You may be wondering what’s a “Korean” Toast. Isn’t it just another sandwich. Maybe that is true.
Over in Korea, this breakfast item is commonly served from street carts and kiosks target at the early morning office workers, to provide them with a convenient, economical and filling meal.
Also easy to grab-and-go.
What distinguishes it, is perhaps the use of Korean sauces such as spicy gochujang within, and fillings with Korean seasoning such as Bulgogi beef and kimchi.
Here are 5 places in Singapore where you can get some of these Korean Sandwiches:
NY Night Market – 313@somerset
313@somerset #01-29, 313 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238895
Tel: +65 6957 4620
Opening Hours: 8am – 11pm Last order 10.30pm (Sun – Thurs), 8am – 1am Last order 12.30am (Fri – Sat)
Ideal as a hearty breakfast, quick lunch or afternoon snack, NY Night Market’s sarnies ($5.90 – $6.90, only available at 313@somerset outlet) are hefty stacks composed with toasted brioche, sliced cheese, and shredded cabbage.
A dollop of a special secret-recipe jam in sandwiched in between.
There are seven choices available, including the best-selling Hawaiian Freestyle ($6.90) made with a chicken patty with corn omelette, grilled pineapple and BBQ sauce.
Another popular choice among Korean food lovers is the Bulgogi Babe ($6.90) which includes slices of bulgogi beef with corn omelette and pickles.
The third recommendation is a brekkie favourite: You’re Bacon Me Hungry ($6.90), sinfully offering strips of crispy bacon with scrambled egg and hash brown.
I enjoyed the freshly prepared creamy scrambled egg, which went well with sweetish jam which reminded me of pineapple. However, I did wish there was a spicy sauce in between to make it more distinctly “Korean”, but was thought they wanted to keep it suitable for the family. NY Night Market (313@somerset)
Burger+ – Clarke Quay Central
#01-07, Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817
Tel: +65 6909 5684
Opening Hours: 8am – 1am (Sun – Thu), 8am – 3am (Fri – Sat)
Burger+ – Wisma
Wisma Atria Shopping Centre #01-37/38, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore 238877
Tel: +65 6694 1226
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Sun – Thu), 8am – 11pm (Fri – Sat)
The Korean Egg Toast Beef Bulgogi ($9.50, $10.90 for combo with hot Americano) is a new introduction from Burger+ available from 8am till 5pm, though I feel that should just offer this at night as well.
While there are a number of Korean toast shops in Singapore, I do think what they have to offer is one of the most hearty around.
What was appealing was the fluffy brioche that was pan-grilled till they are slightly crisp on the outside.
The highlight to some would be the runny yolk atop, which you are can break apart and let it ooze down to the meat fillings. Warning: can get slightly messy.
The beef bulgogi fillings of fresh minced beef, fragrant fried onions pan-fried with signature bulgogi sauce was satisfyingly yummy with all the juices and sweet-savoury flavours. Burger+ (Clarke Quay Central)
Isaac Toast Singapore
Plaza Singapura #B2-42, 68 Orchard Road Singapore 238839
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm Daily
Probably the most popular Korean Toast from Seoul itself, Isaac Toast’s first outlet in Singapore is located at Plaza Singapura Basement 2.
The varieties include Double Spicy Cutlet ($6.90), Bulgogi MVP ($6.50), Bulgalbi MVP ($6.50), Hot Chicken MVP ($6.50), Shrimp MVP ($6.90), Hot Tteokgalbi MVP ($6.50), Bacon Best ($4.90), Steak Ham ($5.90), and Ham Special ($4.90).
Prices listed are for ala carte order, and a set with a drink of Americano, Green Tea, or Earl Grey is at $2 extra.
As I have eaten Isaac Toast quite a number of times (even in other cities), I thought that the Singapore version was decent but won’t be that impressionable if this is my first time having it.
Somehow, the proportion of ingredients and sauces over in Korea feel just right, with elements nuances of sweetness and spiciness, and refreshing sliced cabbage. Isaac Toast Singapore (Plaza Singapura)
60 Paya Lebar Road, Paya Lebar Square, #01-62 Singapore 409051 (Paya Lebar MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
“Is this the Egg Drop we saw in Korea?”, as passersby were sceptical and mumbling to themselves.
One’s Egg Drop, this is Egg Stop.
Not seeing double, Egg Stop is a local kiosk that offers “Korean sandwich shack with an influence of American style breakfast comfort food”.
There are so many similarities between Korea’s Egg Drop and Singapore’s Egg Stop, from the concept of American-styled toast to the different options on the menu and the white takeaway packaging.
Flavours include Signature Sandwich ($4.60), Chicken Ham & Cheese (4.90), Turkey Bacon & Cheese ($5.50), Smoked Chicken ($5.90), Beef Teriyaki ($7.40) and Avocado & Egg ($7.90).
My favourite is the Beef Teriyaki ($7.40) with thinly sliced marinated beef torched for smokiness, teriyaki sauce, caramelised onion, mayonnaise and a single raw egg yolk.
Korea’s better lah. Egg Stop (Paya Lebar)
KToast Sandwich & Coffee
Grantral Mall #01-23 (Cityvibe Clementi) Commonwealth Ave West Singapore 129581 (Clementi MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
The shop serves up “authentic Korean Toasts”, with a Korean chef behind the recipes and working in the kitchen. The chef is said to be recruited from Myeongdong and is a certified barista.
The sauces used are also imported from Korea, with ONE secret sauce created by the chef.
Items offered by the new KToast include the original Ktoast – which includes ham, egg and cheese ($2.90), Bacon Toast ($3.90), Bulgogi Toast ($4.90), Chicken Toast ($4.90) and Potato Toast ($3.90).
I was recommended to try the Hot Bulgogi Toast ($4.90). True enough, a Korean chef was working meticulously, pan-frying the ingredients and assembling the toast together.
In terms of packaging and varieties offered, KToast does remind us of Isaac Toast.
There were some elements that I liked – that it was freshly made and piping hot; that thinly shredded cabbage was added to balance off the ‘heatiness’; and both the bread and egg were fluffy. KToast (Clement)