|Jajangmyun at Hong Jja Jang
Hong Jja Jang (‘HJJ’) is a Korean restaurant located in Singapore K-town. It is easily recognised as it sticks up like an accident carnage, where someone drove a bright red 20 (twenty) footer container and leave it there. That aside, we must give credit to the designer that comes out with this eye-catching idea.
|The Entrance - Red Container Door
The creativity also reflected in internal décor. It feels very vibrant, KPOP style and funky. Setting the atmosphere, fast-paced KPOP music blaring on the background. The ambiance surely attracts the younger crowd; however, it does not stop this OPPA and NUNA from frequenting this place.
Jajangmyun ($12). The signature dish of this place. Bouncy yellow noodle, topped with the thick, robust black bean sauce. HJJ is very generous with the ingredients and the black bean sauce as you can see by the amount of the chopped onions in the picture. I find the version here is very good, especially I can see a few of cubed pork belly in the sauce.
|Jajangmyun - Ready to Eat
If you have into anything Korean, you notice that Jjang sauce also goes nicely with rice or fried rice. This is one of the places in Singapore, that offer Jjang Bap. During my previous visit, I was a bit greedy, so I ordered their duo bowl where it has Jajangmyun and Jjang Bap. After that carbo overload, I skip my dinner in the evening.
|Duo Bowl - Jajangmyun and Jjang Bap
The usual partner of Jajangmyun is no other than Jjamppong ($14). This Spicy Seafood Noodle Soup uses the same noodle as Jajangmyun. This spicy soup is packed with seafood such as cuttlefish, mussels and prawns. I find the Jjampong is a bit bland, lacking the OMPH factor that will elevate this dish.
It also come in duo bowl, where you can have Jjamppong together with Jajangmyun.
|Jajangmyun & Jjamppong
Next up is the Tangsuyuk ($26 for small, $38 for Large). Korean version of deep-fried sweet and sour pork. I like the way they separate the deep-fried pork and the sauce at the beginning. Therefore, the pork will remain crispy and not become soggy easily. The sauce is a mixture of sweet and sour, with an extra twang in it; however, the pork is only deep-fried to crisp level, not the usual crispy and crunchy that we like.
Fried Chicken ($23 for Half, $32 for Whole). We order the regular fried chicken thinking it comes without sauce version to have the real taste of the fried chicken. Crispy externally and juicy succulent internally. Apparently, we are mistaken on the sauce part. At the bottom of the pan, there was a puddle of sweet sauce. Luckily, it did not cover the whole chicken, so we can try natural flavour and the side with the sauce. They are very yummy and Finger Licking Good chicken!!
Mul Nang Myun ($18) Cold Buckwheat Noodles. This dish normally will take a while to serve because they need to cook the noodle first and cool it down with ice, lots of ice. The buckwheat noodles are thin, springy and the ice make it even harder to bite off. However, that is the texture that you are looking for.
|Mul Nang Myun
It is accompanied with sliced cucumber, nashi pear and hard-boiled egg. The key is in the broth, that usually made with beef broth, apple cider vinegar and pear juice. This cold robust, sweet and tangy deliver a perfect refreshing noodle. To HJJ credit, their Mul Nang Myun meets all the criteria and we highly recommend it.
Other than the food we ordered above, it seems they are popular for their Budae Jigae (Army Stew), Bossam and Jokbal.
|Side Dishes - Evening
|Side Dishes - Evening
The variety of side dishes are good, especially in the evening. The yellow pickle, different types of kimchi and Sichuan vegetables. The one that I like most is the mayo pasta salad. It is creamy, crunchy plus al-dente pasta.
|Side Dishes - Afternoon
Service is friendly, even though the restaurant is understaffed.
Overall, Jong Jja Jang is a restaurant we can count on if we have a craving for Jajangmyun. The Korean Fried Chicken and Mul Nang Myun are very good as well. Their duo bowl is perfect if you want to try multiple dishes. Can’t wait for our next visit here. Geonbae!! Cheers!!
Food & Drinks: 7.75/10
Budget per Person: $11 - $25, $26 - $50