9 Must-Eat Places in Japan, Korea and Thailand

Tuesday September 27, 2016 | by Daniel Goh


Are you going on a trip to Japan, Korea or Thailand anytime soon? Cus’ with this week’s flash sale, you could be flying to  Bangkok for $100, Tokyo for $393 and Seoul for $443! Check out our link to the sale at the end of this post and find out how you could get further discounts on flights, hotels and packages.

Now if you are, you definitely want to find out the best places to find food. From ulu back alleys to restaurants smack in the center of town, no place is too far for the perfect meal! Here are the restaurants you’ll definitely want to visit on your trips to Japan, Korea and Thailand.

Oyako-don - Tamahide Restaurant, Tokyo

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Tamahide Restaurant has been around for about 250 years, and is one of the oldest restaurants in the world.  According to Yamada Kosuke, the 8th generation owner, this restaurant created Oyako-don. The recipe to this dish has been changed through the ages, with each owner adapting its taste to suit the preferences of its time.

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In their signature Oyako-don dish, 2 different textures of chicken meat is cooked in a secret-recipe sukiyaki broth that has been passed down from owner to owner, before being sealed into a thick, rich omelette. It is served on top of a bed of warm white rice and the sukiyaki sauce from the egg coats each grain, balancing out the dish completely. The rice and egg have the same thickness, ensuring the perfectly balanced Oyako-don in every bite.


Tamahide (鳥料理 玉ひで)
1-17-10, Nihonbashiningyocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 103-0013
Lunch: 11:30 - 14:30
Dinner: 17:30 - 22:00 (Last order 21:00)
Cost: ‎¥1500 - ‎‎‎¥15000 (S$20 - $200)

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Uni-don (sea urchin rice bowl) - Misaki Restaurant, Hokkaido

Uni is one of the top 3 seafood delicacies in Japan, and coming from the country with the best seafood in the world, just goes to show the exquisite tastes contained within sea urchin. Upon eating uni, flavours of the deep sea rush to all corners of your tongue, immediately transporting you underwater to the marine world where the sea urchins were harvested.

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A highly recommended place to savour this dish is Misaki, a restaurant located at Ishikari Bay in Hokkaido. The restaurant is run by a family of fisherman and their Uni donburi is popular even with the locals.


Misaki (お食事処 みさき)
236 Hiduka-cho, Shakotan-gun, Shakotan-cho 046-0326, Hokkaido
Hours: 10:00 - 16:00 (Last order 15:40)
Cost: ‎¥2600 - ‎‎‎¥3950 (S$35 - $53)
Closed after 31 October 2016 and opens again when Uni is back in season.

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Kobe Beef - Ishida Kitanozaka Kobe Beef Steak, Kobe

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Being granted the opportunity to taste Kobe Beef in Japan is luxury in itself, and having the chance to eat Kobe Beef in Kobe just adds another layer of anticipation to your dining experience as well as your holiday. One of the best places to have Kobe Beef in Kobe is at Ishida Kitanozaka.

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Ishida Kobe Beef Steakhouse is a 33-seater Teppanyaki style steakhouse that serve A5 grade Kobe Beef, the highest quality rating that can be awarded for beef in Japan. The chef will cook the meat to your desired doneness right in front of you. The chefs are able to communicate in English, so you can interact with them while they are cooking.


Ishida Kitanozaka Branch (神戸牛ステーキ ishida. 北野坂店)
4-7-11 Kanocho Chuo-ku Kobe Hyogo
Lunch: 11:30 - 15:00 (Last order 14:30)
Dinner: 17:00 - 22:00 (Last order 21:00)
Cost: ‎‎‎¥2000 - ‎‎‎¥9999 (S$30 - $135)
Closed on Mondays

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Porridge - Migabon, Seoul

Migabon has perfected the art of preparing porridge to ensure that every spoonful is both packed with flavour and worth every cent. Located in Myeongdong, diners are treated to a bird’s eye view of the busy street. Each spoonful is concentrated with stock yet delicately balanced with the smooth texture of your porridge.

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The restaurant is open almost all day, so you can have a delicious bowl of porridge for breakfast or even supper. Migabon is the best place to go if you need a refreshing break from the spicy and deep-fried treats found everywhere in Seoul.


