But more than just serving us addictive dramas, catchy tunes, glass skin and impeccable fashion, Hallyu, or the Korean wave, is making some of us foodies hungry for kimchi, bulgogi, ddukbokki, fried chicken wings, and soju.
Singapore is a gastronomical paradise, so authentic, flavoursome Korean food aren’t difficult to find on our tiny island. Now, if you’re in the mood for something a little more elevated, put one Michelin-starred Meta Restaurant on your radar this month.
For a limited time, founder-chef Sun Kim is incorporating premium Korean seafood, mushrooms, vegetables, and artisanal sauces into some of the dishes on his tasting and lunch menus. The Ok-dom Rice is a love letter to Korean waters: ok-dom, otherwise known as tile fish or Amadai, is charcoal-grilled, seasoned with snow crab white soy sauce, sesame oil, kimchi seasoning mix, and gamete (seaweed), and served on a bed of short-grained rice that’s cooked with pen shell scallops, little neck clams and burdock from Korea’s west coast. It’s deliciously briny and oh-so comforting.
The Mushroom Salad may not sound like much, but it deserves some talking up. Black and white wood ear from Ansung, rare baek-hwa-go white shiitake, mini king oyster, charred green asparagus, sautéed buckwheat gnocchi and yellow pine nuts are dressed a naturally-fermented green fig balsamic vinegar, mushroom soy sauce vinagrette, and cold-pressed perilla oil. Box-fresh with a myriad of textures, it’s got the right amount of earthiness, sweetness, sharpness, crunch and smoothness.
(Main and featured image: Mushroom Salad/Meta Restaurant)