To be frank, I have no idea the name of this store/restaurant until I searched for it on Google – only to find out that it was in Korean. It took me a while to find out it was also called “Wonderful Bap Sang”! Oh well, I only got to know of it because I always walked past it while in Suntec City, and decided to drop in one fine day for dinner.
The slurps of Wonderful Bap Sang 원더풀밥상 was the Ginseng Chicken with Glutinous Rice, which was quite authentic. I always didn’t feel like the rice was enough, but then again, I didn’t go hungry every time I had it, so I guess it was just a matter of perception.
It was obvious that the chicken was slow cooked for a long time, since the meat was super soft and melt-ilicious, but also because you get bone bits every now and then, whether you are drinking the soup or when you are eating the rice.
One thing I liked to order as a side dish (though the serving wasn’t side-ish) was the fried chicken. I’m not a spicy person, so I always went with the soy gravy (think Chicken Up, and boneless). The chicken would come with thinly crisp skin, tender meat and coated with a thick layer of the sauce (it seemed as though the sauce didn’t soften the skin!). The dish also came with rice cakes stirred in, and served on a spade blade (not kate spade or spade kate, but spade blade).
Another good-to-have is its Korean pancake. It was thin and crispy, yet juicy and umami (I liked the caramelised onion flavour). Like the fried chicken, it has to be shared, and preferably when you have more than 2 at the table.
Another must-try would be their bibimbap, available in hot stone or just plain bowl. I will usually order the bowl, as I don’t like my food too hot. However, the freshness of the vegetables can also be tasted easily when the food is not-so-hot. On cold days, I will go for the hot stone version to warm my tummy to my heart! The egg comes raw, so that during the stirring, the egg will coat the rice while being cooked at the same time. In fact, I will limit the use of the gochujang sauce in order to preserve the taste of the fried egg.
I like to pair my main dish with the fried gyoza. The skin was thin to bring attention to the texture of the meat within. However, the skin still contained the fragrance of the oil and added a layer of crisp to the otherwise soft and juicy filling.
Diners also get to have free flow of the side dishes of the day; just remember to go take a look at the counter. Sometimes they would stock up with pickled fish cakes, sometimes, some weird smelly vegetables. On most times, there would be at least 1 edible side dish.
The dining section is at the back end of the store, so diners would enjoy a floor-to-ceiling view of the Suntec City Fountain of Wealth (and watch the cars go round and round at the roundabout). The front of the store would be where a minimart could be found, selling all sorts of Korean dried food, and a substantial counter selling lok-lok and other Korean finger “street food”.
All in all, this is a nice place to have dinner (if you don’t mind sitting on a stool that looked like it was re-purposed from an oil barrel), with comforting food and a place to do some light shopping after dining.
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원더풀밥상 (Wonderful Bap Sang)
Suntec City Tower 3
East Wing #02-609,610