Walk pass this restaurant at Funan’s basement and you would often find a long line – usually young people, waiting to get in. Ajumma’s has either got the right spot, or there is something about its food.

Good new for people in the West too. Ajumma’s has opened an outlet at Bukit Panjang Plaza 03-10A (The Cathay outlet has ceased operations)

I think they got the correct name as it feels rather amiable (亲切) especially those who keep watching Korean drams. “Ajumma” in Korean means a married, or middle-aged woman, and sometimes can be translated as “aunt” or “grandmother”.

If you are craving for K-comfort in both malls, Ajumma’s is the place to go to for casual Korean dining in Singapore.

Offering casual Korean fare at wallet-friendly price points, Ajumma’s has something to warm your heart and your tummy, like a hot bowl of kimchi broth.

Alternatively, you can always pre-order takeaways for that added convenience.

They have got the staples like classic Korean street food, different cuts of meats, rice and noodle dishes, stews, and meal bundles that won’t hurt your wallet.

Signature items include Beef Kalbi ($14.90), Beef Bulgogi ($10.50), Crispy Samgyeopsal with creamy scrambled eggs and soy-yuja sauce ($13.90), Army Base Stew ($14.90), Kimchi Pork Belly Stew ($14.90), Ginseng Chicken Stew ($19.90), Bibimbap ($11.90), and Fried Chicken & Crispy Toppoki with Sweet-Spicy Sauce ($9.90).

If I were to recommend that one dish, it would be Ajumma’s Jjamppong ($17.90) which has a smoky aroma because the vegetables, seafood and aromatics are tossed into a hot wok before being simmered in a thick broth.

Even though I did a takeaway, I could feel that wok-hei within.

In addition to squid and mussels, they use flower crabs and prawn which contribute to a toasty seafood aroma to the broth.

This is accompanied with fresh hand-made noodles and finished with roasted sesame oil. Note: huge portion too.

Ajumma’s Jjajangmyeon ($11.90) was a bowl of springy noodles accompanied with special jjajang sauce, a combination of tender pork collar, black bean paste, vegetables, all fried into an aromatic paste.

This was not the usual hearty and rustic version, but I didn’t quite mind it.

For their signature Prime Beef Kalbi ($14.90), only USDA Prime Beef is used, marinated in an in-house secret sauce and grilled till smoky. Expect quality tender and succulent bone-less rib meat on your plate.

The Kimchi Fried Rice ($12.90) is prepared with kimchi (the main star), shrimps, assorted herbs, and roasted Korean perilla seaweed.

Served with a topping of fried egg with runny yolk, best to break and mix into your rice for an added silkiness.

I won’t be honest to say that while you won’t get the best-tasting Korean food here, it does serve pretty decent fare for the price, and there are some pretty-tasty items.

Ajumma’s Best Seller Bundle ($35, available exclusive via via Capita3Eats) is highly recommended. Good for 2 persons, this set features their signature Prime Beef Kalbi, Kimchi Fried Rice with Prawns, and Fluffy Steamed Egg.

A bowl of fluffy steamed egg completes the set. This side dish is simple yet feels luscious with its creamy texture and a light clean broth flavour, punctuated with a whiff of sesame oil.

Even if you are not ordering the set, always get an order of the Steamed Egg.

Ajumma’s – Funan
Funan B1-31, 107 North Bridge Rd, #B1-31 Funan Mall, Singapore 179105
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Order from: https://order.capita3eats.com/ajummas
(FREE delivery with a min. spend of $30)

Ajumma’s – Bukit Panjang
1 Jelebu Road 03-10A Bukit Panjang Plaza Singapore 677743
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)

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