A Night of Revelry and Revelations with LISA on “Regal Planet”

BLACKPINK’s LISA charmed audiences at a virtual party on “Regal Planet”, a glittery metaverse created by the world’s leading blended Scotch Whisky, Chivas. It was a night of revelry and revelations as the brand’s Asia ambassador LISA, who crafted a cocktail, interacted with audiences and shared her story of rising through life’s challenges.

The avant-garde event was held on 27 November to celebrate Chivas and LISA’s new collaboration, the Chivas 18 x LISA Limited Edition. The global superstar unveiled the bold and beautiful bottle, which she co-designed with Chivas. As a larger-than-life version of the Chivas 18 appeared, LISA said: “The Chivas 18 limited edition combines classic elegance with modern design. My favourite part is the new monogram, my neon signature and my ‘star’ drawing on the bottle.”

Reminiscent of the exquisite whisky, “Regal Planet” was painted in shimmery gold and amber hues. Visitors could explore and interact in the different rooms of this virtual world. A highlight of the sprawling venue was the “Hustle Area”, where 3D Chivas bottles featuring cocktail recipes were on display. Party-goers also learnt how to craft LISA’s special Chivas cocktail, Pink Spice.

The singer-dancer turned mixologist for a night concocted her signature Pink Spice cocktail. The delightful Whisky Highball cocktail blends Chivas 18 with notes of tea, citrus and spice. LISA liberally added dashes of tabasco to the drink, as she exclaimed: “I like spicy.” Out of the 85 rich-tasting notes within Chivas 18, LISA revealed that her favourite notes are dark chocolate, toffee and vanilla.

Surrounded by avatars of BLINKS from around the world, LISA took time to share updates about her music career. She said: “After our second album “Born Pink”, we are quite busy with our world tour.”

The wildly popular BLACKPINK is in the midst of its “Born Pink” world tour, performing in Asia, North America and Europe. The tour comes hot on the heels of the girl group’s second studio album, “Born Pink”, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.

To the audience, LISA is a confident and consummate performer. However, LISA candidly admits that she gets nervous at times before stepping onto the stage. On how she encourages herself when nerves hit, she said: “I won’t be able to keep it to myself. That wouldn’t make it any better. As I keep up my passion, I will also share support from my members, making sure that we’re all doing great. This is really important to us.”

Amid the resounding applause after every performance, LISA pauses to reflect on how the magic happened onstage. She said: “I think every successful stage comes from the hard work we put in, so every time I perform, it’s like I’m sharing the joy with everyone.”

Feted by millions for her talent and style, LISA believes that success is borne out of a team effort. Channelling the empowering spirit of the “I Rise, We Rise” campaign by Chivas, she said: “No one is successful alone. With like-minded people, we face challenges together and that is how we get ready for our unknown future.”

The night ended with a resplendent display of virtual fireworks as LISA bade her fans goodbye. She said: “It’s been an amazing time with you all on Regal Planet. But I guess it’s time to say goodbye. Let’s continue our “I Rise, We Rise” legacy.”

Preorders for Chivas 18 x LISA Limited Edition are now available at for collection at FairPrice Centrepoint on 10th December. LILIES who can’t wait to get their hands on this drop can head down to FairPrice Centrepoint from 3rd December onwards to purchase it on the spot! For more information, please visit


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BLACKPINK’s LISA Designs Limited Edition Chivas 18 Bottle

Global superstar LISA thrives on creativity and relishes the opportunity to innovate. Part of the best-selling girl group BLACKPINK, LISA has been expanding her solo ventures and weaving her magic into her music. She was credited as the creative director of her award-winning solo album “Lalisa”, and co-wrote the single “SG” with Megan Thee Stallion and others.

And LISA shows no signs of stopping. In a new collaboration with Chivas, the world’s leading Blended Scotch Whisky, LISA unleashed her inventiveness. ​​The Chivas Regal Asia Brand Ambassador co-designed the limited edition bottle for the Chivas 18, which made its debut in 1997 — coincidentally, the same year that the star was born.


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The Chivas x LISA limited-edition Chivas 18 bottle design is the perfect embodiment of LISA, a global superstar adored by millions. She concurred: “I had so much fun working with the team at Chivas on this limited edition bottle. The bottle is typical LISA – bright, bold, and unique – and I’m so excited for everyone to finally see it. It is amazing to now have my own bottle – and cocktail too!”

The design is explosive and eye-catching — bold blue and hot pink elements, topped off with LISA’s signature in a striking neon font – much like how the charismatic icon sets the stage on fire whenever she performs. The crowning glory is a detachable 18-karat gold plated logo charm that fans will want to add to their collection. The iconic Chivas Luckenbooth also received a makeover, sharing centre-stage with LISA’s trademark star logo across the bottle’s outer box.

In celebration of the partnership between Chivas and LISA, the brand has crafted a signature cocktail recipe, called Pink Spice. Inspired by LISA’s Asian heritage, this delightful cocktail blends notes of tea, citrus and spice.

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Chivas Global Marketing Director, Nick Blacknell said: “Our partnership with LISA resonates with people across several passion points – whether that’s fashion or music – and brings a convention-breaking, contemporary cool to the world of Scotch whisky. It was a natural next step in our collaboration with LISA to add her flair to one of our most prestigious blends, bringing to life the bold attitude that both Chivas and LISA share.”

Chivas 18 x LISA Limited Edition Drop is now available to preorder via this link. That’s not all — fans are invited to join the ‘Regal Planet’ virtual event on 27 November, 9:30pm (GMT+8) via Chivas official social media channels, where LISA will be making a special appearance to share more on the exclusive collaboration. Sign up for Regal F.C. community  here and stand to win VIP tickets to create your own avatar and interact with LISA’s avatar. For more info, visit or follow them on Instagram @ChivasSG.

