Singapore - Korean Lunch at Auntie Kim's
Those of you who remembered the old PSA Building's clunky podium block will be surprised to see its bustling, sunny new reincarnation called the ARC, replete with new eateries: Sugar N Spice, Bistroquet, a branch of the famed Hock Lam beef noodles chain, and Auntie Kim's Korean. Gone was the old Harbour City Chinese restaurant, which used to churn out its famous walnut cookies during the Chinese mooncake festival each year.
We chose Korean for lunch this time round and, boy, I forgot how *good* Korean food can be in Singapore, after the tepid versions I find in Kuala Lumpur. Every single dish we had was well-executed and authentic to a 't'. Unlike the difficulties I faced linguistically during my visit to Korea recently, no such problems here in Singapore as the all-Korean service staff all spoke English.
What we had:
- Kimchi bokumbab - kim chi fried rice with chicken, topped with a fried egg
- Soondae gookbab - pig's offal soup, including large intestines stuffed with glass noodles.
- Pajeon - leek & octopus pancakes
- Kalbi bulgogi - barbecued beef-ribs
Finished off the satisfying meal with shikye, a fermented rice drink.
Auntie Kim's Korean Restaurant
Alexandra Retail Centre (ARC)
#02-21 PSA Building
460 Alexandra Road
Tel: +65 6274 3383
Yes, the "ajuma" from Upper Thomson Road has expanded her wings to the large Mapletree Business Park area on Alexandra Road. BTW, I think PSA Building's now more accessible because of the new Labrador Park MRT subway station.
But I do miss the wonderful local coffee from the kopitiam on the 2nd floor of the old podium block. Things never stay the same for long in Singapore, do they? :-(
I'm not an especially big meat (especially beef) eater, so I may not be the best person to recommend Korean BBQ places to you. The most popular Korean BBQ spot which I know of (I'd only been there a couple of times in the last 3 years or so) is Chang at Dempsey Road:
We could have used this post when we were in Singapore over NYE 2012 and my bro and SIL were craving Korean food after all the NYE festivities. I can't remember where we went, but it was not good. But, there was soju, which dulled our senses. We don't care about authenticity, but rather, seek good flavors.
Why is it that everytime I check out the SEA board, I see your posts and find myself drooling and dreaming of our next trip out there?