This year, there was a huge craze in Asia over the Korean drama Descendants of the Sun (DOTS). I have been watching Korean dramas for many years now, so naturally I was part of the DOTS craze. Last weekend, my friend shared a photo of her at a DOTS photo spot at Seorae Korean BBQ restaurant in Plaza Singapura, getting her shoelaces tied by Yoo Si Jin a.k.a Big Boss.
Call me shallow, but I am a sucker for lame marketing gimmicks like this. Immediately, I asked some fellow mom bloggers if anyone was interested to visit and two days later, Nat (so.natty.sg), Mabel (Amazingly Still) and I were at the doorstep of Seorae.
It turned out to be a hilarious visit with lots of #laughdieme moments for us. Not just because of the DOTS photo ops, but the whole idea of 3 mom bloggers attempting to be food bloggers. I’ll get to that. First thing first, Song Joong Ki. (They were playing scenes from DOTS on the TV at the entrance.)
Descendants of the Sun Photo Time!
The first thing I did when we reached was to ask Mabel to take a photo for me. Mabel didn’t care much for DOTS, so she was like our official photographer.
For the benefit of those who did not watch the show, this is the publicity poster for the show:
Image Source: Viki
I can’t act to save my life, so this was my best impersonation of Kang Mo Yeon. Sucks, I know, but I tried.
But give it up for the very sporting Nat who made the aunties outside the restaurant (and everyone who saw her Instagram) burst out laughing.
Okay. Enough of Descendants of the Sun. We still needed to eat. They passed us the menu and we had to place our order before we were shown to our table. Oh yes! I forgot to mention. The whole reason that DOTS stand card was at Seorae was because Seorae (in Korea) was featured in the drama. You know the Korean BBQ restaurant where Big Boss and Wolf liked to hang out? Yup, apparently that’s Seorae.
When we arrived at our table, the charcoal pot and the side dishes were already waiting for us.
There was egg boiling at the side of the hot pot. Looks so smooth and good!!
Since my main purpose of visiting was to take photos with Song Joong Ki, I didn’t have much expectations for the food. But omg, the food here was GOOD! We had to order a minimum of 2 dishes for the BBQ so we ordered the garlic chicken ($12.90++). The serving was much larger than I expected!
And their signature King Galmaegisal (whatever that was) 3-in-1 ($29.90++).
We also topped up for the cheese dipping which was just $2++ and refillable. If you are dining there, I highly recommend you top up for this cheese dipping!
And here you go. Korean BBQ Seorae style – complete with Egg and Cheese at the side!
The egg was super yummy and get this – it was refillable!! Bloggers being bloggers, the moment the waiter brought the jug over to refill our egg, we were like, “Quick! Grab your cameras!”
And I was like, “My angle not good. Nat, send me your photo!”
Va va voom!! Shiok right?? The egg was AWESOME. I am so bringing my egg-lover kids here next time. I don’t even need to order an extra dish for them, they can just keep eating this egg with rice!
And while I was taking photo of that fluffy egg, Mabel was like, “Quick! My hands are getting cooked!” Hahaha… Here’s a behind-the-scene photo of the hand-behind-the-spoon-getting-grilled.. LOL!!
And here’s another hilarious behind-the-scene moment. While we were all soooo busy taking photos of the egg being refilled, we neglected our BBQ and our meat was actually getting charred. Wahaha….
Next, we tried to take a food-blog-style photo of the cheese dipping. Failing terribly with super a lot of NGs until we gave up. Coz the cheese needed to be just nice melting but not overheated till it was starting to harden to get the effect we wanted. We just couldn’t get the timing right!
Until one time Mabel managed to get the cheese out nicely and she was like, “This one okay! Quick, take photo!”
Bwahahaha!! So there you go, awesome gooey mozzarella cheese coated BBQ meat. Wrap it with rice and kimchi in the lettuce and OMG – I never thought cheese and kimchi could blend so well together! We asked for several rounds of cheese and I tell you, it was SO value for money! $2!
