Joo Bar: Singapore’s Only Korean Restaurant, with House Brewed Rice Wine and DIY Bibimbap

Friday, September 9, 2016


Interior of Joo Bar Restaurant
Joo Bar
5 Tan Quee Lan Street, Singapore 188094

Nearest MRT: Bugis
Contact: (+65) 8138 1628
Website: Joo Bar
Operating hours: Daily (12pm - 2.30pm, 5.30pm - 12am)

White Rice Bibimbap
White Rice Bibimbap

Quinoa Bibimbap
Quinoa Bibimbap

Purple rice bibimbap
Purple Rice Bibimbap

Flatlay of Bibimbap and Makgeolli
Four Bibimbaps with the restaurant's house-brewed Makgeolli (rice wine)

Rating: 3.9/5

My two cents:

I loooveee bibimbap! Bibimbap is one of the most common Korean dish to be found in Singapore and it is made using simple ingredients, and has a distinctively bright and cheerful appearance.

As easy as it seems to make a bibimbap, the choice of ingredients is crucial to the flavour and texture of this delicious dish. And that is why, I was so excited to know that at Joo Bar... YOU design your own bibimbap!

The standard price of a bibimbap at Joo Bar is $10.90! The price increases if you would like an additional serving or a premium ingredient.

Here is how the selection process goes:

  • Step 1: Pick a carbohydrate (additional serving +$3)

    Select between three types of carbohydrates, White Rice or Purple Rice or Quinoa (+$3)

  • Step 2: Pick a protein (additional serving +$5)

    Select between, Spicy Chicken or Stir-fried Pork or Beef Bulgogi or Broiled Saba (+$1.50) or Argentinian Grassfed Steak (+$4.50)

  • Step 3: Pick three complements (additional serving +$1.50)

    Common ingredients – Baby Lettuce, Carrot, Corn, Cucumber, Korean Beansprout, Kimchi, Marinated Spinach, Pickled Radish, Sauteed Zuchinni, Fried Tofu

    Premium ingredients – Edamame (+$1), Korean Anchovies (+$1), Spam (+$1.50), Sauteed Mushrooms (+$1.50)

  • Step 4: Pick a sauce (additional serving +$0.50)

    Select between the original Gochujang (red pepper sauce) or a non-spicy soy sauce.

Drinks such as Korean Plum Juice or Sikhye (Korean Rice Drink) and more, are available at $3. However if you are able to take alcohol, I would strongly urge you to try their in-house brewed Makgeolli (Korean Rice Wine) as it is one of the restaurant's speciality!!

Here is a tip when selecting ingredients for your bibimbap, aim less for what you like to eat and place more focus on the colours in your bowl. The essence of a tasty bibimbap is a good variety of colours, which would in turn ensure you a flavourful Korean rice dish!

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