Friday, May 18, 2007

Ban Chan (반찬)

I'm sitting in front of my computer, having a curry puff for my lunch and what am I dreaming of? Ban chan- those Koreaan sides dishes that are amazing in its variety and the limitless refill.

Unfortunately though...most of the Korean restaurants in Singapore are really not up to mark in terms of the variety, freshness and generosity. One of the restaurant even wanted to charge me for refills!!!! Luckily, they saw the errors of their way and did away with that parctice subsequemtly. Probably had too many people complaining. Whoever heard for a Korean eatery charging for refill of ban chan????!!!!

The only 2 restaurants that I've tried and been somewhat close to standard were Mana Restaurant (along Telok Ayer St) and Mido Restaurant (26 Tanjong Pagar Rd, though I don't think it's called Mido anymore).

Anyway... I figured if I can't have the real thing now, I could at least look at them right? I just got to make sure I don't drool over my keyboard.. hahaha!

This was from the abalone restaurant in Jeju. bb has blogged about it but hor...she wrote so much, I don't where to look. Anyway, here's her blogsite

This was part of the royal cuisine that I tried at the Gyeongbokgung Palace during my 2004 trip sponsored by KNTO. Very, very good. For more infor, you can go to KNTO's website here.

And I love the kimchis...

Raddish kimchi from Good Morning, Kimchi!

Whole Cabbage kimchi from Good Morning, Kimchi!

Fried Cucumbers from Le Wade's Korean Cookery

Now, if I can have these Ban Chan together with my other type of Ban Chan...it would be great. Wahahaha! You can read about my other Ban Chan here and here

Now, I'm really, really hungry! Oops, that doesn't sound too good... hahaha!

7 comments:

han min chung said...

I prefer manna also. I heard that rain had a dinner in manna, the owner of the restaurant was so proud of that. Are u working for press? Were you in Seoul supported by KNTO? Oh~ Even I didn't know you're working.
sorry..

Yee said...

You know what?? While I was drooling, reading your blog, one of my co-workers, who is a korean lady came into my office. We both feel like Korean food. So we decided to KOBA korean restaurant for lunch, which I went with Fendi, when she came to CA.
I am going to have seefood soon tofu with a lot of Ban Chan. One of the Ban Chan they serve is fried covina fish ... sooo good.
Now I make you hungrier .. sorry. Well it's your bed time now, nighty night.
I'm hoping to get the news of Joon, did he attend the award ceremony of not, checking BB's blog every 15 minutes @.@

bb said...

chay! you said i wrote soooo... much!! then again, can't really say you're wrong la...

anyhow, here's the link to the entry where we went to that abalone porridge restaurant in jeju :p

now i'm really feeling like having korean food! actually i just had korean food last saturday!

p.s. so you're going korea or not huh? haiyo, i so wanna go leh!

tiffany said...

Hi! Han...

Yeah..Quite a few Korean artistes have been to Mana restaurant. They invited BYJ too when he was in Singapore but he couldn't move out of the hotel.....

tiffany said...

Hi! Yee...

Yeah... I was really hungry after reading your comments..kept thinking about Korean food and all the ban chan....

Sigh....

tiffany said...

bb..

Actually, I just had Korean food last week too but it was in a foodcourt...no shiok lah.

Korea ah... don't know..if the event is anytime soon, then probably not. If later...maybe..maybe...

tiffany said...

Oh forgot to tell you Han..I'm not with the press though I am in advertising.

KNTO sponsored trips for various fan clubs around the world, though mainly Asia. I was with the Sinfapore's BYJ fanclub, Joon's Family. ^^