Kko Kko Nara, Tanjong Pagar

The history of Kko Kko Nara: it was started because of a popular Korean tv drama about fried chicken but according to 14K, the standards of the fried chicken has dropped so you might as well go to Chicken Up. You now know what Kko Kko is? it’s Kko kko kko kko gayyyyyyy – the crow of the a cock! Kko kko Nara is so successful that it has two branches, out of which one is a karaoke bar. So bizarre.

We ordered Stew with spam (Bu Dae Jji Gae, $35) and rice ($2 or $3):
The rice: If you order just rice, it’s $2. If you add $1 more, you can have the bento set, which includes three kimchi, an omelette and a thin slice of hotdog. I know it’s just rice, but it’s tasty rice, unlike thai rice. It’s sweet and yummy. I like it that the three kimchi are different, ikan bilis, cabbage and tofu in different sauces. I hate hate hate hate kimchi–because it’s my principle to hate all healthy food–so I hate it even more when restaurants give different types of veg soaked in the same spicy sauce. So this restaurant wins in the diversity of taste.
I’d have ordered a different stew, one with less processed food and more real meat. This stew has spam, hotdog, golden mushroom, shitaki mushroom, vegetables, tofu, and–surprise!–baked beans. Like that lor. The stew was rather similar to the one I ate in New York, and since that New York restaurant was run by Koreans, I suppose it’s authentic. The stew tasted like kimchi sauce but wasn’t sourish, it was sweeter.
Dark and sexy atmosphere. There were privacy screens for each booth, so you can have much er… privacy. Service is minimal intrusion–good to bring your mistress here. Fun thing about the service: there is a button on the table, you can ring for them! Fun! Ding dong ding dong ding dong!
Kko Kko Nara
57 Tras St #01-01
T: 6224 8186
11am – 4am
Rating: 3.000/5 stars

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