Kko Kko Nara on Tras Street


There’s a difference between being sated and being full. Satiation is the state where you’ve achieved full gratification and satisfaction; you’re unable to take in any more. Being full may not bring about satiation.

So during dinner at Fat Cow, we decided that we needed a late supper. Mae and I have been talking about going there for many months and since everyone was in town, we had an unopened bottle of Billecart-Salmon and there was room for wings and beer, so why the hell not?


Kko Kko Nara is a fairly small restaurant with rather nice booths where couples or parties of 4 can huddle over a pot of Beef Bulgoggi, Korean beer and small talk. This meant some complicated furniture moving to fit the 10 of us.

Service was blindingly fast. I was still settling down in my seat, wondering where to put my camera, when the first order of Kimchi Salad arrived with the Korean beer.

Served with mounds of vermicelli, the Kimchi Salad was to whet our appetite as we poured out the Champagne. But the Korean beer was something else. It’s often said that a great Korean BBQ will include bottles of Hite Beer.

Hite Beer is one of Korea’s top-selling beers. It’s a pale lager brewed from malted barley and rice. It had a surprising taste of sweetness of dark molasses with a little bitterness near the end. I hate lager but with Korean food, I have to agree that Hite beer hits the spot. Especially with the Beef Bulgogi and the chicken wings.


And what of the chicken wings? One of the signs at Kko Kko Nara says “Chicken & Food”, so it’s a clear indication of what not to miss.

Their fried chicken wings comes in 3 levels of hotness. But what people neglect to tell you is that level 1 and level 2 are basically the same style which is battered crispy but juicy chicken with chili pepper. The difference between 1 and 2 is the degree of heat. Level 1 has a nice tang but level 2 made me really break out in sweat.

Level 3 is a whole different ballgame. Instead of a dry marinade, Level 3 comes out with a glossy, sticky glaze with bits of sliced chili stuck to it. It looks like really good sweet and sour pork ribs.


I must admit that the sight of Bird’s Eye chili stuck to the surface made me hesitate, but with encouragement from Joe (an American who enjoys the level 3) and Mae, with a fresh bottle of Hite beer, I bit.

It was tremendous. After the second bite, my shirt was drenched in sweat and my lips started burning and my tongue went numb. It was delicious. Sweet from the glaze with a really good crunch, I could taste a slight lemony flavor which indicated a possible use of Sichuan pepper.

Sometimes, you just need to plough through your reservations to achieve enlightenment. Copious amounts of alcohol helps to ease your journey of satiation.


The fried chicken at Kko Kko Nara is delicious, worthy of the “best fried chicken in Singapore” moniker but do take time to explore the other items on the menu. I polished off a fair bit of the Beef Bulgogi and there was an interesting “Japanese Oden”-like set which I will try on my next visit.

Kko Kko Nara, (which, I’m told, means “Little Korean Kid” or “Little Kid from Korea”) is a little gem of a place because it occupies that niche where late night denizens like party-goers, Karaokeliers or workers like cooks coming off the night shift can come and unwind with good, inexpensive food and some excellent Korean beer.

Kko Kko Nara is at 57 Tras Street #01-01, Singapore 078996, Tel: +65 6224 8186, Opening Hours (daily): 11am – 4am.

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Posted on 12th Mar 2012 in Bistro/Trattoria, Korean, Meat


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JT commented on March 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Free corkage?


Ivan commented on March 12, 2012 at 4:58 pm

If you buy beer from them.

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