Dinner @ Superstar K

September 24, 2016 in Korean

My crossfitters decided to have Korean BBQ for dinner. And of the 5 places I suggested for us to try, they decided to go with Superstar K. We were box-hopping that day, and it was within walking distance. Unfortunately, Superstar K don’t accept reservation.

So once our (crossfit) class ended at 8pm, we made our way over to the restaurant. And to put ourselves on the waiting list, there was a clipboard hung at the entrance. But we were lucky we didn’t have to wait long cause there was an empty table. Just by the entrance! =)

  

Seats were in the form of bins with removable cushion seats. So yes! One could put one’s belonging inside to prevent it from smelling. And I always felt it’s a brilliant idea cause it’s space saving too. Ha.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), we ordered:-

1) Steam egg, $5 (above)

2) Steam dumpling (kimchi), $4.80 (5 pcs) (above) – But do be careful cause we were told by the staff the kimchi dumplings may contain some meat (pork). We asked cause we had a vegetarian among us.

3) Spicy chicken feet, $13 (above) – Give this a miss. There was barely any meat on the chicken feet, and it was way too spicy! But if one must try, please eat this when it’s still hot. As we ordered lots of dishes, this got neglected when the other dishes came in. So when we re-attempted to finish the remaining chicken feet, it was really awful; Cold and tough.

4) Kimchi stew (pork), $13 (above)

5) Seafood pancake, $26 (above) – I liked this! Pretty good!


6) Kimchi pancake, $20 (above)

7) Cold noodle, $18 (above) – And because buckwheat is used to make the noodles, it’s actually a clean dish since buckwheat is not refined flour. So these days, when I have my Korean BBQ, I would end it with a bowl of cold noodles. Something which I picked up from my Korea holiday! And of course, I had to educate my crossfitter (2 of us were sharing the bowl of cold noodle) that the noodle should be enjoyed by slurping it up. However, the kitchen staff must have cut the noodles before serving it to us. =( I wanted to play tug-of-war with my noodles (since buckwheat noodle can be pretty stretchy). Ha!

  

8) BBQ (above) with meat options of:


(A) Beef ribs, $29 (above) – I don’t take beef but my crossfitters do. And they preferred this over the king sized beef ribs as this tasted more natural.


(B) King sized beef ribs, $39 (above) – This was feedback to be sweet.

(C) Black pork belly, $29 (above)


(D) Salted pork neck, $19 (above)

  

(E) Sliced pork belly, $19 (above)

(F) Beef decker, $29 (above)

Will I recommend Superstar K? A definite yes. Although I have to add that the awesome company of my crossfitters added to my enjoyable dining experience. =)

We ordered so much that it was as though the staff who was helping out with the grilling of our food was assigned full time to our table. Haha. But we really appreciated the assistance with the grilling! Cause frankly, we would most likely have messed it up by over-grilling the meat. And I liked that they would use wire mesh or steel plate according to the different meats.

SUPER STAR K
75 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore
6224 0504, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 11:30 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Sun : 17:30 – 00:00 (Dinner)
Value: 7
Service: 8

Dinner @ Don Dae Bak

May 28, 2016 in Korean

These days, once I have craving for grilled meat, it spreads over a few weeks. Like I need to have it a few times before I could satisfy my tummy properly. o_O Ha. And ever since I began crossfit-ing, my appetite has grown significantly. Cause coach has been emphasizing to eat sufficient protein. So bring it on if it’s buffet for meat. I am a big protein loader. =p

So when my first craving for grilled meat kicked in, I did a search on the internet and learnt about Don Dae Bak. I must be quite the frog-in-the-wall cause they have been around for quite some time now.

Making a reservation is a must. Unlike most Korean restaurants in Tanjong Pagar which operate till late, Don Dae Bak’s last order is at 9pm. And that’s because most, or maybe even all customers come for Don Dae Bak’s BBQ buffet which is capped at 1.5 hours. So since their operating hour is till 10.30pm, the last order is at 9pm.

However, by the time I finished google-ing, it was 8.15pm when I called. The staff told me it would be too late if we were to come at 8.50pm. And I am glad they were (brutally) honest with me cause with my subsequent visits, I realised 1.5 hours wasn’t enough. Not when one is having their buffet BBQ and has no self-control like me. Ie, keeps eating even when the stomach is full. Haha.

