Jjamppong 짬뽕 is a Korean-Chinese noodle dish in spicy seafood or pork broth usually flavoured with gochutgaru chilli powder.
It is typically served in Korean-Chinese restaurants known for “Junghwa Yori” 中華料理 alongside Jajangmyeon and Tangsuyuk.
Some history: The dish is derived from the Shandong-style of “Chao Ma Mian”, while its name is from “chanpon” – a Japanese Chinese noodle dish.
There seems to be more restaurants serving up Jjamppong in Singapore, including a full specialty eatery Nipong Naepong at JEM.
Here are 6 places to get your Jjamppong Fix in Singapore:
JEM #01-16, 50 Jurong Gateway Road, Singapore 608549 (Jurong East MRT)
Tel: +65 6262 4078
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 10pm (Fri – Sat)
Nipong Naepong which loosely translates to “your ppong, my ppong”, is Singapore’s first “ppong” specialty restaurant.
Classic Jjamppong, Vongole Jjamppong, Alfredo-Jjamppong, Thai Jjamppong, Tomato Jjamppong, and even Salad Jjamppong… you get this dish transformed in 9 different renditions inspired by flavours from around the world.
Their Cha Ppong is the Classic Jjamppong noodles, a bowl which came loaded with fried cabbage, mussels, squid, prawn, and quail eggs.
There are two levels of spiciness you can choose from. I went for the Level 1, and liked that there was already this fiery kick in the piping hot broth, yet not over.
The soup was actually quite addictive, of richly flavoured seafood broth, balanced with the sweetness of the broth.
Cooked in high heat, it imparted some wok-hei and drinking the deep-spicy soup could result in some tissue-worth of head sweat. Quite shiok, I must say. Nipong Naepong (JEM)
Twins Korean Restaurant
7 Craig Rd Singapore 089667 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 6221 5205
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5pm – 12am (Mon – Sat), 5pm – 12am (Sun)
Twins Korean Restaurant’s Jjambbong Soup ($28) is served almost like an Army Stew, in a pot on fire so that the soup stays warm throughout.
The soup was cooked in stock for rich flavour, with subtle seafood-y sweetness.
It was also pleasantly spicy and not sharp, and most Singaporeans should be able to take.
Ingredients were first fried in wok-fire before the soup was added, adding that light smokiness and char. Possibly my favourite soup base among all those tried.
Or you can have the Woojae’s Spicy Seafood Crab Noodle Soup ($13.90 for lunch, $16.90 for dinner).
This is named after one of the twins, and the creation also represents his pride and joy. At $13.90 with so much seafood (plus crab claws), this makes a delicious value-for-money lunch. Twins Restaurant (Craig Road)
1 Kim Seng Promenade, #01-115, Great World City, Singapore 237994
Tel: +65 8879 5898
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Goobne Chicken 굽네치킨 is one of the most popular oven-roasted chicken brand in Korea, and has opened in Singapore at the revamped Great World.
Worthy of mention is the Seafood Jjamppong Noodles ($14) that comes in a red hot soup base. That packs in all the spiciness.
This was not toned down at all the first time I tried it, and possible one of the shiok Jjamppong I had in Singapore.
Hong Jjajang 홍짜장
Tel: +65 6909 5171
93 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088514
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
Hong Jjajang 홍짜장 which signature dishes include Jajangmyeon is located at 93 Tanjong Pagar (next to Hokkaido Izakaya).
To make things easier, I ordered a Jajangmyun, Jjamppong and Tangsuyuk set ($42) at Hong Jjajang. Considering the portion, this is considered value for its money (Plus there was free steamed egg during opening specials.)
The Jjamppong was my favourite, because the soup base was fiery hot and addictive, brimming with flavours of seafood.
On a scale on 1 to 10, I would say it was around 6-7 in terms of spiciness. Not enough for you to break out in big sweat, but sufficient for you to feel the kick and reach for more water. Hong Jjajang 홍짜장 (Tanjong Pagar Road)
77 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088484
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 3am, 5pm – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Apart from the Jjajangmyeon, the Jjamppong is another top favourite dish in this Chinese-Korean restaurant.
The seafood is first fried with the vegetables before putting everything into the soup with the noodles.
The Jjamppong paled in comparison to the Jjajangmyeon ($12) as the soup was a tad watered down, unable to bring out the freshness of the seafood. O.BBa Jjajang (Tanjong Pagar Road)
Dong Fang Hong Restaurant
92 Telok Ayer Street #01-01, Far East Square, Singapore 048472
Tel: +65 6327 9036
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Dong Fang Hong is quite a well-known Korean-Chinese restaurant in Singapore.
There are two styles of Jjamppong here – the Traditional ($13) included with more cabbage, and Seafood Jjamppong ($15) with pieces of squid, prawns and pork.
The portion of the Jjamppong is quite huge (carb heavy) and has a rustic meets traditional taste. The base soup was flavourful and not too spicy at all, and could be better with more warmth and richness.
Joah Korean Restaurant
One Raffles Place #03-21/22, Singapore 048616
Tel: +65 6438 6484
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:30pm (Mon – Sat), 5:30pm – 10pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sun
Customers at Joah Korean Restaurant will experience traditional Korean food with classic flavours cooked in the most authentic way.
Taste popular Korean fare such as DakGalbi, Korean BBQ, Army Stew, Korean Pancakes, and Ginseng Chicken Soup.
To add more variety in its customers’ choice, it also offers Chinese dishes made Korean-style, such as JjaJangMyeon or Black Soybean Sauce Noodles ($13), JjamPong or Spicy Seafood Noodle Soup ($17), Lemon TangSuYuk ($15); and other Korean dishes of Claypot Beef Bulgogi with Glass Noodles ($15), and Marinated Chicken with/without Cheese ($21/$19).
Havelock II, 2 Havelock Road, #01-03, Singapore 059763
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 11:30am – 10pm (Sat), Closed Sun
DaeJon House serves up Beef Jjamppong. 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. Daejon House (Havelock II Mall)
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.