The historic summit on June 12 between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore could have the potential to be one of the world’s largest peace talks.
As we anticipate the fast-reaching summit, how about trying out some Korean-American fusion dishes? Singapore is beginning to see more restaurants popping up that cater this fusion cuisine. Check out our top restaurants in Singapore to get your Korean fusion fix!
This restaurant is inspired by the cosmopolitan food markets in New York City. Besides Korean fusion, diners can also chow down on Tex-Mex and Vietnamese food.
Menu items include Rosti & Beef ($10.90), with pan-fried rosti topped with beef bulgogi; and Party In New York ($30.90), a surf and turf platter with prawns, fried chicken tenders, grilled sausage, pineapple, corn, crinkle-cut fries and garlic bread sticks.
A Korean-Italian dish – Pasta de Dakgalbi ($16.90) – features spaghetti and dakgalbi (Korean spicy stir-fried chicken) coated in melted mozzarella.
Westgate Mall, #01-08, 3 Gateway Drive, 608532
Vatos Urban Tacos originates from Seoul, and it is best known for its Korean-Mexican cuisine, especially its tacos.
Highlights include Korean pork belly tacos ($10 or $14); galbi short rib tacos ($12 or $17); kimchi pork quesadillas ($18); and kimchi carnitas fries ($16), which are seasoned French fries covered with braised pork carnitas, sauteed kimchi, melted cheese, and topped with sour cream, hot sauce, coriander leaves and onions.
For drinks, Vatos offers makgeolitas ($26), where tequila meets makgeolli (Korean rice wine) in a selection of flavours – passionfruit, peach, and mango.
36 Beach Rd, 189677
The local burger restaurant mixes the iconic American burger with a wide variety of Korean influences.
Check out the Pork Gochujang Burger ($9.90), a Korea-inspired pork patty with kimchi and cucumbers, topped with spicy gochujang sauce. Pair it with kimchi cheese fries ($8).
5 Changi Business Park Central 1, #01-43, 486038
After the success of Korean fried chicken brand Bonchon in South Korea in 2002, it opened its first overseas location in 2006, in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
Soon after, Bonchon entered New York City and opened its flagship restaurant in the heart of Manhattan. It opened in Singapore in 2011, and currently has four outlets.
Besides its signature fried chicken (from $8.90), the menu also offers bibimbap (from $14.90), spicy ramyeon (from $9.90), and soju cocktails ($12.50).
Various locations across the island, click here to see a full list
Korean pizza chain Pizza Maru, which has more than 650 outlets in South Korea, the United States, and China, opened in Singapore at the end of last year (2017).
Highlights in the Premium Pizza range include the Korean Surf ‘n’ Turf (from $19.80), a blend of East-meets-West flavours boasting Korean-style beef and shrimps atop a bed of greens lined with sweet ranch sauce accompanied by sour cream and mozzarella cheese; and Mango Ocean (from $19.80) comprises mango chunks, with shrimps and scallops on the crispy bread base.
Another must-try is the Real BBQ Chicago Pizza, made with fibre-packed black rice dough and stuffed with creamy double mozzarella cheese, string cheese and cream cheese mousse and served with chicken leg bits.
Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street, 188067
By Eunice Quek; This article first appeared on The Straits Times, May 2018.
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