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Korean FUSION Restaurants In Singapore That Merge East And West

Can't decide between Asian or Western food? What if you can have the best of both worlds?

K-wave is influencing pop culture and food around the world. So what better way to celebrate South Korea’s Independence Day on 15 August than at these Korean fusion food restaurants?

Known as Gwangbokjeol, which poetically translates as “The day light returned”, South Korea celebrates National Liberation Day on 15 August. The day commemorates the end of 35 years of Japanese occupation in South Korea, a victory aided by both American and Soviet forces.

Today, it’s the perfect day to celebrate everything great about Korean styles and flavours. In the same that Korean pop stars, fashion and movies are influencing the world, Korean food is putting a spicy spin on other cuisines. To help you, we’ve curated a list of the best Korean fusion restaurants in Singapore, that you just have to try.

1. NY Night Market: Big Apple Korean fusion food

NY Night Market is a Korean-American restaurant in Singapore.
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NY Night Market, as the name suggests, is inspired by the cosmopolitan food markets in New York City. Besides Korean fusion food, diners can also chow down on Tex-Mex and Vietnamese-American food. Try menu items such as the Rosti & Beef ($13.60), a pan-fried Swiss-style potato rosti topped with Korean beef bulgog. Another winner is Party In New York ($29.90), a surf ‘n’ turf platter that’s great for sharing. It includes prawns, fried chicken tenders, grilled sausage, pineapple, corn, crinkle-cut fries and garlic bread sticks.

And if you’re looking to spice up your routine Italian dinner, Pasta de Dakgalbi ($19.90) is spaghetti, and dakgalbi or Korean spicy stir-fried chicken. It’s all toppd off with melted mozzarella.

NY Night Market
Address: 181 Orchard Rd., #01-29, 313@Somerset, 238896 / 1 HarbourFront Walk, #01-116, 098585
Tel: 6957 4620 / 6974 4113
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Daily)

2. Vatos Urban Tacos: Mexican Korean fusion food

Vatos Urban Tacos is a Korean-Mexican restaurant in Singapore.
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Vatos Urban Tacos started in Seoul in 2011, serving Mexican Korean fusion food. The chain now has branches in Singapore, Korea and the Philippines.

Mexican Tacos get some K-Wave flair here. Highlights include Korean pork belly tacos ($13 for 2 or $18 for 3); Galbi short rib tacos ($16 for 2 or $23 for 3); Kimchi pork quesadillas ($18); and Kimchi carnitas fries ($19) — seasoned French fries covered with braised pork carnitas, sautéed kimchi, melted cheese, and topped with sour cream, hot sauce, coriander leaves and onions. It’s like Korean Army Stew meets a double stuffed Mexican streetstall taco, in a good way.

For drinks, Vatos offers Makgeolitas ($26), an alcoholic cocktail that is a mix of tequila and makgeolli (Korean rice wine). You can sip this cocktail in a selection of fruity flavours, including strawberry and passionfruit.

Vatos Urban Tacos
Address: 36 Beach Rd., #01-03, South Beach Quarter, 189766
Tel: 6385 6010
Opening hours: 12 to 10 p.m. (Tue. to Sun.); Closed on Mon.

Reserve on Chope here.

3. Wolf Burgers: Asian burgers and seaweed fries

Wolf Burgers is a Korean-American restaurant in Singapore.
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Wolf Burgers was started in 2016 by four co-founders who love burgers. Nicknamed the “Wolf-Pack” (because they love meat), these Wolf Burger guys are all about quality burgers at an affordable price. The eatery in Singapore takes the iconic American burger and mixes in Korean influences to create Korean fusion food that really hitsthe spot when you want to wolf down a burger.

​Check out the Forager Beef Burger ($10.90), a Korea fusion food burger that is a beef patty with American provolone cheese, sautéed onions, Korean Shoyu mayonnaise and white button mushrooms. Fans pair this burger with the seaweed buttered corn ($2.90), which is like fries turned into a Korean side dish.

Wolf Burgers
Address: Multiple locations
Tel: See website
Opening hours: See website

4. Bonchon: Korean fusion food to share

Bonchon is a Korean-American restaurant in Singapore.
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After the success of their first outlet at South Korea in 2002, Bonchon opened their first overseas location in New Jersey in the USA. Soon after, Bonchon crossed the bridge and entered New York City proper, opening their flagship Korean fusion food restaurant in the heart of Manhattan. And in 2011, Bonchon finally arrived in Singapore! Now there are five outlets for Korean fusion food across the island.

