Korean village: On Tanjong Pagar road, if you catch sight of a Korean restaurant with rustic decoration, it would be Todamgol. The charm of climbing plants and village-related ornaments in front of the restaurant invites diners over while the cozy interior with wooden tables, old-fashioned chairs and uniquely decorated walls makes diners feel like being in a Korean village.
Bibimbap – one of the best in Singapore: Ingredients that set bibimbap at Todamgol apart from its counterparts are the bibimbap sauce and a large amount of seaweed in each bowl. Taste it and feel how the light sesame flavor sauce brings out the difference of your favorite dish.
Pricey yet big: A Todamgol’s main dish costs more than other Korean eateries’, but its size will make any diners satisfied. Ranging between S$25 and S$35, Todamgol’s main courses are big enough for 3 persons to share.
Open till 3am: Looking for a Korean restaurant for late night dining? Todamgol is a good choice.
A comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for enjoying Korean food right at Chinatown: Settled in hectic Chinatown, Jang Won is a gem among various Korean restaurants in the area. It is a gem because you can find there a more spacious dining room, a decorating style that gives you a glimpse of a quiet countryside, and most importantly, delicious dishes.
Kimchi chigae – an enticing dish: This kimchi soup is highly recommended among food bloggers. With S$14, you will have a big, red, hot soup bowl with kimchi, tofu and thinly sliced pork. Its color is enticing and its taste is a highway to heaven.
Private room available: Jang Won offers a private room suitable for a group of 15 people.
It is a real charcoal BBQ: This sets Wang Dae Bak apart from others. Grill prime rib and pork belly over the charcoal fire; you will know how special and flavorful they are.
Free flow of egg BBQ: It sounds strange but is quite a highlight at Wang Dae Bak. Egg mix is poured around the side of the barbeque pan and what you need to do is wait until it turns fluffy. Half-cooked or well done are both awesome and wonderfully, it is free.
Huge size pancakes for sharing and filling: Served on bamboo-woven trays, Wang Dae Bak’s pancakes are really impressive with their huge portion and generous ingredients. If your pancake turns cold, grill it over the charcoal fire to taste it crispy until the last piece.
- Food paradise for meat eaters: Fresh and well-marinated beef, pork and chicken are always full in deep trays for a meat paradise experience. The Ssikkek-style marinated meats reveal true Korean flavors while the non-marinated meats are available for you to jazz them up with your own recipes before letting them be grilled on the pan.
- Wide variety of food: Catching your eyes with an array of dishes at the uncooked and cooked food sections, Ssikkek offers a wide food selection for your BBQ party. You can enjoy bacon, sausages, seafood and side dishes between your meat helpings.
- Reasonably-priced lunch buffet: With $14, we can have a lunch buffet with unlimited helpings of meats (beef, pork and chicken) and an array of cooked items. Salad greens and condiments are also available for you to balance out your meal.
- Cheap prices: At S$20+ per pax, diners can get free flow of meats, seafood, vegetables, cooked foods, fruits and drinks.
- Authentic Korean food: Budget food but good quality. Well-marinated and fresh vegetables complement each other to bring you the true Korean’s flavors.
- Well-stocked buffet areas with good spread of meats: All one needs for a satisfying Korean BBQ meal is available – cooked food, pickles, marinated and non-marinated meats, seafood, fruits, desserts, and soft drinks. Big meat eaters can make your pick from the pork belly, beef short rib, beef bulogi, chicken sausages, squid, prawn and much more.
- Value for money weekday lunch buffets: The prices are very affordable and among the cheapest in Singapore for a Korean BBQ buffet! With lunch at just $14.90+ per pax, you will definitely get the bang for your buck at K Cook. Check out their Facebook page for regularly updated promotions, such as the 4-come-and-pay-3 promotion.
- Korean BBQ with a view: Located on the 7th floor of Orchard Central, K Cook dining areas, including an air-conditioned room and an open-air area, serve diners with a nice view of Orchard Road. It seems a small spend for a little luxury.
- Premium BBQ meats: Unlike other BBQ restaurants in town that place the focus on the variety of meats, 8 Korean BBQ shines a light on the quality. Its a la carte style menu features premium meat options, from Mangalitza pork to Japanese Wagyu, Argentinian Grass Fed, and USDA Prime beef. This is good for when you want to treat your taste buds something special.
- Pork belly in 8 different flavors: Among the meats grilling on the hot BBQ plate, pork belly is always the most awaited. If you are a fan of this melt-in-the-mouth food, give the 8 Colours Set a try to taste pork belly in 8 different styles (original, wine, ginseng, garlic, curry, herb, miso, and red pepper paste) at a time. The price is not cheap ($98/set), so save it for a special occasion.
- Addictive Makgeolli: Sweet rice wine to complement the grilled meat, can anything be better than this? Good news is that 8 Korean BBQ has really good Makgeolli on offer. Don’t miss out on trying their Yuza Makgeolli and Honey Makgeolli, which are so delicious and refreshing.
- Fabulous chicken: At Chicken Up, the not-too-greasy, crunchy chicken skin and succulent, tender meat are what make the dish. Served piping hot on your table, Chicken Up’s crispy and lean version always makes people want more.
- Wide variety of fried chicken: Yes, it is the true world of fried chickens with the presence of many attractive names like Spicy Up Chicken, Mild Up, Curry Up, YangNyum, Soya Chicken, Andong Stew, Popcorn Chicken and Suicide chicken. Each of them has the unique and tasty flavors that will certainly change your minds about fried chicken.
- Chicken buffet: Available at $25 for all-you-can-eat chicken and additional $15 for all-you-can-drink beer. Chicken and beer lovers, this is one of your places.
- Fried chicken in a pub-alike venue: Looking like a pub with a bar counter, cushion seats, dim light and K-pop music playing at the background, Kko Kko Nara provides diners a relaxing environment to enjoy Korean fried chicken to the heart's content.
- A late night spot for fried chicken: Open till 3am, this located-on-Korean-street restaurant is a place to have delicious fried chicken and soju for your big supper.