Jin Kimchi Express is the name of the Korean food stall set up by popular kimchi seller Jin Kimchi.
It is part of a line of stalls that the company has set up in the newly opened Fernvale Market, with the three stalls selling Korean meat cuts, food products and fresh kimchi.
While I usually love buying unusual snacks, today I focus on trying their cooked food to see if it is ”jinjja mashisoyo” as the Koreans would say.
The stall sells cooked Korean favourites such as Bibimbap, Kimchi Ramyeon and their famous pork belly.
You won’t be able to miss the row of three stalls once you’ve arrived at the market.
It is beside the huge neon market sign, with a bold black signboard and the name “Jin Kimchi Express”. It is open from as early as 11am.
Items on the menu include the Jin Signature Kimchi Stew ($6) with kimchi and sliced pork belly served with rice, Kimchi Ramyeon ($6), and Kimchi Fried Rice ($6).
I decided to get the best-selling Galbi Pork Belly Meat Set ($7.60), Julienne Bibimbap ($6.40), and Kimchi Pancake ($6).
The sets are paired with its in-house ‘JIN original kimchi’.
The Galbi Pork Belly Meat set comes with the brand’s signature kimchi, banchan, and rice. The cook sliced the pork slices thickly, so it is a decent portion for the price.
Its signature JIN Original Kimchi is a tad sweeter than store-bought kimchi. I thought that the sweetness could have overwhelmed even the spiciness and obscured even the juicy crunch of the cabbage.
This sweetness is echoed in the Julienne Bibimbap ($6.40). The dish is rice topped with radish salad, fried egg, fresh lettuce, and roasted seaweed.
The store’s sweet and spicy sauce with sesame seeds is drizzled over it. There is no meat, but you can choose to add slices of grilled pork belly to it.
The pork belly is from the K-butchery stall just right behind. Prices range from $7.80 to $8.40 for 200grams, depending on which cut you prefer.
I liked that the leafy lettuce was crunchy and fresh, as it helped to neutralise the overly sweet taste of the entire dish.
The star of the show was the Kimchi Pancake ($6). Although it looked unassuming, the pancake was evenly fried and delicious crispy.
If you prefer to cook at home, just to the back of the food stall is the K-Butchery (#03-35), where various meat cuts are sold here. You can buy the barbeque platter to eat here or take away.
For a small group of 1-2 pax, you can try the $32 set with two types of pork belly cuts, a veggie platter, Julienne bibimbap and kimchi stew. You would just need to top up with the $4 cooking fee.
There is also its flagship store where you can stock up on your favourite kimchi dishes. The store is open from 8 am to 9 am, except for Monday.
For those who prefer to use their jars from previous kimchi purchases, the stall rewards you by offering a discount for recycling glass jars.
Its snack stall, K-mart, located beside it sells plenty of Korean snacks and food products. There are some unique finds, such as Korean iced coffee and ice cream.
There is also a huge selection of instant noodles, including Halal ramyeon which is not always easy to find.
If you stay around the Sengkang or Seletar area, this is a novel concept as you can find everything you like about Korean food here. It is an all-in-one solution for K-food fans.
Note that weekends can get very busy, and you might be unable to find a seat. Most people bring their containers to take away food.
Jin Kimchi Express
21 Sengkang West Ave, #03-22, Fernvale Community Club, Singapore 797650
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5pm – 8:45pm (Mon – Sun), Closed Thurs
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* Written by Juls H, a writer, designer, and social media marketer. Daniel’s Food Diary paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.