Top 9 Insta-Worthy CHEESY Korean Food (Hint: Sexy Cheese Pulls)
CHEESE. KOREAN FOOD. Screams. Oh my goodness, this pairing is absolutely a match made in heaven. All your hot Korean favourites made even bolder and BETTER when dipped in stringy, gooey mozzarella cheese. Salivating yet? Well, we haven’t even gotten started. Brave yourself for this exhilarating ride – a first in Singapore.
1. Cheese Jjimdak
Let’s face it – Jjimdak is so underrated in Singapore that there aren’t that many speciality restaurants offering this delicious plate of braised chicken. Now, with the introduction of the upgraded cheese version, it is officially a dish that you can no longer afford to miss out on. Byol Byol Jjimdak ($52.90) consists of the same good old braised chicken, potatoes, carrots and sweet potato noodles tucked under a warm quilt of melted cheese. The braised chicken were generally fattier with the chicken skins left attached. The meat was cooked to perfection without drying out our mouths. Slurpilicious sweet potato noodles are always a highlight for me, and as usual, it left a strong impression at our table with its chewy and QQ texture. Moreover, the dried chillies gave a slightly spicy kick, but nothing too unbearable. In fact, we found it pleasant.
Address: 252 North Bridge Road, #B1-44F, Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 11.30am-10pm
2. Cheese Deng Galbi
Twirl and twirl your cheese away! For carnivores, this Cheese Deng Galbi ($50) is your achilles heel. Chomp down a stack of pork ribs and rice cakes waiting to be showered in a glorious cheese bath. The pork itself was tender and fell off the bones easily, even though some of them were just a little tougher. The ribs are coated in a mildly sweet sauce – kids will be able to enjoy it all the same! Furthermore, the gooey puddle of cheese is a mixture of mozzarella and cheddar, which was slightly saltier as compared to the just mozzarella. Don’t worry about jumping straight in with your hands, food > image right? On top of the plastic gloves provided, washrooms are available for washing your hands after a messy meal, which always earns some brownie points from us.
Address: 175 Thomson Road, #01-175/177, Goldhill Centre, Singapore 307624
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-11pm
3. Tomato Cheese Kimchi Pancake
Masizzim stands for “delicious stew”, but this restaurant’s specialities don’t simply boil down to only hearty Korean stews. Masizzim has decided to put their own Italian spin on one of Korea’s traditional snacks by bringing on board some mozzarella cheese and minced beef. Viola, there you have it – a Korean “pizza” pancake. If you are a huge fan of pizza, Masizzim’s Tomato Cheese Kimchi Pancake ($13) which consists of kimchi and minced beef beneath a cover of tomato paste, mozzarella and chopped basil, will have you exclaiming “massiseoyo!” in delight.
4. Korean BBQ with Cheese
KBBQ is always a yes, but with cheese, it’s a big fat yes for sure! As if juicy, smoky, tender proteins are not enough to tempt us, now we can wrap these chunks of indulgence with incredibly smooth cheese. Oh my goodness, I’m almost drooling from just thinking about it. Prime cuts of meat are available all-day including beef bugolgi, marinated pork, pork collar, marinated chicken and spicy octopus. I especially enjoyed the kimchi pork belly that had fully absorbed the sweet, sour and spicy flavours of the cabbage. Dinner prices are no doubt steeper but expect even more premium options such as marinated ribeye, beef short ribs and prawns to tantalise your tastebuds through the night. If you’re craving for alcohol, don’t hesitate to down some soju with your meats – it will be the perfect meal to end your day. DaeSsikSin? Well more like DaeShiokSin.
Weekday (80 mins lunch, 100 mins dinner per diner)
Lunch: $16.90 ++ (adult); $10.90++ (child 4-10 years old and senior citizen 55 & above)
Dinner: $28.90 ++ (adult); $21.90++ (child 4-10 years old and senior citizen 55 & above)
Weekend (100 mins dinner per diner)
All day: $28.90 ++ (adult); $21.90++ (child below 10 and senior citizen 55 & above)
Additional Cheese Dip: $3++
DaeSsikSin by Ministry of Food
Address: Serangoon NEX #02-04/06, 23 Serangoon Central, Singapore 556083
Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs, 11.30am-3.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm. Fri, 11.30am-3.30pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm. Sat, 11.30pm-10.30pm. Sun, 11.30am-10pm.
