”Will we see Song Joong-ki here one day?” Fans will know that their Oppa’s hometown is at Daejeon (where this restaurant is named after), located less than an hour bullet train ride from Seoul.
The external outlook of DaeJon House at Havelock II Mall is designed like a traditional Korean house, while the interior brings us nostalgic memories of the 1980s Korea.
Yellowish newspaper clippings and movie posters (that were way older than me), postage stamps pasted on the walls and a payphone that will no longer ring were used to decorate the restaurant.
Unlike most Korean restaurants, there are only 2 ban-chan (appetizers) – kimchi and pickled radish served.
The main focus is on their signature dishes: Korean Beef Noodles ($12.90) that comes in with Spicy or Non- spicy soup broth, Army Noodles ($12.90), Army Stew ($24.90/ $34.90) and Spicy/Non- spicy Korean Beef Hot-Pot ($24.90/ $34.90).
Each of their signature dishes are served in beef-bones broth, simmered over 6 hours to bring out the natural flavours.
Korean Beef Noodles, also known as Beef Jjamppong, is a common Korean-Chinese dish, usually served as a takeaway dish in Korea.
Topped with vegetables, a huge prawn and beef slices were added onto the QQ, springy handmade Korean noodles, soaked in beef-bones broth.
What I liked: The pieces of beef were thinly sliced, tender and thus easy to chew.
I preferred the spicy version with a non-overwhelming kick, compared to the non-spicy version with a saltier broth with a conspicuous meaty savour
The Budae Jjigae (Army Stew) comes in 2 sizes for sharing ($24.90 for Medium/ $34.90 for Large).
A single portion known as Army Noodles ($12.90) is also available.
Using the same beef bone broth as a soup base, topped with tofu, sausage, tteopokki, spam and kimchi, it made the perfect dish for a cold, rainy day.
Since Beef Jjamppong is part of the Korean-Chinese cuisine, Tangsuyuk ($16.90), also known as Korean Sweet & Sour Pork, can be found here.
While the pork pieces were thinly sliced, I enjoyed the exterior with a very crispy texture that gave out a loud crunching sound with every bite.
On a side note, I wished that they could be more generous with the sweet and sour sauce.
While DaeJon’s focus might be on their signature dishes made using the beef-bones broth, both their Kimchi Pancake and Seafood Pancake ($10.90) were worth a mention.
The sides were crispy and yet, with the right thickness, not too starchy.
While we are familiar with the usual Korean food offerings such as Korean Fried Chicken, Bingsu and Bibimbap, we are seeing more Chinese-Korean food restaurants lately.
Glad that Daejon House is off to a promising start with their specialised Beef Champong.
Havelock II, 2 Havelock Road, #01-03, Singapore 059763
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.