Many would be familiar with Paik’s Bibim by celebrity chef Jong Won Paik, who had a total of 6 outlets in Singapore, specializing in Bibimbap (as their name implied) and their sister outlet Bornga
Following the success of multiple stores islandwide, the first Paik’s Coffee 빽다방 outlet opened at Mapletree Business City catering mainly to the office crowd.
If you have been to Seoul Korea, Paik’s Coffee chain is almost EVERYWHERE, known to be both cheap and fashionable. How difficult to achieve.
We felt like piak-ing ourselves when we had a hard time locating #02-39, which was at the same level as the taxi stand behind Harry’s.
Great, so the taxi stand is at level 2, not level 1.
Similar to other coffee chain outlets such as Starbucks and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf around the world, and Ediya Coffee in Korea, Paik’s Coffee is distinctive from the rest in terms of price point, 15cm tall cup size and the bright colours .
A cup of Iced Americano is priced at $3 whereas a cup of Iced Latte at $4, cheaper than other coffee chains. Size wise, at approximately 500ml a cup (that’s half a litre!).
It is pretty much a good deal.
We had the Paik’s Original Coffee ($3 for hot, $3.50 for iced) with a Korean coffee mix.
Served with half a cup of crushed ice which melted quickly in Singapore’s climate, it would probably dilute the drink by a fair bit.
The coffee taste was light and detectable, lightly sweetened and not too syrupy.
Apart from their coffee, interesting beverages include the Green Grapes Flower Tea ($5), Blue Candy Soda ($5) and Sweet Pumpkin Rice Drink ($3.50).
With a limited menu, the only food item was the Sausage Bun at $3.50 a piece. For something more substaintial, Paik’s Bibim is just next to it.
We liked the Red Bean Snowflakes ($5.50) suitable for a single person.
Packed with cornflakes, walnuts, peanuts for the added crunch, red beans and chewy rice cakes on top of finely shaved ice, the combination was pretty enjoyable even though the snowflakes were on the bland side.
If you are looking for some affordable drinks in a huge cup, Paik’s Coffee would satisfy your thirst.
40 Pasir Panjang Road, #02-39 Mapletree Business City, Singapore 117383 (Labrador MRT)
Opening Hours: 7.30am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat – Sun
* Written by Daniel’s Food Diary Cafe Correspondent Nicholas Tan. Check out his instagram @stormscape for [NEW] cafe openings.