Yaksok is a Muslim-owned restaurant in Tanjong Pagar serving Korean and Japanese-inspired dishes like curry katsu mac & cheese, unagi gochujang pasta & matcha mocktails

by Christabel Tan

As someone who cannot get enough of Korean and Japanese cuisine, you can usually find me fawning over a platter of sushi, or grilling up a storm with friends at a bustling K-BBQ spot in Tanjong Pagar.

However, one thing I’ve noticed is the lack of halal or Muslim-friendly establishments offering similar fare in the area.

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That is, until a wild Yaksok appeared.

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Nestled along Tanjong Pagar Road, this Muslim-owned restaurant with sleek and polished interiors, fits right in. They specialise in Korean and Japanese fusion fare, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds in one place.

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Starters are kept fairly simple; think deceptively spicy Korean Wings (S$8), Salmon or Beef Sushibake (S$12), and Tater Tots topped with Bulgogi (S$12) or Mentaiko (S$12).

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As for mains, they’ve got the usual donburi with Salmon (S$18), Chicken Katsu (S$18), and Unagi (S$20), served with assorted vegetables and a shoyu egg.

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Standouts include the comforting Salmon Ochazuke (S$17), salmon and rice in an aromatic green tea broth, as well as the Japanese Curry Katsu Mac and Cheese (S$18), which sounds like a hug on a plate.

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If you’re all about that pasta life, look no further than options like the Miso Butter Mushroom Spaghetti (U.P. S$22), Mentaiko Prawn Pasta (S$25), and Spicy GoChUnagi Pasta (U.P. S$25) — a testament to how both Japanese and Korean flavours work so well in pasta dishes.

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Seeking something more value-for-money? The Weekday Lunch Set, which entitles you to a Soup of the Day (U.P. S$6), a soft drink, and your choice of main for just S$25.90++, is your best bet.

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You can’t leave without trying at least one of their signature craft Mocktails (S$12++) such as the Halia Fizz, Lavender Iced Tea, Nenas Colada, and Matcha Mallow, a smooth and frothy concoction served with a torched marshmallow, finished off with a dusting of matcha powder.

Eager to eat your fill of hearty Japanese and Korean cuisine? Reservations can be made via Whatsapp at +65 9727 4547.

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📍 22A Tanjong Pagar Road, Level 2, Singapore 088445
🕒 11am—10pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sun

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