Last Updated: June 14, 2019
Patrons of [email protected], rejoice, because healthy Korean fast-food Dosirak has just landed! They’ve brought their signature bibimbap, not in a bowl, but in ice cream tubs. This spot in Somerset is their very first flagship store, apart from the space at Downtown Gallery.
It’s a fun concept and makes it really convenient to take it on-the-go, especially if you’re in a hurry. The tub is also supposed to help you shake the bibimbap without making a giant mess.
Dosirak (도시락) draws inspiration from traditional Korean lunch boxes that consist of rice and side dishes. Typically, the lunch boxes are shaken to bring out the flavours in the mix.
The sauce and kimchi recipes were passed down for four generations and are entirely homemade. Dosirak hopes to bring Korean countryside vibes right into the heart of our town. The best part is that their bibimbaps are all under 500 calories!
A few of Dosirak’s best selling bowls are the Beef Bulgogi (S$9.90), Spicy Chicken (S$8.90), and Soy Citrus Salmon (S$12.90). Vegetarian customers can also enjoy Kimchi Tofu (S$7.90).
Ordering is simple — pick up a form, select your bases and ingredients. If you can take the spice, we seriously recommend their kimchi. Amazingly, in spite of being vegetarian-friendly, the kimchi still had an umami kick which typical kimchi gets from using fish sauce.
We ordered the Beef Bulgogi and Soy Citrus Salmon bowls. Upon opening the bowls, our mouths began to water. The beef and salmon were truly a sight to behold.
The folks at Dosirak recommend having the Omma’s Gochujang Sauce with the beef bowl, and the Apple Cider Gochujang with the salmon bowl.
Don’t worry if you need more, because they’ve got a set-up by the counter for you to put as much sauce as you want!
To our surprise, even the sauces themselves had an immense depth of flavour. My personal favourite was Omma’s Gochujang. It’s got that rounded taste that’s sweet and balanced.
There were generous portions of each ingredient, nicely laid in the pint. I couldn’t help but whip out my phone for the ‘gram. I’m not a huge vegetable fan, but the vegetables in this bowl were fresh and packed the right amount of crunch.
I recommend trying the meats on their own before mixing it all up. Add a bit of sauce on the top, if you will.
Despite being a leaner cut of beef, the meat still retained its beefy taste as it was marinated with a Korean pear puree.
This just goes to show how much effort Dosirak puts into creating healthy food that’s convenient.
No joking, the salmon melted in our mouths. We were just speechless at the quality of the ingredients. Dosirak prides themselves in curing the salmon with top-quality Korean sea salt, after which the fish is torched to perfection.
Their Apple Cider Gochujang carried less of the spice. Instead, it had a more tangy and linear note which complemented the seared salmon.
Dosirak has perfected the art of balancing health and convenience. That’s not something you get anywhere these days.
I really love the ice cream tub idea. All the ingredients get tossed together thoroughly. One of the managers mused that it was because the owners were trying to lose weight and still feel like they were eating rich dishes, hence the ice cream tub.
Owners Eugene and Edward are Korean-Singaporean brothers who received the recipes first-hand from their omma (‘mother’ in Korean). If you’re ever looking for a taste of the Korean home in town, Dosirak’s your stop.
Expected Damage: S$7.90 – S$12.90 per pax