November 22, 2015

Andong Zzimdak @ Raffles City ~ A Korean Restaurant That Specializes In Andong Braised Chicken

The Korean wave hits again, or should I say, it didn't really stop? Andong Zzimdak is the latest franchise restaurant from Korea that recently opened in the basement of Raffles City, dedicating itself to serving mainly one dish called Andong Jjimdak.

I can only imagine that one dish to be really really good. Hmm... really?

That's why when my friend asked me what I want to eat for dinner, without hesitation my reply was "Andong chicken!". Even more so when it was a rainy Friday, such perfect weather to enjoy the simmered chicken dish which originated from Andong and is well-known for its hearty portion as well as extreme spiciness.

We did not take too long to decide on what to order, as the menu is kept concise with 4 variants of the Andong chicken dish: Original Andong Jjimdak (Medium $45.90 / Large $55.90), Boneless Jjimdak ($49.90/$59.90), Seafood Jjimdak ($52.90/$65.90) and extra-spicy Mayak Jjimdak ($47.90/$57.90).

Medium-sized portion is good for 2-3pax, while the large suits 3-4pax. No doubt food here is meant for sharing.

Why no smaller portion to cater to individuals? Thought that would be good for times when one wants or needs to dine alone, but it seems that the local store has to adhere to bigger serving sizes as part of the franchise requirement.

The serving size is big indeed! Our order of Seafood Jjimdak arrived in a huge plate brimming with chicken, prawns, mussels, squid, potatoes and carrots on a bed of thick chewy sweet potato noodles.

Picky me would love for the meat to be more tender, the seafood to be fresher, and most of all, the spicy ganjang (Korean soy sauce) to be spicier.

Overall, the braising sauce was pleasing in an appetite whetting and oh-please-give-me-some-rice kind of way, but lacked the fiery kick which I thought should be predominately present in the dish. Has the fresh green chili pepper called “cheongyang gochu” gone missing?

Not that the dish wasn't good, just that it wasn't good enough for us to bear any memorable fondness or perhaps future craving for it. On hindsight, we should just go ahead to order the extra-spicy Mayak Jjimdak.

A small selection of side dishes are available, including Chicken Karaage ($9.90), Mini Seafood Pancake ($9.90) and Spicy Dokboki Rice Cake ($9.90).

Service at Andong Zzimdak was efficient, which enhanced the total experience. Worth a visit if you're into all things Korean. If not, you can always enjoy the company of your dining companions :)

Andong Zzimdak
Address: Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road, #B1-44F, Singapore 179103
Contact: +65 6533 3951
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 11.30am-10pm

Prices stated are subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.

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