The basement of 313 @ Somerset offers a collection of restaurants, small eateries and food outlets offering decadent treats such as the popular frozen yogurt from Spain – llao llao, Australia’s bakery cafe chain – Pie Face and a new waffle & soft serve kiosk – Hvala waffle bar.
What else can you expect from the basement food hall, in addition to the popular Korean fried chicken chain Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory which debuted in Singapore last year and still living up to its hype today. If you have guessed for another Korean restaurant? Yes, you’re absolutely right on that!
The momentum of the Korean wave continues with a new Seoul import – Masizzim, a Korean stew specialist that allows customers to customise their own meat stews. The restaurant name Masizzim, which didn’t sound any Korean to me is actually an amalgamation of the Korean words “masi” and “jjim” (pronounced as ma-see-aim) means delicious and stew.
You can see in the picture (above) – the two restaurants are located just next to each other at the basement of 313 @ Somerset. In case you are wondering, Masizzim is brought to you by the same folks who debuted Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory. This new food installation serves up a medley of traditional and modern Korean dishes in hearty portions with a dash of fun and creativity.
Don some gloves and get crafty with Masizzim’s Rice Balls ($8), which inject some “work” and fun into the meal for adults and children alike. Choose between crispy anchovies or flakes of tuna with mayonnaise and fried kimchi to be packed with seaweed crumbs and crushed chilli padi atop three mixed grains; medium-grain white rice stained purple from Korean black rice and barley.
How to eat the Masizzim Rice Balls
- Step 1: Put the gloves on
- Step 2: Mix all the ingredients well
- Step 3: Mould into ball shape
- Step 4: Eat and enjoy
Repeat and do the same for the others.
Try elsewhere if you are just looking for Korean barbecue, because at Masizzim you will not find any of them except a spicy, funky world of Korean soup and stews which really make up the backbone of the Korean diet. Masizzim distinguishes itself from all other Korean eateries with three signature stews – Beef Rib Stew ($18 individual / $32 double), Pork Rib Stew ($16 individual / $29 double) and Spicy Chicken Stew ($16 individual / $29 double).
Available in an individual or double-sized portion, each bubbling pot is chockfull with succulent meat – Australian beef short ribs, Australian mixed pork ribs and mixed chicken parts for the beef, pork and chicken stews respectively.
These are marinated overnight for optimum flavour, then slow-cooked in secret house-proprtietary sauce for at least six hours until fall-off-the-bone tender. The stews are served in cast-iron pots and placed over live flames at the table to keep them hot throughout the meal.
Diner can choose to have their stews spicy or non-spicy (for beef and pork versions only), then customise them by choosing either Korean glass noodles or udon to be added to their selection. Add on cheese ($2) and toppoki (Korean rice cakes $2) to make them extra pizzazz.
The non-spicy soy flavour – an umami blend of soy sauce, pineapples and Korean pear; is unassumingly lip-smacking, while the spicy base – made from gochujiang (red pepper paste); offers the more adventurous four levels of increasingly fiery, tongue-tingling heat.
Get cool respite with the Sikhye Jar ($9.50 – 660ml), a Korean home-style chilled beverage of malt barley and rice that is brewed in-house daily. High in dietary fibre and antioxidants, this sweet drink eases digestion and is believed by the Koreans to balance the body’s yin and yang energies.
Also not be missed, are the savoury, crispy-chewy Pancakes which boasts an golden-brown tan across the both surfaces and around the crinkly edges. In addition to the classic favourite Squid and Leek Pancake ($14), Masizzim also offers innovative creation such as the Potato Pancake ($12) and the Tomato Cheese Kimchi Pancake ($13) – fried kimchi and minced beef-infused batter slathered with tomato paste and topped with mozzarella and basil, which is sort of a pizza pancake.
All pancakes are served with a piquant dipping sauce of vinegar, soy sauce, sesame, onions, chilli powder and pepper.
Address: 313 Orchard Road, #B3-02, 313@Somerset, Singapore 238895
Telephone: +65 6509 5808
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday 11am to 10pm and Friday to Saturday 11am to 11pm