Nipong Naepong has always been known to be a Korean Jjamppong specialty restaurant, serving up unique fusion renditions of their “Ppong” (noodle dishes).

If you have been a regular, you would be happy to know that it has expanded its menu with 2 Ppong and an all-new collection of 4 Risotto – all showcasing flavours from across the globe.

Wait, Risotto? I don’t think it is common you would find this northern Italian rice dish in a Korean restaurant.


(Click PLAY for highlights of Nipong Naepong’s NEW Risotto and Ppong.)

The very mention of creamy “Tom Yum Ppong” and Thai-inspired “Curry Ppong” is already getting me more excited.

Or how about Singapore Chilli Crab Risotto with Korean influences?

Previously focusing on seafood-based mains, the menu is now updated with pork and chicken options to appeal to a wider diner base.

If you are unfamiliar with the brand, here are 10 things about Nipong Naepong:
1. While a number of Korean restaurants in Singapore serve Jjamppong as part of its menu, Nipong Naepong is Singapore’s first “ppong” specialty restaurant.
2. The specialty in the traditional Chinese-Korean cuisine of jjamppong (seafood noodles), and has recently diversified to include Risotto.
3. “Nipong Naepong” literally translates as “your ppong, my ppong”.
4. There are over 70 Nipong Naepong outlets across Korea.
5. There are 2 outlets in Singapore – JEM and 313@somerset. (You can read about it here and here.)
6. The menu features unique renditions inspired by flavours from around the world.
7. The jjolmyeon (wheat noodles) used are made in Korea exclusively for the brand.
8. All sauces and soup stocks used are shipped in from Seoul to ensure consistent quality of taste.
9. Also on the menu are sweet and savoury pizzas.
10. The pizzas are actually with whipped cream, so you can have them as a main or even dessert.

Here’s more of the 6 NEW dishes at Nipong Naepong:

Tom Yum Ppong ($14.80)
What it is: Seafood tom yum jjamppong cooked with fragrant lemongrass and kaffir lime leaf, carrying a kick of spice that cuts through the thickness of the cream sauce.

After tasting: Easily my favourite NEW “Ppong” in the restaurant, even after trying twice (The signature Cha Ppong of classic jjamppong with the spicy kick remains as my default to-go-for.)

I would recommend closing your eyes while taking your first bite, and let the mix of flavours to the ‘talking’.

It won’t be as “Tom-Yum-Tom-Yum” as expected, but you get traces of that distinct sour, tang and spicy within. The spiciness is not overpowering as the creaminess helps balance it out.

I seldom have Tom Yum noodles in creamy versions, unless it comes in a pasta. The Tom Yum Ppong sounds pretty innovative and ‘adventurous’, and it actually works.

Curry Ppong ($15.80)
What it is: Chewy jjolmyeon, chicken chunks and spinach leaves drenched in Thai-inspired yellow curry cream sauce, sprinkled with shredded mozzarella on top for extra richness.

After tasting: Even though the menu indicated “Thai”, this reminded me strangely of Japanese baked curry noodles. Part of the reason is due to the generous mozzarella cheese added on top, which would melt into the noodles below.

The jjolmyeon had a chewy yet tender bite, that didn’t go soggy within the curry.

The curry base and spices used were quite intriguing – creamy, mildly spicy, with a sweetish tinge, that would get some getting used to.

There are 4 NEW Risotto dishes, inspired by flavours around the world so you get anything from Singapore Chilli Crab Risotto to Thai-inspired Soi Chicken Risotto.

Arborio rice is used for the Risotto dishes as the short-grain variety is favoured for its ability to produce a rich, creamy texture.

The Risotto are also cooked with Nipong Naepong’s signature sauces and soup stocks, which are specially shipped in from South Korea’s central kitchen to ensure consistent quality and taste.

She’s Risotto ($14.80)
What it is: Inspired by the Singapore chilli crab, this features al dente rice in a sweet-and-spicy sauce, topped with slices of battered fried onion and a deep-fried soft-shell crab.

After tasting: My table of friends were quite divided on this. We all really enjoyed the crispy soft-shell crab and onions, like light tempura pieces not overly oily.

As we are all familiar with the Chilli Crab dish, we came with certain expectations on how it should taste like. It turned out to be more sweet than spicy, which some thought was rather refreshing and interesting – because it was something we never had before.

“Po-Tae-To” Risotto ($14.80)
What it is: The name “Po-Tae-To” is a combination of ‘Po’ for pork, ‘tae’ for umami Tae sauce, ‘to’ for tangy Tomato sauce.

After tasting: Served with a layer of shredded mozzarella on top, the taste of this rice dish is reminiscent of Japanese spaghetti Napolitan.

And no, there is no potato inside.

Spicy Keu Risotto ($15.80)
What it is: Risotto cooked with a mix of Nipong Naepong’s Keu cream sauce and chilli oil, with smokiness that comes from the addition of wok-fried seafood.

After tasting: Possibly my favourite Risotto, this is partly due to the ”wok-hei”. (You can click the video above to check out THAT fire while the chef was cooking the noodles.) I especially enjoyed the sweet cabbage with that smokiness.

The Risotto is luxuriously-saucy due to the milk and cream added, with a shiok level of spiciness.

Soi Chicken Risotto ($11.80)
What it is: Child-friendly chicken risotto prepared with Nipong Naepong’s Thai-inspired Tae seasoning, bonito flakes and mayonnaise.

After tasting: Did I just have some Tako Pachi? Or is it Okonomiyaki? You may just feel you have been to Osaka after this Soi Chicken Risotto, due to the generous bonito flakes added. Plus that drizzling of mayonnaise.

I liked the seasoning on those chunks of chicken, which is a sweet and mildly spicy sauce that may just remind you of Pad Thai.

The restaurant also serves a selection of sweet-savoury pizzas constructed on thin tortilla bases, with toppings such as sweet potato puree, garlic butter, shaved coconut, spinach and cream cheese.

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)
https://www.facebook.com/NipongNaepongSingapore

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)

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