The 3 dishes that characterises these Korean-Chinese restaurants include Jajangmyeon 자장면 – noodle dish topped with thick black bean sauce; Jjamppong 짬뽕 which is a spicy noodle soup flavored with vegetables, meat or seafood; and Tangsuyuk 탕수육 – a Korean version of the sweet and sour meat dish.

Jajangmyeon 자장면 is a delicious noodle dish topped with a thick sauce made of chujang (the sauce), diced pork, and vegetables, with origins from the Chinese’s Zha Jiang Mian.

Do you know that April 14th is called “Black Day” in Korea, mostly observed by singles?

That is because Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14 (when women buy men gifts); while White Day is celebrated on March 14 (the men will reciprocate).

And for singles who did not get any presents or love those two days, they will ‘celebrate’ by wearing black and eating black Jajangmyeon to drown their sorrows.

Don’t be sad, okay? Here are some Korean restaurants in Singapore which serve up black Jajangmyeon:

Photo by Nicholas Tan @stormscape

O.BBa Jjajang
77 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088484
+65 65886 96979
Opening Hours: 12am – 11pm (Mon – Sun)

O.BBa Jjajang’s menu is somewhat similar to Chinese restaurants, with sides dishes such as chicken and pork served with a bowl of staple food (rice/noodles).

Their signature dish is the Jajangmyeon served with fermented black soybean paste in homemade noodles, diced pork, onions and shredded cucumber.

While most of the JjajangMyeon in Singapore had a strong black bean taste with a grainy texture, the version here had a slight sweetness in the black bean sauce (“zhup”).

Different from the salty Chinese-styled Zha Jiang Mia, the sauce was somehow both appetising and addictive.

Generously coated with the black bean gravy after tossing, the addition of fatty pork for the extra chewiness was an ingenious idea. Simple, fuss-free and comforting. 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 located at Far East Square, and has been around for more than 15 years.

Its Jjajangmyun is the top-selling dish here, and for a good reason.

There are two styles here – the Dong Fang Hong Jajang ($12) is the more basic bowl, and Bai Nian Jajang ($15) which literally means “hundred years” and said to contain a traditional and authentic taste.

The Jjajangmyeon is indeed one of the best version I had in Singapore, drenched over in a rich and earthy-tasting thick sauce. If only the sauce could be warmer.

But all in a hearty portion.

Hong Jjajang 홍짜장
93 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088514
Tel: +65 6909 5171
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm (Mon – Sun)

There are multiple variations of the Jajang noodles available here, from Jaengban Jajang – noodles in black bean sauce; Hong Jajang– spicy sauced noodles; Samseon Jjang – Seafood and noodles in black bean sauce; Gochu Jjampong; Udong; to Ulmyun.

As for the Jajangmyun, this tasted most different from others I had tried before. The thick, gooey sauce had sweeter notes within, without the strong fermented bean character.

It felt more modern overall, and still very flavourful. Hong Jjajang 홍짜장 (Tanjong Pagar)

Huluruk Myeon House
Velocity @ Novena Square, 238 Thomson Road #01-84/85 Singapore 307683
Tel: +65 8488 9606
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Huluruk is a Korean noodle specialty house at Velocity, and the recipe is said to be pass down from an old Korean lady “Halmuni” (which means grandmother in Korean) Song.

Her Myeon Soup business started out in 1945, as the noodle courses and side dishes were her late husband’s favourites.

The thick black sauce of the Jjajang Myeon ($10.80) was quite ‘legit’, also included with pieces of pork cubes.

The noodles were cooked till too soft and wet for my liking though, otherwise would have been a better mix.

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)

While Nipong Naepong is the first Jjamppong specialty restaurant in Singapore, their Jjajangmyeon ($13.90) is a noodle dish for those who want something basic yet classic, this Korean-Chinese staple is prepared by combining noodles with a black bean sauce.

This Jjajangmyeon uses jjolmyeon noodles topped with minced pork, boiled quail eggs, fresh cucumber strips, a sprinkling of sesame seeds, and the key ingredient black bean sauce.

Give it a good toss, and you would love the earthy aroma and slightly salty thick sauce. Nipong Naepong (JEM)

Ajumma’s
The Cathay B1, 2 Handy Road Singapore 229233
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)

Other outlet at Funan: 107 North Bridge Rd, #B1-31 Funan Mall, Singapore 179105

Ajumma’s Jjajangmyeon ($11.90) contains a bowl of springy noodles accompanied with special Jjajang sauce, a combination of tender pork collar, black bean paste, vegetables, all fried into an aromatic paste.

If you order delivery, the Jjajangmyeon Dosirak ($15.90) comes with crispy pork and chives mandus and 2 banchan (side dishes).

Delivery via https://ajummas.oddle.me/en_SG/. 10% OFF first order with min spend of $85. Apply promo code: AJUMMAS10OFF

Jinjja Chicken
249 Victoria Street (Bugis Village), Singapore 188032 (Bugis MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Sun – Thu), 11am – 10pm (Fri – Sat)
Other outlets at Northpoint City, Jewel Changi Airport, Clementi Mall, Changi Airport T2

Something different here from the usual Korean fried chicken shops is the Jjajangmyeon and Seafood Jjamppong that are usually only available in Chinese-Korean restaurants.

Jinjja’s Jjajangmyeon contain savoury black bean sauce in a mixture of minced meat, cucumber and fresh noodles.

All their outlets are halal certified.

Delivery available via https://jinjja-chicken.oddle.me/en_SG (Delivery charges depend on area.)

Bonchon Chicken
Bugis+, 201 Victoria St, #01-11, Singapore 188067
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm (Sun – Thurs), 11:30am – 10pm (Fri) 11am – 10pm (Sat)

Bonchon Chicken is known for its Korean Fried Chicken, but do you know it serves up Jjajangmyeon ($10.90) as well?

Their version comes with imported Korean dry noodles tossed with housemade black bean sauce, topped with sliced cucumber and grill boneless chicken.

It was acceptable, just that perhaps the lack of smaller meat pieces and a saucier base could make you feel something doesn’t feel complete.

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