Its funny how I'm writing this now given where I'm heading next (Major leak!), but Korean bbq has always been enticing for me. Think sizzling meat and boiling stews; what's not to like? While I haven't been to many of them, the one that I can count on for returns visits got to be Wang Dae Bak.
With one outlet at China Square (and another along Amoy Street), the popular place is hard to walk-in on weekends. Decor was really simple and raw; drum barrels as seats (doubling up as storage for your bags), shiny metalic tables and black-painted cooker hood. Place your order and watch the staff work in a jiffy.
As with all Korean meals, the accompanying small dishes are good enough to be a meal on thier own. The selections here are pretty wide, always seeing different dishes on my multiple visits. Our favourites were the mashed potato ball, sausages with beans and stewed beancurd skins that kept us munching throughout. Oh yes, chilled tea is complimentary and refillable too.
Bottled Hite - Large ($10.00)
A boys' night out calls for a beer. Actually any nights out with korean bqq should call fora beer. The Korean classic was nicely chilled, light and smooth to pair with what comes next. I forgot to take a proper photo of the egg mixture (peeking out in the corner) that they poured into the mini dam, making a really good fluffy ommelette after some time.
If you love your processed meat and instant noodles, this got to be the ultimate comfort food. With generous amount of sliced luncheon meat, sausage and pork belly within, the huge pan of tomato and bean-based soup is excellent to be shared, with everyone eventually attacking the springy noodles. Top up one more noodle cake if it ain't enough!
The other one is a sharing essential as well, having a crispy exterior with soft, floury inside, filled with handfuls of chives and seafood mix (think prawns, oysters and clams) that make every bite flavourful.
Pork Belly ($20.00), Beef Short Ribs ($28.00)
With the oh glorious meat being nicely marbled and fresh, rendering them juicy and tender was just a matter of timing on the hot grill as we DIYed to our liking. Good things do come in small packages.
Total bill for 3 was $130.65 after taxes. Not the cheapest Korean BBQ around but given the quality and portion (of the stew and pancake, not meat frankly), it was indeed a tasty treat. Need another bout of meat and beer soon.
Wang Dae Bak Korean BBQ Restaurant
#01-64, China Square Central
22 Cross Street
Tel: 6225 2646
Taken with HTC One