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.
There seems to be more restaurants serving up Jjamppong in Singapore, including a full specialty eatery Nipong Naepong at JEM.
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.
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 – 10pm Last order 9.30pm (Mon – Fri); 11am – 11pm, Last order 10.30pm (Sat – Sun)
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 ($15.80) 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 – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 12:00am (Mon – Sat), 5:00pm – 11:00pm (Sun)Twins Restaurant (Craig Road)
Hong Jjajang 홍짜장
Tel: +65 6909 5171
93 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088514
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm
Hong Jjajang 홍짜장 which signature dishes include Jajangmyeon has arrived 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)
Tae Woo Ban Jum
Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen St, Singapore 059817
Tel: +65 6224 8284
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
I was told by my friend (a few of them) NOT to blog about this place, and so even the food photo was blurry. So I never did, till now (sorry my friend). He calls this “Clarke Quay Central’s best hidden secret”.
Tae Woo Ban Jum is commonly occupied by Koreans, known to provide an authentic taste. My other Korean friend said it was “just as good as back home”.
I had the Jjamjjamyeon ($18 lunch special) which serves up a bowl of Black Bean Sauce Noodles and Seafood Noodles with Hot Red Pepper Soup. Otherwise, you can also order the Sam Sun Jjamppong ($15) served with rice or noodles.
Slightly on the expensive side, what worked was its savoury and robust seafood stock.
77 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088484
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 7am (Mon-Sat), 11.30am – 2am (Sun)
Apart from the Jjajangmyeon ($12), the Jjamppong ($13) is another top favourite dish in this Chinese-Korean restaurant.
However, there is no Jjamjjamyeon here (half-Jjajangmyeon, half Jjamppong) on the menu though, for people who cannot decide which to get.
The seafood is first fried with the vegetables before putting everything into the soup with the noodles.
The Jjamppong ($13) 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)
Havelock II, 2 Havelock Road, #01-03, Singapore 059763
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – 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.