Sin Manbok, Affordable and Delicious Korean BBQ in Tanjong Pagar

Written by Katherine

September 14, 2022
Last Updated on February 29, 2024

After a long time of not having Korean BBQ, it was time to satisfy our craving for it. With so many Korean BBQ restaurants to choose from in Singapore, I decided to check out Google’s ratings to find one that comes highly recommended there. That’s when I decided to visit Sin Manbok, a Korean restaurant with over 1K reviews and 4.7 stars. So let’s go~! ☆ミ(o*・ω・)ノ

Sin Manbok, Not Just a Korean BBQ Restaurant

As it was hubs’ off day, we visited Sin Mabok on a weekday afternoon around 2.30 PM. Surprisingly, there were still some diners in the restaurant. I was expecting most people to be at work during such an odd time.

Anyway, the restaurant isn’t big, typical of all the Korean restaurants you would find in the streets of Tanjong Pagar. In case you didn’t know, there are A LOT of Korean restaurants along Tanjong Pagar Road. If you were to drop by this area, you would be spoilt for choice. (´• ω •`)

Minimum Meat Order for BBQ

We have seen quite a lot of people having their fried chicken on Google reviews so we decided to try it out as well. We wanted to order just one portion of meat for the BBQ as we would be having the chicken. Sadly, the staff told us that we needed two meat orders for BBQ so we ended up ordering a portion of the 5mm as well as the 3mm pork belly. And that’s how we ended up with too much protein for our meal. (´-ω-`)

Delicious Side Dishes, Oh La La~

Sin Manbok doesn’t serve a lot of side dishes but of the small variety of dishes, it’s safe to say that a few of them hit my sweet spot. One of my favourites has got to be the kimchi fried rice with cheese~! Initially, I was wondering why they served us a bowl of rice and cheese as side dishes. Then I was like “Ahhhhh…” when the staff came over to put these two items on the pan. (っ˘ω˘ς ) It tasted so good, especially the slightly burnt and crispy part of the rice. Since it was only a small portion, it was good while it lasted. (´• ω •`) ♡

The second side dish that we both loved was the stir-fry spicy fish cake. I love it when Korean restaurants serve this. This was not the first time I had it and every time I had it, it was so good. The spice level is just nice and paired with the slightly chewy texture of the fish cake, this dish was perfect. Since we were so full from our protein-rich meal, we didn’t ask for a refill of this dish. I should have ‘cos we loved it so much! (っ˘ڡ˘ς)

Other side dishes are less exciting, such as the beansprout, which I obviously didn’t eat since it is my mortal enemy. But hubs mentioned that it was normal, along with the broccoli. The mashed potato was okay while we enjoyed having the grilled onion and mushroom after having the grilled meat. There was the marinated onion as well as kimchi, both of which we paired with the grilled meat in our wrap.

Tasty Half-and-Half Fried Chicken

Having watched so many episodes of Korean Englishman, hubs was excited to order fried chicken. We don’t have a lack of Korean fried chicken restaurants in Singapore so I have no idea why he was so excited to have it here. ┐(‘~`;)┌ Anyway, we ordered a small portion of the half-and-half fried chicken. So half of the chicken is the original flavour while another half would have sauce on it.

I only managed to have one fried chicken of each flavour as there was just way too much meat for our meal. Generally, both hubs and I think the fried chicken tasted quite good. For me, I prefer the sauced version since it has some spicy kick to it. But as we were seated near a very strong-blowing aircon, the fried chicken got cold fast. Hubs commented that the chicken tasted better while hot since he ended up finishing all the chicken towards the end.

Time to Have Some BBQ Meat~!

Over here at Sin Manbok, the staff would help you cook your meat while you enjoy your meal. Not sure if it’s due to the lull period, but there were only two service staff when we visited. So one of them would be cleaning up tables and serving the dishes while another would help to take orders and cook the meat.

Usually, when the staff helped to cook the meat, I would just leave it to them to manage the degree of doneness of our meat. I thought that the staff would help us remove the meat after a while. But seems like he got a bit too busy after putting our 3mm pork belly on the grill, and our meat got a bit slightly overcooked and crispy. Hubs was the one who said that we should remove the meat from the grill. Luckily we did that else our meat would have ended up charred, which was what happened to another table. (*/ω\)

Anyway, unlike a lot of Korean BBQ restaurants that we went to, Sin Manbok’s grill has a side pan which they use to cook our fried rice and you can also put the cooked meat there in the meantime. Since the side pan is part of the grill, it sort of helped to keep the meat warm as well. Quite cool I must say. (b ᵔ▽ᵔ)b

Free Food on the House

When all our food was being served, the staff, who seemed to look like either the boss or manager, served us a bowl of steamed eggs (계란찜) and said that it was free for us. Not sure why we were given free food but who could reject such an offer so we were grateful for this item. The fact is, I have always wanted to try Korean steamed eggs as they always look so good on variety shows. Even though it’s just simply eggs, it tasted so nice and fluffy. Not too salty and the taste was just right.

Hubs said must capture the side of the egg, like what variety shows and videos do (*/ω\)

And just when we were finishing up the last of our 5mm pork belly, the same staff served us a portion of beef brisket and told us once again that it was free for us. w(°o°)w Haha! I honestly don’t know why is he so generous to us but we really appreciate the gesture. With our almost exploding belly, we finished up the beef brisket as well, which turned out to be better than expected. (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ

Overall Experience

If we are to come back to Sin Manbok for Korean BBQ again, we would definitely go for the 5mm pork belly and beef brisket. This combination seems to work better than having two types of pork.

In comparison to the meat at the best Korean BBQ restaurant we have been to, Sin Manbok’s meat is definitely just average. However, given that their non-BBQ dishes tasted quite good, such as the fried chicken and steamed egg, hubs and I would definitely come back to try other dishes on their menu. I was eyeing the jokbal and the sundae on the menu, just some Korean dishes that I have been wanting to try after watching too many variety shows. Haha! (ノ´ヮ`)ノ*: ・゚

If you have any Korean restaurants that serve delicious non-BBQ dishes, especially ganjang gejang (marinated raw crabs), please recommend them to me because I have been looking for a good one to visit! Drop me a comment or just reach out to me through Instagram DM. Can’t wait to hear from you~! ٩(♡ε♡)۶

Information about Sin Manbok

SIN MANBOK

⏰ Opening Hours: 11.30 AM – 3 AM
☎️ Phone Number: +65 6221 7030

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If you’re craving some delicious Korean BBQ, you’re in for a treat! Dive into my post, where I share my adventures at various Korean BBQ restaurants in Singapore. And if you’re on the hunt for tasty options in Tanjong Pagar, don’t miss my extensive list of over 25 fantastic places to dine in the area! Alternatively, I’ve got some more Singapore food-related posts that you might find appealing. (´ ε ` )

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