Popular Korean Toppoki restaurant Mukshidonna has arrived in Singapore, with its first outlet located at Downtown East, Pasir Ris.
The restaurant has also received its Halal certification, so Muslim friends can go to enjoy some Korean stew.
While Mukshidonna is commonly known to serve delicious Budae Jjigae (Army Stew), they have branded themselves as a “Toppoki” restaurant. Their most popular outlet is at Samcheong Dong, near Gyeongbokgung. The Myeongdong branch which I last visited appeared to have closed.
The term Muk-shi-don-na means Eat (Muk), Rest (Shi), Pay (Don), Leave (Na) when translated in English, means “Have your food, pay and leave”.
Toppoki / Tteokbokki is a type of cylinder-shaped boiled rice cake, and is a quintessential Korean traditional street food.
Muskshidonna’s first franchise outlet in Singapore is also the first Korean restaurant in Singapore solely specializing on army stew.
It can be considered far for many, you cannot dine alone (unless you order portion for 2), and no prior reservation is allowed. Queue loh.
The local branch should be renamed Muk-Don-Na-Shi, because you have to pay before you eat. LOL. Anyway…
There is the option to customize your own pot, with 5 different flavors to choose from: Cheese, Mussels, Bulgogi, Sausages and Mushroom.
The basic tteokbokki base is priced $13.90 a portion, per pax. You can choose to mix-and-match, example one portion of cheese, another of mussels for a party of 2.
Add on ingredients are priced at $3.00, from Ramyeon, Odaeng, Ham, Mandu (2 each), Seaweed Noodle Roll (2 each), Fried Squid Ring, Egg (2 each) and Scallops (2 each).
Unlike other army stew base, Mukshidonna’s mild spicy yet sweet signature sauce will thicken as it boils.
This base could be sweeter and not as spicy. Somehow, I remembered the Korean version to be quite appetising, while this was disappointingly average lacking the robustness.
The Ramyeon was also soft and soggy, and I would recommend taking them out first to prevent them getting squashier.
The plus point is the serving of beef and sausages was considered generous for its price.
Do not forget to leave some sauce in your pot for the fried rice if you do order.
This leftover thick gravy will be use to fry the sizzling fried rice which contains sweet corn and seaweed ($5). For cheese lovers, choose the fried rice with cheese ($7).
I thought that some points could be implemented to help ease the queue, as I noticed diners who managed to get seats still had to wait for some time before the food would arrive.
For example, those in line could be given a menu and clipboard to make their orders while waiting, and how-to-order posters or simple instruction sheet could be printed.
Not everyone will know the minimum order is for two, and that you cannot add ingredients after the pot arrives.
Market Square @ Downtown East 1 Pasir Ris Close, E!Avenue #02-324 Singapore 519599
Tel: +65 63868562
Opening Hours: 11:30 am – 10:00pm Daily
(Click PLAY for highlights of Mukshidonna 먹쉬돈나 in Seoul.)