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Chivas’ New Ambassador & K-pop Superstar LISA: I want to inspire people to elevate themselves

A global superstar feted by millions, LISA is a brilliant blend of prodigious talent, burning passion and solid hard work. An inimitable icon in music and fashion, LISA wants to spur others on by sharing her story: “After being on such a huge personal journey and hustling over the past few years, I want to inspire people to elevate themselves.”

The K-pop phenomenon is galvanising the masses through the ‘I Rise, We Rise’ campaign by Chivas, the world’s leading blended Scotch Whisky. The newly minted Chivas ambassador, who is the first female face of the brand in Asia, will spearhead the regional movement that seeks to celebrate the next generation of movers and shakers.

Together with this announcement, Chivas unveiled a new look for its iconic Chivas 12 expression. The updated design sports an elongated shape that stands tall and proud, reflecting Chivas’ uplifting ethos which is shared by LISA — success is about elevating yourself and those around you.

Chivas Global Marketing Director, Nick Blacknell said:

“As we enter a new era for Chivas, it is important that we collaborate with people who share the same values as us. LISA is a global superstar, and more importantly, a role model for the next generation, which undoubtedly makes her the perfect spokesperson for our ‘I Rise, We Rise’ campaign. LISA has appeal across a number of passions including music and fashion, so the partnership comes as a natural next step for us as we continue to elevate Chivas to a new generation in Asia.”

LISA added: “It was a no-brainer to partner with Chivas, as their values are so closely aligned with my own, plus I’ve always been a whisky fan!”

The collaboration kickstarts with LISA retracing her steps in a retrospective ad, titled “Chivas Regal x LISA: I Rise, We Rise”. In the luxuriously crafted video shot in Seoul, the glam queen’s vertiginous ascent in real life is mirrored by a visual mastery of endless elevations. Contemplating life as she sips on a glass of Chivas Highball, LISA beckons viewers to realise their fullest potential.

The Classic Chivas Highball is the perfect embodiment of LISA. The incredibly refreshing cocktail is concocted to retain its bubbly fizz, much like how LISA uplifts others with her kind words and infectious zest for life. She is known to be an unfailingly supportive cheerleader for herself and others.

As a solo artist, LISA holds her own splendidly as seen in her 2021 smash hits, Lalisa and Money. If LISA can rise above the odds to succeed, so can you.

Sometimes, a refreshing drink does wonders too. Be sure to try out these fuss-free cocktail recipes as recommended by Chivas. Stay tuned for more exclusive content featuring LISA at or Chivas Instagram, @ChivasSG.

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Get An Authentic Korean Fishcake Experience at The Amook

When you can’t travel to Korea, taste it instead. One of the things we miss most about Korea is its popular street food that have become an integral part of the Korean food culture. While you daydream about your next holiday trip, why not let your tastebuds do the traveling instead?

Take a trip down to The Amook, located at B4 of ION Orchard, for an authentic Korean fishcake experience. Reopened in March this year, The Amook is a kiosk concept of Samjin Amook, Korea’s oldest Amook (fishcake) brand in business for over 3 generations.

Being the first takeaway store outside of Korea, The Amook brings out the freshness of Korean fishcakes and has a variety of ready-to-go fishcakes for everyone. Everything is freshly made daily using ingredients imported directly from Korea, and they offer up to 10 types of fishcakes on the menu, which changes everyday.

The Amook has newly introduced three fishcakes to its menu — the K-cod Roe Fishcake, K-seasoned Seaweed Fishcake and K-corn Cheese Sausage.

This menu is part of the “K-FISH Membership Franchise” launched by the Korea Fisheries Association and Samjin Amook, and inspired by K-FISH, Korea’s First Certified Korean Fishery National Brand, whose products are known to be freshly delivered from clean Korean seas and have passed stringent tests to be identified as a premium seafood brand.

If you’re intending to visit soon, you may want to give these fishcakes a try because they’re only available on the menu for a limited period.

Besides serving up fishcakes, what we also enjoyed was their generous serving of Tteokbokki Amook (Korean spicy rice cakes with fishcakes) which goes really well with the street snack. It’s hard to find a good plate of Tteokbokki that tastes as authentic as those in Korea and this is for sure one of the closest we can find locally.

The chewy texture of the rice cakes, coupled with the tangy and savory gochujang sauce, gives the dish a burst of flavour and a real good spicy kick. 10/10 would recommend this to go with any fishcake order.

Some other fishcakes offered on the menu include their Amook Bite Set (pictured above), Cheese Stick Amook, Chilli Pepper Amook and Ham/Crabmeat/Rice Amook, all priced affordably from S$2 to $4 each. Or if you’re someone who prefer the original version, there’s also the Skewer Amook Soup which will definitely not go wrong.

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Address: ION Orchard, #B4-34, 2 Orchard Turn, S(238801)
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Korean Embassy In Singapore Launches ‘Say Kimchi Festival’ With Attractive Prizes To Be Won

Following the success of last year’s K-Food Online Festival, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea is pleased to launch another nationwide online event – Say Kimchi Festival. Taking place from 11 May to 31 May 2021, Say Kimchi Festival is a social media contest for participants to share their experiences with Kimchi, a must-have side dish in Korean meals. Have fun sharing your entries and stand a chance to win up to SGD 500 worth of Korean Mart vouchers!