Migabon (미가본)
2F 2-23, Myeong-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Hours: 08:00 - 22:00
Cost: ‎₩7000 - ‎₩20000 (S$9 - S$25)


Ginseng Chicken Soup - Tosokchon Samgyetang, Seoul

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The queue at Tosokchon Samgyetang begins from around 11AM and doesn’t disappear for a long time. Every customer is eagerly waiting for one thing only: Ginseng Chicken Soup. Not to worry though, the line moves quickly!

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For your meal, you have a choice between white chicken or black chicken in your Ginseng Chicken Soup. The black chicken has a stronger Ginseng flavour compared to the milder white. The meat simply falls off the bone due to all the Ginseng juices that have been absorbed, and every strand is saturated with herbal sweetness.


Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌삼계탕)
5, Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03041, South Korea
Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
Cost: ₩15000 (S$19)


Bibimbap - Gogung Insadong, Seoul

 For a dish that has countless variations like bibimbap, Gogung Insadong has achieved quite a feat by consistently serving one of the best bibimbap in Seoul. The restaurant is hidden away in the basement of Ssamgezil mall and may be hard to find, but every single person who has found it says that the food is worth the hunt.

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One thing you must order is the Jeonju Traditional Bibimbab, the dish that Gogung Insadong is famous for. It is served in a traditional hot stone bowl which retains and distributes heat evenly, adding to the overall South Korean dining experience.


Gogung Insadong (고궁 인사동점)
38 Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-300, South Korea
Hours: 11:00 - 21:30 (Last order 21:00)
Cost: ₩33000 for 2pax set lunch (S$40)

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Thai Food - PEEPS Thai Eatery, Bangkok

PEEPS is the probably the best place in Bangkok to get your Thai food fix. Everything from the menu is exceptionally good, beating any street food that you can find in the area. Their Green Curry has the best balance of milk and chillies, which makes for the ultimate indulgence.

The Cashew Chicken is definitely one of the best things you will eat in Bangkok - tender, juicy chunks of meat are infused with the sweet taste of cashew. At PEEPS, they can also tweak the spiciness levels to suit individual tastes, so even if you’re not a fan of spicy food, this place will be great for you!


PEEPS Thai Eatery (พีพส์ ไทย อีทเตอรี่)
60 Phra Arthit Road | Chanasongkram, Phra Nakorn, Bangkok 10200
Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
Cost: ฿100 - ฿300 (S$4 - $10)


Seafood - T&K Seafood Restaurant, Bangkok

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Located at the heart of Chinatown is T & K Seafood Restaurant, one of the best places to get extremely affordable and delicious seafood in Bangkok. They use fresh local ingredients in their dishes and everything is superb. Look out for them in their signature green shirts!

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Literally everything on the menu, every dish that comes out of the kitchen is perfect. Steamed fish, juicy grilled prawns, spicy clams, oyster omelette and tom yum soup will just blow your tastebuds away again and again with every new serving. Seriously, you can’t give this place a miss.

The best thing after your huge meal is finding out that everything comes up to less than S$15 per person!


T & K Seafood Restaurant
49-51 Soi Phadung Dao | Chinatown, Bangkok
Hours: 16:30 - 02:00


Dessert - After you Dessert Cafe, Bangkok

One of the main reasons why you even went to Bangkok in the first place is because of the amazing food in the city. After devouring spicy soups and fried street food non-stop, savouring a sweet dessert is the best way to treat yourself.


The Shibuya Honey Toast is their most famous dessert and it is fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. The toast is light, fluffy and infused with sweet honey yet not too sweet. The ice-cream to go with the warm toast also gives you goosebumps from the simultaneous warmth and cold. Everything simply melts in your mouth. Your tastebuds will be thanking you for eating here.

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There are many more quality items on the menu, including chocolate lava cake (that actually oozes), panna cotta, crumbles, cakes and puddings. There are many branches of After You Cafe open in Bangkok, the most crowded being Siam Paragon thanks to all the tourists.

The original branch is at Thong Lor.


After You Dessert Cafe
Thong Lor | Soi 13, Bangkok, Thailand
Hours: 10:00 - 0:00

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