Robot Chicken Pocha has authentic Korean fare like flatfish sashimi, cheesy dakgalbi & crispy chicken fried by a robot

by Christabel Tan

Although there is no shortage of good and affordable eats in the Lavender area, authentic Korean cuisine can be rather hard to come by.

Fortunately for us Korean food fanatics, we’ve discovered a hidden gem in ARC 380 that won’t break the bank — Robot Chicken Pocha.

robot chicken pocha
Photos: TB Foo/google images, Alex Liang/google images

Tucked away in a corner of the Bgain @ Lavender Food Court, the humble Korean-run pojangmacha-style stall specialises in Korean fried chicken and sashimi. They’ve even got a unique frying robot specially imported from Korea (hence the name) that can whip up fried chicken in a matter of minutes.

If we can get legit coffee from a robot, why not fried chicken?

robot chicken pocha
Photos: Alex Liang/google images, Sung Kim/google images

Order a round of Original, Sweet & Spicy, or Garlic Soya Chicken (choose from wings, drumsticks, or boneless fried chicken), watch the robot chef do its job, and enjoy.

You’ll also find Korean classics and street food staples like Tteokbokki (from S$9), Kimchi Fried Rice (S$7), and Soft Tofu Stew (from S$11 for 1 pax).

Photo: 황세미/google images

Moving on to the most exciting and enticing offerings, Robot Chicken Pocha also serves up large sharing portions of Korean Army Stew (S$32 for 2 pax) and Cheese Dakgalbi (S$34 for 2 pax), the spicy stir-fried chicken popularised by Korean chain restaurant Yoogane.

Another comforting must-try dish is the uncommonly found Korean King Katsu (S$11) AKA the Korean version of crispy Japanese tonkatsu.

robot chicken pocha
Photos: Rachelle Neo/google images, Jihyun Park/google images, Agnes Loy/google images, Robot Chicken Pocha

However, a meal here is not complete without the stall’s other speciality, Korean sashimi, prepared using fresh seafood imported from the chef’s favourite supplier in Korea.

Both the Tuna Sashimi Set and Flatfish Sashimi Set make for great sharing platters, but advanced orders are highly recommended (just check with the staff beforehand). Otherwise, you can enjoy the likes of tuna, flatfish, and baby octopus in the Tuna Sashimi Bibimbap (S$17.50) or Mul-hoe, (spicy cold soup with sashimi, from S$35 for 1 pax)

If you can’t get enough of affordable and authentic Korean fare, this is one place you need to check out.

PS. why not take a short walk afterwards and pop by the Hamilton Road stretch of cafes for dessert?

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???? 380 Jln Besar, #01-13, ARC 380, Singapore 209000
???? 11.30m–2.30pm, 5.30pm–9.30pm (Mon), 11.30m–2.30pm, 5.30pm–10.30pm (Tue to Sat), Closed on Sun

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