If you love Korean food, Korean dramas, and all things Korean, then you might be familiar with the name Paik Jong Won — the celebrity chef behind the popular brands Paik’s Bibim and Paik’s Coffee. Chef Baek (or sometimes spelled as Paik) is back with yet another Korean dining concept, this time specialising in all things noodles.
Paik’s Noodle is located in Suntec City and is best known for serving Korean-Chinese dishes like jjajangmyeon (or black bean sauce noodles), jjamppong (Spicy Korean seafood noodles) and tangsuyuk (Korean sweet and sour pork).
The noodle chain has also been dubbed as the “No. 1 Korean Noodle Brand” with over 1,000 stores worldwide, and they have just opened their first outlet in Singapore. The Korean food lover in me just had to go down and check it out.
The first dish we tried was the Tangsuyuk (from S$21). I usually avoid ordering tangsuyuk because I’m just not a fan of the sweet and sour flavours, and when I do order it, sometimes the dish comes out tasting a little bland. But since it’s Chef Baek’s recipe (and being an avid fan of some of his dishes), I decided to give it a shot.
Thankfully, it did not disappoint. You can enjoy this dish two ways — with the sauce poured directly over the pork, or have it served separately. We opted to have the sauce poured over the pork.
The pork was crispy and juicy, which complimented the sweet and sour sauce well. The light and crispy batter also added a nice crunch. The sauce was also slightly tangy which made this dish super addictive. Definitely a must-try (and that’s coming from a non-tangsuyuk eater).
We also tried the Jjamppong (S$14) which came with fresh vegetables, pork, squid, and a ton of mussels. For the price point, you get a ton of fresh mussels, squid, and even lean pork alongside thick and chewy noodles — very value-for-money indeed. You can also add on S$3 to upsize your noodle portion, and for those who prefer enjoying the soup with rice, you can go for the Jjamppong Bap (S$16).
The star of the dish was definitely the super hearty and seafood-y broth, which was oh so comforting, especially on a rainy day. It had just the right amount of spice that elevated the seafood flavours of the soup. Interestingly, there’s also a dry stir-fried version, Bokkeum Jjampong (S$17), which is kinda like braised e-fu noodles (longevity noodles) of sorts.
If you’ve got a low spice tolerance, you might wanna give this one a pass as the spice from the gochugaru (Korean chilli powder) does pack quite a punch. But, if you’re a daredevil, you can go for the Gochu Jjamppong (S$16) which comes with a generous garnish of spicy green chilli peppers.
But of course, the whole reason why we visited Paik’s Noodle was to satisfy our jjajangmyeon cravings.
Chef Baek’s Jajang Myeon (S$11) certainly checks all the right boxes. The noodles were nice and chewy, while the black bean sauce was rich and lightly sweet. It also comes with chunks of tender lean pork. My only gripe is that the dish came with peas (totally unnecessary).
Pair the jjajangmyeon with a slice of the pickled radish for a nice crunch and a light sour zing. For something more adventurous, you can pair the noodles with a piece of onion too — although you’ll need to like the taste of raw onion to appreciate this combination. I might be a huge fan of jjamppong, but this bowl of jjajangmyeon stole my heart.
From now until 31 October, Paik’s Noodle is having an opening sure-win Spin & Win where you can win attractive prizes like a free bowl of jjajangmyeon, or even S$10 dining vouchers — depending on how lucky you are.
Do you love Korean noodles? Grab your pals and head over to Paik’s Noodle now!
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