As I was drafting this post on Dookki Singapore, my Korean colleague sent me a text.
"Found a great tteokbokki restaurant! It's really nice! I recommend you to visit!"
A "thumbs-up guarantee + chop" from a Korean herself? I could feel her delight and it was easy to understand her excitement. My friends and I had visited Dookki a week earlier and thoroughly enjoyed our dinner there too.
Opened just two weeks ago in Suntec City and the first of its kind in Singapore, Dookki is a Korean tteokbokki (rice cake) buffet concept restaurant from South Korea which was established in 2014. It currently has more than 100 outlets worldwide so I guess that says a lot about its popularity.
'Dookki' means 'two meals' in Korean, and diners literally get to experience that in one setting.
Start with tteokbokki hot pot, and finish with kimchi fried rice. Eat all you can, buffet-style! Sounds like a great feast especially for those with hearty appetites!
We did not worry too much for our wallets too as prices are crazily reasonable. Adults pay $18.90++ each, and it's $10.80++ for every child (110-130cm). This includes unlimited refill of beverage at the drinks bar.
Cheese lovers might also want to add a Double Cheese Ring at an extra $9.80++.
The catch is that..... we only have 90 minutes to experience it all. So little time :(
We were feeling a bit lost on where to start but thankfully, the staff will give diners a quick walk through to introduce the various self-serve bars for DIY sauces and unlimited supply of ingredients.
The line-up is boggling!
There are at least 8 varieties for just the Korean Rice Cakes alone in varying flavors, thickness and sizes. These are supplemented with choices of Noodles, as well as other ingredients such as Cabbage, Mushroom, Sausage, Cuttlefish Ball, Mussel and Boiled Egg. That shelf dedicated to packets of Ramyeon definitely caught this Korean instant noodle lover's attention too!
A small selection of cooked food including Fried Seaweed Roll, Fried Chicken, Fried Fish Cake, Fried Dumpling and Fried Sweet Potato are also available for immediate consumption (while waiting for your tteokbokki to be cooked).
I especially adore the Fish Cakes Skewers which are served on huge sticks just like how we always see it on K-dramas lol!
After that, we were ready to begin our tteokbokki meal! The drill is simplified into 4 steps:
- Set base soup to boil.
- Select your favorite tteokbokki ingredient, fried food, fish cake skewer, DIY your sauce.
- Mix the sauce into the soup base. Add all food ingredient and stir well. Your tteokbokki pot is ready!
- Enjoy fried rice for the second meal. Add kimchi, sweet corn, seaweed and sesame oil.
I must say my friend did a pretty good job of mixing our Dookki Tteokbokki Sauce according to the recommended recipe! The level of spiciness was ideal for us. Not too fiery, but provided sufficient heat with a slight tinge of sweetness which served as a great base for our tteokbokki pot.
The next most important element of the meal would be the rice cakes itself. Its soft and chewy texture was very likeable, and dangerously addictive. It was easy to fall into the temptation of eating more than one usually would.
While the rest of the ingredients were agreeable as well, it felt that something is somewhat missing. I was craving for some meat and..... spam! Don't think spam is typically added to tteokbokki, but if only we can throw in some of it too!
(Update on 15th April 2017: Friend who visited Dookki on this day said that the restaurant has now replaced mussels with spam! Yay!)
Tip: The broth will get thicker as it simmers further into the meal, so do take note to add in more soup base when necessary, and also to stir the pot occasionally to prevent ingredients from sticking to the bottom.
Another highlight was the Fried Rice with kimchi, corn and seaweed, which the server helped us to prepare at our table after we're done with the tteokbokki.
Throughout the meal, I felt happy and satisfied like I was 18 years old again and eating without any care of getting fat. It must be due to the large amount of carbs I was eating. According to scientific research, consuming carbs actually increase the amount of mood-lifting serotonin in the brain. Nevermind the guilt the next day haha.
The restaurant was rather packed when we visited on a Fri-Yay evening, and we had to share table with another couple. Fortunately they were friendly and we even made small talk. There was also another diner who was enthusiastic in recommending me the various instant noodle flavors that he thinks is good. Maybe most people were in the weekend mood which contributed to the fun and vibrant atmosphere. The smiling and helpful staff also added to the lovely dining experience.
With delicious tteokbooki at affordable prices in a casual setting, Dookki is suitable for relaxing date nights, as well as friends gatherings. Worth the visit.
Dookki Singapore, Korean Tteokbokki Buffet
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, Unit #B1-107 Suntec City East Wing, Singapore 038984
Contact: +65 6384 9880
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-10pm
Prices are stated in Singapore dollars and subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST. Information is correct at point of published date.
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