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Hongdae Oppa: Urban K-Food Restaurant Serves Hotplate Bokkeumbap & Cheesy Steamed Egg At Plaza Singapura

Last Updated: March 12, 2020

Written by Hendrick Yeo

There are many Korean food chains in Singapore that just cannot do Korean food justice—in fact, some are a disgrace to Korean food. I can’t justify paying for sub-par Korean food, especially as a foodie where good food brings me happiness.  

As a regular listener of Korean music, to catching the hottest drama like Itaewon Class, it is safe to say I’m a regular when it comes to Hallyu wave-related content. Hongdae Oppa, is a perfect place to soak up the K-Wave culture, especially with Korean music that will get you grooving with your friends as you munch on your meal.  

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Located at basement two of Plaza Singapura, right below one of the escalators, you will definitely not miss it, especially if you exit via exit D from Dhoby Ghaut MRT. 

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For those who love their food on hotplates, this is for you. I can’t help but think of popular food chains that serve their food on hotplates when their signature item Bokkeumbap (S$12.90) was served, however, I withheld the thought of comparing them.  

For those who aren’t familiar with Korean cuisine, Bokkeumbap is essentially Korean-style fried rice. This dish will definitely be a hit amongst chicken skin lovers. The Bokkeumbap has both spicy (with kimchi) as well as a non-spicy variant (egg fried rice) for those who can’t take the heat. 

This meal is filling when it comes to ingredients—fried chicken skin, sweet corn, onions, scallions, fried egg, with your preferred choice of meat (chicken, pork, or beef). As a beef lover, I picked the beef for my Bokkeumbap without hesitation.  

The fried chicken skin offered a nice contrasting texture with the beef, with the fried chicken skin’s crackling crispy exterior, coupled with the beef’s sweet-savoury flavour. The corn was a good addition to the meal, giving it that sweet-starchy edge to it. 

On the other hand, the kimchi’s umami, sour taste gave this dish its quintessential Korean essence. 

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Next up, the Messy Oppa Tteokbokki (S$11.90) was served. This was a dish that does not need much explaining; it is filled with spicy tteokbokki served with fishcakes and hard-boiled egg, topped with noodle-thin sliced potato bits, giving it the “messy” look. 

This is an epitome of carbs, which is pitch-perfect for those who love a variety of carbs. The bouncy texture of the tteokbokki showed how Hongdae Oppa knows how to cook up tteokbokki, with the right amount of chewiness to it. The mountain of potato crisps was light and crunchy, allowing the tteokbokki to be the main star of the show.

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What’s Korean food without some Korean fried chicken, am I right? On the menu, Hongdae Oppa offers their Oppa’s Chix in the classic three flavours; spicy (gochujang), original, and soy garlic. The Oppa’s Chix is served in three quantities, four pieces at S$10.90, eight pieces (half a chicken) at S$19.90, as well as 16 pieces at S$36.90 for those huge gatherings.

For those who love their Korean side dishes, you might be disappointed with their only choice of pickled radish on the side. Personally, I was satisfied with that as I love pickled radish, and what’s more, their pickled radish is free-flow!  

Overall, the three flavours had the right amount of sauce drenched on the chicken, with the fried skin retaining its crackling bite. Meat-wise, it was definitely protein-packed with little to no fat.

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For ramyeon fanatics, get the Oppa! Ramyeon! (S$13.90). I personally really dig this as the soup’s robust flavour reminded me a lot of hobak gochujang jjigae (Korean spicy zucchini stew). 

You may dismiss this bowl of noodles as a simple bowl of instant noodles, but this is definitely an upgrade from your usual instant noodle meal—Korean springy noodles with minced pork, luncheon meat, seaweed, onion, zucchini, enoki mushroom, egg as well as seasoned meat in their house-made spicy soup. 

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The noodles were thick, with a great al dente bite to it, which is essential when it comes to ramyeon. For those who cannot live a day without having their noodle fix, don’t hesitate to order this.

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The Cheesy Steamed Egg (S$7.90) is a side dish that I would urge everyone to order. As much as I love the steamed egg found in Korean cuisine, there was this underlying thought of what could be added to boost its flavour. Ta-da, Hongdae Oppa got it; melty mozzarella cheese upgraded this humble side dish. 

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The mozzarella cheese added the much-needed savoury flavour to the steamed egg, and I enjoyed every scoop with delight. For those who prefer their steamed egg to be purely light, fluffy and not cloying, you may not be a fan of this.


The question would be, will I be returning to this restaurant? Given its ideal location at Plaza Singapura, along with the reasonably priced food with filling portions, this place will be my to-go Korean food fix when I meet up with my friends in town. 

Expected Damage: S$15 – S$25 per pax

Price: $

Our Rating: 4 / 5

Hongdae Oppa

68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura, #B2-47, Singapore 238839

Price
Our Rating 4/5

Hongdae Oppa

68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura, #B2-47, Singapore 238839

Telephone: +65 9181 3038
Operating Hours: 11.30am - 10pm (Daily)
Telephone: +65 9181 3038

Operating Hours: 11.30am - 10pm (Daily)
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