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Genuine Korean road meals by a Korean-Muslim chef

I hate to confess it, however I’m very behind in Korean tradition. I’ve by no means adopted any of their hit Netflix exhibits nor listened to any Okay-pop. It appears as if I’m at a 10-year hole, with solely my Samyang and cheese combo and imprecise reminiscences of a chubby bespectacled Korean man doing rodeo dances. Meokja by JUNGGA, which is positioned at GR.iD Mall in Dhoby Ghaut, presents an opportunity for me to be extra in tune with Korean tradition, albeit in a culinary sense.

Meokja by JUNGGA - Exterior Shot

I can already really feel the sense of doubt in you. “How can this be genuine?”, you might ask. Properly, Meokja by JUNGGA is helmed by Chef Jung Sangwoo, a Korean-Muslim revert. When he first arrived in Singapore, he realised many Muslims couldn’t expertise correct halal Korean meals, together with himself.

This turned his driving drive to begin a home-based enterprise to share what genuine Korean meals ought to style while solely utilizing halal components.

What I attempted at Meokja by JUNGGA

Meokja by JUNGGA - BunShik Set

Meokja by JUNGGA won’t have probably the most intensive Korean menu however that’s not all the time a foul factor. As a substitute, it focuses on a number of the important dishes in addition to Korean road meals that you simply won’t even have heard of.

For mains, you will have Jja Jang Myeon/Bap (Noodle/Rice in Black Bean Sauce) (S$12++), JjamPpong (Spicy Seafood Soup) (S$14++), Bibim Guksu (Spicy Blended Noodles) (S$9++), Kimchi Bokkeum Bap (Kimchi Fried Rice) (S$11++) and Samgyetang (Korean Ginseng Hen Soup) (S$17.90++).

There have been additionally a number of road meals and sides resembling TteokBokki (S$9++/S$18++) and Kimchi Jeon (S$7++). Since I used to be with an consuming buddy, we determined to go for the BunShik Set (Avenue Meals Combo) (S$32++) which had a big TteokBokki, Chamchi Mayo Jumeok Bap and 5 sticks of Eomuk Tang. 

We additionally ordered Samgyetang as a result of Arnold Schwarzenegger rated it extremely when he had it. 

Meokja by JUNGGA - Samgyetang

And that was precisely what went down the hatch first. The Samgyetang got here with a facet of pepper and kimchi, in addition to a bowl of rice. Actually, I assumed it seemed actually plain with what appeared to be steamed hen in water with inexperienced onions, and what seemed like chopped twigs and a singular purple date. 

Meokja by JUNGGA - Samgyetang

True sufficient, it tasted precisely the way it seemed— bland. The soup might have simply been handed off as gentle hen inventory. Now I do know why they’d pepper powder on the facet. Its addition did elevate the style to a peppery hen inventory. There additionally wasn’t any ginseng flavour or ginseng in any respect. 

Meokja by JUNGGA - Samgyetang

I hoped for the steamed hen to tear with only a slight delicate pull from my chopsticks, however I discovered that not solely did I require a spoon, however I additionally needed to pin down the hen with my chopsticks to even stand an opportunity of getting a bit of meat with out making a large number of the soup.

Meokja by JUNGGA - Samgyetang

Similar as its watery broth, the hen was bland. It’s most likely intentional since that is thought of one of many more healthy meals from Korean delicacies, however somewhat little bit of seasoning by no means damage anyone. Having mentioned that, I actually loved the kimchi— it had a pleasant spicy kick and the bitter fermented style was simply good. The distinction was like evening and day.

Meokja by JUNGGA - Eomuk Tang

Subsequent was the Eomuk Tang which is a type of fish cake soup. The very first thing I did was style the soup, which had a well-known savoury flavour. I’d say it tastes like your generic ramen on the spot noodle broth, however to copy that flavour while utilizing pure components, that’s positively a chef’s contact in motion. I polished my bowl of rice with the broth soaked in it.

Meokja by JUNGGA - Eomuk Tang

The fish muffins had a very totally different texture than what we’re accustomed to. It was like a deflated tau pok with not-so-chewy pores and skin. Nevertheless, I promise you that the style will deliver again childhood reminiscences as they style precisely like Dahfa Dried Fish Fillet — solely soggier! 

Meokja by JUNGGA - TteokBokki

Swiftly on, our subsequent dish was the TteokBokki. I used to be considerably accustomed to the dish as I’ve had rice muffins earlier than within the type of mala however by no means with its signature Korean candy and spicy sauce. There have been additionally items of fish muffins intermixed with the devilish purple sauce.

Meokja by JUNGGA - TteokBokki

The rice muffins had a extremely satisfying chew, nearly like consuming a thick gummy bear. I additionally like how the sauce wasn’t literal acid in your tongue however as a substitute had a average quantity of spice that slowly constructed up. The sweetness on the finish additionally helped reduce the impact of the warmth, although not for lengthy. 

I might counsel ordering the massive choice solely when you’ve got 3 or extra individuals consuming with you, as we bought fairly jelak of the style (to not point out the warmth) once we tried to complete the dish (which we didn’t handle to).

Meokja by JUNGGA - Chamchi Mayo Jumeok Bap

The Chamchi Mayo Jumeok Bap was definitely a shock. It might appear to be your common sushi ball however it tasted far more than that. It was surprisingly crumbly for rice-based meals with a smoky style of an unknown origin. Perhaps it was from the tuna items that didn’t have a canned flavour. 

Supposedly a child’s favorite, however don’t let that cease you from ordering these unhealthy boys!

Closing ideas

Meokja by JUNGGA - BunShik Set

I positively had an excellent dinner at Meokja by JUNGGA, with its authenticity and naturally, it being my first legit Korean meal. Although not all the things I ate was a banger, what was much more essential was my newfound need of making an attempt extra genuine Korean dishes on my subsequent go to.

I’ve already set my eyes on the JjaJang Myeon and the Kimchi Jeon, mentally salivating on the considered it. Mmm…

Anticipated harm: S$18 – S$32 per pax

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Our Ranking: 4.5 / 5

Meokja by JUNGGA

1 Selegie Highway, GR.iD, #02-03, Singapore 188306


Our Ranking 4.5/5

Meokja by JUNGGA

1 Selegie Highway, GR.iD, #02-03, Singapore 188306

Phone: +65 9067 7077

Working Hours: 10.30 — 3pm & 5pm — 10pm (Thu to Tue), Closed on Wed



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