5. Cheese Bingsoo
Cheese ain’t only limited to dem savouries. Making its debut appearance on our grand cheese carpet – Apgujeong Bingsoo ($14.90) from Patbingsoo. This casual Korean eatery has entered the k-food scene in Singapore just less than a week ago, serving a huge variety of bingsoo flavours. The Apgujeong Bingsoo is a mountain of cheesy toppings – cheese, cheese sauce, cheesecake, cheese wafer and vanilla ice cream that surprisingly worked very well together. The cheesecake “soldiers” guarding the bingsoo were moist and light; it’s no wonder it was my favourite topping. Amidst all the sweetness, the cheese wafer provide some saltiness, which lifted the entire dessert. One thing that I would have appreciated would be sticking to the old but gold shaved milk instead of switching it down to shaved ice.
Patbingsoo Korean Dining House
Address: 68 Orchard Road, #B2-47, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 11.30am-10pm
6. Snow Cheese Chicken Bumbuk
Does the name Kimchi Korean Restaurant ring a bell? Their popularity hit the roof last year, when videos of their Snow Cheese Chicken Bumbuk ($33.90) went viral and sent everyone forming queues in front of the restaurant. There was no way that we could exclude this fascinating beauty right? Gosh, look at that amazing cheese pull! Snow Cheese Chicken Bumbuk ($33.90) is another insta-worthy dish that is still going strong. Korean deep fried boneless chicken and potato wedges, topped with mustard cream sauce, parsley, snow cheese and leek fills up half of a BBQ hotplate while the remaining half is generously filled with mozzarella cheese. The crispy batter encased a moist piece of chicken, that is already so tasty on its own. Dunk that finger-lickin’ good chicken into the pool of cheese and you’re set for a meal you will never forget.
Kimchi Korean Restaurant
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, #02-387, Suntec City Mall, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 11am-10.30pm
7. Kimcheese Fried Rice
8 Korean BBQ is no stranger to anyone who is a fan of pork belly, especially seeing how their signature premium Mangalitsa Pork marinated in 8 different flavours remains one of the crowd’s favourites. In spite of that, not all of us have tried their a la carte items such as their Kimcheese Fried Rice ($20). Eating straight off the hot pan was just pure bliss – warm and sticky with little crispy bits of rice. In addition, the sprinkle of “dancing” bonito flakes atop the rice was an interesting touch, but unfortunately, they were slightly overwhelming the crucial kimchi flavours. The huge serving of rice made this a good choice for sharing, but I would have preferred the kimchi to shine more.
8 Korean BBQ
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, The Central, #02-79/90, Singapore 059817
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri,11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm. Sat-Sun, 11.30am-10.30pm.
8. Cheese Dakgalbi
Yoogane is one of the leaders of the cheese trend in k-food on this island and they have a pretty huge following behind their original Yoogane’s Chicken Galbi. Top that with a well of melted oozy cheese and you have the Cheese Chicken Galbi ($55.90). The cheese itself was so good that we ended up scraping the leftovers to have it on its own. The chicken chunks were tender and lean, but it simply reminded us of the spicy grilled chicken dishes sold at food courts. Nevertheless, the “spicy” chicken actually did not make us sweat at all, but we enjoyed coating our proteins with more cheese for extra flavour. Here’s a tip – save some time on the photos and tuck in before the cheese hardens. (Although you might be able to request for them to heat the pan up again)
Address: 200 Victoria Street, #02-47/48, Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 11.30am-10pm
9. Army Stew with Cheese
Don’t we all agree that this is such a classic? Just give me a ring anytime, anywhere and I will be down for this. Most Korean restaurants serve army stews in the menu, and we all know the reason – it’s a hit everywhere. I like my broth a little thicker, with a subtle sweetness tagging along with the spicy rich flavours. Wang Dae Bak’s rendition of an army stew ($38 + $3 for cheese top up) is on its way there. The sliced cheese melted its way through the broth, making each sip of the broth more than pleasant. My only complaint would be the the low volume of broth poured into the shallow pot; if you are planning to add noodles, there is definitely a need to top up $3 for extra broth.
Wang Dae Bak
Address: #01-64, China Square Central, 22 Cross Street, Singapore 048421
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat, 10.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm.
Forgive me if I sounded really cheesy, I can’t help it when we’re talking about cheese right? If you have tried any of these dishes, do let us know how they fared for you! But for now, come join us in the celebration to thank the mighty cheese gods. Perhaps, this is the kind of food that awaits us in heaven.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visits and paid its own meals at the restaurants featured here.
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