Mr. Ahn Young-jip, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, said, “I sincerely hope that everyone can come together safely and have an enjoyable time taking photos and videos of their fun experiences with Korean Kimchi. I am truly grateful to Singaporeans for their love of Kimchi and other Korean food. We will continue to walk together on this journey to combat the ongoing pandemic.”

Say Kimchi Festival also aims to let participants enjoy Korea and Singapore’s intangible cultural assets – Korea’s ‘Kimjang’ culture of making and sharing Kimchi and Singapore’s unique hawker culture.

In line with this, Korean Cuisine – a food stall located at a coffee shop in Marsiling – also took on the role as a promoter for this event. The stall serves representative Korean food that contains Kimchi, such as Kimchi fried rice and Kimchi stew in a setting familiar to most Singaporeans. The event serves as a great opportunity to enjoy the two nations’ intangible cultural heritage.

To participate, entrants should post an original photo and/or video featuring their experience with Korean Kimchi on their own Instagram or Facebook account with the hashtags #KoreanKimchi, #KfoodSGunited and #SayKimchiFestival.

All submissions will be reviewed by the event organiser against a grading rubric that includes the content’s creativity, fun factor, and originality, amongst other factors. Winners will be announced by mid-June 2021.

For more information, visit KfoodSGunited’s Facebook and Instagram.


SBCD Korean Tofu House Launches Hong Ge Soontofu, The First of its Kind in Singapore

When it comes to tofu stews in Singapore, there’s no place that does it better than SBCD Korean Tofu House. As fans of the brand since its inception, we were excited to try out their latest dish – The Hong Ge Soontofu.

Hong Ge, also known as the Red Crab in English, hails from the exclusive waters of North-Eastern Asia. With its consistent climate and cooler temperatures, Red Crab meats are well-known to be sweeter, tender and plump, making it the perfect accompaniment to the robust, savoury tofu stew.

Freshly hand-made daily, SBCD Korean Tofu House specialises in soontofu using specially imported soybeans from Paju, South Korea. The tofu stews usually come with varying levels of spiciness but we chose the standard level this time round.

While their mainstay dish is already very good on its own, the Korean Red Crab definitely elevates them to the next level. Though the highlight of this dish was supposedly the Red Crab, all of our bowls were filled to the brim with an extremely generous portion of other seafoods such as prawns and clams.

Usually, we’d tend to stay away from seafoods because of their strong fishy stench but this dish stole a piece of our hearts and our initial reluctance vanished with each bite of the sweet, white meat. There was no stench at all, in fact every piece of seafood was so fresh, it felt as if we were transported to the Korean seas. The main star of this dish is the red crab but we can definitely say that the prawns, clams, tofu and soup each deserve a spot in the limelight as well.

Thanks to their partnership with the Korean Fishery Association which has established the national K-Fish licensing brand, SBCD Korean Tofu House has direct access to the freshest, highest quality seafoods from South Korea. At the same time, this partnership gives us the opportunity to indulge in some of Korea’s finest cuisines, including those that can hardly be found here in Singapore.

We’re so glad this monster of a dish happened and for that, we give the Hong Ge Soontofu, a solid ten out of ten. The Hong Ge Soontofu is available at SGD23.90++ for a limited time only–while stocks last!

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Tanjong Pagar Centre: 7 Wallich Street, #B1-01/02, S(078884)
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K-Food Online Festival – Eat or Cook Korean Food at Home and WIN Up To $500 Vouchers

Put your love for Korean food to the challenge with the newest initiative, #KfoodSGunited, launched by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea. In support of the ‘stay home’ circuit breaker measures, the Korean Embassy is pleased to organize a nationwide event aiming to share the culture and taste of Korea, and at the same time do its part to give back and cheer for the healthcare community, who are dedicating themselves in the fight against COVID-19. The K-Food Online Festival is set to kick off online from 27 May 2020 (Wednesday) to 14 June 2020 (Sunday).

In partnership with the Korean Food and Beverage Association in Singapore (KFBS) and Majulah Movement, a donation platform for healthcare staff and migrant workers, the Korean Embassy will be donating SGD 5,000 worth of Korean meal boxes to support healthcare workers in Sengkang General Hospital.

Mr. Ahn Young-jip, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea added:

“Koreans have maintained a tradition to share food with families, friends, and neighbors after ceremonies or rituals, strengthening solidarity spirit. I hope to share the spirit with everyone through K-Food Online Festival. I also would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude towards Singaporeans’ love for Korean cuisine and deliver a humble token of appreciation to the medical front-liners, who are the true heroes of the global pandemic. Korea will fight alongside with Singapore, and we can overcome this crisis together.”

Simply record a video of yourself cooking or tasting your favourite Korean dishes, and post the video online with a hashtag #KfoodSGunited. You may stand a chance to walk away with attractive vouchers from local Korean marts and restaurants, worth SGD 5,000 in combined value.

How to Participate?

  1. Record a video of yourself cooking or tasting your favourite Korean dishes or doing any Korean food related challenges (Video should be less than 1 minute)
  2. In the video, it must include the shout-out “KfoodSGunited
  3. Follow @KfoodSGunited on Instagram and/or Facebook
  4. Post the video* onto your Instagram and/or Facebook (Maximum 3 video entries)
    (*Note: Please set your shared post or Instagram account to public so that your
    entry will be viewable)
  5. In your post’s caption, include the hashtag #KfoodSGunited and tag @KfoodSGunited along with 2 fellow K-Food lovers

BONUS: For a higher chance to win, describe why you love Korean food and/or include a short description on the Korean food featured in your video. All entries can be submitted from 27 May 2020, 00:00 hours to 14 June 2020, 23:59 hours (GMT+8) and this event is open to all residents of Singapore, aged 18 and above.

