A couple of weeks ago, I was at Upper Bukit Timah. Remembering the delicious U.D.D.E.R.S. ice cream that Keropokman and Momo bought for us from the Lorong Kilat branch, I went there to satisfy the ice cream craving. But first, dinner.
What caught my eye was this homestyle Korean restaurant that was full of diners – both Koreans and locals. That’s a good sign, right?
After placing my order, the complimentary banchan arrived quickly with a flourish. Dish after dish was plonked onto the table. I thought they made a mistake. All these for me??
They even gave a whole fish! Well, it’s not a big fish, but still, it’s mighty generous for banchan.
I thought it was a one-off thing, but a week later, I came back, and yes, they gave the same number of side dishes. Of all the Korean restaurants I’ve been to in Singapore, I think this place is one of the most generous with side dishes !
The soon dubu chigae was a big, bubbling bowl (more like mini pot) of soft beancurd, egg, prawn, squid, clam, leeks, and some other ingredients I have trouble recalling. The soup was kick-ass spicy! Also, it was infused with the sweetness of the seafood and vegetables.
Advice: Fish the seafood out of the broth when it arrives, otherwise, it continues to cook in the hot clay bowl. Tough seafood isn’t nice to eat.
I think the steamed egg comes with the soon dubu chigae. It was quite tasteless, and the texture a little rough. So I scooped it into the hot, spicy stew broth. Mmm…much better!
On a separate visit, I had the dwenjang chigae (Korean bean paste stew). Yeah, dunno why I was in the mood for stew both times. The dwenjang was kinda blah; the soon dubu was definitely more worth it. But actually, I felt the banchan outshone the stews. 😀
I should be checking this place out in the future. Prices are reasonable and there’s plenty more on the extensive menu to explore.
Kim’s Family Restaurant
17 Lorong Kilat
Tel: (65) 6465 0535
After dinner, I told Keropokman about my find (he lives nearby). He liked it so much he ate here 3 times in the same week! LOL