Daejon House: Top Notch Army Stew Hidden in Havelock II Mall

Korean food has become more accessible in the recent months, but where do we find authentic ones? Daejon House makes one of the most authentic army stews!

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By Marian Govin

Opening Hours: 
Mon – Sat: 1130am – 10pm 
Sun: Closed 
Website: https://www.facebook.com/Daejonhouse/

Tel No.: 8499 0739

Nearest Mrt: Clarke Quay 

With the success of the K-wave, plenty of Korean establishments have been sprouting up with Tanjong Pagar essentially turning into “Little Korea”. Amidst the rounds of Army stews and KBBQ, we think we have found one of the best Army stew places. Hidden in a corner unit of Havelock II Mall, is Daejon House, Singapore’s best savoury army stew.

It is designed to look like a traditional Korean house, with old newspaper clippings and magazines littered around the walls. Antique phones and cassette tapes are also used to furnished the restaurant, all the more giving off the authentic and traditional Korean vibe. With such a great design, we had high expectations for the food.

Army Stew ($24.90 – Medium, $29.90 – Large)

The army stew is loaded with goodness. Generous servings of sliced beef/pork, luncheon meat, sausages, rice cakes and noodles, we were shocked at the abundance of food in one bowl. The soup was filled to the brim and shredded cheese was sprinkled over the top. Eager to dig in, we mixed it all up and waited for the soup to boil in anticipation. The aroma of the stew floats into the air and is enough to make you salivate. There was no need to allow the soup to simmer and thicken up for the flavours to be more apparent, but rather each spoonful was thick and jam packed with flavour from the start. The cheese gave an added salty taste which complemented the soup and it was not too spicy or sour. To our joy, free refills are available so we could slowly enjoy every last drop of this stew till our hearts content.

Korean Fried Dumpling ($8.90)

Crispy on the outside and soft on in the inside. What we expected and exactly what we got. The dumplings were filled with glass noodles and chives, which gave a very nice contrast in texture. The glass noodles will fall apart in your mouth and the chives adds a fresh flavour to the dumpling. Best enjoyed when dipped into the soy sauce!

Seaweed Fry ($8.90)

The filling to this is very similar to that of the dumpling. Glass noodles packed tightly together and wrap in a seaweed, this resembles the seaweed chicken which we all love! The seaweed taste in this is strong so definitely try this is you love seaweed!

DokBokKi ($17.90)

One of the dishes which Korean is most known for, spicy rice cakes. Daejon House’s Dukbokki is served in an ocean of sauce and hot melted cheese on the top. The melted cheese gives the rice cakes a great added flavour as the saltiness of it contrasts with the spicy and thick sauce. Not to be worried though, the sauce is not too spicy so it’s manageable even if you don’t have a very high spice tolerance!

Daejon house felt like a trip to Korea. The place was on point. From it’s decorations down to the last drop of kimchi stew, everything was perfect. No doubt this has one of Singapore’s best army stew!

Address: 
#01-03, 2 Havelock Road Singapore, 059763

Opening Hours: 
Mon – Sat: 1130am – 10pm
Sun: Closed

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Daejonhouse/

Tel No.: 8499 0739

Nearest Mrt: Clarke Quay

 

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