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We went there for dinner, usually they will reject us because we didn't make any reservation but last Sat we were lucky, we managed to get in as walk-ins. We ordered the dakgalbi (spicy chicken) $15/pax min 2 ppl.I ordered pork bulgogi for my helper, it looks spicy too, but she said it's good.Anyway the dakgalbi comes with the many side dishes. I like the radishes it was nice. My kid love the rice and noodles hehe. The Dakgalbi itself was good, soft and spicy just nice, love it.But since they co
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We went there for dinner, usually they will reject us because we didn't make any reservation but last Sat we were lucky, we managed to get in as walk-ins. We ordered the dakgalbi (spicy chicken) $15/pax min 2 ppl.
I ordered pork bulgogi for my helper, it looks spicy too, but she said it's good.

Anyway the dakgalbi comes with the many side dishes. I like the radishes it was nice. My kid love the rice and noodles hehe. The Dakgalbi itself was good, soft and spicy just nice, love it.
But since they cooked in front of us, after dinner, the whole body smells dakgalbi. But it's worth it!
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2013-09-22 154 views
I have read about this place quite a couple of times before and noticed the good reviews. Hence I jumped at the chance to visit this place for dinner with my family. Luckily I called the day before to book a table because during our course of dinner, a few customers had to be turned away. They had no reservation and the place is fully booked till 9.30 pm. And that's for a thursday night.Even though the place was busy, service was still good and prompt. The wait staff was very happy to top up an
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I have read about this place quite a couple of times before and noticed the good reviews. Hence I jumped at the chance to visit this place for dinner with my family. Luckily I called the day before to book a table because during our course of dinner, a few customers had to be turned away. They had no reservation and the place is fully booked till 9.30 pm.
And that's for a thursday night.
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Even though the place was busy, service was still good and prompt. The wait staff was very happy to top up any of the side dishes (complimentary). The side dishes were all pretty tasty, especially the glass noodles and the kimchi, which is the more fiery type.
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- The side dishes

The seafood pancake was crispy and delicious dipped in the accompanying chilli-sesame sauce. There wasn't much seafood given, just a few prawns.
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- Seafood pancake

The beef short ribs which came sizzling on a hotplate was tender, juicy and well-marinated with a delicious sauce. Do remember to eat them first else the last remaining pieces might start getting charred - unless that's your intention
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- Beef short ribs

We ordered one of the signature dishes, the Suyuk. It is basically pork belly slices with a few vegetables on the side. The waiter enquired if this is the first time we are trying the dish. When we said yes, he proceeded to patiently explain the three different ways you can eat it. Basically there are different combinations of the types of vegetables/dips to go with the pork belly. Interesting. Quite a tasty dish. But since I'm not a particular fan of pork belly, this is not more favourite dish here.
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- Suyuk

Another signature dish, the dakgalbi (spicy grilled chicken) was really spicy but tasty. Tender chicken chunks are cooked in a special chilli sauce with rice cake and assorted vegetables. We opted to have the chef use the remaining sauce/vegetables in the hot pot to cook up a special fried rice (see photo below). Usually the chef cooks it on the spot by the side of your table. But because my young nephew was there, they cooked it in a further corner of the restaurant in consideration of safety.
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- Dakgalbi

The fried rice absorbed the delicious sauces and was very tasty. A highly recommended add-on option to your dakgalbi.
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- Fried rice

The korean food here is pretty good, I'll say. Definitely will be back for repeat visits.

