What’s the buzz? Opened less than a year ago, we think of Masizzim when Korean stews come to our minds. Interestingly, Masizzim is a play of the Korean words ‘masi’ (delicious) and ‘jjim’ (steam) to highlight the restaurant’s forte in meat stews. As part of a new menu launch, the Korean restaurant at the basement of 313 Somerset in Orchard Road has introduced a new signature Spicy Seafood Stew, Crabmeat & Roe Rice Ball, alongside other egg-citing dishes. Read our earlier review of Masizzim here.
What’s new? The Spicy Seafood Stew (S$36.80) and Spicy Seafood Beef Stew (S$38.80) should be a hit for seafood or beef lovers. We like the generous chunks of prawns, mussels, crayfish and a whole squid in the seafood stew, with the flavour further enhanced by the clam-based broth. Alternatively, the beef stew comes with tender Australian beef short rib which soaked up the essence of the stew as you chew into the meat. There are four levels of spiciness to choose from, and each serving comes with a couple of bowls of mixed grain rice for two to share.
One of our favourites at Masizzim other than the stews is the rice ball. The new flavour this season is the Crabmeat & Roe Rice Ball (S$10.80), where you get to make it into any shape you fancy, part of the joy of ordering this dish. It comes with snow crab flesh, seaweed, ebiko (shrimp roe) and a sprinkling of fragrant furikake (Japanese seasoning), combined with grains of white rice, Korean black rice and barley.
If the stews doesn’t exist at Masizzim, we will gladly have the Kimchi Beef Rib Soup (S$16.80), a equally comforting option. This bowl of goodness contains stewed beef ribs, glass noodles, radish, and egg.
For egg lovers, you must try the new egg dishes – Tuna Seaweed Egg Roll (S$10.80) and the Honey Mustard Cheese Egg Roll (S$9.80). The latter is our favourite of the two, who can resist mozzarella and cheddar with eggs? We can’t.
Other notable new dishes include the Spicy Beef (S$15.80) and Spicy Pork (S$14.80).
This is not a new dish, but if you can stomach more eggs, go for the Steam Egg (S$7.80), a fluffy egg custard cooked with beef stock and shredded cheese (optional). It reminded me of Japanese chawanmushi, but with a more robust texture and flavour.
To complete the good Korean meal, try the Honey Slush Beer (S$15.80), or the Grapefruit Yogurt with soju (S$18.80).
#B3-02, 313 Somerset
Tel: +65 6509 5808
Sunday to Thursday: 11am to 10pm
Friday to Saturday: 11am to 11pm
Ranted by The Ranter