Tue - Sun: 11:30 - 14:00
Tue - Sun: 17:30 - 22:00
Former tutor and caretaker Ji-young Nam Gung aka Big Mama sets up her own Korean eatery after cooking for groups of Korean students in Singapore for years. Big Mama's authentic Korean dishes are inspired her mum's recipes but have been tuned to suit local tastebuds.
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The Dakgalbi | Spicy Grilled Chicken serve is prepared by the number of portions you order. It was $15/person with 2 minimum to order. Though there were 3 of us dining that day, we decided to only get 2 portions as we wanted to try other menu items so the portion you see in the photo below is for 2!
My first time trying the Dakgalbi and... alas! It was a little underwhelming. Granted that Big Mama had done a great job at marinating the chicken chunks and every piece I picked up had thoroughly soaked up the marinate and when it was succulent when fried with the spicy bean paste. But there was somehow something missing that I could not quite put my finger on, except to say that the presentation and smells coming from the wok were a lot better than the actual taste...
For an additional $3 per bowl, the girl in charge will throw in some rice into your wok once you are almost done with your dish and fry up some fried rice! An interesting experience especially with some shredded seaweed and kimchi thrown in the mix as well, allowing the rice to absorb the remaining spicy bean paste sauce for a cook-on-the-spot Spicy Kimchi Fried Rice! A novelty but that was all it was really...
We also tried the Beef Bulgogi $28 served in a hot plate. Tender pieces of sliced BBQ strips of beef that tasted a lot better than it looked actually. I had initially thought the dish looked a tad plain and bland. The meat however was sweet and surprisingly compatible with the pickled white radish that was served alongside. Though $28 was a little unjustified for the portion we had.
A meal here at Big Mama is certainly in order if you are a fan of Korean food. And as seen from the crowds of people that flock here, Big Mama must be doing something right. I probably will not be back anytime soon though, as I think that the prices were a tad on the high side and the food was not particularly mind-blowing.
Don't know why ppl complain about bad service. When we were there, it was friendly, by handsome waiters who look like they came straight out of Korean TV. Dakgalbi is good - more sweet than spicy though. But the spicy seafood soup is quite satisfying.