Hanok by Masizzim - Hearty Korean Stew
Masizzim is not a new name in Singapore. They specialise in hearty Korean stews (Galbi Jjim) and serve up other items like Korean pancake, egg rolls and rice balls. They have been in Singapore since 2016 and have gained a loyal following of fans who love their food, myself included. However, there were a community of people in Singapore who were unable to try Massizim’s menu simply because Massizim was not halal-certified. While most restaurants choose to alter their original menu and make everything halal, Massizim decided to take a different and interesting approach. They decided to come out with a halal version of Massizim, which they would name Hanok.
Hanok by Masizzim is the halal mirror of the original and this was only possible through gruelling hours of research and development by chefs to come out with variations of the original recipe that would taste and look the same, without the presence of pork or lard. I applaud their dedication to this and appreciated that they kept the original option available for people who weren’t Muslim and cared enough to open a branch of Massizim that would serve halal food.
Located at the ground floor of Westgate, the decor and vibe of the restaurant resembled other Masizzim outlets. You wouldn’t be able to tell that this was any different!
The restaurant was brightly lit and there was ample space for people to walk around. The place could probably house 30 - 40 customers easily and I could foresee that peak periods would result in a full house. Dining at Hanok by Masizzim felt casual and was perfectly suited for fun nights out with friends, family or your partner.
I really went all out with this one. I ordered the Beef Ribs Stew, Tuna Rice Balls, Cheese and Egg Rolls and Squid and Leek Pancake. For a refreshing beverage to match with the food, I opted for the Honeydew Aloe Vera that came in a jug
The Beef RIbs Stew was as delicious and hearty as I remember. The beef ribs were extremely tender and slid off the bone with a little tugging. It also came with udon noodles, which always went well in hearty stews. The stew was seriously addictive to the point were we honestly considered ordering another portion. This is perfect for days when you just want some comfort food.
The Tuna Rice Balls were interesting. It came in a rice bowl and it hadn’t been mixed yet. Instead, you would be given gloves to mix it manually. This process was definitely a fun thing to do with your friends and it really whetted our appetite. As you mixed the rice, tuna, mayo and chilli together, the fragrance started wafting up. We made shapes with the rice and even alphabets to represent our names. When we finally started eating, we were shocked because we honestly didn’t expect the rice balls to taste so good. The fishy tuna smell was non existent and complemented the mayo and chilli really well. It was also very filling and the portion was generous for its price.
The Cheese and Egg Rolls were great as well. Melty cheese with egg could never go wrong. There was a cheese pull moment when we grabbed a piece of the egg and that resulted in some super fun Instagram moments. We expected the egg rolls to taste mediocre but it was honestly really yummy. The Squid and Leek Pancake came with a sauce that complemented the pancake very well. It was extremely addictive. The sauce was light and savoury. When paired with the squid, leek and the slightly chewy and crispy pancake, the sauce really shone.
Then, to wash it all down, the Honeydew Aloe Vera was a refreshing and lighter end to the meal, which I appreciated. I really enjoyed myself at Hanok by Masizzim and I will definitely be coming back, especially for their hearty Korean stews and tuna rice balls! I also think that it's a great initiative by Masizzim, to created an entirely similar halal experience, just for our halal friends. This will be one location that I will frequent very often with my halal friends!
Hanok by Masizzim
Westgate, 3 Gateway Dr, #01-07 Westgate, Singapore 608532 (Nearest MRT Jurong East)
Sun - Thurs: 11:00AM - 9:30PM
Fri - Sat: 11:00AM - 10:00PM