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Explore Busan With Your Taste Buds: 8 Unique Eats You Have to Try

Located at the southern tip of the country, Busan is one of South Korea’s busiest and most unique port cities. Unlike Seoul, a landlocked concrete jungle, Busan is a lil’ bit special.

Despite it often being overshadowed by its sister city, Busan has a beautiful coastline surrounding its east perimeter as well as countless jaw-dropping natural geological beauties sprinkled throughout the area. With fresh foods and stunning sights aplenty, surely a trip to Busan will be well worth it.

Some people say that the best way to know a country is through its food and as fellow travelers, we attest to that statement with our heart and soul. Sometimes, having a good meal is just like downing a good bowl of warm chicken soup for your soul – Rich, satisfying and memorable.

And as the birthplace of numerous well-known Korean specialties, we can guarantee you that your taste buds will be in for a gastronomical ride unlike any other when you are there.

With a variety of fresh produce readily available, there is no stopping this food powerhouse from making its mark. So today, let us take a moment to appreciate the amazing foods of Busan.

We present to you this list of local favorites and along with each introduction, a hot-place we recommend you to visit on your next adventure there. Let’s go!

#1. Pork and Rice Soup (돼지국밥)

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When it comes to Busan specialties, this is one representative dish you cannot miss out on. This classic is sure to steal your heart with its one-of-a-kind broth made out of pork bone and meat.

After hours of carefully boiling it to perfection, the soup is served with rice, more pork parts, and spring onions to form the ultimate heart-warming combo. Its heartiness and warmth are unlike any other.

Not only does eating this bowl of Dwaeji Gukbap (Pork & Rice soup) make you feel all happy and fuzzy on the inside, its clean taste will definitely not leave you feeling all heavy and jelak afterwards. It’s rejuvenating and wholesome, to say the least!

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When you’re in Korea, pop by Ssangdoongi Dwaeji Gukbap / 쌍둥이돼지국밥. It’s highly regarded for its flavorsome take on the popular dish and it is also one of Busan’s must-eat places!

Opening Hours: Every day from 9 am to 12 midnight
Address: 35-1 UN Pyeonghwa-ro, Daeyeon-dong, Nam-gu, Busan (부산 남구 유엔평화로 35-1)
To Get There: Take the train to Daeyeon Station (대연역), it’s a 6-minute walk from exit 3.

Curious to find out what Dwaeji Gukbap is like? Kim’s Family / 킴스 패밀리 is the only restaurant chain in Singapore where you can get an authentic taste of it. Apart from the highlight, they also serve other kinds of Korean foods such as stews, barbeques and more.

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Address: 177 Telok Ayer Street S(068625)
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer Station

#2. Milmyeon (밀면)

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Although very similar to the ever so famous Naengmyeon (Cold Noodles/냉면), this dish is born and bred with the true essence of Busan and holds a completely different charm compared to the former.

It’s hard to find an authentic bowl of Milmyeon anywhere else, making this dish a whole standalone attraction on its own. The refreshing, soup base is made from meats, vegetables, and herbs that have been combined and brewed for hours to bring out its deep, complex flavor profile.

Served with ice and a perfectly twisted roll of buckwheat noodles, then topped with a dollop of gochujang, this is the perfect poison you’ve been waiting for that’ll help you combat the horrible summertime heat!

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When you’re in Korea, swing by Haeeundae Gaya Milmyeon / 해운대가야밀면 for an authentic bowl of cold noodles. One of the top 3 places in Busan, this is also another eating spot you would not want to miss!

Opening Hours: Every day from 9 am to 9 pm
Address: 27 Jwadongsunhwan-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan (부산 해운대구 좌동순환로 27)
To Get There: Take the train to Joongdong Station (중동), it’s a 4-minute walk from exit 10.

#3. Fishcake (어묵)

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Before this snack was easily found throughout the country, Busan was the one that started the fishcake boom. With a whole ocean right at their doorstep, Busan sure knows how to play their fishcake game exceptionally well.

Unlike the Singapore ones we often eat and love, the Korean variation is somewhat sweeter with only a slight hint of fishiness. Combining different types of fishes and then processing them to form thick, rectangular strips, it is served together with a rich, warm broth as the ultimate (winter) snack.

Often sold via mini pushcarts, this quick bite has stolen the hearts of many with its comforting presence and affordable price point. For the adventurous ones, modernized takes have even transformed this mere fishcake into full fledge unique snacks. Try out the cheese or rice cake stuffed fishcake!


When you’re in Busan looking for some fishcake, Samjin Amook / 삼진어묵 is where you’d wanna go. Sounds familiar? Yes, because this brand is also available in Singapore! For the diehard fans, do check out the Busan headquarters as they house a cafe, as well as a museum that allows you to get a glimpse of how these fishcakes started out.

Opening Hours: Every day from 9 am to 6 pm
Address: 36 Taejong-ro 99 beon-gil, Yeongdo-gu, Busan (부산 영도구 태종로99번길 36)
To Get There: Take the train to Nampo Station (남포), it’s a 16-minute walk from exit 8.

#4. Pig Trotters with Cold Vegetables (냉채족발)

Don’t let the idea of pig trotters scare you, this dish is extremely popular and is usually served alongside a refreshing bottle of soju. However, unlike how it’s usually on a savory side of the food scale, Busan’s alternative take on this Korean dish has a healthier tweak. Trotters are lightly seasoned, steamed and deboned before being chilled and served on a cold pile of mixed vegetables such as cucumbers, radish, and onions.

