Kko Kko Nara

July 02, 2015 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Kko Kko Nara
51 Tras Street

68 Tanjong Pagar Road


http://www.kkokkonara.com/


Excellent Korean Fried Chicken In An Intimate Setting

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 8
Ambience & Setting: 7
Food & Beverage: 9
Service: 6
Value for Money: 8
Spent about SGD $45 per person.


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Among the earliest pioneers of the Korean Fried Chicken craze in Singapore, Kko Kko Nara has been going strong since opening in 2008. Owner Ms Eon Lee, a self-taught chef, spent 6 months perfecting her fried chicken recipes, which has quickly gained Kko Kko Nara a loyal following. Their Korean Fried Chicken is available in 4 distinct flavours; original, soy garlic sauce, sweet & spicy, and hot & spicy. And while the general ambience and service standards are passable, the food at Kko Kko Nara is consistently good!

Ambience at Kko Kko Nara differs depending on which part of the 3 storey shophouse you're seated in. The casual dining areas are bustling, vibrant and noisy, with average ambient lighting and minimal decor. Furniture is spaced closely together. The more intimate dining areas feature quiet private booths, dimly lit ambient lighting, and rather elegant furnishings. I actually find the casual area to be more suitable for normal, quick dining, but the private area to be more suitable for long, relaxing snacks rather than meals.

Service at Kko Kko Nara is decent, as staff are friendly and efficient. However, the language barrier sometimes makes communication difficult, as not all the Korean staff here are able to understand English. Those who do are pretty ok, as they carry out requests quickly. The e-menu has helpful English as well as Korean words, and ordering through the tablet is easy. While day to day / ordinary requests are fine, the problem arises with special requests, as it's hard to get staff to understand with their limited command of English. Example: Asking for a baby high chair is easily understood, asking them to print another copy of the recipt for verification is not easily understood.

Food at Kko Kko Nara is distinctly Korean, as evidenced by all the Korean staff and Korean diners. The menu is extensive, but focused on South Korea cuisine, in particular, Korean Fried Chicken, along with several authentic soups, appetizers, and drinks. Dishes are tasty and packed with flavour, and portions are typically large, designed for sharing / communal dining. In fact, I feel Kko Kko Nara has possibly among the best Korean Fried Chicken in Singapore! Prices are reasonable for the large portions, budget about SGD $45 per person for a meal here.


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The interior tends to be dimly lit, but bustling and vibrant. Despite their 3 story shophouse space, they are often packed during meal times, a testament to their enduring popularity and great tasting food!

Kko Kko Nara Exterior


Kko Kko Nara Interior


Kko Kko Nara Booth Seating


Bar Counter


Fireplace



The Beer Cass Fresh (SGD $8) is a pale golden lager with a small foam head, light taste of malt and wheat, and a fizzy, crisp, refreshing texture. Clean and light, very drinkable, pairs especially well with the much heavier sauced chicken meat dishes here.

Beer Cass Fresh



Loved the Makgeolli / Rice Wine (SGD $25) here, which has a milky white colour, a thin texture, and a taste of rice with a slight sweetness. This South Korea beverage is traditionally made from rice, mixed with nuruk, a Korean fermentation starter. The version here remains true to the original, and finished all too fast. Highly recommended!

Makgeolli / Rice Wine


Makgeolli / Rice Wine



The Yujacha / Tea Yuzu Citron (SGD $5) has a tangy, zesty taste that isn't too overpowering. Pretty good option for a beverage.

Yujacha / Tea Yuzu Citron



A complimentary appetizer / palate cleanser of Kkakdugi / Cubed Pickled Daikon Radish (SGD $0) with chopped red chili is great as an appetizer, but better as a refreshing palate cleanser, as most dishes here are big on flavour. Take 1 cube after each dish!

Kkakdugi / Cubed Pickled Daikon Radish


Kkakdugi / Cubed Pickled Daikon Radish



The Samgae-Tang / Ginseng Chicken Soup (SGD $28) here is very good, with a fragrant soup / broth that has good floral flavour from the ginseng, yet isn't overpowering or herbal. The chicken meat is tender and comes off the bone easily, and the rice and dates packed within are soft, lending some texture and a sweetness to this comforting starter.

Samgae-Tang / Ginseng Chicken Soup


Samgae-Tang / Ginseng Chicken Soup



The Haemul Pajeon / Seafood Scallion Pancake (SGD $28) has a nice amount of fresh shrimp / prawn, squid, and scallions stuffed within the thin, crisp pancake. Flavour is lovely, with the juicy freshness of the seafood, the earthy vegetable flavour of the scallions, the crunch of the pancake. Dip it into the soy sauce for an added depth of flavour! Good!

