If you find yourself at the Circular Road area, craving for some authentic Korean BBQ, head out to Hello Korean BBQ and say “hello” to charcoal-grilled meats and traditional Korean fare.
While Tanjong Pagar is the usual area foodies hang out for Korean fare, this restaurant is also known for its authentically Korean flavours and quality meats.
It is of a convenient short walk from Boat Quay and Raffles Place MRT.
Catch its Unlimited BBQ Buffet available for dinner (5:30pm – 10:30pm daily) and lunch during weekends and public holidays (11:30am – 2:30pm). A minimum of 2 is required so bring along a friend. Kids below 1.2m in height eat free.
For only $29.90++, you get free-flow of meats for BBQ, such as pork collar, pork belly, boneless chicken leg, and fresh prawns.
These are conveniently grilled at your table by the staff, so you can focus on the best part – picking up the cooked pieces and popping them to your mouth. Here’s more on what they have to offer:
Pork Collar (Salted / Soya / Pepper)
The beautiful marbling of this pork cut makes it perfect for grilling Korean-style. Due to its high level of fat, it works well on the grill and doesn’t require added oil in the marinade.
Also known as neck fillet, this meat is available salted or it soya or pepper flavours. This cut is tender enough to eat slightly pink, but you can ask the staff to grill to your preferred doneness.
Pork Belly (Plain / Thin / Soya Spicy)
Another fatty meat best suited for Korean BBQ is the pork belly, available as plain regular slices, thin slices, and soya spicy flavoured.
Samgyeopsal or grilled pork belly is a perhaps the most popular choice for Korean BBQ as it can be cooked succulent and juicy, or grilled longer to make it crispier.
Dip the plain ones in sesame oil, or opt for the ssamjang dipping sauce for more flavour.
Chicken Leg Boneless (Soya / Pepper / Spicy)
If you like chicken better, go for the chicken leg meats marinated with fermented soya sauce, with gochujang (red pepper paste) or with pepper.
As these as boneless cuts, you’ll get tender easy-to-eat pieces of chicken ready to be wrapped in fresh lettuce leaves.
Add in some fresh prawns for more variety in your BBQ. These are not prepared in a marinade so you’ll get its natural sweet taste once grilled.
Eat it as is or dipped in some ssamjang, a blend of fermented soy bean paste, red pepper paste, sesame oil, onion, garlic, and green onions.
With your meats in place, you can do a Top Up for $4.00 and get either one of these 6 dishes: Soya Bean Stew, Spicy Tofu Stew, Mixed Vegetable Rice in Stone Bowl, Cold Noodle/Spicy Cold Noodle, Spicy Rice Cake, and Steamed Egg.
Spicy Tofu Stew (Top up $4)
This hearty and spicy tofu stew aka sundubu-jjigae is chockful of ingredients including soft tofu, fresh clams, red and green chilies, green onions, and raw egg.
Spicing up this comforting jjigae are red pepper flakes (gochugaru), making it perfect for cold weather along with steamed white rice and several banchan (side dishes).
Steamed Egg (Top up $4)
Gyeran jim or steamed egg is a classic, piping hot side dish for Korean BBQ so make sure you order this for your top-up.
Feel its velvety soufflé-like texture, created by combining whisked eggs with a flavourful broth then steaming it to the brim of the ttukbaegi (stone bowl).
Korean Cold Noodle (Top up $4)
Mul naengmyeon is a cold noodle dish served in a chilled broth. Originally enjoyed during winter months in Korea, it eventually became a popular summer noodle dish.
It’s recommended you savour this as you finish your Korean BBQ as a pre-dessert dish. Served topped with julienned cucumber and a hard-boiled egg.
Tip: Try the cold broth first before adding some vinegar and mustard for more flavours to your liking.
Korean Spicy Cold Noodle (Top up $4)
Want a spicy version? Order its sibling bibim naengmyeon, also a cold noodle dish.
Like its sibling, it’s also topped with julienned cucumber, hard-boiled egg, and sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds.
Army Stew ($39.80 ala carte, $58.80 for set with pancake and steamed egg, 50% OFF if ordered with BBQ Buffet)
You can order the Army Stew as a single order ($39.80, shareable as it is quite substantial in size) or as a set ($59.80).
Each Army Stew set comes with a bowl of Steamed Egg and your choice of Spring Onion Seafood Pancake, Chive Seafood Pancake, or Kimchi Pancake.
Sharing dishes like Army Stew, Rice Cake Stew, and Spicy Mussel Stew (this one is available only for dinner) are available to complete your Korean BBQ experience.
Budae jjigae is a stew originally created during post-Korean war using American surplus ingredients. ie canned meats (spam), canned baked beans, bacon, hot dogs, sausages, and sliced cheese.
Hello Korean BBQ’s version adds ramyeon noodles, enoki mushrooms, green onions, and red chilies, and certainly very tasty especially towards the end when the soup gets thicker with some sweetness form the baked beans.
All beef dishes and sharing dishes are also at 50% for diners who order the BBQ Buffet.
Make sure to book your table ahead of time as it can get packed, especially during weekends.
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Hello Korean BBQ
46 Circular Road Singapore 049401
Tel: +65 6438 6651
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30am – 2:30pm, Dinner 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sat), 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Sun)
BBQ Buffet available during weekday nights (last order 9pm); and weekend lunch (last order 2pm) and dinner (last order 9pm)
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Hello Korean BBQ.