Fusion dishes bring Korean food wave to Singapore
Young chefs from Korea are introducing Singapore to the tastes and styles of Korean cuisine. They've set up the nation's first pop-up Korean restaurant to serve classic dishes with a twist.
Park Se-young has the details.
Scallops seasoned with soy sauce are topped with assorted vegetables. This dish was inspired by "ganjang gejang," or raw crab marinated in soy sauce.
And "sujebi," which is made into soup in Korea, has been transformed into one of eight unique Korean fusion dishes served recently at the first pop-up Korean restaurant in Singapore.
"As a foreigner, when I see Korean food, it is almost always spicy. But here, they put in the more fine dining approach. So they have a little bit of touches here and there from Korea that I think is very special."
The restaurant was set up by a group of Korean chefs who work at local restaurants. All of them were still working while preparing for the event, so all-nighters became common.
"Singaporeans are only aware of Korean barbeque and fried chicken, so we wanted to show them how diverse Korean cuisine really is."
The chefs also found it difficult to get a hold of certain ingredients, so they had them shipped over from Korea.
But all of their hard work paid off when they won praise from local gourmets who were not familiar with Korean cuisine.
The young chefs are now hoping to build on the success of their first event, and cook up more fusion dishes in the coming year.