In Korean, Hansul means to bottoms up or drink up.
The name of Hansul Korean Dining Bar at 21 Tanjong Pagar Road is befitting, offering a wide selection of over 60 kinds of Makgeolli, Cheongju, Soju and Cocktails from different parts of Korea.
The entire stretch of eateries along Tanjong Pagar road is predominantly serving Korean food, from fried chicken, bingsu to BBQ.
How Hansul differentiates itself from the rest, is by using mini Hwaro Grill (stone pot and charcoal) available on each table to barbecue skewers. And it is opened till 6am Daily!
The signature of grilled skewers comes in 2 skewers each. However, a minimum purchase of 5 items is required.
Priced between $2 and $8, my favourite was the Pork Belly Wrapped with Cheese Rice Cakes ($4), and Mackerel ($6).
Mashisoyo! The BBQ-ed meat eluded an aromatic smoky and earthy scent, partly due to the charcoal in the Hwaro Grill.
Another item worth mentioning was the Signature Boneless Chicken Wing ($6.90/ piece, minimum 2 pieces) stuffed with seasoned glutinous rice, then drizzled with a mix of sweet and spicy Gojuchang chili sauce.
I liked the idea of keeping our fingers clean as we could swallow (almost) the entire wing.
The chewy texture of the glutinous rice was flavourful, whereas the Gojuchang chili sauce was not-overpowering.
Honey Butter Chicken AND Cheese?!? Isn’t it the best of both worlds?
The 2 trending items on Korean menu on this Honey Butter Chicken Bumbuk ($24) could probably make fans go crazy… not.
Deep fried boneless chicken sandwiched between snow honey butter flakes and potato wedges with melting mozzarella cheese over a flame sounds divine.
Yet sadly, the taste of the mozzarella cheese overpowered that of the honey butter chicken.
Perhaps a little tweaking of the balance would help to elevate the taste.
The Budae Jjigae ($25) also known as “Korean Army Stew” had a different presentation compared to the conventional way of having all the ingredients laid out in the pot.
Instead, the ingredients were served in dim sum baskets, before adding them slowly to the broth. Ah, gimmicky.
The stew was filled with spam, sausage, ham, kimchi dumpling, baked beans, sliced rice cakes and vegetables.
I feedback that the broth was on the salty side, and was told this was done to complement the alcohols.
As their menu boasts a wide repertoire of alcohol selection, I settled with a safe choice – a cocktail makgeolli ($19) that comes in interesting flavours such as Banana, Peach, Korean Black Raspberry and Korean Omija (5 flavour fruit with salty, sweet, spur, spicy, bitter taste).
짠 (Jjan)! The Peach Makgeolli was light, fruity, sweet, and made the ladies at my table happy.
For first timers to Hansul Korean Dining Bar, I would recommended sticking to the signatures – the grilled skewers.
Hansul Korean Dining Bar
21 Tanjong Pagar Road, #01-05, Singapore 088444
Opening Hours: 5pm – 6am Daily
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.