If you have craving for Korean Kimchi Fried Rice, Bibimbap and Bulgogi Rice, look no further.
Masizzim located at 313@Somerset and Westgate, has introduced a NEW weekday lunch menu that is pretty affordable, starting from $10.90++ for a set.
This is great for individuals and smaller groups for a fuss-free lunch, especially since many Korean restaurants emphasizes on communal dining and bigger meals.
A bit on Masizzim: An amalgamation of the Korean words ‘masi’ (delicious) and ‘jjim’ (steam), Masizzim specialises in meat stews – Beef, Pork, Chicken and Seafood.
The stews such as the Signature Beef Rib Stew, Spicy Seafood Beef, Chicken and Pork Rib (available in individual or double-sized sharing portions) are slow-cooked with its own proprietary secret-recipe sauce and served bubbling hot in cast-iron pots.
Diners can choose between the non-spicy soy flavour which has a sumptuous blend of soy sauce, pineapples and Korean pear; or the spicy base made with gochujang (red pepper paste) for some tongue-tingling heat.
For the Masizzim Lunch Sets, each includes a main course, a bowl of seaweed soup and two pieces of Korean pancakes. The type of the Korean pancakes rotates daily, and you can get anything from Squid & Leek, Tomato Cheese Kimchi, to Potato Pancake.
For the choice of Korean mains, there are offerings of Bibimbap, Kimchi Fried Rice, Spicy Meat Rice, Bulgogi, and Teriyaki Chicken. Here’s more:
Bibimbap (Vegetable $10.90++, Beef / Pork $12.90++)
Bibimbap, sometimes romanised as bi bim bap or bi bim bop, is the popular and comforting Korean rice dish.
The term “bibim” actually means mixing various ingredients, while the “bap” refers to rice.
Masizzim’s Bibimbap includes ingredients of shiitake mushrooms, beansprouts, carrot, spinach, yellow radish and a raw egg yolk atop rice.
What’s noteworthy is mixed grain rice – a combination of white rice, black rice and roasted millet, is used as the base. This gives the bibimbap a tastier, more textured, and healthier mixture.
To eat, just add the speciality bibimbap sauce and mix thoroughly. The bibimbap sauce used is not the typical gochujang (red pepper paste) and had a slight-spicy and fermented savour to it.
My favourite part is always the bottom layer of crusty rice with a crispy texture.
The basic Bibimbap is suitable for vegetarians, while those who want something more substantial can choose to add minced beef or pork at an additional $2.
Kimchi Fried Rice (Kimchi only $10.90++, Seafood $12.90++)
The highlight to me is the Kimchi Fried Rice, which includes fragrant mixed-grain rice fried with kimchi for the slight spicy-tangy flavour within.
While most versions of fried rice come with egg fried within, the Masizzim Kimchi Fried Rice is served on a hotplate with rice in the middle surrounded by a ring of egg.
You know that soft egg you get at some Korean BBQ or galbi restaurants, the egg has the same feel here – cooked to a soft, almost wobbly consistency.
Eat the egg separately or mix with the rice; I recommend a combination of both.
Diners can top up with seafood of shrimp and squid at additional $2.
Spicy Meat Rice (Squid / Beef / Pork $12.90++)
The next three mains are quite similar, reminiscent of the popular Korean hot-plate rice. Go for this if you are the type who loves your food rich and mildly-spicy.
Choose from squid, sliced beef or pork to be stir-fried with onion and carrot slivers, served with mixed-grain rice and fried sunny side up.
I had the shiny stir-fried pork in in-house Korean red pepper sauce, which was actually not as spicy as imagined, though was still rather addictive with nice smoky flavour.
Bulgogi (Beef / Pork $12.90++)
For non-spicy food lovers, the Bulgogi contains slices of beef and pork stir-fried in a sauce sweet, slightly salty and loaded with Korean flavour.
Bulgogi generally pairs better with beef, and you can experience the juiciness and tenderness of the meats, especially when they are quite generous with the sauce.
Teriyaki Chicken ($10.90++)
This main did remain me of the Japanese Teriyaki Chicken due to the sweetness and stickiness of the sauce.
Good to mention that the chicken chunks are first fried with onion and carrots in high heat (giving that ‘wok-hei smokiness), then heated on hotplate so that the entire dish stays warm for a long while.
For a top-up of $1.90++, diners can enhance their set with a cup of iced lemon tea.
Masizzim’s lunch set menu is available every Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) from 11am – 2pm at both outlets in Singapore; located at 313@Somerset and Westgate.
Masizzim Daebak Set
Masizzim has also introduced a Daebak Set which allows customers to choose one double stew, one rice ball, and one egg roll/pancake for $50 – good for 3 to 4 diners.
Some of Masizzim’s signature stews include the Beef Rib Stew, Pork Rib Stew, and Spicy Chicken Stew, with bubbling pots of succulent meat.
The recommended is the “King’s Ribs”, with beef ribs are first slow-cooked in Masizzim’s secret stew sauce until fork-tender, then stir-fried with capsicums, red dates, king oyster mushrooms, chilli powder and sesame seeds.
Also get the Honey Mustard Cheese Egg Roll, which would ooze out with stretchy mozzarella and cheddar, brightened with sweet-zingy honey mustard. Daebak!
Masizzim – Westgate
Westgate #01-07, 3 Gateway Drive, Singapore 608532 (Jurong East MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm Last order 9pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 10pm Last order 9:30pm (Fri – Sat)
Masizzim – 313@Somerset
313@Somerset #B3-02, 313 Orchard Road, Singapore 238895
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Last order 9.30pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 11pm Last order 10.30pm (Fri – Sat)
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Masizzim.