Dinner @ Wangdaebak Pocha 왕대박 포차

April 3, 2017 in Korean

For someone (ahem, me) who loves my Korean food as much as Japanese and French, I certainly have been neglecting my appetite for Korean cuisine. My last eat out for Korean food was in… September 2016! Gasp.

And because of that, when my friends suggested Italian for a recent meet up, I counter-proposed with Korean. And I am thankful they were up for it! 1 clique cannot have more than 1 picky eater. Luckily I am the only one. Haha.

As taken from Wangdaebak POCHA’s website, it’s opened by the same owners of Wangdaebak Korean BBQ. And POCHA is an abbreviation of Korean words that translates to ‘Korean street food wagon’.

Reservation was made for a Saturday dinner. However, the problematic issue about dining in Telok Ayer area on weekends was the parking. It’s very difficult! My friend took almost 30 minutes to find a lot, although my other friend was luckier; Parked within 10 minutes.

The interior decor of Wangdaebak POCHA was designed to reminisce the Korean street scene back in 70’s and 80’s. It was also after our dinner that I realised (from their Facebook page) that one could also borrow Korean games to play.

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

1) Corn in mayonnaise, Complimentary (above) – This only came complimentary with the order of certain dishes.

2) Kimchi soup, $17 (small) (above) – There’s pork, tofu, glass noodle in the soup too.

3) Honey soya chicken, $22 (above) – Crispy fried chicken in honey soya sauce. I wasn’t too pleased to see shoestring fries occupying half of the served plate. But that said, I thought the chicken was not too bad. Though I wish they were more generous with the pickled radish cubes (not pictured).

4) Spicy pork knuckle, $43 (above) – Homemade pork knuckle with special spicy sauce. This was really spicy. Even for my friends who take spicy food. But because it was oddly addictive, I was washing the sauce off the pork knuckle with my soup before consuming in order to save my tongue from the spiciness. Haha.


5) Spicy pork belly with baby octopus, $39 (above) – This should cook in less than 10 minutes. Am mentioning this because my friends and I were so engrossed in our conversation and eating the other dishes that it took us almost 20 minutes to realise our gas stove’s canister was low on gas. Haha. It suddenly dawned on us that something was amiss because our neighbouring tables ordered the same dish and they were already halfway tucking into their cooked pork belly and baby octopus while our dish refused to be cooked despite mixing it continuously. And I enjoyed this dish. Been watching quite a fair bit of Korean cooking shows and I was craving for baby octopus. So yeah!


6) Ham & pork spicy noodle soup, $39 (above) – And it’s written on the menu that soup refill (second time) is at $3 and extra noodle at $3.

I enjoyed my time much at Wangdaebak Pocha. The set up of the eatery created an ideal ambience for catching up with friends over food and drinks. And for the lucky few who works in the area, lunch menu (pages 1, 2, 3) is available.

However, as Wangdaebak Pocha is for diners to experience the olden days of Korean street scene, do note there’s no grilled items. For BBQ, one would have to head to Wangdaebak Korean BBQ. Which is a good thing cause one wouldn’t leave the eatery reeking of smoke.

WANGDAEBAK POCHA
93 Amoy Street, Singapore
6220 0322, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Fri : 11:30 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 8
Mon – Tue : 17:30 – 00:00 (Dinner)
Value: 7
Wed – Sat : 17:30 – 01:00 (Dinner)
Service: 7
Sun : 17:30 – 23:00 (Dinner)

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.

Dinner @ Choo Choo Chicken

November 21, 2014 in Korean

The guys wanted something affordable, so I felt it was a good time to meet for some Korean fried chicken. Keke. We came late on a weekday night at 9pm. Besides another big group who was already halfway through with their dinner, the restaurant was almost empty. One of the good points of eating late. We get to be seated promptly, but at the expense of our waists. Ha!

Located just 5 to 8 minutes from Bugis MRT station (and right beside Stateland Cafe), the restaurant decor was simple with the staggered black and white floor tiles being the most prominent feature of its interior.

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


1) Choo choo spam burger, $6.90 (above) – Korean style rice mixed with kimchi & ham. I wouldn’t said it’s a burger. Rather it was rice mixed with seaweed that was shaped nicely to form the top and bottom layers such that every bite was ensured of rice, kimchi and accompanying sauce. Not too bad although more ham would be better. Only managed to get one small piece of ham, unless it was the boys who ate most of the ham. Hmm…

2) Wing & drumlet, $16 (8 pieces) (above) – 16 pieces was also available at $29.90 where one could choose two flavours, unlike 8 pieces where we were only entitled to one flavour. Of the 5 available flavours (original, spicy, sweet, soy and garlic), we went with spicy for this. Oddly, my first piece of the spicy was not spicy. The spiciness only kicked in when I had my next piece (of sweet). But the spiciness was bearable even for non-spicy eaters like me.


3) Whole chicken, $30.90 (above) – With a choice of any 2 flavours, we went with original (top most) and sweet (top). The 2 halves were served in separate bowls, and these were amazing! Our whole chicken was served before the wing & drumlet (item 2), and when we each took our first bites of the meat, we immediately went “So good”. I exaggerate not. The meat was tender and flavourful. But it was really the batter for the skin that they perfectly nailed it. 16 pieces worked out to be almost the same price and portion as the whole chicken, but we felt ordering the whole chicken was better as it allowed us to eat the breast meat. And it was amazing how the breast meat was not dry!

We really enjoyed our Korean fried chicken at Choo Choo Chicken. Besides the rice / burger series, the other non-chicken dishes offered were kimchi soup, rice cake, fried mushroom and potato wedges. But of course, when one comes to a restaurant specialising in Korean fried chicken, I would strongly recommend concentrating on the chicken.

It may sound daunting having to order 8 pieces or a whole chicken as the minimum, but the portion for either was good for 2. If coming in pair, I would strongly recommend ordering the whole chicken. At least that allows one to try 2 flavours, which I will again strongly recommend getting the original and another marinated flavour. The original flavour allowed us to enjoy the chicken at its purest and best (ha) while the glazed flavours ones allowed us to enjoy a nice, messy experience which had us licking our fingers!

However, what I did not like was that water was not complimentary. When one is eating fried food, one will definitely need to drink up. Bottle of mineral water was charged at $2.

CHOO CHOO CHICKEN
33 Bali Lane, Singapore
6299 0980, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 11:30 – 23:00
Ambience: 6
Value: 6
Service: 6