Haemul Pajeon / Seafood Scallion Pancake


Haemul Pajeon / Seafood Scallion Pancake



The delicious Maewoon Maneul Dak Ganjang / Spicy Garlic Soy Sauce Chicken Wings (SGD $20 / $35) has juicy medium sized chicken wings, with tender meat that comes off the bone easily, and a savoury crisp skin with a spicy, garlic and soy sauce marinade. Each bite of this slightly salty, slightly spicy, piping hot, savoury, and juicy wings makes you want to keep eating... addictive! Highly recommended!

Maewoon Maneul Dak Ganjang / Spicy Garlic Soy Sauce Chicken Wings


Maewoon Maneul Dak Ganjang / Spicy Garlic Soy Sauce Chicken Wings



The yummy Yangnyeom Tongdak / Sweet & Spicy Chicken (SGD $20 / $35) has chicken parts, on the bone, marinated in a sweet, sticky, slightly spicy sauce. The chicken meat is tender and juicy, running clear when cut / bit into, and the sweetness of the sauce hits your palate first, followed by the slow burn of spices. Excellent, highly recommended!

Yangnyeom Tongdak / Sweet & Spicy Chicken


Yangnyeom Tongdak / Sweet & Spicy Chicken



For the undecided, there's always the Combo Chicken Set (SGD $40), which features all 3 of the signature fried chicken available here. Also perfect for sharing!

Combo Chicken Set


Combo Chicken Set



The Soondubu Jjigae / Silken Tofu Stew (SGD $20) features a huge stew, savoury and slightly spicy. Within this soup / broth are large chunks of fresh silken tofu beancurd, incredibly soft, and eggy bits floating around, as well as several small mussels, and a deshelled hard boiled egg. Delicious, will order this again!

Soondubu Jjigae / Silken Tofu Stew


Soondubu Jjigae / Silken Tofu Stew



The Sobak Soju / Watermelon Soju Cocktail (SGD $38) is fruity, refreshing, and thirst quenching! Incredible lovely and addictive! Also a tad dangerous, because it makes you unaware of how much alcohol you actually drank! This also makes for a good dessert, when you're nearly finishing the drink / beverage, you can start scooping out the watermelon flesh to eat! Highly recommended!

Sobak Soju / Watermelon Soju Cocktail


Sobak Soju / Watermelon Soju Cocktail


Sobak Soju / Watermelon Soju Cocktail


Sobak Soju / Watermelon Soju Cocktail



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Update Nov-2015: Have been here 3 times over the last few months, and I find the ambience, service, and food to be consistently good! Have been bringing different groups of people here, and each visit gets the thumbs up from me and my friends!

The Ttukbaegi Gyeran Jjim / Steamed Egg In Pot (SGD $12) is fragrant and fluffy, and I quite enjoyed the taste of the eggs, flavoured with spring onions and red pepper flakes. The salted shrimp sauce used to season this dish is rather light though, which resulted in the overall dish being light on taste.

Ttukbaegi Gyeran Jjim / Steamed Egg In Pot


Ttukbaegi Gyeran Jjim / Steamed Egg In Pot



The Japchae / Stir Fried Sweet Potato Glass Noodles (SGD $15) is possibly the weakest dish I've had here. While the texture of the noodles is properly slippery, it's also thicker and more starchy than usual, making it very filling. The gravy, whilst savoury enough, is quite scant, not enough to properly coat the noodles, resulting in an overall dry dish. Skip this.

Japchae / Stir Fried Sweet Potato Glass Noodles


Japchae / Stir Fried Sweet Potato Glass Noodles



The Mini O-Deng Bar / Oden (SGD $25) is wonderfully fragrant, and completely delicious! This light seaweed and mushroom flavoured soup / broth works to both awaken the appetite, and cleanse your palate. Filled with various fish cakes, crab sticks, and vegetables, I kept drinking bowl after bowl of the soup / broth! It even helped flavour some of the other dishes! Highly recommended!

Mini O-Deng Bar / Oden


Mini O-Deng Bar / Oden


Mini O-Deng Bar / Oden



The Yuzu Pa Chae / Yuzu Scallions (SGD $8) has fresh strips of crunchy green onions / spring onions / scallions, dressed in a zesty, sour sweet yuzu sauce. Very refreshing, this helps to cleanse the palate. Good!

Yuzu Pa Chae / Yuzu Scallions (SGD $8)


Yuzu Pa Chae / Yuzu Scallions



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