Genuine Korean road meals by a Korean-Muslim chef

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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 Ok-pop. It appears as if I’m at a 10-year hole, with solely my Samyang and cheese combo and obscure recollections of a chubby bespectacled Korean man doing rodeo dances. Meokja by JUNGGA, which is situated 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 could 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 pressure to start out a home-based enterprise to share what genuine Korean meals ought to style while solely utilizing halal elements.

What I attempted at Meokja by JUNGGA

Meokja by JUNGGA - BunShik Set

Meokja by JUNGGA may not have essentially the most intensive Korean menu however that’s not at all times a foul factor. As a substitute, it focuses on a number of the important dishes in addition to Korean road meals that you just may not even have heard of.

For mains, you’ve gotten 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 reminiscent of 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. Truthfully, I assumed it seemed actually plain with what gave the impression to be steamed rooster in water with inexperienced onions, and what seemed like chopped twigs and a singular pink date. 

Meokja by JUNGGA - Samgyetang

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

Meokja by JUNGGA - Samgyetang

I hoped for the steamed rooster 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 rooster with my chopsticks to even stand an opportunity of getting a chunk of meat with out making a large number of the soup.

Meokja by JUNGGA - Samgyetang

Identical as its watery broth, the rooster was bland. It’s in all probability intentional since that is thought-about one of many more healthy meals from Korean delicacies, however just a little little bit of seasoning by no means damage anyone. Having stated that, I actually loved the kimchi— it had a pleasant spicy kick and the bitter fermented style was simply good. The distinction was like night time 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 duplicate that flavour while utilizing pure elements, that’s undoubtedly 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 totally completely different texture than what we’re accustomed to. It was like a deflated tau pok with not-so-chewy pores and skin. Nonetheless, I promise you that the style will carry again childhood recollections 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 aware of 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 pink sauce.

Meokja by JUNGGA - TteokBokki

The rice muffins had a very 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 reasonable 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 recommend ordering the massive choice solely in case you have 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 like your common sushi ball nevertheless it tasted far more than that. It was surprisingly crumbly for rice-based meals with a smoky style of an unknown origin. Possibly 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!

Last ideas

Meokja by JUNGGA - BunShik Set

I undoubtedly had a great dinner at Meokja by JUNGGA, with its authenticity and naturally, it being my first legit Korean meal. Although not all the pieces I ate was a banger, what was much more necessary was my newfound need of attempting 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 Score: 4.5 / 5

Meokja by JUNGGA

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

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Meokja by JUNGGA

1 Selegie Street, 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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