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I am no Korean food veteran, but in the recent months, I have conformed to the social norms and trends, of being all crazed about Korean, well, things. I’m proud to say though, that I haven’t been entirely sucked in. Save for Korean food, I remain clueless to their music, TV or basically any other things. Having only been an amateur, I have found love to Korean food, particularly their BBQ items.Located in the newly developed (food-wise) precinct, Tiong Bahru, it was a chore trying to get seats
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I am no Korean food veteran, but in the recent months, I have conformed to the social norms and trends, of being all crazed about Korean, well, things. I’m proud to say though, that I haven’t been entirely sucked in. Save for Korean food, I remain clueless to their music, TV or basically any other things. Having only been an amateur, I have found love to Korean food, particularly their BBQ items.
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Located in the newly developed (food-wise) precinct, Tiong Bahru, it was a chore trying to get seats around the popular restaurants down the stretch, without a reservation, and BigMama Korean Restaurant was one of them. You ought to know that if you walk in, they will not be able to commit an exact time f0r when the table will be ready.
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Appetizers: Complimentary, as in almost all other Korean Restaurants. Their kimchi is particularly satisfying, what with it being slightly more spicy, and not soggy at all. The rest were forgettable. The appetizers are unlimitedly refillable.
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Dakgalbi ($15+): This pan-fried chicken is one of their signature items. Stated price is for 1 person, and a minimum order for 2 persons is needed. The waitperson would bring out a stove at your table to cook it there and then. Pros and cons. While it’s entertaining to watch the cooking done, the smoke and smell that gets to you might stink your clothes up, though that’s pretty much to-be-expected whilst at a Korean Restaurant with BBQ items. So there, in your face, they would pan-fry the chicken with vegetables, rice cakes, sweet potato, and spicy sauce. I’ve learned that Korean chili are not all that spicy more often than not. And it is true for this dish, in case you are pondering back and forth in fear of spiciness. I would strongly recommend adding Fried Rice ($3+) to the chicken. This is how it works. They would cook the chicken. You eat slightly more than half of them up. They would again, come in to fry the rice with the remaining portion. Seaweeds and seasonings are added in the process. Poof! Comes a better presented and better tasting creation. The seaweed was the most memorable and fragrant. Worth the $3. Otherwise, the Dakgalbi itself did not quite live up to the name of signature dish.
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Dwaeji Moksal Yangnyum Gui ($18+): Grilled, pork collar slices, with Gal-bi seasoning. I held high expectations for this, mainly because I love pork collar, and more so with it grilled. But the meat turned out tougher than assumed, even dry, I’d say. The seasoning was mildly sweet and did not help with the poor quality of meat. Major disappointment.
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Haemul Buchu Jeon ($15+): For a pancake accompanied with chives and seafood to be $15, I thought it too expensive and had better be of top class quality. Unfortunately, it failed to water down the disappointment. The seafood was insufficient and was not distinct at all. We agreed that it was slightly too floury as well.

I have no idea what the hype is about. I had one of their signature dishes, and some other regular items, it couldn’t have been that I had the wrong items. Nevertheless, there is still chance for redemption, if I were to be asked along for a second shot. I would then give them the benefit of the doubt and try other items on the menu. Despite running on full house, service was not compromised. That is at least, commendable.
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2013-09-07 71 views
Bigmama doesn’t have the polished skills of a professional restaurant, which really does resemble home cooking a lot. However the problem is I don’t really have a affinity to Korean home-cooking since I’m Singaporean, so I couldn’t really appreciate the homeliness of the dishes. Also, Bigmama might have tuned a few dishes to suit Singaporean preferences as the taste profile differed from the ones in Korea. It’s a smart business move in a way, but then it starts drifting away from being authentic
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Bigmama doesn’t have the polished skills of a professional restaurant, which really does resemble home cooking a lot. However the problem is I don’t really have a affinity to Korean home-cooking since I’m Singaporean, so I couldn’t really appreciate the homeliness of the dishes. Also, Bigmama might have tuned a few dishes to suit Singaporean preferences as the taste profile differed from the ones in Korea. It’s a smart business move in a way, but then it starts drifting away from being authentic which conflicts the entire style.

In terms of affordability, I don’t think it’s as cheap as some other reviewers put it out to be. The simple menu is also roughly $10-$12 for single portion of mix rice or noodles, which is in the normal restaurant range compared to food court Korean food which is about $7-$8.


