The Place Joining the ranks of Korean restaurants along the buzzing Tanjong Pagar Road is Sikdang, a one month old restaurant which specialises in Korean hotpot. Sikdang literally means restaurant in Korean, and it spots a casual, no frills shophouse setting. There are a few semi-private rooms towards the end of the restaurant for a more intimate space.
The Food The restaurant is helmed by a Korean chef, and the dishes at Sikdang are hugely inspired by how his mum would have prepared them. I started with the obligatory Sikdang’s Fried Chicken (S$18), where the chicken is tossed in homemade sweet chilli sauce. While the marination and sauce is flavourful enough, it gets a little soggy once it was left on the table for awhile as I proceeded to have other dishes. This could definitely be crispier and it would be much better.
The Kimchi Pancake (S$15) is prepared from homemade kimchi, and I must say it is a really huge portion for the price. The accompany sauce for the pancake could have been more flavourful to complement the pancake better.
On to the hotpot, I had the Army Stew (S$29), a kimchi base soup with ham, sausage and noodles. There are times when I do crave for something comforting like Army Stew, and this version is good for sharing even for four people. There are also bits of tofu and enoki mushrooms within.
My last dish was the Super Sik Dak Galbi (S$48). My first thought was, this is a really huge pot. It is recommended for 3 to 4 people, but I would even say it may feed 5 to 6 people. You get free flow noodles, fish cakes and rice cakes here, so imagine the carbs which are piling. Towards the end, there is even a complimentary option to finish off with rice, seaweed and beansprouts where it transforms into a huge pot of fried rice. This is essentially a stir-fried chicken dish, where the chicken is tossed in Gochujang sauce. The overall flavour is not too bad, which exudes the home-cooked style flavour. Just make sure you have enough appetite to finish this OTT (Read: Over the top) huge pot of Korean-goodness!
Rants There is no dessert option on the menu, so you need to satisfy your sweet treats elsewhere.
Will I Return Again? While the dishes and flavour at Sikdang are quite common across Korean restaurants, it makes up for the affordable pricing and generous serving. This is a place to come in groups of friends or family, rather than a couple date venue.
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This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
28 Tanjong Pagar Road
Tel: +65 6226 0818
Monday to Saturday: 5pm to 3am
Ranted by The Ranter