In Korean when people ask, “When are you going to feed us Guksu?” they actually mean “When are you going to get married?”
‘Guksu’ means noodles or noodle dishes in Korea, also the name of a new noodle house at Suntec City, two shops away from Kimchi.
Yes, they are both owned and conceptualised by handsome boss Haden Hee (who caught me taking shots of his shop’s exterior. Haha.)
The Executive Chef Kang Heunseong with a resume from 5-Star Shilla Hotel and Ritz Carlton Hotel in Seoul, has chosen to settle for a humble Korean noodle house in Singapore’s Suntec City.
The source of inspiration? His grandmother Mdm Park Mi Suk who during the post-war period fed schools, hospitals and families with handmade Guksu lovingly using her closely guarded recipe.
Therefore, the restaurant is sometimes referred to as ‘Guksu 1945’ as a tribute to unsung heroes like herself.
3 types of noodles are available, So Meon, Jung Meon, and Kal Guksu (thinnest, thin, thick) all defined by their varying level of thickness.
This is matched with different soup broths – The Janchi (traditional Korean noodles), Sae Woo (prawn), Jo Gae (clam), Yuk Gae (beef), and Bibim Guksu.
I had the Spicy Beef Guksu ($13.90 for ala carte, $17.90 for set with set and drink), a bowl of beef broth with sliced wagyu beef taro stem, white carrot, bean sprouts, leek and boiled egg.
For those who are used to Korean soups, the spiciness is manageable. The broth was lighter and clearer than I had expected, but still came with distinct flavours. The bowl did feel ‘home-cooked’, in a good way, at parts. A comforting treat for a cooler weather.
Perhaps I took too long a time for photos, the noodles became rather soft and limp, with texture feeling like a thicker version of ‘mee sua’. (Maybe I am just not a Korean noodle person.) Good to know that the dough is made with specially imported Korean flour. No preservatives, no colourings.
I must give special mention to the Korean Fried Chicken, because this would be the reason I would return again and again for.
5 types of fried drumstick; garlic, soya sauce, sweet & sour, spicy, and honey glaze ($3.90 for 1 piece, $11 for 3, $21 for 6).
Each drumstick is toasted and deep-fried, cooked thrice to capture the additional crispiness. And still succulent and moist. These babies are worth five fingers.
Guksu Noodle House
Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard #02-385, Singapore 038983 (City Hall MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10:30pm Daily