Wang Dae Bak @ China Square Central

It was Friday night and 10 of us in the office decided to make our way to a nice dinner at Wang Dae Bak. A few of them had been to this place before and they liked it, so we decided to go to the same place again πŸ™‚

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We were in a rush when we reached the restaurant hence I did not take the entrance and restaurant pictures. I remembered entering the restaurant and walking through quite a long pathway, passing by several round tables filled with customers, busy BBQ-ing and eating their hearts out.

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Korean alcohol in Singapore is so sadly expensive. Not many of us like soju, so we ordered Hite and Rice Wine (Mak-Geu-Li).

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There was complimentary iced barley tea as well – YAY.

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Service was brisk. Within 2 minutes after we ordered, banchan was served!

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And they were right in front of me. Man, seeing so much food made me a happy girl!

P1000544Their kimchi was good – just the right sour and spice level.

P1000545This was unique to me – when Maria and I tasted it we both found it weird. So I asked Young to try. Now, Young is a Korean and he was like, the expert that night – or rather, the rest of us were the blur ones!

Young took a swipe into his mouth and went “yeah, that’s sweet potato with mayo”. I went “OOOOHHH, so it’s made from sweet potato!” Usually this potato side dish that I eat at other Korean restaurants is the savoury type while this was sweet.

SO I’VE BEEN EATING FAKE BANCHAN IN THE PAST?

Young gave a tip on banchan – it IS refillable. I was telling him that not all Korean restaurants in Singapore allow refills. He went ‘it’s like an American going to a deli and having to pay for extra lettuce’.

NOW YOU KNOW πŸ™‚

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By the way we got a room for the dinner – it was so cool leh – it was private, and liberating!

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And our rice wine arrived – it’s usually served in a golden kettle with golden bowls. Can I just shriek for a second? I am sorry for being so ‘tourist’, but I really really love Korean culture!

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Mushroom set for the BBQ.

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Served in simple homely wooden trays, it came with 3 toppoki sticks πŸ™‚

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I almost couldn’t get this shot coz the staff already placed the plate down. But he saw me with the camera and went ‘You wanna take picture?’ and lifted it up again. Fantastic service heehee.

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Here’s the BBQ plate! looks a bit like the Mookata plate hor?

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Chicken wings! The wings are cut apart slightly for easy BBQ-ing πŸ™‚

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Some of my pics are blur – I took them in a hurry coz it was 10 of us and I didn’t wanna hold up the cooking and eating.

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This is so blur – BUT i have to tell you – this is a MUST ORDER – SEAFOOD PANCAKE! It was bursting with ingredients and had a good tinge of oyster taste too!

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Jap Chae side dish – I didn’t really get to try this – but it sure looked pretty πŸ™‚

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So the sides are for steamed eggs! I tell you, the staff pour the raw egg mixture using a big kettle – so cool right. and Young pointed out that during a BBQ, all side dishes and steamed egg are FREE FLOW.

WOOHOO.

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Sizzle sizzle!

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Young got this small pot of sesame oil with garlic and placed it on the grill. Instead of eating garlic off the grill like that and getting a smelly mouth, garlic cooked with sesame oil rids the garlic of the smell and sesame oil is a very healthy oil too.

and he was right – no smelly mouth for me πŸ™‚

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And a group pic before dinner – just so we would look slimmer before gorging ourselves silly.

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This was a tofu with kimchi – a very nice dish where the tofu was cool and kimchi was hot – fantastic combination!

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and here’s the pork belly – so much better than Manbok coz the thickness is much more like the one I had in Jeju πŸ˜› yay.

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And beef shabu shabu – This was the STAR of the night.

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Naturally, Young was the main cook at our table and he said that Korean girls judge guys by their cooking skills. If they can cook well, it means that the guy is a keeper. πŸ™‚

This beef, when it went into my mouth, it was so juicy and melted in my mouth literally. SO GOOD.

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And without further ado, in went the pork belly!

And we had countless refills of that steamed egg πŸ˜€

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It’s nearly 1am now and I am salivating while looking at the pics 😦

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Beautiful isnt it? I can certify Young as a good cook already!

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The other table is -ANYHOW COOK – QUICKLY COOK SO I CAN EAT – kind of table hahaha.

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And Japees was clearly enjoying himself.

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Young cut up the pork belly neatly – well done! the pork belly was good too – i so wanna go back to eat again.

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During the course of the dinner, Young was the guy who ordered the food because he could converse in Korean with the Korean staff there – and so he was there yakking away and he got along with them quite well – until the lady boss asked if he wanted some aged kimchi!

This kimchi was THREE YEARS OLD. Maybelline went “will we be okay after eating this?” lol. Young said this was supposed to go on the grill coz eating it like that is simply too sour.

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Raspberry wine – Bokbunjaju – was the other star of the night – it was such an easy and sweet wine! very addictive! Young said that it is believed to improve man’s sexual stamina. In fact, the literal meaning of the name of this wine is that you will break the toilet bowl after drinking this πŸ˜€

Ladies leh? HMM.

P1000587and everyone got a lot happier after this raspberry wine, as you can see.

