While I still haven't got over the exhilaration of the superbly delicious dining experience at Kimchi Korean Restaurant in Suntec City Mall, the boss Haden Hee (whom fellow blogger, Nat, described as devastatingly handsome) already has another ingenious idea up his sleeve. Said to be do-it-yourself (DIY) bibimbap in Singaporean way, it could very well revolutionize the way we've always enjoyed Korean food. Good things are meant to be shared: Find it at Kimchi Xpress within the Food Republic foodcourt at Shaw House (Lido Orchard).
(Read: Kimchi Korean Restaurant @ Suntec City Mall ~ Simply Delicious!)
The concept brilliantly marries the best of two cultures. Just like our local Chinese economic rice stall where a variety of cooked meat and vegetable are laid out, we just point and choose the dishes we want. The server will then heat up our selection together with choice of white rice or kimchi fried rice in a hot stone bowl.
Each bowl takes only a few minutes to be ready, perfect if you're looking for a quick meal during lunch hour or grabbing a bite before a movie.
Prices starts from $5.80 (3 vegetables + rice), $6.20 (1 vegetable + 1 meat + rice) and $7.80 (2 vegetables + 1 meat + rice), with the option of upgrading it to a set (with ginseng chicken soup and kimchi) or kimchi fried rice at an additional $1.
I had a hard time choosing what I wanted because gluttonous me wanted it all lol! Beef Bulgogi, Pork Bulgogi, Squid Bulgogi, Spicy Fried Chicken, Garlic Fried Chicken, Japchae, Stir-fried Kimchi with Tuna, Potato, White Radish, Scrambled Egg, Zucchini are among the dishes you'd salivate over.
If the DIY bibimbap idea sounds good, the taste is even better. We love the medley of garlic fried chicken, squid bulgogi, soft scrambled eggs and white rice mixed with generous douse of bibimjang (spicy bibimbap chilli paste). The sizzling hot stone bowl kept the food warm and gave a crusted rice layer at the bottom which added notes of crispiness to the overall texture. Very nice!
The beef bulgogi suffered from the fate of being a tad overdone after being 'cooked' twice, but was still a comforting pairing with kimchi fried rice. I was halfway through it when I looked at Nat and said, "I wish I can add a raw egg to it!" That would make it near perfect, don't you think so too?
I must say I absolutely adore this DIY bibimbap concept. What we get is customized piping hot delicious Korean food at foodcourt prices with quick service. Presentation was visually appealing and portion was hearty. My guess is that those customers at Kimchi Xpress have the same thoughts too. The perpetual queue has already spoken for itself.
Kimchi Xpress might just give the other conventional Korean food stalls a run for their money.
Address: 350 Orchard Road, Shaw House Basement (inside Food Republic), Singapore 238868
Opening Hours: Daily 10am-10pm