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May 10, 2015

Bornga, Singapore…restaurant was not on top form

bornga beef

bornga

Like all others korean barbecue restaurant, Bornga has similar ambience when you enter the restaurant. You can smell all meats burnt in charcoal grills. If only eating there wasn’t so knackering. Gosh but there’s a lot of admin with Korean food. Everything has to be dredged or dipped and rolled and dipped again. Fiddle here. Turn there. Flip this

The Dawaeji gohchuujang bbq (spicy pork fire-grilled) was hard and dry.  We also had the Woo samgyup (thinly sliced beef brisket dressed with born-ga’s special sauce). Marbled with connective tissue and fat, it’s damn difficult to cook brisket so that it’s tender yet moist and flavoursome. I swear blind by the superior Yangnyum dwaeji galbi (chewy pork ribs marinated with special house sauce to create an enhanced taste). Once you order other dishes — especially barbecue — you risk being inundated with so many plates you won’t be able to pay the haemul pajeon (pancake made from scallions n a variety of seafood) the attention it deserves

The busy restaurant took its toll on the staff, who weren’t as efficient as some other such restaurant we’ve been. Bornga wasn’t on top form, but it certainly still draws a crowd. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

 

July 25, 2010

Chung Jin Restaurant, Seoul…mouthwatering Korean BBQ grilled pork will leave you wanting more.

5+ STARS!!!!!. This place has the best dishes. The interiors are very very basic filled with basic tables, chairs and decor. We called to ask for directions to the restaurant and within minutes of the teleconversation, they’d sent us an sms/text message to say they are looking forward to welcoming us. This is a DIY restaurant, where we grill the slices of belly pork and squid, marinated with red-pepper paste.

Side dishes included lettuce and other tender leafy vegetable, which are used to wrap the Daeji bulgogi and then eaten in all of it’s delicious glory! Of course rice and kimchi are also served. It’s all very hearty and boldly flavoured.

I  would rate the decor/first impression as a 2.5 However the service and foods are a 5+ stars. Price and portion is really reasonable. Authentic Korean food right here. This is the true truth and I still say it as it is…

May 18, 2010

Ju Shin Jung, Singapore…pricey, but Korean Charcoal BBQ at its best

This is absolute the best Korean BBQ place I’ve ever been to outside of South korea. It’s not cheap, but it’s DELICIOUS!!!

Had the Black angus beef ribs. Add garlic (only for the brave hearted)  and a bite of the tender meat + fresh lettuce made me feel like I’ve died and gone to BBQ beef heaven…well back to reality, the seasoning was good enough to make us scrape the chared grill plates craving for more. Equally heartwarming was the marinade chicken legs. Warning- the small unseeming garlic piece can numb your whole palate for 60 secs (while drowning down half a reservoir of ice water).

To mention, is also a novelty, which are the capsule tissues which requires you to pour water on it, to turn into normal wet paper towels. A nice touch at the end is the heart shaped watermelons which are very sweet.

I also will say, I’ve had loads of Korean food, from many a Korean restaurant. I’ve spent much time in Seoul, at various bbq places out there. So I think I have some decent means for comparison. My family and I sat around saying “Why do we not come here more often??? It’s soooo GOOOOOD!!!” This is absolute the true truth and I say it as it is.

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