For full review and more photos, please visit http://sethlui.com/food-review-bigmama-korean-restaurant/
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Big Mama Korean Restaurant offers a really comfort ‘Home Style’ cooking as the name of the restaurant suggest. They serve many authentic korean food that when you eat you feel like you have a korean mum cooking for you. i like their kimchi omelette. the omelette is not too oily and the kimchi makes the omelette very unique. You can hardly taste the spicyness of the kimchi.Somehow, they complement well together
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Big Mama Korean Restaurant offers a really comfort ‘Home Style’ cooking as the name of the restaurant suggest. They serve many authentic korean food that when you eat you feel like you have a korean mum cooking for you. i like their kimchi omelette. the omelette is not too oily and the kimchi makes the omelette very unique. You can hardly taste the spicyness of the kimchi.Somehow, they complement well together
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The kimchi pancake. it looks very ordinary but it has a uniqyue taste maybe because of the kimchi. i like how the crispyness on the outside. its not too spicy so dont be afraid.Fried rice. See the colour of the rice. Its due to the kimchi. I just love korean food although some may not like it due to its spicyness. but korean food just taste nice with Kimchi. Its the kimchi that makes korean food yum yum
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The kimchi pancake. it looks very ordinary but it has a uniqyue taste maybe because of the kimchi. i like how the crispyness on the outside. its not too spicy so dont be afraid.
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Fried rice. See the colour of the rice. Its due to the kimchi. I just love korean food although some may not like it due to its spicyness. but korean food just taste nice with Kimchi. Its the kimchi that makes korean food yum yum
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Before the recent "Gangnam Style" craze, there was former tutor and caretaker Ji-young Nam Gung - or better known as "Big Mama" cooking up a storm in her humble eatery, located just a stone throw away from Tiong Bahru Plaza. Her authentic home-cooked Korean dishes are a favourite to many, especially Korean students who came to savour a taste of home.Similar to any other Korean restaurants, diners are greeted to an array of assorted banchan (side dishes) to accompany your mains. At Big Mama's, we
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Before the recent "Gangnam Style" craze, there was former tutor and caretaker Ji-young Nam Gung - or better known as "Big Mama" cooking up a storm in her humble eatery, located just a stone throw away from Tiong Bahru Plaza. Her authentic home-cooked Korean dishes are a favourite to many, especially Korean students who came to savour a taste of home.

Similar to any other Korean restaurants, diners are greeted to an array of assorted banchan (side dishes) to accompany your mains. At Big Mama's, we were served with kimchi (traditional fermented vegetables), marinated watercress, crunchy lotus roots, japchae (sweet potato noodles), anchovies and mook (acorn jelly). And the best thing? It is free-of-charge and refillable!
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Yummy japchae - probably my favourite besides kimchi
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Girlfriend Peiyi and I ordered their speciality, Dakgalbi (S$15.00 per pax, min 2) - marinated chicken thigh chunks, chewy rice cakes, sliced cabbages and onions stir-fried together with generous drizzles of condiments and red chilli pepper paste. Additional sides, such as fried rice comes at different prices.
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Don't know how to cook? Fret not, for their service staff are trained to make the simplest ingredients to the signature, mouth-watering Dakgalbi!
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Their Dakgalbi reminded me of the ones I had in Korea a few years back. The well-marinated spicy chicken chunks were incredibly good and tasty, while the rice cakes were so so soft and chewy (I am putting heavy emphasis on "so"). This is definitely one of the best Korean dishes I had in Singapore.

Just a tip - add a bowl of steamed rice and stir fry them together!

"I love it when it is clean" (referring to the dishes), one of the service staff told us with a slight aegyo. And yes, we indeed cleared out every single plate on our tables. Although not an atas restaurant, Big Mama makes authentic and scrumptious Korean dishes without burning a big hole in your wallet.
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