Our pork affair with 8 Eight Korean BBQ ('Eight') started when the first store was open in 2014. We frequented it regularly, till for no reasons, it kinds of drop off our eating radar.
We visited Eight at Shaw Centre for my belated birthday meal. It sure reminds us of what we have been missing for the past few years. Checkout our previous review here for 8 Eight Korean BBQ at Central.
|Eight in Print|
Located in Shaw Centre, the building itself has become a cluster of yummy food. The décor is basically a carbon copy of their original outlet in Central, chic and industrial are the words.
|Part of the Dining Area|
We ordered Wine, Original, Garlic and Miso signature Mangalitza pork belly. Each with their own unique marination, but the texture of the Mangalitza pork belly is just sublime. Grilled by the service staff, it is crisp externally, yet tender and juicy internally. Most importantly is that the pork does not have porky smells and even after substantial consumptions of the Oink Oink, you don't feel the 'Jelakness' (overwhelming sensation).
|Mangalitza pork belly: Wine, Original, Garlic and Miso|
While most of the Korean BBQ restaurant will serve their kimchi and bean sprout cold side dishes, Eight served them on the grill plate, so it remains hot. It helps to ease the overwhelming feeling of the fatty pork.
|The Kimchi and Bean Sprout Grilled|
Big Hog Plate ($45) is a special cut for Mangalitza pork. Lightly seasoned with salt and pepper, it just absolutely gorgeous. With the even spread fats, the meat is just tender and melts in your mouth. It reminds me of most sought-after cut, 'Bu Jian Tian' (Never See the Sky) or meat from the pig armpit. Definitely, a must order.
|Big Hog Plate|
|Big Hog Plate|
Pork Jowl ($28) definitely not for the faint-hearted. The fats in this cut are almost the same or even more than the meat. So only for those pork lovers.
Although Eight specialised in Mangalitza pork, they still offer a very good cut of beef. Ohmi Wagyu Ribeye ($88). The marbling in the cut is something that you will go WOW. Before it even hits the hot place, you can definitely feel the juiciness of the meat. Definitely a #Beefgasm experience. Though the beef is good, it lacks the charred of the good steak that seals the juice inwards. A good steak needs to be cooked at a higher heat that cannot be achieved in Korean BBQ.
|Ohmi Wagyu Ribeye|
Seafood Pancake ($20). A well cooked Korean pancake with the right portions of the fillings. It is thick and crisp, and good to taste with the dipping sauce.
Army Stew ($24). One of the most popular Korean stew where you can basically feed a few army boys at once. The simple combination of instant noodles and luncheon meat will warm up your tummy and your heart. It is more a comfort food.
|Army Stew - My Portion|
The rest of the Banchan (side dishes) come in a small portion. My personal pick their pickled pink purple radish. My secret weapon, that provide a good acidic balance to combat the “jelakness” from the fatty food. If you are worried that the banchan is not enough, don't be. The service staff will continuously top up the side dishes.
Overall, 8 Eight Korean BBQ remains one of my go-to place for #Porkgasm. It is amazingly good and will satisfy your Oink Oink cravings. Mangalitza Pork is truly awesome. Cheers!!
Food & Drink: 8.75/10
Budget per Person: $26 - $50.
8 Eight Korean BBQ
1 Scotts Road
Shaw Centre #04-20/21
T: +65 9018 9212
Mon – Fri: 11.30 – 14.30, 17.30 – 22.30 (LO 21.30)
Sat & Sun: 11.30 – 22.30 (LO 21.30)