A second attempt to dine at Don Dae Bak was made. And this time round, my friend and I made reservation for 6.30pm. And upon arrival, the staff checked our reservation before leading us to our table. We were the first to be seated at our assigned table. And for that, the table had already been set with the side dishes, etc, in anticipation for our arrival.

I liked that charcoal was used for the BBQ. The only con was that 1 hour into dinner, the heat from the charcoal wasn’t as strong as when we just kickstarted dinner. Within the first hour, we easily cooked 3 rounds of meat. But after the first hour, our meat took twice the duration to cook. Not too good when one is on a timed buffet.

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


1) Seafood pancake, $18 (above) – The portion for this was huge! It’s as big as the bamboo-weaved tray which it was served on. And this was really good. Pancake was thick with generous serving of seafood within. And I liked how they managed to pan-fry it such that it was crispy on both sides (top and bottom), yet moist on the inside. A must try.

2) A-la carte BBQ (above) with meat options of:

(A) Shoulder-loin (low fat), $18 (above) – This is also available if one decides to go with the BBQ buffet. However, this was ordered (together with pork belly, item 2B) as a-la carte on my first trip to Don Dae Bak because my friend is a small eater. So I thought it’s better to save that few dollars and order a-la carte. You know… Like how each dish was $18 while buffet was $23.90 per head. And we had to order a minimum of 2 portions for the BBQ. o_O Ha.

(B) Pork belly, $18 (above) – Available for BBQ buffet too.

(C) Pork shoulder butt, $18 (above) – This cut of meat is not available for BBQ buffet. And this was ordered (together with marinated chicken, item 2D) on my second trip to Don Dae Bak. Skip this though. For such a fatty cut, I think one should stick to pork belly.

(D) Marinated chicken, $18 (above) – I wanted to order the chicken gizzard which was only available on the a-la carte menu. However, after taking our order, the staff came back to us 5 minutes later to inform that the gizzard was no longer available. And since my friend and I had no intention to go for the BBQ buffet, we ordered the chicken instead. And this was good. One could tell from the colour that the chicken was marinated for a long time.

  

(E) Egg, Complimentary (above) – And one gets to enjoy free flow of egg for both the a-la carte and buffet BBQ. The staff would come round with the kettle and pour the egg mixture into the sunken portion of the grill. And the result was fluffy egg omelette! But be careful not to leave the egg on the grill for too long else it would burn. Although we also realised the (natural) oil from the meat would overflow into the sunken portion of the grill. o_O So one may want to be careful of that. Cause even if the oil is natural… In moderation please!

3) Spicy seafood tofu soup, $12 (small) (above)

4) Cold noodle soup, $16 (full size) (above) – When I was in Korea, I noticed the Koreans would have a bowl of cold noodle at the end of their dinner of grilled meat. And thus, my friend and I decided to order this too. What’s stated on the menu is ‘half size’. But since this was ordered during our first visit when we were having a-la carte BBQ, the staff recommended the ‘full portion’. Yes, ‘half portion’ if one is doing BBQ buffet. Now, I’ve (also) been watching Korean food show ‘Baek Jong Won’s Top 3 Chef King’ and in episode 38, it’s said that we should eat the noodle without cutting it. So yes, although Don Dae Bak provides one with scissors, do consume this dish the right way by ‘cutting’ the noodle with one’s teeth. Yes, chew it off! The Korean food show even said the ratio of noodle in one’s mouth:hanging:in the bowl should be 1:1:1! Haha. I know, it sounds like a big mouthful. And good news for non-beef eaters like me is that the broth used at Don Dae Bak is not beef broth.

  

5) BBQ buffet dinner (90 min), $23.90 (above) – One could order almost all the different types of meat that’s offered on the a-la carte menu. There’s marinated beef, beef brisket, pork belly, spicy pork belly, shoulder loin, marinated shoulder loin, marinated chicken and spicy marinated chicken to choose from. And I wouold say this is very value-for-money. On my third visit, I came with a friend who could eat a little more. Ha. And my friend said the quality of the beef brisket is good. To the extend we actually wondered how Don Dae Bak manage to make any profit. o_O Ha. And of all the meat (excluding beef), I liked the marinated chicken and pork belly! And because the portion served for buffet tends to be smaller, one could refer to my pictures of a-la carte orders for the BBQ meat to ensure one is eating enough to get one’s money worth. Haha.

