Star Army Stew – Channel 8 Actresses Open New Korean Eatery!
Back in the 1990’s, Cassandra See and Tang Miao Ling dominated the local television scene. Our readers might find them familiar, especially if you watched The Unbeatables or Pretty Faces. Both of these gorgeous actresses soon left the acting industry to pursue their own dreams. After over a decade, the ex-actresses have banded together to launch their own Korean food stall — Star Army Stew. The idea behind the stall was conceived about 2 months before the stall was ready for operations. “My mother-in-law, who is Korean, taught us the recipe. The food that you are having is all authentically Korean. We do put a little Singaporean twist on it,” Cassandra shared animatedly. The lean menu consists of familiar Korean staples such as army stew, bibimbap, as well as a variety of side dishes such as Duck Meatball and even Fish Jerky. How unique! For starters, we picked the Army Stew ($19.90) and the Bibimbap with Meat ($6.50). You might find the prices slightly steep, considering that it is coffee shop fare. However, all of their ingredients are sourced from Korean supermarkets so you are really getting your money’s worth
The army stew comprised the usual suspects — tofu, luncheon meat slices, cabbage, hotdogs, mushrooms, crab sticks and, of course, pork belly. The stew feeds 2-3 persons comfortably. Resting atop the ingredients is a slice of cheese which adds a creamy texture to the stew. There’s just something so satisfying about watching a pot of jjigae bubbling away. Add in the complimentary ramen noodles, and give the mixture a good stir. While the gochujang (chilli paste) used to create the soup isn’t made in-house, Cassandra has perfected the soup base by adding in their own secret ingredients. The broth was gloriously thick and rich! For a more flavourful, and sweeter broth, simmer the ingredients for a longer period of time before turning off the stove. Of course, you can have the soup thinned out by requesting for a refill. We’ll advise you to go easy on the soup if you can’t take the heat — the soup packs a punch!
For a party of one, the Bibimbap with Meat is an excellent choice. The rice bowl comes complete with kimchi, seaweed strips, beansprouts, egg, chilli paste and grilled pork. Have fun mixing everything together! The gochujang is the key ingredient as it binds every grain of rice and ingredient together, while delivering a fiery and flavourful punch.
Star Army Stew is the latest addition to Ang Mo Kio, and it definitely is here to stay . Pop by if you want to satisfy your craving for hearty Korean fare! Best part? You’ll be attended to by gorgeous ladies, making the meal just that much sweeter.
Star Army Stew
Address: 108 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, Singapore 560108
Opening Hours: 1pm to 10pm daily. Thursdays closed.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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