BBQ is one of the most popular food types in the world. Every country seems to have their own version of BBQ – from Mexico to Mongolia. The Korean BBQ is a new trend that is sweeping across the globe. Korean BBQ uses atypical cuts of meat – thinly sliced portions as opposed to thicker cuts like shoulders or brisket. Using proteins like beef, chicken and pork, Korean BBQ utilizes the popular flavors of soy sauce and sesame oil that is the staple of Asian-infused dishes. The meats can be flavored with marinade or unmarinated and come with delectable side dishes including a green onion salad called pajeori. Korean BBQ can be found everywhere from NYC to Singapore. For those looking to try this specialty on their own, look for advice on brobbq. But if you’d prefer tasting it as done by the professionals, we’ve narrowed the best Korean BBQ in Singapore to these 5 famous places.
1) I’m KIM Korean BBQ
Located near Singapore School of the Arts campus, the I’m KIM Korean BBQ is a buffet-type establishment with over 50 dishes. Their all-you-can-eat menu includes their signature dishes of “volcano chicken” and “irresistible chicken wings.”
2) Nanta Korean BBQ
A popular dish at NANTA BBQ is surprising, made with cheese. A lot of cheese. The Cheese Deng-galbi (Cheese Pork Spare Ribs) comes with mozzarella cheese melted on the top to wrap around the pork spare ribs. A cash voucher is given to the customer who can pull the longest string of cheese from the dish.
3) Hansik Korean Family Restaurant
Located in the Heartland Mall, the Hansik Korean Family Restaurant offers family-style menu with such delicious entrees like boneless beef and green tea pork belly. Catering to families and large gatherings looking for home-cooked meals that are cooked nutritiously without artificial ingredients or MSG.
4) ChoWon Garden
The most well-known dish at the Chowon Garden is pig intestines (gopchang). The high quality and authenticity of the food make this restaurant a bit pricier than the others on the list, but the generous dining area and down-home feel are worth the price. If you’re not adventurous enough for pig intestines, the menu offers pork, beef and chicken bbq appropriate for casual dining as well as group gatherings.
5) Ssikkek BBQ
This affordable BBQ buffet is so popular, eating time is limited to 2 hours and reservations are recommended. Ssikkek BBQ features the usual BBQ meats (pork, chicken and beef) but also has a prawn dish on the menu. Each table has its own gas grill in case you want to make your own dish. Unmarinated meat is available.
East Asian influenced restaurants are popping up throughout the world, perhaps none so popular as the Korean BBQ. What sets Korean BBQ apart is that the grilled meat is often wrapped in lettuce and served with white rice. Not your typical BBQ. While many Korean-themed restaurants stick to traditional menus and flavors, Korean BBQ restaurants are geared toward a younger, more modern clientele who are perhaps more willing to try bold new flavors.