The Korean spicy noodle soup dish of Jjamppong 짬뽕 seems to be gaining popularity in Singapore.
Served in a spicy seafood or pork broth usually flavoured with gochutgaru chilli powder, you would typically find Jjamppong in Korean-Chinese restaurants.
Known for “Junghwa Yori” 中華料理, other signature dishes include Jajangmyeon and Tangsuyuk.
Some history: The dish is derived from the Shandong-style of “chao ma mian”, while its name comes from “chanpon” – a Japanese Chinese noodle dish.
Other than Korean-Chinese restaurants serving Jjamppong in Singapore, there is also a Jjamppong specialty eatery Nipong Naepong at JEM and 313@somerset.
Here are 10 places to get your Jjamppong Fix in Singapore:
Hwang Sil Korean-Chinese Restaurant
38 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069116
Tel: +65 6224 4371
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 11pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Hwang Sil is considered one of the few authentic Korean-Chinese restaurant in Singapore.
They serve up two portions of Jjam Bong, in $14 and big $17 version. Also available is the Samseon Jjamppong ($18, $21) which indicates the addition of three different types of seafood including prawns and squid.
Many Korean vouch for the authenticity of this place, and it is common to find it packed with Koreans.
The Jjamppong noodles are handmade with a deliciously soft and chewy texture; and what seals the deal for me was it rich and robust soup with depth of flavour. Easily one of the tastiest you can find on this island.
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)
Another outlet at 313@somerset
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 – 11pm (Tues – Sat), 5pm – 11pm (Sun), Closed Mon
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 – 10:30pm (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.
2 Handy Rd, B1-23 Cathay Branch, Singapore 229233
Tel: +65 9780 3772
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm
Another outlet at Funan.
Ajumma’s Jjamppong ($17.90) has a smoky aroma because the vegetables, seafood and aromatics are tossed into a hot wok before being simmered in a thick broth.
Even though I did a takeaway, I could feel that wok-hei within.
In addition to squid and mussels, they use flower crabs and prawn which contribute to a toasty seafood aroma to the broth.
This is accompanied with fresh hand-made noodles and finished with roasted sesame oil. Note: huge portion too.
Mukjja Korean Chinese Restaurant
275 Thomson Road, #01-07, Singapore 307645
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 4:30pm – 9:30pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
The original owners of Tae Woo Restaurant (used to be from Clarke Quay Central) are back in action and have set up Mukjja Korean Chinese Restaurant at Novena.
From their noodles menu, some of the familiar items including Jajangmyeon ($11), Jjamppong ($14), Seafood Udon Soup ($18) and Spicy Oyster Noodle Soup ($20) make a return.
I remembered every time opting for their Jjamjameyon ($19), which comes with half black bean paste noodles and half spicy seafood noodle soup.
Their Jjamppong while not as memorable, was still generally decent. Though I felt that the spicy seafood soup could use a little more depth in flavour. MukJja (Novena)
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 – 9pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sun
Customers at Joah Korean Restaurant can 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).
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