Yoogane Singapore – The Famous Korean Dakgalbi Comes To Bugis Junction!

Yoogane Singapore – The Famous Korean Dakgalbi Comes To Bugis Junction!
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No doubt about it, we have found a new place and new reason to queue. Yoogane (요가네 pronounced yoo-ga-nay), the popular chicken galbi restaurant from Busan Korea, opens its first at Bugis Junction. (Read: Dear Singapore, Why Are We Queuing For Donuts, Fried Chicken & BBQ Buns?)

There are two main reasons why people would queue here. The first: Yoogane established in 1981, is quite a famous ‘Dakgalbi’ restaurant back home – selling tender chicken meat in a spicy sauce marinate.

Popular with the younger customers, friends from Korea also confess that “You should tryyyyy Yoogane.” (For Korean food fans, read: 5 Best Korean Fried Chicken in Singapore)

The second: Fans who braved the opening day queues said that it tastes almost the same, just perhaps less in portions to the Korean counterpart.

I was quickly seated in at 6:30pm. No queue. (But I am kind of sure it will come, because at 7:15pm the queue was snaking to about 30 pax at least.)

We ordered the signature Chicken Galbi with Chukkumi Octopus ($19.90 for one pax, minimum order 2 pax). The other popular order is the Seafood with Chicken Galbi ($48.90 for 2 pax, $58.90 for 3-4).

After about 5 minutes, the service staff came over to help stir-fry the Galbi, by mixing the diced chicken with ‘gochujiang’ (Korean chilli pepper paste sauce), and other vegetables – primary sliced cabbage with some rice cake, onions and potatoes.

In the end you may want to cook it yourself because the service staff were all busy. And because the restaurant are new, the flow of processes did not seem all that smooth yet.

Nevertheless, the Galbi was super delicious! I could imagine some would say “too spicy” with slight burning in the tummy, but the sauce is a winner. The meats and seafood were fresh and tender, especially the octopus who wasn’t chewy or rubbery.

(Note: I was initially careful not to order beef fried rice because my friend doesn’t take the meat. The service staff then advised that the other dishes “may contain traces of beef powder”.)

If you need some carb, try the Galbi Fried Rice ($14.90) with choices of Bulgogi Chicen, Marinated Seafood, or All-in. The rice would be added the same heated pan, and topped with mozzarella cheese in the end.

Parts we did not like as much. The Korean Style Seafood Pancake ($16.90) while being flat literally, was flat in taste as well. There is free flow ‘salad’ bar where there is unlimited kimchi, but the variety and presentation seem sad and you may see a solo fly hovering around.

My friends and I said we would come back again, when the craze and queue fades off. Now, those who tried it in Korea, tell me how it compares. Happy queuing people!

Yoogane Singapore
200 Victoria Street, Bugis Junction #02-47/48 Singapore 188021 (Bugis MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm

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  1. Hi Daniel, can you remove the pop-up message to ask us to share this article to FB when we reach the bottom of the page? Perhaps it’s only on mobile but its causing inconvenience whenever I wna proceed to the next page or another post. Thanks!!

  2. is that the guy I met at Social Square? Ask him out leh, long time no see him.

  3. Yes! Gonna go with my ex-colleagues on 30th May! Thanks for the post & good recommendation! 😉

  4. Yes! Gonna go with my ex-colleagues on 30th May! Thanks for the post & good recommendation! 😉

  5. Jeanie Lim : May 7, 2014 at 3:59 am

    Yes! Gonna go with my ex-colleagues on 30th May! Thanks for the post & good recommendation! 😉

  6. Banban??

  7. Tastes almost exactly like the ones in Korea, but sadly does not have the ‘kick’ after eating it unlike the original ones where you’d want to go back and eat it again and again. Ambience was really good, but Korea’s rowdy and packed restaurants still wins over this. Overall, a good try for those who have yet to visit Korea 😀

  8. To answer your question about the difference between Korea's Yoogane and SGP's Yoogane: http://colourfulpalates.blogspot.com/2014/05/yoogane-is-here-in-town.html

  9. I still prefer the Seoul one. But this is nicer than Uncle Jang Dak galbi in Johor Bahru though.

  10. Sorry but the Sg Outlet is quite disappointing compared to the one in Seoul, the way it’s cooked and the taste is not the same. It costed more but that’s not an issue if it was just as good. The people cooking the food weren’t as experienced as the young teenagers who were cooking for us in the outlets in Seoul and Busan.

    If you’ve had the original you can’t say it’s the same. Cause it tastes quite far apart.If you just compare the chicken alone then maybe close but the ramen and rice are almost inedible. Hope they will improve in time and maybe give them a second try.

  11. Nothing special. Like Korea BBQ buffet, except it is not buffet.

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