Its light seasoning and simple garnish doused with a pleasant mustard sauce tones down on the complexities to bring out the true flavor of the pork. The overall taste profile of it is pretty straightforward and isn’t what you would expect it to be.

Coupled with a bunch of beautifying properties such as collagen (which is said to aid in strengthening your skin), the Naengchae Jokbal (pig trotters with cold vegetables) is the perfect dish that is oh-so-delicious yet not too sinful – Great for dieters too!

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Welcome to paradise on Earth. Bupyeongdong Jokbal Street / 부평동족발골목 in Busan is a whole street dedicated to this amazing dish. With so many shops offering their unique takes on the Naengchae Jokbal, you’ll be spoilt for choices. If you cannot decide which to try, just choose the place with the longest queue!

Opening Hours: Varies depending on shop
Address: Bupyeongdong i-ga (부산 중구 부평동2가)
To Get There: Take the train to Jagalchi Station (자갈치역), it’s a 4-minute walk from exit 3.


Surprise, guess what! You can actually get yourself some authentic Naengchae Jokbal in Singapore too. Nestled in between some inconspicuous shophouses, this hidden restaurant is where you have to go if you want to try out this rare dish. Gather some friends and head on down to Hyangyeon / 향연 to pig yourself out now!

Opening Hours: Every day from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm to 01:30 am. (For weekends and PH, only dinner is available)
Address: 80 Amoy Street S(069899)
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer Station

#5. Dongnae Green Onion Pancake / 동래파전

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Back in the day, Busan was known to be a part of the Dongnae fortress and the rumor has it that this dish was made back then to be presented to the King in celebration of the country’s victory during the Imjin War.

Unlike the usual Pajeon (pancake) commonly eaten these days, this variation is made out of scallions which stalks have mostly been preserved for that extra crunch. The batter also has a hint of glutinous flour to give this special Korean pancake a tinge of chewiness.

Crispy on the outside, yet tender and full of flavor on the inside – The Dongnae Pajeon (green onion pancake) is a simple dish but the explosion of flavor and textures it brings is sure to tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

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Using a recipe handed down from previous generations, Dongnae Halmae Pajeon / 동래할매파전 does Dongnae Pajeon unlike any other. Their pancakes are as authentic as it can get so get ready for a taste of the past when you visit this hot place in Busan!

Opening Hours: Every day from noon to 10 pm, closed on public holidays
Address: 43-10 Myeongnyun-ro 94 beon-gil, Dongnae-gu, Busan (부산 동래구 명륜로94번길 43-10)
To Get There: Take the train to Suan Station (수안역), it’s a 4-minute walk from exit 5.

#6. Grilled Cow Ribs / 암소갈비

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Honestly, how can we miss out on barbeque when you’re in Korea? Everybody loves a good serving of freshly cooked meat and this restaurant is the best place to have some grilled ribs in Busan.

Loved by both locals and tourists alike, the Cow Ribs (Amso Galbi) are grilled over a raw charcoal flame to give it that distinctly charred taste. It even has the perfect ratio of fat to meat, its juices oozing out once cooked to give the diner a burst of flavor that can overpower any other random barbeque joint any other day. At this place, potato noodles are also served along the ribs to complement the meal. It is a must-try for all the meat lovers out there!


Nowhere else does Amso Galbi as great and as unique as Somunnan Amso Galbi / 소문난 암소갈비. With marinated and non-marinated meats for you to choose from, there’s something for everyone here!

Opening Hours: Every day from 11:30 am to 10 pm, closed on public holidays.
Address: 32-10 Jungdong 2-ro 10 beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan (부산 해운대구 중동2로10번길 32-10)
To Get There: Take the train to Jung-dong Station (중동역), it’s an 8-minute walk from exit 7.

#7. Raw Seafood / 회

Photo: 리틀스타, Naver Post

Busan wins the raw fish games hands down. Being right next to the ocean has its perks and it comes in the form of some of the freshest catches you’ll ever eat! With the seafood so fresh you can literally smell the ocean in it, the meat is extra tender and succulent, it’s worth traveling all the way to down south (from Seoul) just to have a bite or two.

Its easy accessibility is also another plus point on its own. Just head on down to Busan’s largest fish market to choose any kind of seafood you want! Once you’ve made your choice, it is skilfully captured, deboned and sliced quicker than you can finish reciting the Korean alphabet.

And in true standard Korean fare, it can be eaten with vegetables (such as perilla leaves or lettuce, etc.), gochujang and garlic for a foolproof, well-rounded meal!


A testament to its popularity, Jagalchi Fish Market / 자갈치시장 is the first place most people would think of whenever someone talks about seafood in Busan. This huge market has all the fishes and seafood you can ever imagine, and even better yet, you can request for them to help you slice your catch on the spot!

Opening Hours: Every day from 2 am to 10 pm
Address: 52 Jagalchihaean-ro, Jung-gu, Busan (부산 중구 자갈치해안로 52)
To Get There: Take the train to Nampo Station (남포역), it’s a 4-minute walk from exit 2.

#8. Sunflower Seed Hotteok / 씨앗호떡

(Photo: pleasureeating)

Last but not least, finish off your feast with a scrumptious sugary dessert, fresh off the street side fryer. Stuffed with sunflower seeds and then encased within a dough mixture made out of regular and glutinous flour, this is Busan’s unique spin on the famous Korean street-side snack. With its chewy mouthfeel and crispy golden crust, it’s not hard to see why it’s a popular dessert choice amongst many.

