Love it or hate it, it’s undeniable that the K-wave is here to stay. From its riveting drama series to catchy pop tunes (accompanied by synchronised dance moves, of course), the popularity of South Korea’s pop culture has boomed in recent years, with millions worldwide lapping up its offerings. But the craze for all things hallyu has now extended beyond the borders of its entertainment scene. Even beauty mavens have jumped on the bandwagon by embracing hanbang (herbal) skincare and elaborate rituals such as the ‘7 skin method‘.
The world of gastronomy, too, has been swept by the K-wave. The past few years have seen a surge in Korean restaurants sprouting up around Singapore, each peddling their own renditions of fried chicken, bibimbap, barbecued meats, and hotpot meals. Some of these spots even follow the tradition of serving banchan — complimentary side dishes that may range from kimchi to beansprouts and anchovies — to ensure you won’t leave hungry.
If your idea of a good time involves wolfing down copious amounts of piquant kimchi, beef bulgogi or Korean-style fried chicken, here’s our pick of 6 of the best Korean restaurants in Singapore to visit. We highly recommend rounding off your meal with some soju or makgeolli (rice wine), just because.
(Main photo: Seorae; Featured photo: iStock)