If one decides to go for the a-la carte BBQ, 1.5 hours is more than sufficient. However, the 1.5 hours was insufficient when I returned for the BBQ buffet with a friend. I felt like I was cooking non-stop instead of eating non-stop. o_O Haha. Which made me wonder how bigger groups manage to cook and feed themselves well, all within the time cap of 1.5 hours.

But nonetheless, I definitely recommend Don Dae Bak. When my craving for grilled meat hits me again, I am definitely coming here. That’s provided I don’t have any new place to explore too. o_O Haha.

But having said that, do be prepared to smell after one’s meal at Don Dae Bak. Getting here maybe a little tricky. It’s not exactly near to any MRT station. One may attempt walking from Outram Park MRT station. I came from Tanjong Pagar, and it took me almost 18 to 20 minutes on foot to reach Don Dae Bak.

DON DAE BAK 돈대박
35 Kreta Ayer Road, Singapore
6226 1727, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sat : 11:30 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Sat : 17:30 – 22:00 (Dinner)
Value: 8
* Closed on Sun
Service: 7

Dinner @ Your Woul Korean

February 9, 2016 in Korean

And my search for Korean restaurants in the North doesn’t stop. Keke. After knowing about Your Woul, I have been back there at least three times now.

I would recommend coming here in a group of at least 3 cause the portion for most dishes are pretty big. Or at least for the dishes which interest me. Haha.

One wouldn’t need to make reservation. My friend and I managed to walk in during all 3 visits for dinner. But that may be cause there’s only 2 of us and we came on weekdays. So it’s easier to allocate us seats.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4), we ordered:-

1) Side dishes, Complimentary (above)

2) Janchi guksu, $13.90 (above) – Korean warm noodle soup. Served with egg, kimchi and seaweed, this was surprisingly not too bad. My friend and I liked the noodle. It had that homely feel. So what started off with me only wanting to try one (big) mouthful, soon became half the bowl worth. Haha.


3) Mae-un chicken, $38 (above) – Sweet & spicy chicken. This was so good! Although these were served coated with the sauce, the fried chicken maintained its crispy-ness throughout our hour-long dinner. Meat within was tender and juicy. But my friend and I concluded it was the sauce that was the highlight. I liked that we were also given plastic gloves so that we could eat with our hands without worrying about getting dirty. But of course, the portion was too much for 2. We could only finish two-thirds of it. My brother, who tried the remaining one-third at home the next night, said it was still good and yummy. A must try!

4) Dakgalbi, $39 (2-3 pax) (above) – Spicy stir-fried chicken. Mixed with rice cakes too, this was okie. And if one wants fried rice at additional $6, one would need to leave some sauce for the staff to cook the rice with. However, as I came with a friend, we were too full to try the fried rice. Would have loved to try it though.


5) Gamjatang, $42 (2-3 pax) (above) – Pork bone soup with potatoes. Wanting to try something different, we decided to order this. And this was good. The meat was flavorful and fork-tender!

  

6) BBQ (pork) (minimum order 2 pax) with options of:-

(A) BBQ samgyub sal, $22 (above) – Sliced U.S. prime pork belly.

(B) BBQ mok sal, $26 (above) – Sliced pork collar.

What I don’t like about Your Woul is that they don’t provide complimentary drinks. Most Korean restaurants would offer water or Korean tea. But we had to buy bottled water.

In addition, we were not given much vegetables for our BBQ meat . What’s BBQ if we are not given sufficient lettuce for wraps. We ended up paying $5 for a plate of vegetables. And the irony of it was that the paid plate of vegetables was more than what was initially served. Like much more. Hmm…

But if I am to choose from the limited Korean restaurants in the North, I would go to Your Woul. Although the interior is simple and straight forward, I preferred it’s more authentic feel. And I noticed they are frequently patronized by Koreans too. A testimonial to the food.

YOUR WOUL KOREAN RESTAURANT
165 Thomson Road, Goldhill Centre, Singapore
6251 0123, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 10:30 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Sun : 17:30 – 22:30 (Dinner)
Value: 6
Service: 7 

UPDATE: Restaurant is now known as Ho Rang I.