Photo: HoneyDew62, Naver Blog

To get a taste of this treat, head down to BIFF Square / BIFF 광장. This street has been especially famous for its many Hotteok stands in recent years thanks to Yoo Jae-suk and Lee Seung-gi who have filmed there before. Try guessing where the both of them ate their Hotteoks when you pop by!

Opening Hours: Varies depending on store
Address: 80 Gudeok-ro, Jung-gu, Busan (부산 중구 구덕로 80)
To Get There: Take the train to Jagalchi Station (자갈치역), it’s a 3-minute walk from exit 3.

Looking for another reason to visit this foodie paradise? Good news for you because your gateway to Busan just got even more accessible. Say goodbye to stopovers in Seoul and 3-hour KTX rides thanks to Singapore Airlines and Jeju Air regular direct flights! Now you can get from Singapore to Busan in just under 6.5 hours at prices starting from only SGD 450, two-way.

With flights so convenient and foods so tempting, what are you waiting for? It’s now time for you to pick Busan for your next adventure!

This article is brought to you by Korea Tourism Organisation Singapore.


10 Korean Products to Get at Cold Storage’s K-Food Fair (Now till 10 October 2019)

Cold Storage’s K-Food Fair, Seoul Delicious 2019 is currently ongoing where fans of all things Korean can head down to the nearest Cold Storage mart to shop for goodies specially imported from the land of Korea. On 28 September, the opening ceremony took place at the atrium of Great World City, which was welcomed by Guest of Honour; His Excellency Mr Ahn Young-jip, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea.

The ceremony kicked off with a ceremonial mixing of a Giant Bibimbap bowl, inviting members of the public to have a taste of the Korean mixed rice while they shopped at the fair.

This was followed by a K-pop cover dance performance, as well as a friendly cook-off between Celebrity Chef Park Joon Woo and MasterChef Singapore’s first runner-up Gen Lee.

The K-Food fair at Cold Storage features an extensive range of products, including popular Korean snacks, condiments, fresh produce, fresh seafood, and so many more variety of goodies that’s bound to leave everyone spoilt for choices.

We picked out 10 items that will go into the basket right away:

1) Yangban Rice Porridge (Abalone/Tuna)

This is legit one of the best instant porridges we ever had in Korea’s convenience stores.

($2.50 each)

2) Soft Beancurd / Soybean Paste Stew Mix

Tried the soft beancurd stew and it actually tasted similar to what they sell in restaurants. For sure we’re going to be stocking up this.

($1.95 each)

3) Dongwon Real Crabs (Original/Lobster)

You know it’s gonna be good when lots of your Korean friends highly recommend this.  😀

($6.75 for a pack of 2 Original/Lobster)

4) Korean Frozen Thawed / Boiled Abalone

The real stuff.

($9.90 per piece)
(Frozen and packed; $19.50)

5) Korea Shortnecked Clam

The fresh clams were fished and imported to Singapore in under 48 hours! There are also other types of clams to choose from, like Korea Surf Clams and Baby Clams.

(200g; $6.90)

6) Samho Fishcake

(Fishcake on sticks; $5.85 per pack)

7) Tteokbokki in Fish Cake

A delicious combination of Tteokbokki (rice cake) with fish cake!

($4.50 per pack)

8) Dongwon Cheese Tteokbokki

Cheese + Tteokbokki (rice cake) never go wrong, do they?

($2.95 for cupped; $5.50 for packet)

9) BARISTA Rules Coffee

(Cupped coffee; $2.70)


‘Cos who can say no to pepero?

($8.50 for a box)

From now till 10 October, step into any Cold Storage, Market Place or Jasons store to get your Korean goodies and snacks! Product sampling stations can be found at selected Cold Storage stores (Takashimaya, Plaza Singapura, Causeway Point, Bugis Junction, Compass One) during 4-6 October from 11am to 7pm, where a wide range of Korean products will be available for tasting. Don’t miss out!

Seoul Delicious 2019 K-Food Fair is supported by The Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation.


Cold Storage Introduces Brand New Range of Korean Products, Available in All Outlets from 27 Sep to 10 Oct

Fans of all things Korean are in for a delicious treat this 27 September to 10 October, as the nearest Cold Storage, Market Place and Jasons stores are about to be invaded with a treasure trove of goodies coming all the way from Korea!

Step into one of these supermarkets during the Seoul Delicious 2019 K-Food fair to find an extensive range of products imported from the land of Korea, including all-time favourite Korean snacks, instant noodles, fresh produce, condiments, alcoholic beverages, top-quality seafood, and more.

Here are some items you can expect to find:

(Disclaimer: Pictures are for illustration purposes only)

Dongwon Cheese Tteokbokki

(Photos Credit: Dongwon F&B,

BARISTA Rules Coffee

(Photo Credit: @ FB)

Korean Abalone (Boiled/Frozen)

(Photo Credit: Naver Blog @ seamarket0)

Yangban Rice Porridge (Abalone/Tuna)

(Photo Credit: Dongwon F&B)

Dongwon Real Crabs (The King Original/Lobster)

(Photo Credit: Dongwon F&B)

What’s more, there will be product sampling stations at selected Cold Storage stores (Takashimaya, Plaza Singapura, Causeway Point, Bugis Junction, Compass One) on 27-29 September and 4-6 October from 11am to 7pm, where a wide range of Korean products will be available for tasting.


From 27 September to 10 October, any minimum spend of $25 (single receipt) at Cold Storage with two participating products from Korea will entitle you a chance to participate in Seoul Delicious 2019’s lucky draw!

