Dinner @ Kko Chi Bar

November 27, 2018 in Korean by thywhaleliciousfay

My project team had been heading out for after-works gatherings as our project neared completion. More drinks to cope with the increased stress. Haha. We would normally head to somewhere close to our project site but this time round, we decided to venture further out from the East. Keke.

Wanting proper food (instead of pub food), I suggested Korean cuisine. And while looking up for Korean restaurants, I came across Kko Chi Bar. The thing was… When I was doing my research for 2017 Korea trip, I came across (automated) lamb skewer restaurant but didn’t have the time to try one. Now that I saw one in Singapore, I thought “why not try”. And thus, reservation was made for a party of 8.

While making our way over on the day of dinner, the restaurant gave us a call 15 minutes ahead of our reservation time. They asked if we were running late, and I answered we will be (based on Google map’s estimation). 5 minutes late is also late mah. The staff on the other end then went on to say, “We have another big group here. We will release your table to them first.” Whattttt.

Having read the terms & conditions of our reservation, I obviously didn’t agree. I said they had to hold the table for us at least 15 minutes.

In the end… We arrived on the dot. Phew! I couldn’t imagine the big group of us arriving and not having a table ready for us. Stress of being an organiser.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11), we ordered:-


1) Chicken set, $19 (above) – 5 chicken skewers, 2 chicken skin skewers, 2 chicken wing skewers and 2 chicken gizzard skewers.

2) Pork set, $25 (above) – 8 pork belly skewers, 2 pork belly with enoki mushroom skewers and 2 brittle bone skewers.

3) Green bean skewer, $1.50 per skewer (above, left)

4) Grilled sausage, $1.50 per skewer (above, right)

5) Enoki mushroom, $8 (above) – This was cooked in the kitchen before served to us.

6) Small bean sprout, $8 (above) – Similarly, this came cooked.

7) Fish cake soup, $20 (above)

8) Potato pancake, $18 (above)

9) Fried whole squid, $22 (above)

10) Spicy fried chicken, $22 (above)

11) Spicy honey chicken, $18 (above)

12) Kimchi fried rice, $10 (above)

We had a good time at Kko Chi Bar, bonding over food and alcohol. I guess we especially liked that they operated till late. Need not fear of being chased out. Haha.

But food wise, it was a challenge for us to ‘not burn’ the food although the turning of skewers was automated. The skewers placed in the centre (somehow) burned faster than those at the ends. I guess it’s because of the uneven placement of charcoal embers. And for the few of us seated directly in front of the grill, it got uncomfortably hot for us. We were sweating. Had to cool down with lots of beer.

Nonetheless, it was a fun meal experiencing automated skewer.

KKO CHI BAR
10 Craig Road, Singapore
9730 4433, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 18:00 – 03:00
Ambience: 7
Value: 7
Service: 6

Dinner @ Samsugi Ramyeon 삼숙이라면 (Seoul, Korea)

August 4, 2018 in Korean by thywhaleliciousfay

One of my favourite Korean food has to be ramyeon. It’s like comfort food. I always crave for it even though I know I should cut down on my processed food. Haha. So when I was planning the food leg of my Korea trip (2017) with my crossfitters, I just had to slot in a ramyeon pit-stop. Keke.

And uh huh… No surprise that I got to know about 삼숙이라면 from episode 37 of Korean food show ‘Baek Jong Won’s Top 3 Chef King’. It’s also through the show that I understood why 삼숙이라면 was highly recommended; What set 삼숙이라면 apart from the other ramyeon restaurants was its broth, spring onion and cooking method.

Instead of the usual water, broth made with katsuobushi and dried shiitake was used for a smokey unique taste. And instead of chopping the spring onion, its shredded as long as noodles. After which, much care was put into the shredded spring onion where it’s washed and dried to prevent sticking (to one another) due to moisture.

