How the Korean Frenzy Is Changing Singapore Foodscape


02 Oct

It is fair enough to call it a modern day global phenomenon. The rising appeal of anything Korean on various race, culture and age-group is quite simple astonishing. And seemingly, it is not just a passing trend and can actually be more appropriately refer to as a universal frenzy.

One only has to look at the many changes that this Korean rage has cultivated. Anywhere we look, there is a Korean shop, a Korean film or movie, a Korean star in poster and billboards. And quite literally anywhere in the world, there are actual Koreans. Whether students, professionals, resident or tourists, Koreans have flocked in many corners of the globe.

And a major part of this trend is a gradually developing Korean commercial industry, that is, stores, shops, restaurants that offer Korean items and food or how Korean cuisines are now being integrated into many popular foreign food. 

Popular Korean Main Course 

In Singapore for instance, there are more than dozen Korean food joints in the main commercial center. In the last five years, Korean restaurants have popped up here and there, Korean food products now flood the market, department stores and grocery on top of stalls and carts that can be found anywhere in the metro.

But perhaps the most proof of how far the Korean rage has penetrated modern society is how it has become a staple of many food services. For instance, the Korean BBQ in Singapore has become not just a standard offering in many Korean restaurants but it has become a standard and popular choice in other non-Korean restaurants as well.  It is in fact one of the most preferred meals in almost any regular menus across the country.

But more than that, the Korean bbq has also become a staple of many catering services in Singapore. A number of catering services offer Korean BBQ buffet in Singapore in many events whether formal or informal gatherings, social or exclusive corporate affairs, family or group event, even weddings, birthdays and other celebrations.

Korean Health and Sweet Options 

and In addition to the Korean bbq, there is also the Korean fried chicken, Also known as the Korean dakgabli, it is made of a spicy, marinated, stir-fried chicken as main course complemented with gochujang-based sauce, sweet potatoes, cabbage, lettuce, perilla leaves, scallions and rice cake. Even healthy meal sets now come with Korean variants that include Korean stem in combo with mixed grain rice, evergreen vegetables, steamed fish, vegetable chopseuy, tofu, broccoli, whole grain noodles and mushroom. 

Korean cuisines even have their own special dessert. The Korean bingsu in Singapore is a type of shaved iced dessert which is made from red bean paste,  condensed milk, Korean rice cake and ground nut powder with minimal sweetener. In order to compensate for this lack of sweet taste, many restaurant in Singapore offer the bingsu in combination with regular favorites. For instance, a choco-banana bingsu is usually a sweetened mix of Western chocolate and banana recipe with Korean ice cream.  Meanwhile, a mango bingsu is a syrupy combination of Eastern mango slices on Korean shaved cream topped by choice syrup flavors. 

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