Shoppers must have a KrisFlyer membership to win the Grand Prize of 100,000 KrisFlyer miles, which can be redeemed for two economy-class tickets to Korea. There’ll also be ten consolation prizes of 10,000 KrisFlyer miles to be won.

📍Seoul Delicious 2019 Opening Ceremony on 28 Sep

Join in the opening ceremony of Cold Storage’s K-Food Fair, Seoul Delicious 2019, at Great World City Atrium on Saturday (28 September) from 12pm to 1pm, where there’ll be several exciting activities to look forward there!

This includes a ceremonial mixing of a Giant Bibimbap bowl, a dance performance by local K-pop dance crew (DXM), and a friendly cook-off between Celebrity Star Chef Park Joon Woo and MasterChef Singapore’s first runner-up Gen Lee.

His Excellency Mr Ahn Young-jip, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of Singapore, will also be present as the esteemed Guest of Honour to deliver his speech at the opening ceremony. Mark the date and see you there!

Seoul Delicious 2019 K-Food Fair is supported by The Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation.


Korea’s Newest Mask Trend: Experience Spa-like Facials at Home with DERMABELL Modeling Gel Masks

If there’s one more thing we envy about Koreans, it’s their flawless, glass-looking skin. For years, they’ve been at the top when it comes to producing effective yet affordable skincare products, so much so that a lot of people nowadays turn to Korean brands for their skincare woes. (Me included, I’m a sucker for Korean brands)

Over the years, Korea has seen different types of masks enter the industry, ranging from traditional sheet masks to foaming masks, and it seems like they’re not stopping anytime soon.

And recently, we tried out the Premium Modeling Gel Masks from DERMABELL Basic. If you’ve never heard of them before, a quick search on Google shows that it is a Korean brand well-known for supplying spa centers around the country with the highest quality natural plant-based cosmeceuticals.

Thanks to easier access to advanced skincare ingredients, DERMABELL launched their very own DIY Modeling Gel Mask after accumulating many years of knowledge on skincare. That means you can enjoy spa-like treatments, any time and anywhere!

This revolutionary product is said to provide your skin with up to 72 hours of moisture and maximum nourishment so that your skin appears supple and plump always! Now, these are some substantial claims but I’m always on a hunt for new products to try so when we received some of these masks, I was excited to put the product’s claims to the test, to say the least.

Here is a quick introduction to the 3 different types of modeling gel masks produced by DERMABELL. Each caters to different skin types and worries, so check out what’s below to find out which will suit you best!

Perilla (Purple) – The Perilla mask is infused with  perilla, basil leaf and tea tree extract to sooth irritated skin, and with centella asiatica to rejuvenate and repair the skin’s barrier. Highly recommended for those with sensitive, damaged and inflamed acne-prone skin!

Propolis (Yellow) – The Propolis mask contains Jeju buckwheat honey, royal jelly and green propolis extra that helps provide intense hydration for the skin while slowing down signs of aging. Highly recommended for those with dehydrated, rough and aging skin.

Rose (Red) – The Rose mask is made out of rose, mulberry bark, wolfberry extract to slow down the production of melanin while providing the skin with intense nourishment and moisture. Highly recommended for dehydrated, dull and pigmented skin.

It’s imperative that you find a mask that suits your skin best so that you can see the best possible results. So as someone with dehydrated/rough skin, I figured that the Propolis mask would best fit me and after trying it out, I was not disappointed.

I was so impressed by the product, I can definitely see myself stocking up more of these at home! Here are some reasons why I can see myself using them again in the future:

1) Instant Hydration

Immediately after peeling the gel mask off, my skin feels freakishly hydrated. So much so that even after a few days, my face still feels so moist and supple – It was unlike anything I’ve felt before.

Also, I absolutely loved how instant and long-lasting the effects were, now I can finally wave my dry skin goodbye!

2) It’s Easier to use than you think

The gel mask was easy to use and convenient to take about. Unlike traditional sheet masks which need to be refrigerated before using, this product only comes with 2 sachets, a mixing tray, and a spatula so that means you can use it anywhere.

And even without a fridge, the mask applies on cool and you are left with a nice and refreshed face after peeling it off! (Also, can I just add that mixing the product was an entire experience on its own?!)

3) Adheres well to every part of the skin

After mixing the formulas up, the mask appears thick and viscous, yet it is somehow able to seep into the fine lines and pores on my faces very well.

Surprisingly, it also adheres onto my face better than I thought it would, so well that I could do whatever I want while waiting for my face to absorb all the goodness.

4) Provides Maximum Coverage

Unlike sheet masks which usually comes in a standard size, this gel mask can be applied on any face shape, big or small. Applying your own masks also means you get can reach inaccessible places easily (E.g. Forehead, nose etc) so no parts of your face gets left out!

Furthermore, the portions were generous, there was so much I could literally ‘paint’ my face however I liked and still have excess after.

5) Fuss-Free Preparation Process

It was quick to prepare and fuss-free. As someone who hates to spam facial products daily, I am always on a lookout for an all-in-one mask that can take away a portion of the fuss, yet supplement my face with nutrients. And this mask does that and more!

All you need to do to get all the benefits is to leave the mask on your face for 15-20 minutes and voila! Your face is almost brand new!

Recently, we also gave out some of these masks to our lovely readers and here is an excerpt of what they have said after using it!

