Makan is at E!GHT

Makan is at E!GHT
The Big Hog Plate ($45) is 360g of lightly seasoned Hungarian Mangalitsa pork belly.
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The variety of Korean food here has certainly expanded since it started gaining traction a decade ago.

From ginseng chicken soup to fried chicken to bingsu, you may never have to go to Korea to enjoy its cuisine.

But the barbecue seems to have endeared itself to Singaporeans more than anything else.

You can enjoy a smokey meal of grilled meats in any corner of the island.

6 best places to satisfy your Korean BBQ cravings in Singapore

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    Let's start on the slightly pricier scale. Famous for their eight-colour sets, which consists of eight different flavours of pork belly, 8 Korean BBQ also serves up some pretty tasty bingsu. That's like the Korean version of ice kacang for those of you who are unacquainted. (Photo: 8 Korean BBQ)

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    For the full eight-colour set it'll cost you about $98 and for the four-colour set (you get to choose four flavours) it'll cost you about $58. Other meats like the ribeye steak, will cost you by weight. 200g of meat will cost you about $38. Once you're done make sure you check try their bimbimbap bingsu, which is a bingsu that's been disguised as a bimbimbap. (Photo: 8 Korean BBQ)

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    Super Star K is one of the few Korean BBQ restaurants to use charcoal as the source of heat for cooking. Apart from their buffet menu which mainly consists of different types of meat like beef, pork and chicken, they also have an a la carte menu. (Photo: Super Star K Korean BBQ Restaurant)

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    Your meat for the buffet can range from $18 to $35 depending on what you get. Most of the chicken options like spicy or soy sauce chicken fall under the $18 category along with pork options like pork bulgoggi or pork belly. The more expensive options are beef, starting at $28 for a plate of grilled beef brisket and $35 for beef ribs. (Photo: Super Star K Korean BBQ Restaurant)

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    Located on the ground floor of Link Hotel in Tiong Bahru, Blue Garden Korean BBQ offers an all-you-can-eat buffet for $19.90+ during lunch and $26.90+ during dinner. Pretty good pricing considering it's an all-you-can-eat. (Photo: Blue Garden Korean BBQ Buffet)

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    The meat here is known for its high quality, according to my friends, and the free flow of sides (including kimchi pancakes, Korean spicy rice cakes aka ddukbokkie (my fav), and a pretty awesome kimchi variety) are definitely a bonus. (Photo: Blue Garden Korean BBQ Buffet)

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    Tucked away in Tanjong Pagar, this KBBQ is probably one of the most popular ones out there, so brace yourselves for the long queue that usually forms during lunch and dinner time. (Photo: 2D1N Soju Bang Korean Restaurant)

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    The pricing here is rather standard, $22 per adult and you'll have access to all the meat that you desire. If the buffet is not enough for you, they offer an ala carte selection as well. (Photo: 2D1N Soju Bang Korean Restaurant)

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    Conveniently located at School Of The Arts (SOTA), it's a popular spot for students because of its super affordable price range. Go for lunch on a weekday and have an all you can eat KBBQ for only $14.

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    Even if you can't make it for lunch, dinner on the weekends is only going to cost you $24.90. Very worth it if you ask me. Oh, and did I mention that you'll get some slightly more premium meats during dinner?

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    If you are not salivating by now, then maybe a $12 Korean BBQ buffet meal might do it for you. It really couldn't get any cheaper than that. Being the sister restaurant to the above, 2D1N Soju Bang, serves up meats that are just as quality as Ssikkek. (Photo: TripAdvisor)

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    If you're in a rut on where to go, and if you don't want to queue up for half an hour then this Korean BBQ won't let you down. (Photo: Ssikkek Korean Grill BBQ Buffet)

One popular player is E!GHT Korean BBQ at The Central in Clarke Quay.

It opened its second outlet in Orchard Road recently and to draw more customers, added new items to the menu.

One element remains though. E!GHT is known for its makgeolli (fermented rice wine). Try the organic honey makgeolli ($35). It's light enough for non-drinkers, but is just enough to ensure your mealtime is a happy one.

The Big Hog Plate ($45) is 360g of lightly seasoned Hungarian Mangalitsa pork belly. It is cubed and tossed on the grill till it is crispy outside but moist inside. Pork lovers will appreciate how smoothly the fats and the meat mix. This is best savoured slowly.

The Chul Pan (hot grill, from $15 a portion) offers meat with vegetables stir-fried on the grill.Photo: The New Paper

Just for lunch, the Chul Pan (hot grill, from $15 a portion) offers meat with vegetables stir-fried on the grill. When you're done, you can add steamed rice to the grill to soak up the spicy sauce. Lunch should end in under an hour, and you'll be back in the office with a full stomach.

The Special Steamed Egg ($12) is a combination of eggs and a fish stock are mixed and whisked over low heat.Photo: The New Paper

Egg dishes are popular, and the Special Steamed Egg ($12) could be the next big hit. Eggs and a fish stock are mixed and whisked over low heat till it fluffs out. It looks light and ethereal but it's a stomach filler. And it makes a wonderful picture for social media.

The army stew is served as part of the 8 Colours Set ($98) at a top-up of $6Photo: The New Paper

The army stew is served as part of the 8 Colours Set ($98) at a top-up of $6, and it is worth the money. I'm such a fan of the spicy/tart kimchi stew. The ingredients do not matter - the highlight here is the instant noodles - but the stew just ties it all up.

The Bimbimbap Bingsu ($28) is not too sweet but the toppingsĀ compensate for that.Photo: The New Paper

For those who need a huge dessert to end the meal, the Bimbimbap Bingsu ($28) will hit the spot. The soft shaved milk ice is thankfully not too sweet but the fruits and bits of candies will compensate for that.

E!GHT Korean BBQ, #04-20/21, Shaw Centre
Opens weekdays 11.30am to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 10.30pm; weekends and public holidays 11.30am to 10.30pm
Tel: 9018-9212

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This article was first published on Dec 22, 2016.
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