Saturday, 17 October 2015

Review: Oh Neul Han Jeom Korean Restaurant at Telok Ayer

I chanced upon this groupon deal and being an avid fan of korean cuisine, I brought my family to try Oh Neul Han Jeom Korean Restaurant. We were there on a public holiday but the restaurant was almost empty and only 3 tables were occupied (including us) even though it was 7pm already.

There were 5 side dishes served which included green beans, kimchi, beansprouts, mashed potato, and anchovies. If you love their sides, you can also purchase them for takeaway.

These were the dishes that we had ordered to share.

Kimchi fried rice ($13)
The usual kimchi fried rice that I had had a stronger kimchi taste while this fried rice was milder in flavour and thus tasted less sour, salty, sweet and spicy. The egg was dry and it looked somewhat like a failed sunny side-up. If you prefer kimchi fried rice with a lighter flavour, this would be it.

Leeks seafood pancake ($20)
The pancake was soft and skinny with bits of squid and shrimps in it. The edges were crispy and concentrated with chopped leeks. At $20, we all felt that it was too expensive for its value. It was really just average-tasting and nothing to rave about. There are definitely several better ones that we had tasted.

Tofu soup with clams $16
The broth was moderately spicy and mildly sweet with soft tofu and a couple of clams in it. I would appreciate if the egg was freshly cracked in it as the egg yolk had already hardened by the time it was served to us.

Soybean paste soup $15
The first soybean paste soup I had was at Bornga and I loved it. This one was milder in flavour, but spicier with sliced green chilli in it, accompanied with some tofu, zucchini, and enoki mushrooms. The soybean paste soup was saltier in flavour as compared to the tofu soup.

The last dish we had was Cheese Buldak, which is spicy chicken with cheese ($30). This dish looked nothing like its depiction on the menu :/ At $30, this was very overpriced (served on a regular-size hotplate) and I could get much better value at Chir Chir or other korean restaurants. There were thinly sliced potatoes, together with 4 pieces of rice cakes, onions, and bite-size chicken pieces in it. This dish was drenched in a sweet and spicy sauce with a paste-like consistency and topped with melted cheese, which gave it that extra flavour and texture.

Total cost was slightly over $100 but since we had the groupon voucher, we only paid $60+. Overall, I wouldn't pay $100 for these 5 dishes and none of the dishes were particularly memorable as well. This restaurant does seem like a nice place for a group dinner as it is spacious enough.

***

Oh Neul Han Jeom
Address: 177 Telok Ayer St, 068625

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