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Manbok Chinatown Korean BBQ & Steamboat Buffet Restaurant


Manbok Chinatown is a Korean restaurant located in Chinatown serving authentic Korean BBQ and Steamboat cuisine, which is prepared by chefs trained in Korea with many years of experience.

The restaurant offers a range of meat which include beef, pork, chickens (non-marinated and marinated with Korean spices and sauces), seafood and specially cooked Korean dishes. These special dishes are Korean cuisine cooked in traditional style by our chefs and the dishes are changed at least on a monthly basis to provide different varieties.

Manbok Chinatown is a charcoal-grilled BBQ restaurant and customers can also enjoy the food cooked in hot pot (ie. budaejjigae). In traditional Korean style, customers wrap their grilled meats in fresh lettuce filled with delicious Korean sauces and other condiments. Its menu also include fresh fruits, soft drinks and ice-cream, which are offered at no extra charge.

Daily: 11:30 - 15:00

Daily: 17:00 - 23:00

$24 based on 14 submissions
Dinner (4 votes), BBQ (3 votes), Buffet (3 votes)
Chubby Botak Koala

Korean BBQ & Steamboat Combo

Thank you very much to Hungry Go Where and Manbok for the invitation. For the complete review, click here:
Manbok is a Korean BBQ and steamboat Restaurants located in Chinatown Although the idea is Korean BBQ and Steamboat buffet was pioneer by Seoul Garden in the 1990s in Singapore, let must just say that Manbok Chinatown is way ahead of them in terms of quality.

Manbok offer diners the option of Korean BBQ with up to 10 different type of cuts of meat to choose from. Meanwhile for steamboat, you can have the seafood (prawns, octopus & clams), luncheon meat, sausages, vegetables, dumplings, and instant noodle plus the necessary ingredients to whip up Budai Jjigae (Army Stew). However, don't hesitate to experiment.

On each table, there are two stoves. One for BBQ, using combination of gas and charcoal with stainless steel bbq grill plate, while the other for steamboat. To minimise the patrons from coming out smelling like bbq meat from dining here, they use adjustable exhaust system.

Thick cut pork belly and beef short ribs is a must for the bbq. The pork belly has a nice balance of fat and good for grilling. Short ribs can be a bit tricky, we overcooked it once, and it become rubbery. We did better on the second try, but it is still kind of chewy. Not recommended for someone with denture. We find the sausages tasted a little sour, so we did not try if further.

The marinated meat such as spicy pork collar, marinated pork collar, marinated chicken thigh and spicy chicken breast provide a good selections for non-beef eaters. The pork are tender and the same can be said about the chicken thighs. Skip the spicy chicken breast, as it has no fats, so it become hard after bbq. We decided to add octopus to the grill which turn out to be one of the best item for the night.

For steamboat meat, beef brisket cuts and beef short plate cuts, will provide you with a good quality meat for the steamboat, in which they use seafood as their base soup. Of course you must try to do your own Army Stew. LD was the main chef for this, putting together her evil concoction of bean paste and chilli paste and other ingredients to the soup base. The result, Yum Yum, delicious. I had two serving of the noodles, but without slurping too much of the soup. He..he.. you know I don't like chilli right.

Service is very good. During the tasting, the service staff change the steel grill plate regularly. We are warmly greeting when we enter the restaurant and we can see they do the same thing to the rest of the customers.

Overall, we find that Manbok provide a good option for Korean BBQ and Steamboat. Current price for dinner is $29 (+ Service Tax), however if you dine in a group of 4 or more, each will get free beer. If I am not mistaken, if you come in before 6pm, you can also get a free beer. However, do check with the restaurant.  

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Based on 14 votes
10 Sep 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Lousy Beef!

So excited bring girlfriends eat today cuz last time eat there the experience super good

alamak! they change the beef they serve!!! last time got marinade the beef jing swee. now beef no marinade machiam like paper. i so paiseh bring friends there, told them how good beef was so more.

haiz lagi malu.
The management of Manbok Chinatown Korean BBQ & Steamboat Buffet Restaurant responded to this review:
15 Sep 2014
Dear ieatishootipost,

Thank you for dining with us and your feedback on our foods.

We wish to clarify we take extra effort to source and serve quality foods in our restaurant. We offer different kinds of meats (ie chicken, pork & beef) in marinated and non-marinated form. For dinner, we always serve no less than 3 types of beef (eg. short plate, short ribs and brisket). One of these beef items will be marinated. Even if the beef is not marinated, we ensure it does not lose its freshness and preserve its good taste. Rest assured we always serve quality meat in our restaurant.
We will look into this matter to improve our product offerings in our restaurant. Do visit us again as we want to serve you better the next time.

Yours sincerely,
The Management
Manbok Chinatown Korean BBQ & Steamboat Buffet Restaurant
01 Sep 2014 • 277 reviews • 21 followers

Korean BBQ & Steamboat Combo

Thank you very much to Hungry Go Where and Manbok for the invitation. For the complete review, click here:
Manbok is a Korean BBQ and steamboat Restaurants located in Chinatown Although the idea is Korean BBQ and Steamboat buffet was pioneer by
30 Aug 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Truly impressed by the service which is lacking in alot of places

We were there for dinner and was impressed by the service given. The variety is enough for our group and the food was fresh.  I would highly recommend this place for the value and for the nice people that's worked there.
20 Aug 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower


Manbok is my FAVORITE Korean BBQ Restaurant! I love it so much I go there 3 - 4 times a month!

They offer PREMIUM INGREDIENTS for buffet, yet remain affordably priced ($15 - $18 for lunch).

All the friends I’ve taken to Manbok love it. The food is freshly prepared. I’m told their chef is from
18 Aug 2014 • 1879 reviews • 257 followers

Value for Money Buffet

Located in Chinatown in the middle of a host of Korean barbecues and steamboats, Manbok offers both, and at a reasonable price too.

At just $29 per head for dinner, one has a choice of beef brisket, beef short-ribs, chicken thigh, sausages, vegetables , pork belly, and even seafood such as prawns,