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Korean BBQ Restaurant Manbok Galbi

15 February 2012 One Comment

Manbok Galbi Korean BBQ Tanjong Pagar

Boy, aren’t we delighted to find this place.

Certain crew members of ours are huge fans of Korean style BBQ. To satisfy their constant craving for more lettuce-wrapped grilled meats, they have developed a habit of noting down any Korean BBQ restaurants they see, then making a point to visit them at a later date.

This obsession has several obvious drawbacks. First, these crew members have uncompromisingly high standards when it comes to their favourite dish. Second, the risks of having pot bellies and clogged arteries have increased significantly. Third and most importantly, as Korean cuisine is often seen as an upmarket choice, eating Korean BBQ on a regular basis is likely to burn a big hole in anyone’s wallet.

Fortunately, the increasing popularity of Korean food in Singapore means that there is now a good selection of Korean BBQ restaurants around.

Manbok Korean BBQ interior

Interior of the restaurant

Several days ago, while conversing with a fellow Korean BBQ lover, we learnt about Manbok, which our source claims to offer an authentic Korean BBQ experience on a reasonable budget. Gathering several friends (Korean BBQ is most satisfying when eaten as a group), the crew set out to try Manbok.

At a glance, it was evident that Manbok’s owners paid a lot of attention to the little details that make up an authentic Korean style BBQ. Each table was equipped with a smoke suction device, which worked great in preventing us from smelling like roasted meat at the end of our dinner. Complementary side dishes, or banchan, were served free flow, just as is the case in Korea. Our favourites are the kimchi and dried seaweed. It was also interesting to note that all the service staff on duty that night were Korean.

Korean BBQ table with banchan

Our table being set up, note the smoke vent and red-hot charcoal burning

The meat of choice was the 2mm pork slices, the most value-for-money on the menu (SGD 13 – with a minimum order of 2 portions). We also tried a portion of the beef (SGD 37), which comparatively was more expensive. One thing though, the beef was tender and well marinated. Everything on our table was cooked on top of charcoal grill, adding that distinguishable charcoal aroma. Accompanying fresh vegetables, such as lettuce and chilli peppers, are served free flow and topped up on request.

2mm pork slices

A plate of beautifully curled thin pork slices

Manbok galbi korean BBQ

The excellent BBQ aside, Manbok also serves a range of Korean dishes, such as kimchi stew/soup, kimchi pancake and soju (SGD 18).

Travel Info

Korean BBQ Restaurant Manbok Galbi
63 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088484
Tel: (65) 6221 9942

Business hours (daily) 11.00 – 24.00*

* As listed on their business card. In practice, they are closed between 2pm and 6pm.

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