One of the latest malls to open in Singapore is New Tech Park located over at Lorong Chuan. Besides the popular brands like Dutch Colony Coffee and Wine Connection, there’s also a new KBBQ place in New Tech Park known as Yuktan Chobeolgu-i.
Yuktan Chobeolgu-i KBBQ Restaurant in Lorong Chuan
Fun Fact: Yuktan Chobeolgui is opened by the same people behind Dong Fang Hong and Pa Bul Lo Korean BBQ.
They pride themselves in being a Korean BBQ restaurant in Singapore to serve Chobeolgu-i (초벌구이) concept. What this means is that your meat is first grilled in the kitchen over high charcoal heat, helping to heighten the taste of the meat by cooking the outside quickly and sealing the juices within.
As the fat from the meat melts, it falls into the charcoal and becomes flavourful packed steam and smoke that go into the meat.
The interior of the restaurant is pretty huge and can hold more than 100 pax without Covid-19 restrictions. The chairs here can also be used to place your bags and outerwear.
One thing we realized was that Yuktan Chobeolgu-i doesn’t have the usual vents present in Korean BBQ restaurants. As the meat is partially cooked in the kitchen, not much smoke comes out from the grill at your table.
Menu at Yuktan Chobeolgui KBBQ
Being a KBBQ restaurant, their menu is pretty meat-heavy, with items like LA Jok Ribs ($20 for 350g), Kagoshima A5 Wagyu Beef Cuts and USA Kurobuta Pork and Spanish Duroc Pork.
You can find a mixture of platters with different meat combinations as well as ala-carte items like Kimchi Cold Noodles ($18), Samgyetang ($28) and Seafood Pancake ($25).
They also have stews to share like Army Stew ($38) and Kimchi Dumpling Stew ($45).
We opted for Pork Platter B ($80) which consisted of Kurobuta Pork Collar, Charcoal Pork Belly, Marinated Pork Short Rib and Gochujang Pork Belly.
If you’re seated near the kitchen, you can witness the mini fire “show” where the chef grills your meats over a charcoal fire. If not, you can dig into the side dishes that are provided first while waiting for your meat to be served.
When the meats are served to you, they are cut into small pieces and further grilled. The pork belly and pork collar were both rather juicy and on the tender side.
As for the Marinated Pork Short Rib, it had a nice sweetness from the marinade and was very tender. The Gochujang Pork Belly had a nice balance of sweet and spicy flavours, but we felt that it could’ve been spicier.
One of our favourite dishes from Yuktan Chobeolgu-i has got to be the Clam Kalguksu ($15).
It was served in a metal bowl, and they were really generous with their portions. The dried seaweed and dried beancurd toppings were a nice touch to the dish.
The broth itself was filled with the sweetness of the clams and was clean tasting with just the right amount of depth. A quick scoop will reveal that they did not hold back with the number of clams in the dish.
As for the noodles, the texture reminded us of the ones you can get in Korean traditional markets.
Yuktan Chobeolgu-i’s Kimchi Jjigae ($15) contained sliced sausages, pork, tofu and kimchi. It reminded us slightly of army stew instead of kimchi jjigae with its sweet aftertaste. We did hope for that signature sour flavour you typically get in a kimchi jjigae.
New Tech Park Korean BBQ
This new Korean BBQ place near Lorong Chuan will allow nearby residents to have a taste of Korea without heading to places like Tanjong Pagar or Telok Ayer.
With its concept of Chobeolgu-i, chances are you’ll leave the place without smelling like KBBQ. We also heard from the staff that the boss is currently in Korea exploring new dining concepts to bring to Singapore, so hopefully, we’ll get to experience more of Korea right here in Singapore!
Yuk Tan Chobeolgu-i Korean BBQ
151 Lor Chuan, #01-02, 03, New Tech Park, Singapore 556741
Tues-Sun, 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm
*This is an independent review by MiddleClass.sg.