P1000588Tricia and Anne, two lovely and fun ladies who fell in love with the raspberry wine too.

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Tricia, Anne, Maybelline and me – all fun loving peeps in the office on the same floor as me – yay to great colleagues!

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First time in my life I tried NaengMyeon – Korean cold noodles. Young was saying that BBQ is usually an appetizer and Koreans will usually have an entree after the BBQ, and NaengMyeon was one of the choices.

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The noodles looked seemingly dull and tasteless but I was so utterly wrong! It was so tasty on its own! Quite chewy and springy in texture – and the coldness gave it a very refreshing taste. Wins hands down compared to the Japanese cold soba in my opinion πŸ™‚

I have absolutely no complaints about the food. I learnt so much from Young that night – he freely shared many interesting tips on Korean dining and culture – and dining with a native Korean in a Korean restaurant is SOOOO different, so many things to learn. It’s not just eat and be done with – there are many intricacies in Korean dining!

Hard to comment on the service though – coz the staff probably knew that they gotta ‘behave’ themselves coz Young was there hahhaa. I shall go there on my own again and let you know if their good service still stands!

Manbok BBQ & Seafood Korean Restaurant at Bukit Timah

This is such an overdue post – the late dinner happened… 3 weeks ago?

Hubby and I met up with Chin Chi & Sandy for a late chat that night. Chin Chi asked hubby to meet them opposite Beauty World and so we went. Hubby and I rarely visit the western side of Singapore, so when we parked and alighted, we were quite surprised by the long stretch of eateries opposite Beauty World!

We settled at Manbok coz it looked very nice heehee.

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And they got this nice BBQ promotion for only $59 – bottom right πŸ™‚

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It was about 9plus already. The whole stretch of that road was bustling with diners – i seriously dunno whether they came from.

This restaurant was quite spacious, with a few natives eating inside.

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Actually I don’t eat Korean BBQ very often. So I dunno how I should eat with the oil and the paste given. I know the vegetables are used as wraps.

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Banchan!! This is what I love about Korean dining and how they sync with the Singapore culture – you get more than what you pay for ahahaha.

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Quite a variety of banchan too!

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Just the banchan before the meat arrived. Doesn’t it looks lovely?

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Close up of their kimchi

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and Jap Chae.

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At first I thought that was butter – then I realised that it was garlic.

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This came along with the meat as well – I dunno how I should eat this either!

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Cooking with charcoal – very nice hor!!!

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Continue with banchan close ups.

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Hubby and I – I looked horrible – all day at work, then at home with the kids – yes i should look horrible lol.

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and in went the pork belly *sizzle*

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many kinds of pork parts! Don’t ask me what i’m eating hahaha. I just eat!

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haha the pork belly slices are like 1/10 the thickness of what I had in Korea..

NAH THIS IS WHAT I HAD IN JEJU. thick anot!

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This is also part of the package – steamed egg. The way they do it is so cute.

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It’s like a cake thats puffed up πŸ™‚ hubby liked this.

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Last portion of the package – a big bowl of pat pingsu!!!!!! and it’s so yum – their combination of red beans and chocolate sauce is strange but still very nice hahaha.

The staff working there are all Koreans – very helpful and they try their best to answer our questions even though their English not very good (well we tried our best to understand them also haha). For about $65, this meal can feed about 3 of us so I think it’s super worth it!

This Friday – I am going to a supposedly very good Korean BBQ restaurant – Wang Dae Bak – with colleagues – 10 of us! And my Korean colleague Young is going – I shall ask him all the stuff I dunno abt eating Korean BBQ and will share with u guys!! πŸ˜€

 

Running Man Korean BBQ Restaurant (Gangnam Branch) – Food Review

I just got home after my date with Belle and i already can’t wait to talk about it!

Thankfully I got off on time and I started my 1.3km walk from my office towards Temple Street. Took me about 25 minutes, including waiting for traffic lights – quite ok! Was perspiring a bit when I got there – yay.

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Had to take this obligatory Mid-Autumn pic on the way.. Haha!

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Once I turned left into Temple Street, there it was! The Running Man signboard got me so excited!!!! Wahaha.

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They seem to have a really nice lunch menu too. I met Belle right at the entrance after I took this pic and we went in.

I did not take pics of the interior and the menu cos I was busy yakking away with Belle already. But u can google the restaurant name and you can find numerous reviews with interior and menu pics. But I have to tell you something. I flipped thru the menu and I FOUND SOON DAE!

So of course I ordered a plate of that πŸ™‚ plus our plate of pork and beef galbi, and rice wine!

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Woohoo that looks good!

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Looks like it filled the whole pan, but actually its not a lot, especially after u fry it and the vegetables start to shrink..

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But it was really a lot of meat! Both pork and beef πŸ™‚

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Refillable ban chan! The kimchi was quite spicy compared to the ones I’ve eaten, but still yummy. The green seaweed was tasty too!

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My pork blood sausages, soon dae! If u see my previous post on the food I had in Korea last year, the soon dae I had in Korea looked more moist than this. Actually the soon dae I had in Kko Kko Nara (SG) didn’t look this dry too.