“I peeled the mask off and the peeling process did not hurt at all! I could immediately feel and see a difference in my skin — my skin felt really supple, smooth and hydrated after using the mask! The Premium Gel Mask did brighten up my skin a little and I’m really amazed!” – Anonymous, 18 [Rose]

“Skin was significantly smoother today and the moisture was “locked”, keeping it cool throughout the day. The pores are visibly smaller… Overall pleasant scent that will be well-liked by both genders.” – Leow Zia Sheng, 28 [Rose]

“No regrets 20 minutes later after I peeled off the mask to supple, hydrated, glowy skin (the Korean glow??!!). The zit on my face had also diminished following the treatment!! Definitely a must try for those that have yet experienced the mask!!” – Tay Sze Yan, 40 [Propolis]

“Usually, when you use a sheet mask, you’d have to dab off the excess essence from your skin, but with the modeling mask, you don’t have to because there is no residue left on your skin.” – Filzah Sumar, 28 [Propolis]

“When I applied it to my skin, it had a really nice and cooling effect, I loved it! It was not messy at all, was easy to take it out and most importantly was not sticky at all. I noticed that my skin was moisturized and less red.” – Teo Jun Hao, [Perilla]

“Interesting application, although I do advise you to really pin all your hair back cos it can get a little messy. That being said – the results were instant. After letting it sit for 15-20 mins, the gel hardened slightly and I was able to peel it off nicely, and it revealed plump, hydrated and glowing skin. The bonus is that the effects don’t just last for a few minutesmy skin continued to look dewy and fresh for the next few days!!” – Sonia Chew (Radio/TV Personality), 27 [Perilla]

If you’re looking for a new face mask to try out, how about getting your hands on your very own modeling gel mask by DERMABELL? Now is the time for you to stop shelling so much money on a generic product and start investing in your skin properly.

This award-winning brand used to be available only in Korea but right now, it can be easily purchased from the DERMABELL Singapore online store at $45/box (5 packs of mask). There is currently a bundled offer at $39/box with a minimum purchase of 2 boxes, and free shipping is available for Singapore orders over $50 purchases. So what are you waiting for, try it out now and let us know what you think. 🙂

EXCLUSIVE PROMO for HallyuSG readers: We’ve gotten this special deal just for all of you! Enter the promo code HALLYU30 during checkout to enjoy a further 30% discount off your total purchases from DERMABELL! Promo code is valid from now till the end of February (28 Feb), and it can be used more than once per customer.

This post is brought to you in collaboration with DERMABELL.


WIN By-Invite-Only Passes to Meet Hyolyn at the PUMA Cali Party in Kuala Lumpur on 27 April 2019!

(Photo: PUMA SEA)

Are you someone that loves the fun and sun? Inspired by the west coast vibes of sunny California, channel your inner Cali girl with the new and improved PUMA Cali shoes. Once a court staple, the revamped sneakers now comes with a versatile chunky rubber sole and subtle metallic details, successfully transforming itself into a dreamy street style mainstay.

Its sleek and modern silhouette, adorned with a hint of fun, is the perfect shoe for the confident yet personable girl that strives to seek out the adventures in life.

PUMA is the embodiment of all things strong yet graceful, so what better way to epitomize the shoe and the brand’s qualities than to have International K-Pop star Hyolyn as the face of Cali in Southeast Asia?

After fighting a life-threatening disease during birth and forging her very own solo career following SISTAR’s disbandment, Hyolyn’s remarkable display of boldness and determination makes her the perfect face for the PUMA #CaliTravelog campaign.

For the first time ever, there will also be a chance for you to win an opportunity to meet and party with Hyolyn at the PUMA CALI PARTY in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 27 April!

From now till 19 April, take part in this in-store contest (running in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia) by snapping a picture of yourself at the Cali mirror trying on the PUMA Cali shoes, and uploading it onto your Instagram with the hashtags #CaliTravelog and #PUMASEA.

The Cali mirror can be found at all PUMA stores island-wide, including AW LAB, Limited Edt, Robinson and The Social Foot stores, so don’t forget to bring out your inner Hyolyn fangirl and strike your best pose while you’re there!

Make sure you follow and tag @PUMA.Cali on Instagram because weekly winners will be announced on their page from 23 March onwards.

On top of that, you can also take part in another contest and stand a chance to win a dream trip to California with your girl friend (worth USD 4,000) and visit places specially handpicked by PUMA, from holiday options such as the Caravan Outpost, Ace Hotel or the Joshua Tree Acre.

Here’s how you can participate to win:

  1. Purchase a pair of PUMA Cali shoes and receive the Cali Dream Trip Ticket
  2. Upload a photo of yourself in your PUMA Cali shoes + Cali Dream Trip Ticket on Instagram
  3. Follow and Tag @PUMA.Cali in your photo
  4. Include the hashtags #CaliTravelog and #PUMASEA

This contest will end on 31 March and winners will be announced on 5 April 2019. Winners are required to show their Cali Dream Trip Ticket and purchase receipt for verification purpose. For more information, check out the contest T&Cs at:

(Photo: PUMA SEA)

So what are you waiting for? If you’re looking to get a pair of PUMA Cali shoes, now is the best time for you to get it. For more details of the PUMA Cali shoes and PUMA #CaliTravelog campaign, head on over to PUMA Cali’s Instagram for the latest updates!

The PUMA Cali Mirror can be found at the following stores in Singapore: PUMA stores (Bugis+, Century Square, JEM, MBS SELECT, Paragon, Suntec City), AWLAB (Suntec City, Tampines 1, Westgate, Wisma Atria), The Social Foot (Orchard Central, Suntec City), Robinson (Heeren, Raffles City) and Limited Edt (JEM, MBS, Queensway, VivoCity, 313@Somerset)

This post is brought to you in collaboration with PUMA.