Sauce, shake, and let’s bibim. That is how you will enjoy the popular Korean rice dish Bibimbap at Dosirak.
Dosirak is a modern bibimbap concept that is newly opened at 313@Somerset basement 2 (next to Popeyes) that you shouldn’t miss.
This fast-casual eatery grew from the passion project of Korean-Singaporean brothers Eugene and Edward. So they understand both cultures quite well to best cater to their customers.
It was the visits to the family farm in the Korean countryside during their childhood years, that inspired them to create the brand – to share Korean food traditions with the old recipes handed down through generations.
The goal is to serve up healthy, filling and convenient Bibimbap with crave-able and satisfying Korean flavours.
The ‘Shake Bibimbap’
Dosirak, which refers to the traditional Korean lunchbox, is part of the product concept. Here, they serve the Bibimbap and all its ingredients inside your “lunchbox’, in this case, a capped pint.
The colourful pints which may remind you of those which store ice cream, making it easy for takeaways as well.
The fun part happens when you add the sauce and shake the Bibimbap until all the ingredients mix up and come together.
Their Bibimbap veers away from tradition, mixed by shaking, inspired by the traditional Korean lunchbox.
But how they balance the dish with the right ingredients, nutrition, and flavour remains true to Korean food philosophy.
Expect home-made quality for food ingredients, including kimchi and condiments.
The Gochujang, that seasoned red pepper paste that’s mixed in the bibimbap, is made from scratch. Dosirak’s recipes use natural flavours, so you won’t find MSG, corn oil, or excess oil in their dishes.
To be honest, I was initially wondering how different the Gochujang would taste, since most I experienced (at least in Singapore) were more or less similar.
These Gochujang sauces were indeed different. In fact, they tasted quite home-made, also because they came from the secret recipe of the owners’ Omma (Their mother used to own a Korean restaurant, that’s why.)
How to order at Dosirak
Ordering starts with choosing a main, which is either a meat, fish or vegan item.
Then, pick 5 sides. Can’t decide? Pick the option “Let Omma decide”. Next, select a base for your Bibimbap – by default this is white rice, but you can upgrade to brown rice, buckwheat noodles, 5-grain rice, tofu, cabbage, cauliflower rice, or have no base at all.
Continue by choose desired add-ons like tofu, onsen egg, braised mushroom, edamame, and avocado.
Finally, choose your sauce. This is the final ingredient before you shake up your bibimbap.
The 3 available sauces include the Dosirak signature Omma’s Gochujang, a traditional, spicy Korean chili paste; the tangy and mildly spicy Apple Cider Gochujang; and the addictively savoury Soy Garlic Jang.
To help you narrow down your choices, here are all the available recommended mains at Dosirak:
Beef Bulgogi ($9.90)
The number 1 best seller at Dosirak is the Beef Bulgogi, the classic Korean beef dish made from a family recipe using a traditional marinade.
There was a lovely sweet tinge to the tender beef, because the slices have been sweetened with homemade Korean pear purée, made fresh daily.
I would also recommend drizzling some of that Omma’s Gochujang, which adds that bold and spicy flavours to the overall combination.
Spicy Chicken ($8.90)
Another meat main is the Spicy Chicken, prepared using free-range chicken. As such, the diced chicken meat is tender and the flavour is amped up by adding some heat into it.
Mellow down the heat with pairing this with some cucumbers or bean sprouts as part of your sides.
You can choose to add additional Apple Cider Gochujang sauce over before shaking.
Apple Cider? Rice vinegar is typically used for cho-jang (vinegar-ed gochujang) in Korea, but the Dosirak team chose apple cider would provider a tangier, sweeter, and rounded-fruity flavour profile. (This sauce is said to be most popular among the foreign expats for their Shenton Way outlet.)
Soy Sesame Chicken ($8.90)
For a non-spicy chicken main, go for the Soy Sesame Chicken which also uses free-range chicken. (Featured in the photo is a half-and-half pint.)
The boneless chicken cubes are really tender and goes well in texture with the rest of the sides like the crunchy bean sprouts, carrots, and cabbage.
You could observe that the meats are further sauced in these mini Onggi, which are traditional earthenware vessel and gives that Korean touch.
Cured Salmon ($11.90)
The next set of mains includes 3 types of fish – Cured Salmon, Seared Tuna and Soy Citrus Salmon/Tuna; and the Cured Salmon is highly recommended.
Dosirak has specially prepared their salmon by curing it in-house while using Korean sea salt. With meltingly tender texture of the fish, this would go well with refreshing and crunchy sides like corn, chickpeas, cabbage, carrots, and cucumbers.
Seared Tuna ($11.90)
The second fish main is Seared Tuna, which are fresh cubes of tuna prepared via quick cooking. Using a flame torch, the exterior is seared to produce a faint crust.
You can possibly pair this up with some soba noodles as a base, drizzled over with some of that addictive Soy Garlic Jang.
Soy Citrus Salmon/Tuna ($12.90)
This features cubes of either salmon or tuna flavoured with soy sauce and a citrus juice. This is Dosirak’s ceviche-like take on the Korean sushi bowl called hwedupbap or hoedeopbap.
What’s special in this dish is that they are flame-finished to order by torch, providing that alluring smokiness.
Kimchi Tofu (VV) ($7.90)
Vegans and vegetarians alike can choose this main composed of house-made kimchi served with cubes of special tofu.
Something interesting to note is the kimchi used is both vegan and Muslim-friendly, which is quite unusual in the market as some of them may not be able to consume fermented products (such as fermented shrimps).
As they found that many commercially-produced tofu may disintegrate upon shaking, the tofu is calibrated and produced by a specially-appointed tofu provider to get that right texture and firmness.
And so no, you cannot buy this tofu in the market.
Avocado Sweet Potato ($9.90)
A vegan-friendly option, expect a pint-full of colours and flavours when you choose this main. It combines slices of fresh avocados and large cuts of soft sweet potato.
A powerful combination that provides you with loads of Vitamin A and protein, plus a wonderful burst of textures in your Bimbimbap.
Make your dosirak a complete meal with tea and soup by adding only $4.00. Choose from Korean Buckwheat Tea, Korean Barley Tea, or Citron Tea.
These teas are available both hot and cold, except for the Citron Tea which is only available cold. For your soup, choose the Kimchi Soup if you want something spicy, or either the Seaweed Soup or Doenjang (Soybean Paste) Soup if you want something vegan.
If you have a penchant for fast, health Korean food, Dosirak has something for you. Plus, they are pretty affordable, with a Bibimbap starting from $7.90 and most options below $10.
In case you’re a health geek and counting calories, all of Dosirak’s Bibimbap dishes are under 500kcal.
The culinary team behind Dosirak carefully developed the recipes and even made them nutritionist-approved. No wonder they have earned a following from health buffs like yoga practitioners and gym goers.
The Somerset outlet will operate daily – including Sunday and even on public holidays. That means you’ll have more days in a week to shake up your own Bibimbap.
Dosirak – Somerset
313@Somerset #B2-15 Singapore 238895
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun, including PH)
Dosirak – Shenton Way
OUE Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way #01-44 Singapore 068815
Tel: +65 6536 6034
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 3pm (Sat), Closed Sun, PH
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Dosirak.