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I took a bite. Ah, tasted just as good la! But I have to agree with Belle that the ones in Korea taste more bloody. Which i prefer more πŸ˜‰

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Stir frying in process – the nice lady boss Ms Rachel Kim did the frying for us!

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We ordered rice wine too, Belle’s recommendation. It came in a cute golden kettle. 1 bottle was just nice for both of us. It’s much better than soju!! Tasted like very sweet beer heehee. Very suitable for ladies.

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After we’ve eaten like 80% of our galbi, we decided to throw in some noodles! It was a great move cos Belle liked it a lot πŸ™‚

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Managed to snap a pic of the name card at the cashier – they take in reservations so do call before you go πŸ™‚

It was a great dinner – we ate together with many other natives. Was especially crowded today cos tomorrow is Chuseok holiday (hope I spelled it correctly) and its apparently a very big holiday in Korea according to Belle, so many natives in Singapore were in the restaurant just now to celebrate. Wow! Haha. It was a very nice dining experience – I felt like I was in Korea πŸ™‚ saw some good looking Koreans too *fangirl mode on*

Do try it with your friends during nights out – it will be very enjoyable!!

SA Tours 8D Korea Discovery + Jeju (Feb 2012) – Focus on the FOOD

Why this post suddenly? Hahahaha.

Because I am meeting Belle for Dak Galbi tomorrow at Running Man Korean BBQ Restaurant at Temple Street tomorrow and I am kinda hallucinating korean food now. So might as well go dig out the food pics from my Korea trip last year! It’s gonna be quite an extensive post πŸ™‚ filled with beautiful food!

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Toppoki – chilli rice cakes. Chewy and spicy snack that kept our freezing bodies warm.

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Soon dae, my ultimate favourite roadside snack. It literally means pork blood sausage. It is usually made of pig’s intestines stuffed with cellophane noodles and pork blood. Yum Yum, i love innards and this is perfect for me.

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this stall gave me another part of the pig too – liver? hohoho – me not good with anatomy.. haha.

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this was from another stall which i preferred. the auntie gave me rock salt and also some chilli flakes – it really gave the soon dae so much ooomph!

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I finished the entire box myself. Hubby didnt know how to appreciate such stuff haha.

Sadly in Singapore, it’s really hard to find soon dae. So far I have eaten it at Kko Kko Nara and it’s 3 times the price =_=

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Such roadside stalls are commonly found along the streets of Seoul. and it’s always a welcoming sight in winter!

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This was the first snack we tried – fried chicken.

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It was good. Hell, whatever that was hot was delicious!

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We had this in Myeong Dong. Some cheesy potato snack. Hubby’s favourite snack!

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Look how elated he was.

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I didnt eat this (I would burst if I had) but doesnt it look so nice and orderly? πŸ™‚

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I totally heart this too – the bread was deep fried and it tasted sweet and satisfying, while the hotdog was savoury – power combi!

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When we were there, meals were the HIGHLIGHT of the day, because our tour guides brought us to all the nice places to eat! and also we were very cold from all the outdoor sight-seeing. Actually the food we were supposed to eat according to the tour package were not so good de, but the tour guides asked us if we were willing to top up some $$ – then they would bring us to the yum yum places with lots of MEAT. And so the SG foodies in our tour group said YES! muahaha. We were really glad we did, coz practically every meal was either steamboat or BBQ!

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We ate A LOT OF RICE during the whole trip. Strangely, the rice tasted very good in Korea. U see the yellow bits in the rice? Maybe that was why?

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This was my first Dak Galbi. and I stir-fried it for my table πŸ™‚ very fun!!

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Close up – SIZZLING! Sa sa sa!

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End product – swee boh?? It was very tasty…Belle we gonna have this tomorrow night Belle.

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This was also similar to Dak Galbi, also need to stir-fry ourselves, just that it was without veg. JUST MEAT ALONE. SURE!!! BRING IT ON MAN!

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Added garlic and onions – stir stir stir! Have to keep on stirring, if not it’ll get burnt.Β I didnt mind – i was cold and needed some exercise.

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We also had all kinds of steamboat during the trip. This was dumpling steamboat. The cabbage in Korea really cannot be compared to the one in our country. They are really sweet. You can taste the SUGAR content inside the cabbage! hence the soup was really nice too.

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This was the best steamboat ever – abalone.

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oh where oh where is the abalone?

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Tada! The waiters threw them in when the soup started boiling.

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Close Up of the dying WHOLE abalone.

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First time we had whole abalone! And we added instant mee into the soup — ooh so KOREAN πŸ™‚

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ha, this meal was not in the package. Hubby, myself and another couple decided to have supper that night in Jeju and deng deng deng – pork belly it shall be!

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along with banchan – yay to FOOD! haha, sounds weird now that I am on a diet..

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and the amount of banchan I had during thr trip was…

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the amount of kimchi i had was….

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and my superb tour guides plus photographer just kept topping them up!

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Endless.. but i love banchan!

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all sorts! i tried all of them πŸ™‚

This isn’t all of what I had in Korea. Man i wish i can go back now … they should have a tour package featuring the places where Running Man holds their races and games!