Manna Korean Restaurant (Takashimaya Food Village)

I’m obsessed with Korean food. In fact, I love it so much I could eat it everyday. It’s a good thing the recent interest in Korean culture has resulted in a mushrooming of Korean restaurants and food stalls in Singapore.

Unfortunately, the range is still limited. There’s a lot more to Korean food than bulgogi and BBQ meats! And only at the Korean restaurants can you get authentic-tasting cuisine; most of the foodcourt stalls are pathetic copycats.

Dolsot Bibimbap (S$8.80).

An exception is the food stall at Takashimaya Food Village. Run by the people of Manna Korean Restaurant (the owners are Korean natives) at Telok Ayer Street, the food here is of a higher standard, though in no way as good as that of the restaurant.

Spinach, beansprout, mushroom, carrot, and radish = healthy greens.

One of their bestsellers is the dolsot bibimbap. Dolsot is “stone pot”, while bibimbap is “mixed rice”. Bibimbap can be served in a normal bowl, but I prefer it in dolsot.

What happens is that they heat up the stone pot till really hot, then add rice and top with a raw egg, cooked vegetables, meat (omit for the vegetarian version), and gochujang (hot pepper paste). The hot dolsot forms a lovely rice crust, and as you mix everything up, the heat cooks the egg. Retaining its heat for ages, your rice stays piping hot till the end of the meal. Lovely!

I’m so happy I need only fork out S$8.80 here for a decent dolsot bibimbap instead of S$15.00++ for the same thing at a restaurant.

Notice something missing in the dolsot bibimbap? Yup, it’s gochujang. By the time I realized I had forgotten to add hot pepper paste, R and I had already scoffed down half the rice. No wonder it didn’t taste as shiok (local slang for “fantastic”). Both of us were too lazy to go back for it. Note to self: Next time, remember the gochujang!

Soup and side dishes for the bibimbap.

The dolsot bibimbap comes with a bowl of eggdrop soup and three banchan (side dishes) of Chinese cabbage kimchi, dried anchovies, and cucumber kimchi.

Dak Gom Tang (S$8.80).

I had not tried this on previous visits. Turned out to be shredded chicken with sweet potato vermicelli in broth. A very simple soup, the broth was light but flavorful. Gom tang is supposedly made by boiling beef brisket, bones, and tripe together for hours to produce a rich broth. I learnt later that Koreans usually eat this by mixing rice together with the soup.

The dak gom tang comes with a bowl of rice and side dishes. I thought it was unimpressive. Might probably yearn for this if I’m nursing a cold.

Manna also offers the stews, noodle dishes, and of course, the familiar hotplate meats and bulgogi. For the really good stuff, go to the full-service restaurant at Telok Ayer Street, where the service and quality of the food are notches higher, with corresponding prices to match.

Manna Korean Restaurant
(booth at Takashimaya Food Village)
391 Orchard Road
Basement 2
Singapore 238872

cheers!

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Comments

  1. Shirley says

    Hi Julia,
    The sweet potato vermicelli looks like shark fins! Bibimpap looks good; I should try the dolsot ones because those in the normal bowls do get cold very quickly. I have tried the spicy beef in broth with rice. What is the Korean name for that? I can never remember them…Anyway, it was good too.

  2. michelle says

    Hello, am so glad you’re back with the wonderful reviews. Its a joy reading your reviews! Thank you. : )

  3. szemin says

    the bimbibap at junction 8 food court is also yummy. they serve the egg raw.. on the hot stone pot as well. yummy! 6 i think.. might wanna try it!

  4. Yu Yo-Geum says

    dear julia,
    i m currently writing a simple academic paper abt Korean Food among the eyes of Malaysian and Singaporean. i had read some of ur blogs recommended korean food available in Singapore.r u doing some studies such as korean language or korean culture right now?cz i see u r doin quite well in order to introduce the food.well done!anyway, i didn’t know that there are more Korean restaurant/stalls available in Singapore as i only saw a few korean cuisine stall available at those food court in shopping complexes like Bugis Junction.Well i think nex time i shld have stay in sg for a longer time to explore more.In Malaysia,there is a so called Korean Village in Ampang which the whole area is covered by korean restaurants, korean supermarts, supermarkets, korean book stores, etc.As i see, Korean restaurants are not so many in sg,thanks for promoting korean food and let the others to know more abt korean food!well done and keep it up! 🙂