The 5 Best Korean Restaurants in Singapore
Eat & Drink | September 18, 2018
Korean food is viewed as one of the healthiest cuisines on earth.
With an emphasis on grains, vegetables and meats, Korean dishes are cooked simply and seasoned with some popular spices and sauces including sesames and sesame oil, chili pepper paste, soybean paste, garlic, ginger and chili pepper flakes. As such, it will be a missing if you have not tried.
A Korean meal is featured by numerous shared side dishes (banchan) selected to complement each other. To Koreans, eating is a way to connect to people and provide body with tastes as well as medicine rather than solely filling up the stomach. So a meal with numerous components made from various ingredients is a means to transform philosophy to real life.
Use our list to immerse yourself in the deliciousness of Korean cuisine, brought to life by the experienced chefs from the best Korean restaurants in Singapore.
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- 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.
- Serving outstanding soondubuchigae: Looking for an excellent bowl of soondubuchigae (bean curd stew) in town? Nothing beats the soondubuchigae craving like a big bowl of Togi’s soondubuchigae, which wins diners’ hearts with generous amount of seafood in flavorful soup. It is just a bit spicy. So just make a request, if you prefer a stronger level of spiciness.
- Generous portion which is enough for sharing: Good news for both big eaters and diners coming in group.
- 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.