Just had my lunch at a Korean restaurant in Raffles City : Andong Zzimdak Restaurant. It’s only later that I found out it is the first Korean Andong Jjimdak restaurant in Singapore. So what’s with the Zz and Jj?
Wikipedia: Andong jjimdak is a variety of jjim (a Korean steamed or boiled dish), which originated in the city of Andong. It is made with chicken, various vegetables marinated in a ganjang (Korean soy sauce) based sauce. The name literally means “steamed chicken of Andong.”
So what did I order? What else other than Andong Jjimdak of braised chicken. It is tasty but nothing to go gaga over. Quite close in taste actually to any Chinese braised chicken dish. To be fair, I enjoyed the dish as I was hungry. In fact I’ll even enjoy plain rice with soya sauce if I’m famished. The chicken is a little tough for my liking, although the accompanying carrot and potato are nice and soft. Gravy is just nice, almost perfect. The one I have is supposed to be a little spicy, but apart from the lonely dried chilli, I detect no hint of any spiciness. Perhaps I should have ordered the spicier version called Mayak Jjimdak.
Ah, the chewy crystal noodles that is hidden on the hotplate. Hidden because it is transparent. Almost missed it. Tough to chew on, but I like it. It’s like a cross between tang hoon (Chinese vermicelli) and chewing gum. Tough (did I repeat myself?), but nice.
Would I return? Perhaps. I did not browse the menu as I simply ordered the lunch time special at $12.90++. So I didn’t know what else is on the menu. I would guess more Andong varieties.
Place: Raffles City, B1-44F. Daily: 11.30 am to 10 pm
Remember, Andong Zzimdak is the restaurant name, Andong Jjimdak is the name of the dish. Still confused?