S(e)oul food: 삼시세끼

When one first walks past the stretch of eateries at Upper Bukit Timah, 삼시세끼 (Three Meals A Day) may not be the first one that stands out. Surrounded by countless other Korean restaurants in the area such as Maru Korean BBQ and Joo Mak Korean Restaurant, 삼시세끼 looks like your typical run-of-the-mill Korean eatery.

The low-profiled restaurant is situated a distance away from the main road and one would have to travel further inwards to actually spot them. Yet, it seemed to have its own regular customer base with an occasional full house. The staff there were all native Koreans but seemed to have no problem communicating in English.

We were recommended the Army Stew, which was priced at $30 for a medium pot and $40 for a large pot. We chose the large one which could be shared among 4-5 people. Ingredients included sausages, spam, rice cakes, tofu and instant noodles topped with cheese.

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Their spicy kimchi soup had the right amount of heat. Not too watery or overly concentrated-like previous Army Stews that I have tried elsewhere at authentic claiming Korean eateries- but still being able to provide that instant kick of spicy ‘shiokness’. Every slurp was scrumptious with a great balance between the ingredients and the kimchi soup.

Their other recommendation was the Rabokki ($15), a dry mixture of ramyun, rice cakes, fishcakes and vegetables fried in chilli.

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It was recently revamped on their menu to be ‘new and improved’, although they could not describe what was changed specifically. The chilli paste in this dish leaned more towards the sweet side rather than spicy. It definitely tasted yummier in the first few minutes when piping hot before it transformed into a clumpy, cold mess.

The Odeng-Guk dish ($8) was served with layers of fishcake skewers (8 sticks in total!) submerged in hot broth and vegetables.

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The fishcakes were soft and juicy, having absorbed the richness of the soup.  Every slurp was comforting to the soul. No wonder Koreans treat this as a remedy for hangovers because we sure felt refreshed instantly.

The last item on our table was the spicy marinated chicken ($12). The chicken was chewy (Not breast meat, thank God!) and flavorful from the seasoning. It was the only dish that was small in portion for its price though. Overall, passable but not to-die-for.

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삼시세끼

Tuesday- Sunday: 12-3.30PM, 6-11PM

Closed on Mondays

12 Chun Tin Rd SINGAPORE 599599

+65 64632346

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