After we finished our meal, they cleared our table and Mabel spotted an instruction on the table that showed us how to get refills using magnets. Remember when we first came in, the side dishes were already on the table? They were blocking the instructions so we had been using the old-school way of calling for the waiter every time we needed to refill the cheese or egg or side dishes! We felt so suaku!
So Mabel was like, take photo and put on your blog! Tell people what to do. Basically you see the colourful magnets? If you need refill for something, you are supposed to move the corresponding magnet to the white rectangle with your table number.
But ermmm.. We tried using the magnets later on to get refill for our water and we never got our refill. So well, you can try. If nobody comes, just go back to raising your hand and calling for a waiter.
We were there on weekday during lunch time and there was a 50% off Bingsoo promotion.
We went a bit overboard by ordering one Bingsoo each but 50% off! How to resist??
The first Bingsoo was served and our table was pretty messy. So for the sake of having blog-worthy photos, we moved our Bingsoo to the next table to take photo of it. The waiter panicked and was like, “No No! You can’t use another table!” and we told him we weren’t going to dine there, we just wanted to take a photo – complete with the restaurant name and all, and he was like okay.
And you know, food bloggers always like to wait for all the dishes to arrive to take a ‘group photo’ of the food? Usually mom bloggers can’t do that, because the kids would have attacked the food before the next one arrived. But since we were here without the kids, we waited. And waited. And watched the ice-cream melt.
I pity food bloggers. They are probably always eating cold food, charred BBQ meat or melted ice-cream. Finally the next Bingsoo arrived.
Again, they placed it on our table and we had to move it to the next table for photo taking. And it was hilarious because the melon almost rolled off the wooden plate!!! Food blogging is such a hazardous job! Mabel quickly grabbed the melon while I moved the wooden plate and rearranged it carefully on the next table.
We watched the ball of ice-cream at the top of the melon warily, keeping fingers crossed that it would not roll off before the third Bingsoo arrived. Thankfully it stayed there long enough! Once the third Bingsoo arrived, we took turns to take photos of our Bingsoo.
And when we thought everyone was done, I was like, “Wait wait wait!! I forgot to take a vertical shot! I need a vertical shot for Pinterest!” Wahaha.. Seriously.. The things that go on in my head as a blogger. So here you go, a pinnable image. Please feel free to pin it up if you have a Pinterest account. Don’t waste my effort.
After that we carefully moved all our Bingsoo back to our own table. But before we started eating, we still had to take the mandatory syrup-pouring photo!
Hahaha! You see Nat look so swee doing the pouring action. But again, behind the scene, Mabel was helping to direct her pouring action. LOL…
And we could finally dig in to our Bingsoo!! Okay, the Bingsoo wasn’t the best I have had. I liked Bingsoo that was totally shaved and melt-in-the-mouth. The ones here were not too bad, but I could still taste little bits of small ice chunks. Mabel said she liked it with the small ice chunks. So well, to each her own!
We had an awesome time at Seorae Korean BBQ at Plaza Singapura! I’m not sure how long the Descendants of the Sun Photo Spot is going to be there, but if you want to take your photo with Captain Yoo, go soon!
The BBQ was super yummy. Frankly, we had NO idea what meat we were eating but it was good so we just ate. The egg and cheese were super yummy too – and refillable! Remember to top up $2 for the cheese dipping!
And if you come on weekdays during lunch time, enquire about the 50% off Bingsoo discount. It wasn’t advertised in the shop nor in their menu. Luckily Mabel saw it online. Terms and conditions on the FB post state that “The promo is for limited period, management have the right to stop the promotion without prior notice.” You can always call them (Tel: 6238 8429) to ask if it’s still on before going down. 🙂
Information on Seorae Singapore (Plaza Singapura):
Address: Plaza Singapura #02-01, 68 Orchard Road Singapore 238839
Getting There: Dhoby Ghaut MRT (CC1 / NE6 / NS24)
- Mon to Thu: 11.30am – 10pm
- Fri and Sat: 11.30am – 11pm
- Sun: 11.30am – 10pm
Note: They serve Patbingsoo only (No Grill) on Mon to Fri: 3.00pm – 5.00pm
Tel: 6238 8429
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