K Tower @ Amoy Street

Seems like the latest food fad to hit us or at least relatively new fad to me is the Korean seafood tower. Ever since Captain K opened, I was like waiting for a good occasion to gather a few people to go but somehow that never came. Finally K-Tower opened just 2 streets behind my office and I knew I have to go and try and see what the excitement is about. So 8 of us gathered one night and off we went.

The Korean Food Tower is like our Dim Sum just that instead of bamboo steamer trays, they have big metal steamers. And instead of dainty little dim sum, there were seafood and more seafood. Typically one can order different tower “height” of food depending on the number of diners. With 8 of us, we ordered the $298.00 9-tier Towers set which look like this.

The food came together pre-cooked and the steamers are just for show actually. But still we had a blast with the tower. First item on the tower was the steamed prawn.

All of us were unanimous in our verdict. The prawns were so fresh and sweet!

Next up was a tray of sea cucumber and dumplings. 

The sea cucumber looks weird. Maybe not the typical type we find here but the Korean version.

Next was clams and mussels in one tray.

Followed by a big fish

Then came the highlight of the night. 2 big lobsters which the server very helpfully cut it up into smaller pieces for us.

After the lobster, 2 big crabs.

The last tray is actually a soup base. There is a choice of different type of soup and the server recommended the Army Stew. The whole idea about the Korean Tower is that the juices from the top tray will flow down onto the bottom and eventually to the soup base making it very sweet. Which it was. However, the soup base doesn’t come with any ingredients and we had to order a tray of the usual steamboat stuff.

In addition, we also had a side dish of chicken wings and oyster

Everything was great and that include the kimchi which was one of the best I ever tasted.

All of us left very full and satisfied. Service was great too.And considering the amount of food we had, it still work out to an affordable $60 per person. 

 

Seoul Yummy

I must confess my knowledge of Korean food is restricted to the Korean barbecue, kimchi and ginseng chicken. So when we went to Seoul Yummy and M told me she had ordered ‘something’ and tried to describe them to me, I was a bit worried. What in the world did she ordered?
Then the friendly staff came with a few small little dishs of the usual Korean side dishes like kimchi, tofu, radish, peanuts etc. These were nice appetizers. The best part of it was that it was reprehensible and the staff  keep coming back with new dishes whenever she see empty dishes. I told M she should not order any main course and we just sit there and eat these appetizers will be good enough!

Turned out M had ordered the special set menu for the day which the menu described as Ärmy Food”. That didn’t sound very appetizing considering the state of our army food here. But first there was another side dish that came with the set meal, a fried kimchi dumpling. This one came with a unique greenish color spicy dip.

The main course came in the form of a “hotpot steamboat” sort of rojak stew where everything was dumped inside.

There were beef, pork, chicken, mushroom, vegetables, tofu, Korean rice cake and ramen. Just the typical steamboat! 
And the set came complete with 2 brown rice and 2 drinks but because there were 3 of us, the staff very kindly gave us 1 more free drink and all these for only $49.99.
Certainly value for money. And if this is army food, I think our SAF needs to fly our local contractor to Korea to learn how to provide such tasty food to our servicemen.