If you’ve been to Korea, ride on the K-fever wave and love Korean food, you’d have heard of Andong Jjimdak, or steamed chicken of Andong.
If you haven’t, here’s your chance for you to try this tasty dish at Yoogane.
We won’t go into details of this popular Dak Galbi (spicy chicken) chain from South Korea that recently opened its 5th branch in Singapore, as the masses would have already heard of them. But if you’re clueless, all you need to know is this restaurant is the place to go to for your fried chicken and army stew fix, and we bet the new Andong Jjimdak ($49.90) to be next.
A little background about this dish: it was originally prepared only for special occasions during the Joseon period, and is highly popular today due to its huge portions and cooking method. Simmered over high heat, this large sharing platter, which holds a smorgasbord of ingredients, contains lesser fat as compared to other stews out there. Sounds too good to be true, but it probably is. While originals from Andong may indeed be low in fat, here’s hoping the Singapore kitchen didn’t end up adding copious amounts of MSG.
Besides that, Andong Jjimdak is also known to be highly nutritious due to the variety of ingredients.
Marinated with soy sauce over long hours, the meat is extremely tender and flavourful. Here’s how you can get an extra kick: wrap the meat with cheese and egg. It’s an interesting deviation from this Andong-based dish’s roots and also a tasteful way to marry in the latest K-food trend.
Note that the sauce is a little spicy, and it gets spicier as you eat — but nothing diarrhea or sweat inducing. Just enough to get you hooked.
It also has its fair share of mushrooms and carrots, though we wish there could be more vegetables to balance out the abundance of poultry. You may also rely on the potatoes and glass noodles as your main source of carbs, but it’s advisable to order rice as well because the taste of the soy sauce gets a little overwhelming after constant consumption. Also, take the noodles out early once it’s cooked because it will get very soggy if simmered in for long — unless that’s how you like your noodles.
At such a huge portion, Yoogane’s Andong Jjimdak comes at a hefty price as well. There are also no student promotions for this one, so for those still schooling, you might have to stretch your wallet a bit. However, with a serving size so generous, there’s really not much to complain about. It’s supposedly for 2 pax; but if you have a small to average appetite, bring along a third buddy.
Otherwise, this seasoned treat is perfect for the ones who are forever hungry or looking for a big meal after the gym.
313 Orchard Road, #B3-37/38 313@Somerset
Yoogane Bugis Junction
200 Victoria Street, #02-47/48 Bugis Junction
23 Serangoon Central, #B1-28/29 NEX
Yoogane Tampines Mall
4 Tampines Central 5, #01-33A Tampines Mall
3 Gateway Drive, #03-08 Westgate Mall
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11.30am to 10pm
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