An SMS came in with info to meet at a Korean restaurant in Joo Chiat. And with that, dinner with the family was set. :)
I totally dig the two soups that came with the two set meals (Pork Set Meal $55; Beef Set meal $68) we ordered! D-E-licious!
The Galbitang (clear beef rib soup) was a clear broth of beef short ribs with leek. Rich, clean-tasting and beefy sweetness. The pieces of rib short rib were slightly chewy (in a good way) and tender, packed with tonnes of flavour.
The other soup- Bangaetang (half ginseng chicken) was equally satisfying. Pour in a shot of ginseng wine and inhale the warm waft of aromatics. The flavour from the chicken, dates and other ingredients had enriched the soup which also contained grey glutinous rice and other grains. This made it like a ginseng chicken porridge with texture, a slight nutty flavour and plenty of oomph!
Both are soups perfect especially in this @#$%&* muggy weather which makes blogging about them now torturous.
Anyway, like most typical Korean restaurants, there were the complimentary (some say cost already added into menu prices) banchan- small side dishes of kimchi, tofu, big sprouts, anchovies etc.
The beef was a 200g piece of fresh sirloin. Grilled over an electric grill, the meat was good though nothing exceptional or special.
What was better was the three slices of premium black pork collar! Sigh. It was a day when the pig won the cow. Sweet, tender and flavourful with small streaks of fat, its glistening powers went from my lips to my heart.
Slice the grilled meats, dab a little sesame oil and sweet-spicy sauce, and wrap with lettuce (free flow). Nom nom nom.
We ordered an ala carte portion of Korean rice cake ($2) which was yummy and chewy with a toasted exterior after grilling! A carbo-freak's popcorn. Moohehe.
Mushrooms ($10) were also another good dish to order. Simply grilled and dipped into sesame oil and soy sauce, its natural sweet earthiness made it delicious especially when eaten with rice.
A chilled cup of sweetened Cinnamon Tea and a heart-shaped watermelon ended dinner.
Each set came with a bottle of Korean traditional rice wine. Sweet, milky, fermented flavour with 7% alcohol.
The pork collar is good reason to return! :)
Ju Shin Jung
451 Joo Chiat Road (other branches at East Coast & West Coast)
#01-01/02 Katong Junction
Tel: 6440 7707
Opens: Monday to Thursday: 11.30am-2.30pm; 5.30pm-11pm (last order 10.30pm)
Friday to Sunday, Public Holidays: 11.30am-11pm (last order 10.30pm)
Chew On This:
A small, white, round tablet was presented at the start of the meal. Don't pop it. It's not a blue-pill-or-red-pill kinda pill. Place it in a dish, pour water on it and it transforms into a wet hand towel. Magic!