Kim's Family Restaurant

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?

So many banchan (side dishes)!

So many banchan (side dishes)!

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??

Poached salted fish

Poached fish, slightly salted and topped with spicy dressing.

They even gave a whole fish! Well, it’s not a big fish, but still, it’s mighty generous for banchan.

Clockwise from one o'clock: kimchi pancake; fried anchovies; lettuce with sweet spicy dressing; fried tofu.

Clockwise from one o'clock: kimchi pancake; fried anchovies; lettuce with sweet spicy dressing; fried tofu.

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 !

Soon dubu chigae (tofu stew), S$11.00.

Soon dubu chigae (tofu stew), S$11.00.

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.

Steamed egg.

Steamed egg.

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.

Young artist at work.

Young artist at work.

Wah...cheem!

Wah...cheem!

Are they missing some letters?

Are they missing some letters?

Kim’s Family Restaurant
17 Lorong Kilat
#01-06
Singapore 598139
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

Check out his posts: Visit 1 and visit 2

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Comments

  1. Betty says

    I enjoyed this entry very much. When at Korean Restaurant there octopus dishes which I like but unable to eat due to at time it turn out too tough for me to chew it. Maybe it my dental work or not. Perfer it slice thin but unable to find it. Never the less enjoy Korean food. Their jar jang mein with the black bean sauce is what I always ordered with other food.

  2. says

    My friend recommended me this place as well. Sounds like a worthy place to visit for some real home cooked korean food. Any chance they serve Ginseng Chicken Soup?

  3. shianyee says

    i love this restaurant! i have been there 2 times already.
    unlimited refill of side-dishes tooo! (winks)