Last week, our team was invited for a media tasting session at HANSANG Korean Restaurant located at The Grandstand, where we tried their newest menu that was launched specially for the Chuseok festival. For most of us, Chuseok is more familiarly known as the mid-autumn festival and this holiday, which marks the end of the autumn harvest, is one of the biggest and most important festivals celebrated in Korea.
Also known as the Korean Thanksgiving day, this festival sees a major gathering of families, where the Koreans come together to give thanks and pay tribute to their ancestors for the year’s harvest.
Chuseok is usually celebrated with a feast of traditional food, and we got to try some of it here at HANSANG Korean Restaurant, such as the BBQ Set which includes an array of premium meat selection (beef and pork) grilled on HANSANG’s Smokeless Charcoal Roaster. The set also comes with Korean banchan (appetizers) like Japchae (잡채), Kimchi (김치), Assorted Pancake (모듬전) & more that need no further introduction.
One of our favourite appetisers from the HanJeongSik (Course Meal) is the Haemul NaengChae (해물 냉채), also called the seafood and vegetable salad as the taste is really refreshing and completely stimulates one’s appetite. This dish is served cold, along with the rest of the banchan dishes, and should be eaten before you begin on the main food.
Just looking at the mouth-watering photos are enough to keep you drooling over the meat selection at HANSANG. The 5 types of beef meat included in the BBQ set are Wagyu Fillet, Wagyu Brisket, USA Prime Ribeye, Marinated Beef Short Rib and LA Beef Ribs, while the 5 types of pork meat include Pork Belly, Pork Loin, Pork Jowl, Pork Collar Meat, as well as Marinated Pork Rib.
Without a doubt, this is one of the better choices of Korean BBQ that we’ve tried so far. The beef meat, especially the tender and juicy Wagyu Fillet, was so good and tasty that we could totally ask for a second serving. And now we know why the Koreans have a big love for meat – there could only be one reason behind it, i.e. the succulent taste.
We also tried the stone pot rice (돌솥밥) that was served with beanpaste soup, as well as rice porridge prepared from the same stone pot (they poured hot water in the pot and left it aside for a few minutes before serving). I would say that it wasn’t as fascinating as other dishes since the taste was rather bland, or probably because we’re all too full from the tasting session, but overall the meal at HANSANG Korean Restaurant was still pretty enjoyable.
For those of you K-food enthusiasts, if you’d like to try some authentic Korean dishes, HANSANG Korean Restaurant is one place that we would recommend. Aside from the special Chuseok menu (available only at The Grandstand outlet), they do offer a wide selection of ala-carte choices with reasonable pricings.
HANSANG Korean Restaurant is located at 200 Turf Club Road, #02-14, The Grandstand.
Restaurant: 11.30 am – 10 pm daily
Lunch (11:30am-3:00pm) – $30.80++
Dinner (5:00-7:00pm) – $36.80++
Dinner (7:00-9:30pm) – $38.80++
* Complimentary dining for children below 90cm in height
Article by: Meixian
Photos by: Nicole