Thursday, July 26, 2012

Korean in Singapore: Hansang at Square 2

Hansang Korean

Korean food is becoming more and more popular these days. Korean drama and K-pop are icons of popular culture, even here in Singapore. I originally did not like Korean food, but numerous trips to Seoul and Korea has taught me the virtues of the cuisine, and now I am a fan.

I have only recently begun to explore the Korean offerings in Singapore. So this is one of the places I started, right in Square 2 at Novena...which is somewhat of a Korean enclave.

The place offers a la carte barbecue buffet. Unlimited servings of barbecue...limited to one serving of seafood. Reasonably priced.

We started with what turned out to be the best dish of the day...the pork belly...

Certainly not for the faint hearted...the generous marbling on the belly, thick skin and attendent collagen. hmm...

But properly barbecued...it was fantastic. The fat oozes out, almost liquid. The collagen in the skin is firm, a bit chewy, but not rubbery. The charring by the charcoal fire provided a beautiful smokey flavour. Marvellous. We had 3 servings of this magnificent pork.

Koreans are rather famous, and protective of their beef...rightly so...they have some of the best beef I have eaten...similar to the much admired Wagyu of Japan. But Hansang's beef...both the seasoned bulbogi and kalbe were moderately nice.

We had the mandatory single serving of seafood...an assortment of prawns, scallops with a gob of butter.

Nice, but no cigars. We also had Bilimbab and some noodles. They were also good, but not earth shattering...and somehow I did not take photographs of those.

Overall, a simple, family oriented place. Reasonably priced, excellent service. But not one to set standards of Korean cuisine in Singapore.

Hansang Korean Family Restaurant
10 Sinaran Drive
#03-33 Novena Square 2
+65 6397 6752

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