Hyang Yeon (Peck Seah): Amazing Korean BBQ in Tanjong Pagar

Written by Katherine

September 6, 2023
Last Updated on February 29, 2024

To all my Korean BBQ readers, I am back to sharing yet another fantastic Korean BBQ restaurant in Tanjong Pagar! As you know, there are a lot of Korean BBQ restaurants in Tanjong Pagar and sometimes it can be a bit tough deciding which one to go to. Besides Sin Manbok and CHARIM Korean BBQ, you can now also add Hyang Yeon BBQ 3 at Peck Seah Street to your list! If you’re curious to hear all about my mouth-watering experience at Hyang Yeon, keep reading for all the details~! (@´ー`)ノ゙

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Why We Chose Hyang Yeon BBQ at Peck Seah Street

A night photography theme for a photography challenge brought me out of the house. I am a homebody and would rather stay at home most days than go out. Not wanting to waste this opportunity, hubs and I decided to visit a Korean BBQ restaurant for an early dinner before heading into town for the night photography. Considering Tanjong Pagar is in close proximity to town, we decided to look for a restaurant that fits the bill. And that was when we came by Hyang Yeon BBQ 3 at Peck Seah Street. With its raving reviews on Google and it being the third branch in Singapore, we thought it would be a good choice for our dinner! ⸜( *ˊᵕˋ* )⸝

Exterior of Hyang Yeon BBQ 3 (Peck Seah) and a signage of Peck Seah Street

Food We Ate at Hyang Yeon (Peck Seah)

You know how sometimes there seems to be so much good food on the menu and you just feel like ordering everything? Well, that is the case here at Hyang Yeon. The menu is so extensive that hubs and I had a hard time deciding what to order. For us, it is always a must to order the meat for a Korean BBQ experience. But in the meantime, I want to try something different from the ala carte menu items as well! (´-ω-`) But sadly, hubs and I are both small eaters so we ended up ordering back the usual things. Haha! Let’s just say, that having BBQ meat is like a trial to decide if the restaurant is good for a second visit for its ala carte items. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

A Wide Variety of Side Dishes

A total of eight side dishes were served here at Hyang Yeon (Peck Seah), which in our opinion is a lot! There is a tofu dish and a jelly dish that we have never seen before as side dishes at other Korean BBQ restaurants. I might be wrong but some Googling said that one is Dubu Jorim (spicy braised tofu) and another is Nokdu-muk (mung bean jelly).

Those are interesting but my favourite is the good old Eomuk Bokkeum (stir-fried fish cake). Whenever a Korean restaurant serves them up, that is the one that I would be having most of the time. Haha! (´• ω •`) Anyway, generally everything tasted quite good. In terms of variety, Hyang Yeon definitely wins as compared to the other Korean BBQ restaurants we have been to. But in terms of quality, I still think CHARIM Korean BBQ wins hands-down. (≧◡≦) ♡

The side dishes served at Hyang Yeon BBQ 3 (Peck Seah)

Similar to many Korean BBQ restaurants, we were also served Gyeranjjim (steamed eggs) as a complimentary item. This seems to be a regular thing at most of the Korean BBQ restaurants that we visited. So if you are craving some steamed egg, maybe wait to see if it is served before ordering it. This might save you some moolah. Haha! (´・ᴗ・ ` )

Good Quality Meat and Really Cold Noodles

As I said, there are so many things I felt like ordering from the extensive menu at Hyang Yeon (Peck Seah). But since this is our first time here, the right thing to do is to have meat and our usual bibim naengmyeon~! Similar to other Korean BBQ restaurants, you would need to order a minimum of two portions of meat. So hubs and I ordered the Duroc Pork Belly and Thinly Sliced Beef.

I love the pork belly! It was really nice and tender. The staff had also cut it into a good bite-size, not too thick and not too small. You can have it by itself or in a wrap, which is what I love to do with pork belly. The sliced beef is really thin and tasted quite okay too. Generally, I think both meat are of good quality and hubs and I have nothing to complain about. ( ´ ω ` )

The Duroc pork belly and thinly sliced beef at Hyang Yeon BBQ 3 (Peck Seah)

The bibim naengmyeon (spicy cold noodles) on the other hand is slightly different from what we had at other Korean restaurants. Taste-wise, the noodles were actually quite good. There was a right amount of spiciness to it and the noodles were chewy. However, in comparison, Hyang Yeon’s bibim naengmyeon has significantly less broth. Although this does not affect the flavour of the noodles, it was slightly on the “drier” side. Ice was clearly visible in the bowl and the noodles were much colder than other restaurants. So if you have some sensitive teeth, you might have to eat it slower! (´・ᴗ・ ` )

The bibim naengmyeon and grilled mushrooms and onion at Hyang Yeon BBQ 3 (Peck Seah)

Our Attempt at Sikhye again…

Having watched so many Korean variety shows, I can’t help wanting to try this infamous drink, Sikhye. Hubs and I had tried the canned version before but we just can’t get over the ginger taste. Since sikhye is made of fermented malt and rice, I always thought that it would be similar to makgeolli. I love makgeolli and thought the can of sikhye that we bought must have been different. So when I saw this homemade sikhye on the menu, I told hubs that we should give it a try again.

