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My second foray into Korean food - a very late dinner at Auntie Kim's one weekday night. I've heard many good things about Auntie Kim's and since my last visit to Nul Bom was less then ideal, I thought it would be nice to explore new Korean places.
Located within a row of shophouses along Upper Thomson Road, Auntie Kim's interior is rather smallish and elegant with its dark wooden tables set against light coloured walls. Korean music lingers in the background and service is extended by waiters in black suits and waitresses in traditional Korean costumes.
I didn't find any of the side dishes particularly outstanding or lousy for that matter. There was the usual kimchi, beansprouts and anchovies which I'm beginning to feel that they taste almost the same everywhere. But as mentioned before in my entry on Nul Bom, I do appreciate the variety.
Yookgae Jang - Spicy Beef & Scallion Soup - This dish looked really really spicy with its intense reddish colour. However, that was just a facade. Even someone who can't really take spicy stuff, like me, could take it without so much as breaking out in sweat. I personally found the soup rather bland and the beef slices were a tad too tough and overcooked for my liking.
So Jungsik - Hotplate Beef - The beef was overcooked but still decently tender probably due to it being thinly sliced. I found it too sweet for my liking but maybe that's how Koreans eat it. I like the few strands of golden mushroom that came with it though, crunchy and breaking the monotony of just chewing through meat.
Dessert - This came complimentary and I honestly don't know whats in it. To me it was just a chilled drink which reeked strongly of Cinammon. Definitely not my idea of a sweet ending.
We paid about $35 for a rather filling dinner (thanks to the sides) but after having tried out Korean food for a second time, I still dont find myself taking to it. Is it just me or have I been ordering the wrong things or going to the wrong places?
See all my pictures here.
Authentic Korean food cooked by Korean chef. Price is reasonable and portion suited for one person. They serve mostly pre-cooked Korean dishes. No BBQ dishes. Bulgogi is pre-cooked and tasty. Propably one of the most tastiest I have tried. Priced at S$16.00, it is certainly value for money!
The Kimchi soup (Yookgae jang) is also delicious. Again the portion is just nice. The only problem we had with it was that it was slightly too oily for us. But then again, there might be others who like it.
The rice tea goes very well with the food and the kimchi is just right. The staffs are friendly and helpful.
Also a must mention is that they have Korean rice cakes for sale. So if you like rice cakes, this is the place to visit. If you come by late enough (about 8pm to 9pm), you might even be able to get a discount for the rice cakes (no guarantees!).
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