Tanjong Pagar road has turned into an enclave of popular Korean restaurants. Most of them serve various renditions of Korean fried chicken and watermelon soju. Kko Kko Nara is a typical family-style Korean restaurant which offers typical Korean fare and a variety of Korean fried chicken. Owner Ms Eon Lee, is a self-taught Korean cook who spent 6 months perfecting her fried chicken recipe before opening the restaurant in 2008.
Bu Dae Jji Gae: Reputably known as the Army Stew or Kimchi Stew, this hotpot consists of spam, sausages, mushroom, Korean rice cake, tofu, kimchi and a mixture of vegetables. The dish was created as a cheap solution to warm the body and fill the tummy on cold winter months. The flavours are contrastingly spicy, salty and tangy, keeps you wanting more. Garlic Chicken Wings: Chicken wings marinated with garlic and soya sauce, they were surprisingly tasty and well-cooked. The skin is crispy and glazed, while the meat is tender and well-seasoned. One of the best fried chicken wings I’ve had so far!Mini Fishcake soup: Tasty rectangular fish cakes in soya sauce soup, constantly kept warm. Steaming hot soup is the perfect solution to a chilly weather.
During my research for this restaurant, I came across several negative reviews by several bloggers. It made me realise that we should always be open-minded when reading food reviews. Take a look at the publish date and keep in mind that standards can drop or get better over time. Chefs have their off-days too. In the end, always give the place a try yourself before making the judgement.
Kko Kko Na Ra Chicken & Food
68 Tanjong Pagar Road
Mon-Sat: 12pm-3pm, 6pm-3am
Making a Quick Statement
The Hallyu wave have gotten our locals going gaga over K-pop, K-drama, K-variety and even Korean style BBQ. Ssikek was one of the first few to start gaining popularity with us food lovers. A variety of meat such as beef, pork and chicken are provided buffet style for diners to grill over a hot iron heated electrically. What this restaurant lacks is smoke suction systems and a boss that delegates responsibilities. Despite a less-than-efficient service,
We Recommend: Garlic Chicken (The beef seems somewhat bland to my liking. I miss the black pig grill in Jeju island.)
Ssikkek Korean BBQ Restaurant
101 Thomson Road, B1-15/16/17
Weekdays: 11.30am to 2.30pm (Lunch)
5pm to 11pm (Dinner)
Weekends/PH : 11.30am to 11pm
Tel: 6254 8123
Korean cuisine has gained much popularity over the past half decade ever since the Hallyu Wave hit our local shores. And I’m not talking about Korean BBQ. K-drama has such influence over viewers that they want to eat like their favourite K-stars too. So it’s not a surprise that Korean Restaurants like Manna Story, start popping up in the Orchard area.
Pork Bulgogi: A special dish that allows customers to mix their main meat with extra ingredients such as dukboki, ramen or straw mushrooms. And there you have it, an enormous claypot of delicious and deeply marinated protein and carbohydrates. Do beware that when I say enormous, I meant that the portion is huge enough for two people. For the first time, I found myself diving into the numerous Korean side dishes. Authentic, fresh and tasty, they were great complements to the main dish. A cosy and homely ambience, delicious Korean cuisine, this place is definitely worth a try. If it weren’t for the bustling crowd along the corridors of Plaza Singapura, I would have mistaken myself to be in Korea.
68 Orchard Road