Dong Dae Mun is a Korean BBQ street snack store that serves food much like the ones in Korea. It is named after a popular shopping area called Dongdaemun in Seoul.
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ION Orchard, Orchard Turn, 2 #B4-93
Ngee Ann City, Orchard Road, 391 #B2-07-42
Ang Mo Kio (AMK) Hub, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, 53 #B2-33
Junction 8 Shopping Centre, Bishan Place, 9 #B1-K8
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Dong Dae Mun is what I’d like to call the Korean Old Chang Kee, and is the kiosk I’d hit up once I’m sick of fishballs and sotong wings.
What separates Dong Dae Mun from Old Chang Kee however, other than the ethnicity, would be how the street snacks are actually cooked or heated up upon ordering. I’d usually get the beef or chicken bulgogi or the rice cakes, which are all served extremely hot. The meat on sticks are also doused in an abundant amount of sauce, much to my delight.
Higher quality street snacks means longer waiting times and slightly higher prices though. But all are worth it if you find yourself craving for some hot, flavorful, chicken or beef!
Hot snacks on the go
I actually do like the Korean food that Dong Dae Mun sells, and most of the time, I would patronise this store instead of Old Chang Kee when both choices are available.
They sell affordable piping hot snacks on the go and I love the Shitake mushrooms, and absolutely adore the meatballs. Their fried chicken is decent is well. Prices wise, they're probably just a little more expensive than the normal stores that sell hot snacks.
However, do not that it's really unhealthy judging from the amount of oil they use. Then again, stores like Old Chang Kee and Shihlin are not very much different from them.
Affordable and Good
I personally like Korean food so whenever I’m craving a hot snack, I naturally tend to pick Dong Dae Mun over other stalls that sell similar food. Some of my favourites are the Fried Shitake Mushroom, Spicy Rice Cakes and Fried Chicken Pieces in a cup!
Dong Dae Mun’s fried snack foods are both affordable and good. Fried to crisp perfection and displayed in a neat row behind transparent glass, just the sight of their food is enough to entice you, even from several metres away. Their staff are also courteous and will ask you nicely whether or not you would like chilli powder to be added in your food.
I recommend this place for the times when you are feeling peckish and are on a tight budget. Dong Dae Mun will ensure that you get quality snack foods that satisfy both your tummy and your wallet.
Convenience fried food
It is a good place to get convenience fried food, I especially love their Crispy chicken and chicken cutlet. Both of them taste different from the usual and I prefer the chicken cutlet over the one at Shilin which many people love. The chicken cutlet here is quite succulent, unlike the one that Shilin which I supposed is chicken breast meat. The prices at both ends are quite the same, but because the serving is too big, I cannot finish it on my own, I don’t usually get it.
I would get the Crispy chicken which consist of bite-size chicken chunks on a stick and it makes a great snack for me with mayonnaise drizzled on it. I like how they staff would heat up your food before giving it to you, that is very thoughtful. I mean who would like their food cold and hard right?
Mediocre replication of Korean Street food
The first time I saw this shop, I was really excited because I'd always wanted to try Korean street food. But I didn't try it until once when I was in Vivo City and succumbed to its lure. My friend and I bought a couple of snacks to share, such as the chicken, bulgogi beef, and the spicy rice cake.
I'm really not sure if we were unlucky or what, but it was terrible. Or I should say, that 1 terrible dish killed off any good reviews we had about the others. Korean spicy rice cakes are meant to be a mix of sweet, sour and spicy right? And the texture is supposed to the chewy and 'QQ'. The one we had was bland, with watered-down soup, the rice cakes so overcooked they broke apart while I was trying to pick it up. Just. Worst spicy rice cake ever.
Looking back now, the meat wasn't all that bad, or I should say we didn't have much of a reaction to it. However, if I had a meat craving, I would rather eat Tori-Q, or not at all.
Almost every mall I go to, I would find Dong Dae Mun in the basement. Like many out there (I suppose!), I especially love their Korean spicy rice cake! It may be too much to be accepted for those with low tolerance for spiciness, though.
My second most adored food from Dong Dae Mun is their sausage-bacon kebab - not only it is savoury, it is so filling it can be replaced for meal. Usually I would eat that when I shopping around the mall and feeling too lazy to sit down for a proper meal. Oh, and their kebab is not spicy - suitable for everyone!
Korean delights on the go..
I have tried the chargrilled pork stick, the chargrilled beef sick, and the fried mushrooms from this food chain.
The chargrilled pork and beef will be warmed up again on the stove and the spicy Korean sauce will be generously layered onto the meat with a pastry brush. The fried mushrooms will be fried again to keep the tempura layer hot and crispy.
Service was fast and polite.
I enjoyed the chargrilled meat very much, especially with the spicy Korean sauce to accompany the taste of the meat. The beef was tender and cut thinly, and the pork was a slightly fatty cut (which was delicious to eat) and cut finely as well.
The mushrooms were ok to me; they were nothing special and of not much flavour.
The stick of meat was close to $4 if I remember correctly. A bit pricey in my opinion.
this will serve as a quick meal or a filling snack. i personally love the beef skewers as it is cheap (for beef meat) and it is oozing with bbq flavours! the corn dog tasted pretty yummy with breadcrumbs on the exterior giving it a strong crisp. i used to love the chicken wings but for some reason it isnt as crispy as it used to be. sadly. breadcrumb batter is always the best! dong dae mun is usually located in basements of city malls, for people looking for a cheap meal get a vegetarian cai peng (mixed rice) and a few sticks of dong dae mun meat and you can have a complete meal costing $3- $4 (which is rare in such malls)
Bulgogi skewers a must try
My favorite would definitely be the Bulgogi Pork skewers at Dong Dae Mun.
Albeit sinful (they are using pork belly meat where you can visually see the layer of fats), the taste is really making me go back for more. The fatty part of the meat literally melts in your mouth while the lean portion provides an avenue for your mouth to have something to chew on.
I do also like the part where they barbecue the skewer after you order, allowing it to be served warmed. They also dipped the skewers into this dark brown colored sweet teriyaki sauce before serving. While I do like the taste of the teriyaki sauce for I think it enhanced the taste of the meat as a whole, I hated it when the staff drips the sauce outside the clear plastic bag used to hold the skewers, making eating it a real mess if you're not careful (I just stained my clothing the last time I had the skewers).
Good for snacks
Dong Dae Mun is a really good place to stop by if you want to have some snacks. They have a wide range of deep fried snacks which are probably not very healthy to the body but delicious. I like their chicken sausages and chicken cutlet which is quite popular among people. However I think that the price of the food there are quite expensive for snacks like this, the food sometimes are also overcooked and have quite a lot of burnt parts on them.
In my opinion, their service as great as the staffs are very friendly and we often exchange greetings with each other. You can also add the sauces they provided like mayonnaise, chilli to your food yourself. Quite a good place to have snacks.