There are Korean Barbecue restaurants in the Tanjong Pagar stretch, but Bukit Timah is also where you can head to for authentic Korean food.
I was introduced by quite a number of K-food lovin’ friends to Go! K-BBQ which has two outlets – at Amoy Street and Bukit Timah Plaza.
One of them went to the extent of saying, ”Once you tried their aged meats, you would just want to eat theirs again.”
Take Exit C – to Jalan Jurong Kechil of Beauty DT5 World MRT; Go! K-BBQ at Bukit Timah Plaza is a 7-minute walk away.
What’s special with Go! K-BBQ Restaurant is its wide array of signature aged meats for Korean BBQ.
Beyond that, it offers a selection of authentic Korean fare and side dishes, from Green Onion Pancake with seafood ($20), Kimchi Pancake with Beef ($20), Bibimbap ($14), Japchae ($16), Kimchi Stew with Pork ($30, $3 for extra noodles), Braised Angus Beef Ribs ($65), to Spicy Baby Octopus & Pork Belly ($28, $38).
Complement your BBQ with a hearty Boo Dae Ji Gae (Army Stew) ($35), Gal Bi Tang (Beef Rib Soup with Ginseng) ($18) good-for-sharing, and an extra-crispy Handmade Pork Donkatsu ($16).
Here they take their aged meats seriously – they even have a prominently visible Meat Aging Room.
For 15 days, the meats are refrigerated without packing at low temperatures. This allows the meat to develop its own unique flavour and makes it extra tender.
Explore these aged meats and taste how tender they are: Jin Gal Bit Sal (Aged Boneless Beef Short Ribs) ($34/150g) and Sam Gyeop Sal (Aged Black Pork Belly) ($24/150g).
A generous 250g portion of balanced-flavoured Wang Yang Nyum Galbi (Aged Marinated Beef Rib) ($38) is also available.
The Gyeop Dae Gi (Holic Pork Skin) ($18/200g) cooked on the flat iron may be eaten on its own or paired with some in-house sauces.
They do have an interesting rule of “first order must be two servings of the same item” – which I am not the biggest fan of.
I guess this is good for the restaurant so that customers do not under-order, but it does limit those who want to try a variety of meat, especially if you come in a pair or small group.
The good thing is: they mention “let the experts handle grilling your meat” as the staff would know the best timing for the barbecuing, and there won’t be under or over-cooking.
Yes, all we need to do is to sit back and relax. Yeah.
If you love deeper, more richer flavours in your meat, then go for this as the aging helps bring out the intensity of the ‘meatiness’, and also cause the textures to be more tender without being overly fatty.
Some may find the prices on the higher side comparatively, and won’t mind having ‘normal’ meats at other restaurants.
At least they do provide a Korean-style salad and steamed egg complimentary.
1 Jin Anak Bukit, #02-24C Bukit Timah Plaza, Singapore 588996
Tel: +65 6219 3141
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
76 Amoy Street, Singapore 069895
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 110pm (Mon – Sat), Closed 5pm – 11pm (Sun)