Bonchon’s signature fried chicken (from $9.50) comes in two flavours: soy garlic and spicy. You can even opt for half & half if you simply can’t decide. Their menu also serves up Korean fusion food delights such as Truffle Cream Tteokbokki ($16.50), a Korean rice cake dish sautéed with mushrooms, in a rich truffle cream.

Bonchon
Address: Multiple locations
Tel: See website
Opening hours: See website

5. Pizza Maru: Korean fusion food pizza

Pizza Maru is a Korean-American restaurant in Singapore.
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Korean pizza chain Pizza Maru has more than 650 outlets globally. It arrived in Singapore in 2017 and made a splash with Korean fusion food pizzas.

Highlights in their Premium Pizza range include the Korean Surf ‘n’ Turf (from $24.40), a blend of East-meets-West flavours boasting Korean-style beef and prawns on top of a greens and sweet ranch sauce. If you’re tired of the same old pepperoni pizza, try Pizza Maru’s Mango Ocean (from $24.40), which includes mango chunks, shrimps and scallops on a crispy bread base. It’s not Italian Neopolitan pizza, that’s for sure – but that’s the point, isn’t it?

Another must-try is their Daeyang Pasta ($17.40), a classic Italian cream-based pasta dish given a Korean fusion food twist with the addition of red peppers, onion and cabbages, amongst an array of seafood, such as shrimp, mussels and squid.

Pizza Maru
Address: Multiple locations
Tel: See website
Opening hours: See website

6. Chicken Up: Korean fusion food fried chicken

Chicken Up is a restaurant in Singapore.
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It seems like every time you binge-watch K-drama on TV, there’s a scene where somebody eats fried chicken. Koreans love, love, love fried chicken. In Singapore, you can head to Chicken Up for a mind-boggling choice of Korean fried chicken with flavours such as soy, Yangnyum (Korean sweet chilli sauce) and spicy Yangnyum. All from $12 each.

This Korean fusion food restaurant is licenced, so you can also sample a Chicken Up Soju/Beerita (from $16), This is an entire bottle of beer or soju tipped into a margarita, to create a drink with a potent kick. Pair your chicken and drink with a side of Bulgogi fries ($18) and you’ve got yourself the perfect Korean fusion food night out.

Chicken Up
Address: 277 Compassvale Link, #01-13, Unit 2A, 543277 / 48 Tanjong Pagar Rd., #01-01, Chinatown Complex, 088469
Tel: 6481 4495 / 6327 1203
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Sun. to Thu.); 11 to 2 a.m. (Sat.); Closed on Fri. / 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. (Daily)

Reserve on Chope here. (Buangkok)
Reserve on Chope here. (Tanjong Pagar)

7. Daehwa Vegetarian Restaurant: Healthy Korean fusion food

Daehwa Vegetarian Restaurant is a restaurant in Singapore.
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Daehwa is both a social enterprise and the sister restaurant of The Boneless Kitchen, a vegetarian restaurant in Singapore that serves authentic Korean food. With a focus on sustainability, Daehwa aims to create vegetarian korean fusion food and plant-based dishes. All side dishes and sauces are made from scratch, including their homemade kimchi.

Eating your greens does not have to be boring, and Daehwa serves up exciting Korean fusion food options including Truffle Cheese Gamja Twigim ($12) — fries cooked in truffle oil and topped with cheese and mayonnaise.

Daehwa Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: 1 Fusionopolis Place, #01-35, Galaxis Building, 138522
Tel: 6254 8446
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Tue. to Sun.); Closed on Mon.

8. Seorae Korean Charcoal BBQ: Fire meets cheese

Seorae Korean Charcoal BBQ is a restaurant in Singapore.
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Seorae Korean Charcoal BBQ was established in South Korea in April 2007 wih a menu built around tasty pork skirt meat. Their first barbecue outlet opened in Plaza Singapura, and the rest is history.

In Singapore, Seorae’s signature dish is Galmegisal ($22.90), US pork skirt meat marinated with authentic Korean spices; along with Woosamgyeob (#24.90), US beef short plate (or brisket). This is a cut from the belly of the cow, just below th rip. This meat is naturally chewy, yet fatty, so it’s good for BBQ. To turn it into Korean fusion food, you you can dip your grilled meats into a pool of melty cheese ($2) for the perfect East-meets-West experience.

Seorae Korean Charcoal BBQ
Address: Multiple locations
Tel: See website
Opening hours: See website

By Eunice Quek, May 2018 / Last updated by Sabrina Ng

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