You Can Be My 슈퍼스타 !
The title of this post “You Can Be My 슈퍼스타 (Superstar) !” is aptly given because the restaurant’s name Super Star K has become our favourite place for Korean BBQ – the reason being value for money and it opens till late which fits our late night dinner (after work) schedule. The service is attentive and friendly enough; the restaurant serves very good Banchan 반찬 which keeps being filled upon requests. We have never been disappointed even after many visits so Valerie decided to mark our presence here.
How we found the place – On weekdays, Sejong Korean Language School (Singapore) ends at 9.30pm, and by the time we’ve cleaned up the school, it is quite late for a proper dinner, especially in the CBD (Central Business District) area. We were lucky to have found this Korean BBQ restaurant by chance, which caters mainly to Korean expatriates in Singapore, still operating when we were hungry.
Korean BBQ refers to the Korean method of grilling beef, pork, chicken or other types of meat. Some restaurants include seafood and hotpots on their menu. Almost all Korean BBQ restaurants will serve you a variety of banchan and here we have Gaerun Jim 계란찜 (recipe below) which is a real gem – bubbling hot when served.
Super Star K do not marinate their beef. We dip them with a bit of salt, pepper and sesame oil and they taste like juicy mini steaks. As for the pork items, we wrapped in lettuce on a bed of rice, a few slices of onions, garlic and some bean paste.
Ssikkek Korean BBQ Buffet Restaurant (pictured below), however, let us pan-fry our meats and seafood on gas stoves that are built into the table itself. Here, the meats here are marinated with a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic and pepper. They also have extensive hot foods on their buffet menu. This is a very affordable Korean BBQ restaurant in Singapore with “All You Can Eat” prices ranging $12++ for lunch and $22++ the last time we visited. However, there’s a levy for food wastage so take what you can eat and go for many small refills instead.
Hwaro Korean BBQ Restaurant in Melbourne is famous for it’s Spicy Pork Belly 돼지 불고기 – pork belly marinated in sauces based on “Gochujang 고추장” hot pepper paste and/or “Gochugaru 고추가루” (Korean dried red chilli pepper powder), as seen in the lowest bottom right hand corner in the picture above. Ox Tongue and L.A. Ribs are also our favourite items on the menu. The steamed rice served in Hwaro Melbourne contained some black rice rendering a purplish hue when cooked. Hwaro is one of the best places to go for Korean BBQ although I do find it a bit pricey.
The 3 restaurants above are our favourite places for Korean BBQ depanding on our location and budget. All said, Super Star K has our votes hand down… Yes, this restaurant is definitely our 슈퍼스타 when it comes to Korean BBQ!
Gaerun Jjim 계란찜 (Korean steamed egg casserole) Recipe (serves 1-2):
3 Eggs (egg size 50g – 70g each).
1 Egg Yolk.
1-1½ cup Chicken Broth (canned or if using fresh, add slightly more fish sauce).
1 teaspoon Fish Sauce (Light Soy Sauce or ½ teaspoon Salt, if fish sauce is not available).
1 tablespoon Scallions, minced (more for garnishing), optional.
1. Heat broth in an earthern/stone pot till simmering hot on medium high heat.
2. Beat eggs and yolk together with half of the minced scallions and the fish sauce.
3. Pour the beaten egg mixture into the simmering broth. Lower heat and stir for 15 seconds to mix well.
4. Cover the pot and simmer for 4-7 minutes or until egg is cooked. Test by sticking a fork into the casserole to see if it’s cooked all the way through. If it’s slightly runny, just turn off the heat, keep covered and let the residual heat cook it through for a couple more minutes.
5. Garnish with more scallions and serve with steamed rice.
P.S. If you like a dome shaped mound for this dish, you will need a dome shaped cover for your your earthern pot. In step 3 of Method, keep stirring the egg and broth mixture using scooping action until the eggs are coagulated. Once the egg mixture is almost firm, cover the pot. The heat will “push” the egg up against the cover and takes the shape of the mound. See the pictures for comparison. You can click here to see a video on how to create the dome shape Gaerun Jim but it is in Korean and quite lengthy.
맛있게 드세요 (Enjoy your meal but literally meaning “please eat deliciously”)
Super Star K
75 Tanjong Pagar Rd
Phone:(+65) 6224 0504
Opening hours:1130am-2.30pm and 5.30pm-11pm
Closed on Monday
Ssikkek Korean Grill BBQ
275 Thomson Road
#01-01/02 Novena Ville
Tel: +65 6254 8123
Daily: 11.30am–2.30pm and 5pm–10.30pm
Weekday Lunch $12.00+, Dinner $22.00+
Weekend Lunch $22.00+, Dinner $22.00+
Melbourne Hwaro Korean BBQ
Address: 562 Little Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Phone:+61 3 9642 5696
Hours: Sunday hours 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Transit: Lonsdale St/William Street
Happy eating 🙂