Food Review - Yorijori Singapore (Kovan)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Korea is a place that everyone falls in love with once they get to experience the country. Korean food is a way for us to reminiscent all the good times we had in Korea - the culture, the music, and their 3000 won Soju (I MISS CHEAP SOJUS)! 

Well, that was why I was so looking forward to the meal at Yorijori, especially the Watermelon Soju!

Ban Chan (Free Flow!)

Yorijori Ban Chan

Ban Chan are the small dishes that are served before the mains, or what we call appetisers. They are usually served free-flow in Korea, but some Korean restaurants in Singapore limit or charges extra for their Ban Chan. In most of these cases, you would know that the restaurant is not authentic/not opened by Koreans. Yorijori has free flow Ban Chan, and their Kimchi is marinated nicely without being overwhelmingly spicy! I seriously think that Kimchi is one of the best appetisers to open up your appetite!

Spicy Pork & Squid Galbi ($15 per pax)

Yorijori Dak Galbi

The key to a good Galbi is the gochujang (a condiment made from glutinous rice, fermented soybeans and salt) that goes into the pan. This was not bad, but I felt that it could be less sweet and more spicy because the vegetables are sweet enough, and maybe because Evilbean loves hot stuff *winks.

Haemul Pajeon ($12)

Yorijori Haemul Pajeon

I am not a fan of the Pajeon (Korean pancake), so this wasn't a dish that I liked. 

Top Up Option: Kimchi + Seaweed Fried Rice (+$6)

Yorijori Seaweed Fried Rice

Yorijori Seaweed Fried Rice 1

Yorijori Seaweed Fried Rice 2

One of the more interesting things in Yorijori is the Top-up option of their Kimchi+seaweed Fried Rice, because usually, it is just rice that they stir into the pan. The addition of seaweed definitely makes the rice super appetising as the remaining pan sauce from the galbi are mixed into the seaweed rice!

Boo Dae Jji Gae ($14 per pax)

Yorijori Boo Dae Jji Gae

Boo Dae Jji Gae, or the Army Stew, is one of the dishes that is super awesome during winter. The mixture of luncheon meat, sausages, beans, tteokbokki and other stuff is a sight to behold in a steaming big pot of soup. Ramen taste ESPECIALLY delicious in a Boo Dae Jji Gae, so be sure to add it in the next time you order one!

Tteokbokki ($12 per pax)

Yorijori Tteokbokki

Yorijori Chef

Yorijori Chef 1

We were privileged to have the chef from Korea to demonstrate and prepare the Tteokbokki and Boo Ddae Jji Gae for us. I also got the opportunity to roll some rice balls with the chef, which turned out to be a rice oval instead. BUT STILL EDIBLE LA.

Evilbean at Yorijori

Yorijori BBQ

Yorijori BBQ

Watermelon Soju (Price unknown)

Yorijori Watermelon Soju

Yorijori Watermelon Soju 2

Yorijori Watermelon Soju 3

After tasting the Watermelon Soju at Chicken Up, I found the one at Yorijori to be nicer and more refreshing! The addition of some fruit punch/sugar syrup of sorts in their Watermelon Soju is a clever way to mask the taste of the Vodka-rish taste of Soju. Whereas we had a hard time finishing up the Watermelon Soju at Chicken Up, everyone was like literally gulping up the Watermelon Soju at Yorijori as if we were in a desert. 

I couldn't find the price in their current menu, but I am pretty sure they would include this awesome rendition of Watermelon Soju soon!

Gaeran Jjim Steamed Egg ($5)

Yorijori Gaeran Jjim Steamed Egg

Evilbean pro tip: Have this as your dessert. I am serious. This taste really comforting after your meal. Although a bit on the salty side, it was served steaming hot to us, just when we were starting to feel cold at their super breezy alfresco area. The feeling of this is like having a hot chocolate on a cold winter day! 

Overall, Yorijori is a good place to fix your Korean food cravings in the heartland at reasonable prices. At the price of less than $20 per pax, this is one of the authentic and quality Korean diner to visit without bursting your wallet!

Food Rating (out of 5 Evilbeans):


Evilbean's last words/recommendation:
- A simple concept of quality Korean cuisine at heartland prices will go very well with smart Singaporeans looking for the best bang for their bucks! Sit at the super windy alfresco area at night for the best ambience!
- MUST-ORDER: Boo Dae Jji Gae, Seaweed Fried Rice, Watermelon Soju

Current Promotion: 10% discount will be given to customers who order more than 3 items and for customers who dine at the alfresco area during rainy days!

Yorijori Singapore

Yorijori Singapore

207 Hougang Street 21
Paya Lebar Kovan CC
Singapore 530207 
Nearest MRT line: Kovan Station
Tel: +65 6288 6651
Opening Hours: 

Mon - Fri: 3:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm

Thank you @TheInfluencerNetwork and @YorijoriSG for the invite! Do follow Yorijori on their Facebook page and on their Instagram @YorijoriSG for more updates and Korean food photos!

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