Myungdong K-Food: Hidden gem in Kovan serving authentic Korean dishes for under S$10

By Phyllis Leong May 17, 2024
Myungdong K-Food: Hidden gem in Kovan serving authentic Korean dishes for under S$10
Myungdong K-Food is a hidden gem in Kovan. Photo: Phyllis Leong/HungryGoWhere

If you’re an avid Korean food enthusiast, you’d know that enjoying authentic Korean cuisine in Singapore isn’t always an affordable past-time. 

Just think of all the charcoal-grilled barbecue and family-style restaurants along the buzzy stretch of Tanjong Pagar. A full-fledged meal there can easily cost around S$50 per diner. 

But you shouldn’t have to fork out a pretty penny just to satiate your Korean food cravings, not when there are more affordable options.

We trawled through our social media feed and stumbled upon Myungdong K-Food, a hidden gem in Kovan that whips up legitimate home-cooked Korean fare at wallet-friendly prices

Each dish is priced under S$10 — talk about a steal! — and is lovingly prepared by a Korean ajumma and ajusshi (aunty and uncle). 

Notably, the eatery is small, with only two tables (an indoor and outdoor seat) to dine at. We presume the store operates mainly on a takeaway basis, as most of its street dishes are already pre-packaged in plastic containers for diners to grab and go.

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Bibimbap. Photo: Phyllis Leong/HungryGoWhere

Myungdong K-Food’s menu is simple, with a classic selection of beloved Korean street food, rice options and noodles

You can’t go wrong with the bibimbap (S$8), which brims with various hearty ingredients atop a fluffy bed of rice. There are shredded slices of carrot, mushrooms, chunks of odeng (fish cake) and more, all of which make up a very filling dish. 

Admittedly, we’re used to bibimbap bowls packed with chicken or beef for added protein, but this fish cake variation is surprisingly tasty as well. 

The odeng is fresh, chewy and mildly sweet, which balances well with the side of crunchy, spicy-sour kimchi nestled within the dish.

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K-noodle. Photo: Phyllis Leong/HungryGoWhere

The ajusshi mending the store recommended the K-noodle (S$8) — one of the signature items on the menu — which sees noodles steeped in a light, mild broth. It’s a soupy, noodle version of the bibimbap and warms you up on a cold, rainy day

However, we did find this dish lacking in flavour and didn’t really impress. Perhaps it’s because we’re fond of noodles with bolder umami notes — we’d recommend the bibimbap instead.

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Chicken ham kimbap. Photo: Phyllis Leong/HungryGoWhere

Kimbap is a snack that we’ll never tire of, especially when it comes chock-full of delicious toppings cradled within. 

Myungdong K-Food has a handful of kimbap creations to choose from, such as odeng (S$8), tuna (S$8) and beef (S$8). 

During our visit, we chose the chicken ham (S$8). Slices of egg, crab meat, celery, and chicken ham are delicately wrapped in rice and seaweed, with a pretty even ratio of rice to ingredients. 

Each box of kimbap comes with two rolls — just right to comfortably feed one person.

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Egg roll. Photo: Phyllis Leong/HungryGoWhere

We devoured the fluffy egg roll (S$5) within minutes. It’s thick, pillowy and sweet-yet-savoury — just the way we like our eggs. The omelette is also neatly rolled with chunks of vegetables that add a nice crunch as you sink your teeth into it.

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Tteokbokki. Photo: Phyllis Leong/HungryGoWhere

You can’t miss the chewy tteokbokki (S$6, spicy rice cakes), a classic Korean staple. At Myungdong K-Food, the rice cakes are cooked in a large hotplate, where they simmer in a tangy, spicy broth, until soft.

If you find the rice cakes to be a tad plain, you can spruce it up with extra toppings (all at an additional S$1 each) for more oomph and flavour. Take your pick of eggs, seaweed rolls and juicy dumplings to elevate the dish.

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You can also book a ride to Myungdong K-Food at Kovan to savour its authentic Korean fare. 

Myungdong K-Food is on the GrabFood Delivery Service and offers free delivery (up to S$3 off with GrabUnlimited). 

Do explore the GrabFood Dine-in service for awesome deals.

Myungdong K-Food

Space @ Kovan, 01-09, 9 Yio Chu Kang Road
Nearest MRT station: Kovan
Open: Tuesday to Thursday (11am to 8pm), Friday to Sunday (10am to 8pm)

Space @ Kovan, 01-09, 9 Yio Chu Kang Road
Nearest MRT station: Kovan
Open: Tuesday to Thursday (11am to 8pm), Friday to Sunday (10am to 8pm)

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