As for cooking, the chef-owner would heat his special soya sauce in the nickel pot before bringing the seasoning, various ingredients, ramyeon and broth to a boil. Pulling the noodles up every now and then too as the exposure to air made the noodle chewier.


So it was with much anticipation that I arrived at 삼숙이라면 with my crossfitters. And from the menu (pages 1, 2), we ordered:-

1) 치즈라면, ₩5000 (above) – Ramyeon with cheese. When I was taking photograph of the restaurant’s interior, I took a glimpse of the kitchen and saw the chef using 2 types of cheese; Cheddar and mozzarella. It was a bit of the “oh” moment for me. And it’s also since then that I would use mozzarella whenever I made cheese ramyeon at home. Keke.


2) 해물짬뽕라면, ₩5000 (above) – Seafood ramyeon.

3) 라면 + 주먹밥 (Ramyeon + rice ball), ₩6000 comprised of:-



  

(A) 삼숙이라면 (above) – One could also order their set where it cost ₩500 cheaper to get the ramyeon and rice ball. And for the ramyeon flavour, we went with dumpling.

(B) 주먹밥 (above) – Rice ball. This cost ₩1500 if ordered as a-la carte.

Would I recommend 삼숙이라면? Certainly, unless one isn’t a fan of spring onion and bean sprout which the restaurant serve a pile of these on their ramyeon. And if one has plan to visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, one may consider putting 삼숙이라면 just before or after as it’s a 15 to 18 minutes walk from Gyeongbokgung Palace.

SAMSUGI RAMYEON 삼숙이라면
220-2 Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울 종로구 종로11길 30. [지번] 인사동 220-2
+82 2 720 9711, Naver
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sat : 08:30 – 21:30
Ambience: 6
Value: 7
Service: 7
* Closed on Sun

Lunch @ Honkaz 혼가츠 (Seoul, Korea)

July 31, 2018 in Korean by thywhaleliciousfay

Of the (many) restaurants that I bookmarked for visiting in Seoul, one of them was 혼가츠; A restaurant specialising in pork cutlet (tonkatsu). And if one followed my Korea-feasting-trip-2017 entries, one would easily guessed I learned about the restaurant from Korean food show ‘Baek Jong Won’s Top 3 Chef King’. Episode 60 to be exact. Keke.

We reached the restaurant at 11.35am on a wet Sunday morning. I definitely recommended reaching early to beat the queue. And one should expect long queues just by the line of chairs prepared by the restaurant for waiting customers. And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7), we ordered:-

  

1) Side dishes & sauces, Complimentary (above) – The restaurant offered 3 sauces to go with the cutlet; Strawberry, banana and cutlet tonkatsu sauces. Fruit sauces made with real fruits pulp. And the fourth unlabeled bottle is just soya sauce. Haha.


  

2) Cheese pork cutlet, ‎₩9000 (above) – The very dish I came to 혼가츠 for. And we enjoyed it so much that we ordered more because we couldn’t get enough of it. Yes, one more plate for sharing. The cheese pork cutlet had a good ratio of pork and molten cheese, which was created by wrapping pounded (aged) pork and perilla leaf around thick mozzarella cheese stick. It’s also through the Korean food show ‘Baek Jong Won’s Top 3 Chef King’ that I learnt it’s a technique to slice through without the cheese overflowing/sliding off for the dish’s remarkable presentation. A must try.

3) Fresh sirloin pork cutlet, ₩7000 (above)

4) Cold buckwheat noodles in soup, ‎₩6000 (above)

I definitely recommend 혼가츠 for their cheese pork cutlet. Wwith the restaurant conveniently located in Hongdae, one could easily hop over for a meal in the midst of shopping. And honestly, when I am next back in Korea, I can’t wait to re-visit the restaurant for their signature dish.

HONKAZ 혼가츠
358-49 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울 마포구 와우산로21길 36-6. [지번] 서교동 358-49 1층 102호
+82 02 322 8850, Naver
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Mon – Sun : 11:30 – 21:30
Ambience: 7
Value: 7
Service: 7