We all kind of get it that South Korean food is IN and popular in Singapore, and you WILL find more Korean restaurants, dessert houses and cafes opening up.
Patbingsoo Korean Dining House at Plaza Singapura understands what will make its target diners (possibly the youths) tick, by serving trendy dishes matched with instagrammable food.
So bring on the cheese and the bingsu.
The location is at the basement next to the escalator, where the fishtank shop used to be? (With that said, I would advise diners seated at one end of the restaurant, near the escalator NOT to look up too much. Please don’t.)
The menu is divided into Korean style street food and desserts.
Expect Cheese Tteokkochi ($17.90), Rolling Cheese Chicken Wings ($22.90), Kimbab ($9.90), House Special Ramyeon ($11.90), Seafood Sundubu Pasta ($13.90), Tteok Carbonara ($12.90), Cheese Kimchi Fried Rice ($9.90), Beef and Chips ($12.90), and Bibimbap ($11.90).
Dishes are obviously modernised to attract a certain segment of customers. There is a lot of cheese going on.
The signature is Rolling Cheese Pork Ribs ($38.90), where pork ribs are surrounded by tons of cheddar and mozzarella, which you can ‘roll’ over with. Quite expensive ah for a few pieces?
The cheese mixture is melted with a ‘slapping’ technique that ensures a stringy texture, before being rolled around each individual pork rib.
The group of us initially thought, ”Let’s try a some items first to try, before ordering more.”
Unfortunately, the House Special Ramyeon ($11.90) ‘sealed the deal’, which all 3 of my friends said ”They can cook better instant noodles at home.”
I went, ”Really?” and understood why. Somehow the noodles were too soggy, and soup base diluted. You can imagine how watery ramyeon soup taste like.
The good thing is, Patbingsoo Korean Dining House has a wide range of bingsoo offerings, including Euljiro Bingsoo (strawberry and cheesecake), the Incheon Bingsoo (Tiramisu coffee and rum) and Sinsa Patbingsoo, cut to maintain the entire rock melon’s dome shape.
Ah, named after my favourite places in Seoul. Prices of the Bingsoo range between $8.90 and $14.90, considered reasonable comparatively.
The Sinsa Patbingsoo ($14.90) contains red bean, cornflakes, nata coco and vanilla ice cream, all within the rock melon.
Created for Instagram, tasted like it was for Instagram as well.
As the cornflakes were inside the melon, they lost their crunchiness fast. Soggy cornflakes with shaved ice? Hmmmm… Also, the combination was too sweet, especially when an entire scoop of vanilla ice cream was mixed within.
I think Patbingsoo Korean Dining House has the potential with its interesting menu. But I just wished food was created not to just have a temporary ‘wow’ factor, but actually excite the taste buds as well.
Patbingsoo Korean Dining House
Plaza Singapura #B2-47, 68 Orchard Road Singapore 238839
Tel: +65 9181 3038
Operating Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm, Last order: 9.30pm (Sun – Thurs), 11:30am – 10:30pm (Fri – Sat), Last Order 10:00pm
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