And then we got disappointed again. In comparison to the canned version, the sikhye here has a lighter ginger taste to it, which makes it better. But still, it is not something that we like. If anyone is reading this, please let me know if this light ginger taste is a norm in sikhye because it is really not what I imagined it to be. (*/ω\)

The sikhye and free barley tea at Hyang Yeon BBQ 3 (Peck Seah)

Anyway, the sikhye cost us 10 SGD, which is quite expensive in our opinion. I ended up drinking the free barley tea and hubs was drinking most of the sikhye. Haha! So if you don’t want to spend on drinks, you can simply enjoy the meal with the free barley tea. ( ´ ꒳ ` )

Things Worth Mentioning at Hyang Yeon (Peck Seah)

Option to Cook the Meat Separately

You know how usually when all the meat was served and the staff would just start grilling everything right away? And once that is done, all the meat would be put aside and the staff would clear the table. Here at Hyang Yeon (Peck Seah), they work differently.

Instead of cooking everything in one go, the staff asked us if we wanted to grill the meat separately. Since we were given the option, we said yes to that. And the staff asked which one we wanted to grill first. This is honestly a good system as this ensures that you don’t have meat that is going cold on the side while you are enjoying your favourite meat. Once we were more or less finished with the first meat, we asked the staff to help us cook the next batch of meat. And just like that, hot grilled meat for another round! ⸜(*ˊᗜˋ*)⸝

Hand cutting and grilling the meat for us and the meat grilling at Hyang Yeon BBQ 3 (Peck Seah)

Good Quality Lettuce

The lettuce came together with the side dishes and was served in a nice container. I thought this should be mentioned as I think lettuces in a lot of Korean restaurants usually come in quite a big piece. Most times, hubs and I would tear it into two so that we have the right size for our wrap. But here at Hyang Yeon, not only are the lettuces provided in a good size for a wrap, but each piece is also of good quality. This means that each lettuce looks nice and green without any spots on it. So in terms of lettuce quality, Hyang Yeon wins hands-down~! (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ

The lettuce and a view of part of the seating inside Hyang Yeon BBQ 3 (Peck Seah)

Come Earlier to Avoid the Crowd and Have Better Service

I think generally hubs and I are happy with the service at Hyang Yeon (Peck Seah). I would say the service was good before the dinner hour hit. Hubs and I reached Hyang Yeon at 5:30 PM before the peak dining hour started. So from the time that we got seated and got our order taken and the first batch of meat cooked, all was great.

But once the restaurant started to get crowded, it was tough to get the staff’s attention. There is a button at our table that we can press to get the staff’s attention. We thought this was actually a good system during the busy hours. But unfortunately, I don’t think the system is working. We pressed the bell, the bell rang, I think it caught the staff’s attention and life seemed to just go on after that. No one attended to us until hubs decided to just wave to a staff to get his attention instead. (´-ω-`)

The call button and the meat being grilled at Hyang Yeon BBQ 3 (Peck Seah)

Besides not being able to get the staff’s attention easily during peak hour, I also think that the staff who came to grill our second batch of meat was doing it in a rush. The first staff who was serving our table was much better and seemed to be grilling our meat with more care. He ended up being busy with another big table of customers so we couldn’t have him back to cook for us. But I guess during peak hour, everyone is needed around the restaurant hence they probably can’t put as much care into grilling them during then. Anyway, it is just my guess and observation though. That being said, our meat in general was grilled nicely with no overcooking. (´• ω •`)

Dining Limit on Fridays and Saturdays

We made a reservation through Hyang Yeon’s online form and the reservation was confirmed within the hour. If you are thinking of dining there on Fridays and Saturdays, take note that there would be a 2-hour dining limit for the 5:30 PM slot. I am assuming that is their peak dining hour and days so if you have a gathering, better take note of this limitation! (ᵔ◡ᵔ)

Overall Experience at Hyang Yeon BBQ at Peck Seah Street

With so many Korean BBQ restaurants at Tanjong Pagar, I think Hyang Yeon BBQ at Peck Seah Street has some things that make it stand out from the others. I really love the option to have our meat cooked separately so that we would always have meat hot right off the grill to enjoy. The wide variety of side dishes and good-quality lettuce also make dining at Hyang Yeon a delight.

A photo of us at our seat at Hyang Yeon BBQ 3 (Peck Seah)

This restaurant looks like a popular place for friends and family to gather, as seen on the day we were dining there. Oh did I mention, we also saw soju bomb for the first time? The vibe was really quite different during dinner hour but just way too busy for our liking. I am definitely going to be coming back to Hyang Yeon to try its ala carte menu items. And this time, I am going to come back during the off-peak hours so that we can have a better dining experience. ⸜( *ˊᵕˋ* )⸝

If you have any Korean restaurants that serve delicious non-BBQ dishes, especially ganjang gejang (marinated raw crabs), please send me your recommendations! Let me know in the comments section or just reach out to me through the contact form. Thank you~! ٩(♡ε♡)۶

Information about Hyang Yeon BBQ 3 (Peck Seah)

HYANG YEON BBQ 3 (PECK SEAH)

⏰ Opening Hours: 11:30 AM – 3 PM, 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
📧 Reservation (Peck Seah branch)
📒 Full Menu of Hyang Yeon BBQ 3 (Peck Seah) – click on each thumbnail below to expand the image

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