“What is there to eat at Orchard Road?”

If this question has crossed your mind, Korean food lovers will be delighted to know that Nipong Naepong has opened at 313@somerset basement (next to Chir Chir and Masizzim).

Like finally.

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Nipong Naepong is known to be Singapore’s first “ppong” specialty restaurant, serving up the well-loved Chinese-Korean seafood noodles dish of “Jjamppong”.

Its first outlet in Singapore is at JEM, so those nearer town (and are lazy to travel) can get your hands to try some of their fiery Jjamppong.

The Korean noodle soup dish is known for its red-spicy broth flavoured with gochutgaru (chili powder), loaded with generous amounts of seafood, and is particularly comforting.

What I like about Nipong Naepong’s version is that most of the Jjamppong is fried with high heat that imparts the touch of wok-hei (wok-heat); and includes nine unique renditions inspired by flavours from around the world.

There is some Italian, a bit of Japanese, a dish of Thai in their other selections.

The chewy jjolmyeon (wheat noodles) used is made in Korea exclusively for the brand, and all sauces and soup stocks used are also shipped in from Seoul to ensure authenticity and consistency.

Here are 10 recommendations from Nipong Naepong – Singapore’s first “ppong” specialty restaurant from South Korea:

Cha Ppong ($15.80)
If this is your first time to Nipong Naepong, then the classic Jjamppong should make a good introduction. (Also my personal favourite, since I have tried all 9 of them over a few occasions).

The Cha Ppong was especially addictive as it came in a moderately spicy and richly flavoured soup, with a vibrant mix of Korean flavours from the seafood, vegetables and spices coming together to form an appetising broth.

”Shiok” is the word.

I would also suggest having the Level 1 first, but if you are up for that punch that tingles, then go for the Level 2.

Slight warning: As this is included with chockful of ingredients of fried cabbage, mussels, squid, prawn, and quail eggs, the bowl is quite a substantial portion. Enough to feed a hungry person.

Ro Ppong-Roje ($17.80)
This is for the cheese lovers, as there is a portion of mozzarella that would melt into the warm sauce as you mix the noodles up.

Trying attempting a #cheesepull.

Compared to the Cha Ppong, the Ro Ppong-Roje is very much heavier as the base “pink” sauce marries both rich cream sauce and tangy tomato puree. Also added with tobiko (flying fish roe).

Tip: If you are coming with a friend and sharing two bowls, then I would suggest one that is soupy (Cha Ppong, Vongole Ppong) and another which is creamy (Ro Ppong-Roje, Keu Ppong-Cream).

Il Ppong ($15.80)
I see this as the “underdog”, as it is placed on the second page of the menu which people may not take note immediately.

Do not be deceived by the clear soup base, as the mussel broth contains a dash of chilli oil that was much spicier than what was expected. Warning given.

Surprisingly enjoyed this, especially when there was a mild kick within the flavoursome seafood soup base.

To Ppong-Tomato ($15.80)
This tasted like a tomato based Italian pasta, I would imagine this was a bowl of Marinara with the tangy base of Pomodoro Tomato sauce topped with mixed seafood.

Though I won’t say this was my favourite, the sweetness and zest was rather pronounced as the Pomodoro sauce was said to be produced at the height of the tomato season using the best tomatoes.

Vongole Ppong ($16.80)
Italian-inspired “Ppong” cooked with plump clams and spiked with white wine and fragrant garlic.

Tae Ppong ($15.80)
Their take on “Phad Thai”, with jjolmyeon stir-fried with seafood in a sweet and mildly spicy sauce.

Salad Ppong ($15.80)
Deciding to have something healthier for a change?

There is actually a Salad Ppong here, with crisp mixed greens, succulent seafood and oodles of jjolmyeon tossed in a sweet chilli dressing.

Al Ppong ($15.80)
This is perhaps Nipong Naepong’s version of Naengmyeon – Korean cold noodles in chilled (almost icy) broth, typically eaten during summer time.

The jjolmyeon used for this was thinner and longer – which made it easier to slurp with the soup; and the clear chicken broth was cold, sweet and tangy all together.

Served with squid and prawns, best Korean noodle item to have to beat the summer heat.

Nae Pizza-Garlic ($16.80)
Nipong Naepong also serves up four different types of pizzas – Ninae Pizza-Spinach, Ni Pizza-Sweet Potato, Nae Pizza-Garlic and Coco Pizza-Coconut; all made fresh and served from the oven.

These are not quite your Italian pizzas, but can be best described as sweet and savoury pizzas on baked tortilla wraps.

The Nae Pizza-Garlic is topped with copious amounts of garlic butter, with a relatively thin crust.

Don’t just gobble it up. You are supposed to take a slice with your hands, roll it up, dip into the fluffy whipped cream, and enjoy. Nearly like a dessert.

Grapefruit, Citrus Tea, Lychee Yogurt ($7.90 for 500ML, $12.90 for 1L)
Not forgetting about the cool sips, especially after having some spicy noodles.

While the crowd-favourite is the Lychee Yogurt, I am more for the Grapefruit which was refreshingly cooling with a sweet-tart taste.

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Nipong Naepong – 313@somerset
313@somerset #B3-03, 313 Orchard Road Singapore 238895 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Last order 9.30pm (Mon – Fri); 11am – 11pm, Last order 10.30pm (Sat – Sun)

Nipong Naepong – JEM
JEM #01-16, 50 Jurong Gateway Road, Singapore 608549 (Jurong East MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Last order 9.30pm (Mon – Fri); 11am – 11pm, Last order 10.30pm (Sat – Sun)

Other Related Entries
Nipong Naepong (JEM)
NY Night Market (Westgate)
Chir Chir (Bugis Junction)
Kogane Yama (Bugis Junction)

* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Nipong Naepong.


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