i am not talking about de food you get in food court – de hotplate beef or chicken or de kimchi tofu soup – those i can eat. i was introduced to hyang-to-gol by my friend, L, which is supposedly de authentic korean food in singapore. seeing de numbers of koreans in de restaurant, i would reckon so. however if this is really truly authentic korean food, i really dun think i like it v much.
first, we got an array of banchan – side dishes – i think we got about 10 dishes. these banchan varies daily. de ones that we got were alright for me. they are not de best that i have. de kimchi, potato salad and preserved spinach were good for me.
de next dish we got was de bbq marinated short rib. i quite enjoyed this dish. however i would have enjoyed more if i am de one who did de barbecue-ing. de thing about hyang-to-gol is de waitress loves to cook your food. this resulted in overcooked meat. thus i find de beef ended up tough and chewy, and de marinate is too salty for me (it was fine for L). de reason why i still enjoyed it was de accompanying leaf which i used to wrap de leaf. de leaf adds a refreshing touch to de overcooked meat.
de next dish we ordered was L’s favourite rice cake. it was good. even though it was abit too spicy for me, i love de rice cake – they are chewy, al-dente. they have de perfect texture and definitely not overcooked (as compared to de beef).
L also introduced me to her favourite soup – seafood fermented bean soup. ITS A KILLER!!! i meant it in a bad way. this cannot be compared to taiwan smelly beancurd. it made de latter pale in comparison. in my terms, de soup is inedible. i really tried to drink more of it and hoping de taste (and smell) will grow onto me. no no no. nothing works for me (FYI L took my share of de soup).
de last dish we had was my request – seafood pancake. i love korean seafood pancake. de one hyang-to-gol served is HUGE. it was way too much for two people who just de above list of food. that being said, i still managed to finish a slice and a half. and it was favourite dish of de night.
one thing you need to know about hyang-to-gol – they served desserts – sort of. i am not sure if they do that in korea but over here you get a cup of cold super sweet red date water and pieces of fruits.
i really do not want to dismiss korean food just like that. especially hyang-to-gol – where people i know who went there, and liked de place. i went back to hyang-to-gol for my birthday celebration. results? despite de beer, i am still not a happy camper. of course this time i enjoyed de soup ALOT more but i will not be drawn to come back. unless i have a huge craving for seafood pancake and rice cake, de chances of me going back to hyang-to-gol is small. tiny.hyang-to-gol 165 tanjong pagar road 2nd floor amara hotel +65-68792555 open daily – 11.30am–3pm, 6pm–10.30pm