Bukit Timah Korean restaurants for a K-feast
While some people call Tanjong Pagar a mini Koreatown, Bukit Timah is the real K-town to me. Having lived in that area for almost my entire life, I’ve seen more and more Korean restaurants opening throughout recent years. I’ve tried quite a number, and most of them impressed me. Whether you’re looking for Korean fried chicken, K-BBQ, or just a pot of piping hot army stew, my hood can give you what you need. Check out these Bukit Timah Korean restaurants the next time your cravings strike!
1. O.BBa Jjajang
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This eatery at Cheong Chin Nam Road used to only house O.BBa BBQ, but a few months ago, O.BBa Jjajang launched within the same space. The latter focuses on Korean-Chinese fusion food that its first outlet at Tanjong Pagar got a loyal following for. Looking deceivingly spicy would be the Jjamppong ($12++). That bowl of red hot goodness is filled to the brim with seafood, and its broth is rich in seafood and gochu powder flavour. The Jjajangmyeon ($10++) on the other hand brings out a completely different taste with the noodles tossed in a generous amount of sweet black bean sauce.
Address: 19 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599743
Opening hours: Mon 11:30am to 12am, Wed-Sun 11:30am to 12am
Tel: 6463 9262
2. Three Meals A Day
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Back when I visited Three Meals A Day, I thought it would just be like any other Korean restaurant. However, I ended up taking back my words as I took a mouthful of their Army Stew ($30++); theirs is one of the best I have ever eaten! The portion itself is definitely able to feed a table of four or more. Not submitting to defeat will be the Mul Naengmyun ($16++) that helps you beat the overbearing heat in Singapore with vegetables and beef drowned in a chilled kimchi broth.
Address: 12 Chun Tin Road, Singapore 599599
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12pm to 3:30pm, 6pm to 11pm
Tel: 6463 2346
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Recognised for their fried chicken, Woorinara serves up a mean plate of Cheese Soy Chicken ($19++). When you first look at it, you might think they are trying to cheat you of your money by only giving a measly amount of chicken but trust me, there are several pieces hidden underneath an immense chunk of melted cheese! They have other types of fried chicken that do not include cheese as well, just like their Garlic Yumyum Chicken ($17++). They offer all their fried chickens in both sweet and spicy forms.
Address: 19 Lorong Kilat, #01-02, Singapore 598120
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 3pm, 5pm to 11pm
Tel: 6464 9282
4. Sin Manbok Korean Restaurant
To ensure that your experience is value-for-money, Sin Manbok offers a few types of food combinations at a fixed price instead of letting their customers splurge on a la carte dishes. One of the few is “Event 4” ($25++) which includes a free flow of meat for barbeque, a bowl of stew, a plate of spicy rice cakes, a serving of fried chicken, and the choice between a pancake or a bowl of steamed egg. And of course, you can fill your tummy up with the free flow of side dishes if the above dishes mentioned are still insufficient for a food lover like you!
Address: 17 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599741
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 12am
Tel: 6466 4342
5. Kim’s Family Korean Restaurant
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Kim’s Family Korean Restaurant seems to always be packed during dinner hours. Thus, I decided to pay a visit and what really caught my attention was the Beef Bulgogi ($12++), which comes with a strong aroma and a sizzling sound. Also, remaining etched in my mind till this day is the pot of Nakji Jeongol ($35++) I had. Kim’s Family Korean Restaurant is one of the few Korean restaurants that offer this dish. This huge pot of stew will definitely be intriguing enough for anybody to want to give it a taste, with a fresh octopus planted right in the middle of this clear spicy stew.
Address: 17 Lorong Kilat, #01-06, Kilat Court, Singapore 598139
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 2:30pm, 5pm to 10pm
Tel: 6465 0535
6. Oven & Fried Chicken
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While many Korean fried chicken restaurants only offer saucy fried chicken, Oven and Fried Chicken offers a variety, including roast and air-fried chicken. The Sauced Jambalaya Chicken ($20++) is sweet with a dash of spiciness. If that itself is not spicy enough for you, there is also the Padi Garlic Chicken ($20++) which uses chilli padi to turn up the heat.
Address: 16 Chun Tin Road, Singapore 599603
Opening hours: Sun-Thur 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 12am, Fri-Sat 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 1am
Tel: 6463 3505
7. Maru Korean BBQ Buffet
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Situated right in the middle of Maru Korean BBQ Buffet is an array of well-marinated meat for their customers to choose from. Priced affordably, it only costs $14++ and $21++ per person to eat their fill on a weekday lunch and dinner respectively. Besides meat, the price also includes cooked dishes like spicy rice cakes and stir fried glass noodles.
To save yourself from burning a hole in your wallet, you can also check out our list of cheap buffets under $15 for students!
Address: 16 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599740
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 3pm, 5pm to 11pm, Sat-Sun 12pm to 11pm
Tel: 8183 4939
8. Ga Ya Geum Korean Family Restaurant
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Located right opposite the Cheong Chin Nam stretch of food stalls is Ga Ya Geum Korean Family Restaurant. With just $9.50 in your wallet, you can easily get a full meal and a drink with their special lunch set from 11:30am to 3pm on weekdays. Both the Seafood Pancake ($16) and Kimchi Pancake ($16) constantly receive positive responses from their satisfied customers, and you will most likely be one of them if you were to make a trip there!
Address: 170 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #B2-14, Bukit Timah Shopping Centre, Singapore 588179
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 10pm
Tel: 6463 8011
9. Joo Mak Korean Restaurant
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Not raising the white flag to the pancakes at Ga Ya Geum Korean Family Restaurant is Joo Mak Korean Restaurant. Their Seafood Pancake ($17) is crispy and packed with a grand amount of seafood and eggs. This beauty itself is definitely worth a shout-out. With the release of their BBQ Cheese Special series, Joo Mak now has novel dishes such as Cheese Pork Spare Ribs ($58) and Stir-fried Cheese Chicken ($45) covered in rich, melted mozzarella cheese.
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 588177
Opening hours: Mon 6pm to 10pm, Tue-Sun 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm
Tel: 6466 7871
10. Myung Ga II
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If you watch enough Korean variety shows, you will know that Koreans really love what they call Donkasseu ($13.90++). This Korean version of tonkatsu features pork cutlet drenched in a slightly sweet and spicy curry sauce. Out of the 10 Korean restaurants in this list, Myung Ga II is the only one that sells donkasseu. Also popular here is their Bibim-naengmyun ($13.90++). The thinly stretched noodles are chewy and smooth enough for anyone to slurp it up in one go. This small shop in Bukit Timah Plaza can give you a homely feel, starting from the warm welcome given by the staff.
Address: 1 Jln Anak Bukit, Bukit Timah Plaza, Singapore 588996
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12pm to 4pm, 6pm to 9pm
Tel: 6469 5156
Bukit Timah Korean restaurants jjang!
If your stomachs start growling while you watch your oppa slurp up some noodles or take a huge mouthful of kimchi stew, head on down to these 10 Korean restaurants in Bukit Timah! For more good food at Bukit Timah, check out these cheap Bukit Timah food priced at $5 or less, or pop by these Bukit Timah cafes.