Singaporeans have a particular fondness for all things Spicy. This can be seen from the sheer variety of spicy food available across various cuisines and the many insanely-spicy food challenges existing. One classic example is the Korean Fire Noodle Challenge made popular by YouTubers videoing themselves eagerly slurping down the extremely hot, tear-inducing noodles.
Chomping down on flame-inducing food is our national passion and of course, we love our Korean food spicy as well. Fellow chilli-lovers, let Japarang show you where to find the Best Spicy Korean Food in Singapore!
Masizzim, a popular chain restaurant in Korea, opened its first store in Singapore in 2015 and has since captured our taste buds and heart. The meaning of its Korean name, 마시찜, translates to delicious stews and that explains why their stews are so addictive.
You can choose from Beef Rib, Pork Rib or Chicken for the stews and also select the level of spiciness (from 1 to 4). Spice level 1 or 2 is recommended for normal humans. For the higher levels, be prepared to set your taste buds on fire. I personally think the gooey-goodness of the sauce and the oh-so-tender meat actually goes extremely well with rice and not so much with noodles.
Affordably-priced, these spicy stews make the ultimate comfort food on a rainy or miserable day.
Address: 313 Somerset, #B3-02, Singapore 238895
Sun – Thu: 11am – 10pm
Fri – Sat: 11am – 11pm
Situated along bustling Tanjong Pagar Road (also known as Little Korea), this Korean fried chicken brand is notorious for its crispy yet juicy Korean-style Fried Chicken. Marinated for 12 hours using an original unique recipe, the chicken is deep-fried only when ordered so to seal in those yummy spices.
There are several flavours to choose to go with your chicken here – their best-selling Soya (Ganjang), sweet tangy Yangnyum and aromatic Spicy Yangnyum. The chicken is served piping hot, crispy yet moist inside, and drenched in a tongue-tingling Spicy Yangnyum sauce.
Big groups can also try their UFO Snow Squid Topokki. This is basically a huge squid, deep fried to golden perfection, served on top a steaming spicy red bed of Topokki (Korean rice cake) and accompanied with delightful sides such as kimchi fried rice, fried gyoza and that mouthwatering melted cheese. Simply divine!
Address and Opening Hours: www.chicken-up.com/#contact-us
KIM DAE MUN
Korean food found in food courts usually makes one think of bland taste and low quality. However, do not be quick to judge this Korean eatery from its mediocre facade. Although lacking in ambience, Kim Dae Mun has been luring regular customers from the food court 3 years ago to its own standalone store currently located in Concorde Hotel.
They are famous for its spicy soup sets, such as the Spicy Beef Soup, Kimchi Pork Soup and the Spicy Beancurd (Tofu) Soup. The Spicy Beancurd Soup is choke-full of ingredients and is as spicy as it looks. The smooth silky tofu also goes really well with the fiery kimchi-based soup.
Authentic and wholesome Korean food at generous portions that do not cost more than $10 (do note that they only accept cash payments). What better value can one get?!
Address: 100 Orchard Road, #01-03D Concorde Hotel, Singapore 238840
Tue – Sun: 11:00am – 08:30pm
Apparent from its name, Seoul Jjimdak specializes in Andong Jjimdak, which basically is Korean braised chicken. Owned by a Singaporean who travels to Korea often, the recipe here is adapted to Singaporean taste buds using dried chilli and a secret blend of spices.
The portion is huge and the chicken is succulent. Served together with carrots, potatoes and glass potato noodles that all soak up the savoury goodness of the sauce, this big pot of braised chicken is worth the money.
If you want something even spicier, try their other signature dish – the Korean Army Stew (Budae Jjigae). This is a bubbling pot of fresh ingredients including assorted vegetables, luncheon meat, baked beans, pork belly, tofu, mushrooms and springy ramyeon (Korean noodles), served in a tantalising, spicy kimchi soup base. You can also add on some seafood if you are feeling extravagant.
Address: City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Rd, #05-04, Singapore 208539
Mon – Sun: 1130am – 10pm
Contrary to popular belief that 4Fingers is a Korean fast-food chain, this well-known brand is actually a Singaporean chain that specialises in crispy Asian style fried chicken! From a single store that started in ION Orchard in 2009, this homegrown brand now has 21 stores across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia.
Their chicken is not oily and the skin remains crackling-crispy under all that yummy hot sauce. The spicy level is tolerable at first but kicks in after a while. Cooked using natural herbs and spices, no artificial flavourings and no MSG, it is obvious why 4Fingers is the second-largest fried chicken outlet in Singapore.
Address and Opening Hours: www.4fingers.com/Outlets-4FINGERS
WANG DAE BAK
Frequented regularly by native Koreans in Singapore, this popular Korean restaurant with 2 outlets located in the heart of the CBD area is famous for its BBQ. But, if you do not feel like having barbequed meat, Wang Dae Bak serves up quite an extensive menu of ala carte dishes, especially spicy items! Choose from Spicy Chicken Stew, Spicy Seafood Tofu Soup, Spicy Topokki and more.
One of the many customer favourites is the Spicy Beef Soup (Yukgaejang). The beef slices are tender and the simmering-hot flavoursome soup sets your tongue on fire but leaves you craving for more. Always an ideal comfort food but extra satisfying on a cold rainy day.
Mon – Sat: 1130am – 230pm, 530pm – 1030pm
MUK BANG KOREAN RESTAURANT
Hidden away in an industrial park in Chai Chee is this cosy Korean restaurant serving affordable yet delicious Halal Korean dishes. Yes, they are one of the few Halal-certified Korean food places in Singapore!
Who doesn’t love a piping-hot fiery pot of Army Stew? Muk Bang’s Budae Jjigae comes with ample portions of the usual ingredients including chicken slices, chicken luncheon meat, baked beans, mushrooms, tofu, ramen, and cheese. This colourful huge stew whets the appetite just by the looks of it and is good for 2 persons with voracious appetites to share.
Afterwards, soothe your burning taste buds with their signature Korean Bingsu – Mango and Durian being their bestsellers.
Address: 750 Chai Chee Road, #01-02 Viva Business Park, Singapore 469000
Mon – Sun: 11am – 10pm
With the popularity of Korean food still soaring, I am sure there are plenty of other irresistible spicy Korean dishes out there, be it authentic or fusion. Comment below and let us know where else can we satiate our spice-craving!