I just came back from Taiwan recently, and my first meal back in Singapore was not a plate of Fried Kuay Teow or Chicken Rice. Instead, i had Korean food!
Coincidentally, BigMama is located somewhere near where i found Tan’s Tutu before i left for Taiwan. To be very honest, i couldn’t take this restaurant seriously. I mean, with a name like BigMama, i was half expecting some sort of mediocre attempt at Korean food! But to my surprise, i found myself sitting among Koreans, a clear indication that you’re eating the real deal here.
I was there with my bro and mother, and we got the two most recommended dishes- Dakgalbi/Spicy Grilled Chicken and Suyuk/Boiled Pork .
Just like every Korean restaurant i’ve been to, you’ll be served a variety of starters such as Kimchi and other cold or pickled veggies; a prelude to something more delicious. We were first served the Suyuk, and this was also when the real Big Mama of the restaurant came out to teach us how to savour the Suyuk. The owner of Big Mama, a former Korean Language tutor, showed us two ways of enjoying the Suyuk. For one, you can dip the pork in black bean sauce, and eat it with thinly sliced cucumber strips. Alternatively, you can dip it in garlic sauce, place it on a slice of pink pickled radish and eat it with spicy bean sprouts.
… just a slice of pickled radish and bean sprouts…
… and voila!
Personally, i prefered the first method as i could better taste the pork’s flavour, and the cold crunch of the cucumber was a refreshing compliment to it. The second method was quite a mix of strong flavours, from the sour of the pickled radish to the heat of the bean sprouts, i felt that the spotlight wasn’t on the suyuk anymore. That’s just my opinion!
The Dakgalbi came while we were having our Suyuk, and by the time we were done with the first dish, the waitress was also done cooking the chicken for us. It was a simple and delicious dish of grilled chicken and a variety of vegetables, from cabbage to carrots, as well as sweet potatoes, kimchi and rice cakes.
At the end of the dish, there were some leftover veggies and sauce. But in the BigMama, even leftovers can be made delicious! We ordered a bowl of rice and the waitress prepared Kimchi Fried rice with whatever was left, with the addition of sesame seeds and seaweed. The fried rice was really good and by the end of the meal, there were no more leftovers!
So if you’re looking for some home cooked Korean food, BigMama’s the place for some authentic Korean food that’s delicious down to the very last grain of Kimchi Fried rice.
Address: 2 Kim Tian Road, Singapore 169244
Opening Hours: 11.30pm – 2.30pm – 5.30pm – 11pm
- Dakgalbi – $15
- Suyuk – $25