Kim Dae Mun is a Korean food stall that has resided in the Le Meridien Food Court since 2002 or so. With Korean cooks and assistants in the kitchen, this place serves up authentic Korean fare at affordable prices. I first stumbled upon this place in 2005, after a visit to the food court for some Thai beef noodles. One of the things I really like at Kim Dae Mun is their Potato Pancake ($3.50) [****] as pictured here. The thin, crisp pancake doesn’t taste starchy despite the use of potato flour, and goes very well with a tangy sauce dip. The addition of white sesame seeds is a must for every dish, and it’s something I noticed while queuing for my food.
Another dish I like is their Korean Glass Noodles ($4.50) [***] which isn’t overly oily, and comes chockful of ingredients like prawns, vegetables, and egg. It’s accompanied by a choice of 1 side. Usually I’ll pick either the anchovies (ikan bilis) or kimchi to go with the noodles. For me it’s always a toss up between the Thai Pad Thai and Korean Glass Noodles. Both of which have somewhat similar ingredients but still manage to taste different. The important thing that sets a good dish of glass noodles apart, is definitely fresh ingredients.
Fancy some Korean-style ramen? [**.] Try some of Kim Dae Mun’s. At $4.50 a bowl, their ramen comes with egg, vegetables, and chicken. The soup’s tasty enough, but it could be spicier I felt. If you’ve got the tastebuds for spicy stuff, do try their Hot Beancurd Soup with Rice ($6) [****]. The soup is served piping hot in a black pot, with sliced pork, straw mushrooms, and la la shells (a variation of clams). Meat lovers will be glad to know that they’ve also got hotplate meats such as spicy pork, beef, and chicken on the menu. Others include spicy squid and more soups. All in all a sizeable selection for a food court stall that has a constant stream of customers (some of them Koreans too) every weekend.
Taste – 7/10
Price – $
Service – 7/10
Ambience – 6/10
Accessibility – 8/10
[$]-cheap like peanuts: ($10 & below/person)
[$$]-average Jane ($15-$25/person)
[$$$]-you might wanna tke tht card out..($30-$60/person)
[$$$$]-extremely exorbitant ($70 & above/person)
[* to *****] – rating(s) for individual dishes
100 Orchard Road, Level 1, Le Meridien Food Court
10 am – 9 pm daily
Dress code: Casual
Nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut