With the popularity of Korean food in Singapore, you would realise it is not just about K BBQ and Korean Fried Chicken any more as K restaurants become more specialised.

Korean-Chinese cuisine is a fusion that emerged from the Chinese community in Korea, and you can find more such restaurants in Singapore.

This culinary style blends traditional Chinese cooking techniques with Korean flavours and ingredients, creating distinct dishes that are beloved in both countries.

If you are a fan, you would know that the 3 MUST-ORDER signature dishes of Korean-Chinese cuisine include Jjajangmyeon (noodles in a black bean sauce), Jjamppong (spicy seafood noodle soup), and Tangsuyuk (sweet and sour pork or beef).

These dishes are known for their rich flavours and comforting qualities, making them popular choices.

Exploring Jjajangmyeon, Jjamppong and Tangsuyuk, here are 10 Korean-Chinese restaurants you can visit:

O.BBa Jjajang
77 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088498
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm (Mon, Wed – Sun) Closed Tues

O.BBa Jjajang is known to serve one of the best Jajangmyeon in Singapore, and has expanded its menu. The restaurant is known for maintaining the quality of its dishes, particularly the jjajangmyeon, which continues to draw crowds​

The sauce is starchy, but not too grainy and has a slightly sweet-earthy taste. The generous sauce-to-noodle ratio makes this a treat.

Enjoy Jajangmyeon’s sassy spicy sibling, GoChu Jajangmyeon ($14). Providing heat to this dish is the essential Korean chilli powder aka gochugaru, made with ground sun-dried chilli peppers.

You will notice a smoky flavour on its Jjampong ($18), which comes from the wok-fried cooking technique in high heat. In swift motion, the flames quickly touch the tossed stir-fried veggies and seafood.

Their Tangsuyuk is another beloved Korean-Chinese dish, available in 3 sizes, this dish is ideal as an appetiser for sharing.

Bite-sized cuts of pork are seasoned with pepper and marinated in soy sauce, then tossed in a potato starch batter before deep-frying.

Read more at: O.BBa Jjajang (Tanjong Pagar)

GO K Jjajang
80 Amoy Street, Singapore 069899
Tel: +65 6223 3606
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

It is not surprising to see Go! K-BBQ known for its Korean BBQ with aged meats open a sister-restaurant GO K Jjajang at Amoy Street.

I wanted to order the set with a trio of must-have dishes – Jajangmyeon, Jjamppong, and Tangsuyuk ($50), but the served mentioned “only available lunch”. A pity.

Get the star dish of G K Jjajang Myeon ($14), and they do offer a spicy version. Having tried most famous Jajangmyeon in Singapore, I would rank this somewhere in the middle.

I enjoyed it for its sesame oil fragrance, and the noodles had a delectable chewy bite, though the sauce lacked for that X-factor oomph, and was could be more in proportion to the noodles.

As for the Go K Tangsuyuk ($28), diners can choose for the sauce to be poured over, or used as a dip.

The sauce had a delightful vinegary sourness, not too rich or sweet. And while the pork was tender, the outer batter could be crispier. Again, I wished the pork pieces and sauce was hotter.

Read more at: GO K Jjajang (Amoy Street)

Itaewon Jja Jang
64 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079325
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

Itaewon Jja Jang at Tanjong Pagar brings with it Korean Chinese cuisine that is great for sharing in groups.

Set in an open and bright space, the brick-like wallpaper invokes the feel of a hole-in-the-wall eatery in Korea.

The set menus get you a range of their best dishes. Set A ($45) has Tangsuyuk, Jjajangmyeon, Jjamppong noodle or a stew.

The Set B ($55) has Kkanpunggi instead of Tangsuyuk. This set is what I went for, since I had another friend with me.

Kkanpunggi is a sweet and spicy sauce chicken that I preferred, as its depth of flavour is even more inviting when I have it with rice.

I particularly liked the Jjamppong here, which had good portions of squid and mussels. The soup was balanced between tangy and spicy and most people can enjoy this.

Itaewon Jjajang is a great casual dining spot that adds variety to the Tanjong Pagar area if you are there for dinner.

Ziggle Kitchen 지글 키친
9 Yuk Tong Avenue, Singapore 596314 (Beauty World)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 5:30pm – 11pm (Mon – Sun)

The self-styled bistro sports a sleek industrial look that is par for the course for many Korea restaurants out there today.

Fully embracing the oriental influences on Korean cuisine, Ziggle Kitchen has a confident repertoire consisting of a Korean section and a Chinese section.

Come in a group and you can get a Combo Set A ($50), which includes Jjajang Noodles, Jjampong Noodles, and Sweet & Sour Pork.

Ziggle Kitchen’s Jjajangmyeon ($13 for ala carte) had ample black bean sauce to coat it. I also liked how the diced pork belly and sweet chopped onions were in nice substantial chunks.

As for the Jjampong Noodle ($17 for ala carte), it was on the slightly spicy side and packed a good punch, though I have liked more of the seafood sweetness in the soup so that it would taste more layer.

The Tangsuyuk aka Sweet & Sour Pork was served with separate sweet-and-sour to give you control on how much sauce you want on your pork.

I quite liked how it was cut up into little strips of meat, but I would have preferred the batter to be less doughy and crispier.

Read more at: Ziggle Kitchen (Beauty World)

Meokja by JUNGGA
GR.iD #02-03, 1 Selegie Road, Singapore 188306
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

In search for tasty Muslim-friendly Korean food?

Look no further than Meokja 먹자 by JUNGGA (which means “let’s eat”) that does proper authentic Korean fare with only Halal ingredients.

Their Jjajangmyeon ($12) is a quintessential Korean-Chinese dish that first brought the restaurant to fame. The black bean sauce coating the noodles was more like sweet than savoury.

The Jjamppong ($14) is another recommendation. Considerably generous with the amount of seafood given the price, but would have wished the soup base to be slightly more layered.

To complete the menu, there is a Tang Su Yuk ($14), which is a dish of battered fried chicken with a sweet and sour sauce. You can choose to pour the sauce over, or use it as a dip.

I wondered about the sauce (with components from the typical fruit cocktail), which was towards the sweet-fruity sauce, would help if it has more of that sour-tanginess to balance the flavours.

There are also some little bites to go with the mains, such as the popular street food Tteokbokki ($9) of chewy rice cakes in a spicy sauce, Eomuk Tang ($7), and Yangnyeom Chicken ($7.50).

Read more at: Meokja by JUNGGA (Selegie)

Jeong’s Jjajang
75 Killiney Road, Singapore 239529
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

The Korean chef of Jeong’s Jjajan used to head Hongjjajang (now closed) at Tanjong Pagar, and has more than 20 years of experience working in Korean restaurants.

Previously a popular hawker stall in Bukit Merah, has recently transitioned to a restaurant setting at 75 Killiney Road

My Jjajangmyeon ($15.29 onwards) was a good one – earthy-tasting, hot piping sauce, and had decent sized chunks of pork throughout. However, some may feel that the sauce is thinner and not as flavour-packed as some offered by the famous JJM restaurants.

The noodles, poached but still springy, is generously topped with black bean sauce. Worthy to mention is that the noodles are made in store fresh daily, and thus retains a tasty chewy bite.

The Jjamppong ($19.69 onwards) remained one of my favourites, because the soup base was steaming hot and addictive, brimming with flavours of seafood.

Read more at: Jeong’s Jjajang 중화반점 (Killiney Road)

Hwang Sil Korean-Chinese Restaurant
38 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069116
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 11pm (Mon – Sun)

Hwang Sil is considered one of the few authentic Korean-Chinese restaurant in Singapore. It is recommended to visit with friends as the portions are hearty and generous.

They serve up two portions of Jjam Bong ($15). Also available is the Samseon Jjamppong ($19) which indicates the addition of three different types of seafood including prawns and squid.

Many Korean vouch for the authenticity of this place, and it is common to find it packed with Koreans.

The Jjamppong noodles are handmade with a deliciously soft and chewy texture; and what seals the deal for me was it rich and robust soup with depth of flavour. Easily one of the tastiest you can find on this island.

The Fried Dumplings are another favorite, appreciated for their crispy exterior and meaty filling.

Myung Ga II
28 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088451
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 9:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

Korean restaurant Myung Ga that has garnered some popularity at its original Bukit Timah Plaza location, has recently expanded to 28 Tanjong Pagar.

The Kong Jjajang ($15) is Myung Ga’s version of Jajangmyeon. Also included with soft potatoes, the noodles were softer than the usual.

Though the black soybean paste was a tad to the watery side, and I would have preferred a thicker sauce.

For those who love Korean comfort food, there’s an array of options like Spam Gimbap ($11), Spicy Stir-Fried Pork ($18), and Seafood Soft Tofu Stew ($17).

While the Sundubu was on the lighter side as well, the seafood flavour and mild-peppery take slowly grew on me.

Myung Ga has strengths in certain areas of its menu. Yet, it should appeal to diners with its generous portion sizes and a wide variety of Korean food items.

Read more at: Myung Ga II (Tanjong Pagar)

Paik’s Noodle
Suntec City B1-177/177A, 3 Temasek Blvd, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5pm – 9pm (Mon – Sun)

Paik’s Noodle, a popular Korean noodle chain founded by celebrity chef Baek Jong-won, has opened its first outlet in Singapore at Suntec City.

This restaurant is part of Baek Jong-won’s ‘Paik’s’ brand, which includes Paik’s Bibim and Paik’s Coffee, and is known for serving classic Korean-Chinese dishes.

One recommended dish is Jajang-myeon ($11). While the noodles had a decent chewiness, I wish for a more generous coating of the savoury sauce. The sauce was also only lukewarm and could be hotter for a more comforting experience.

Jjamppong ($14) could have been hotter and smokier as well. If you love something spicy, then this hits the notes, though the seafood flavours could have been more pronounced.

In comparison to other Jjamppong I have had elsewhere; this one fell a bit more one-dimensional in terms of soup flavour.

However, the Tang-suyuk ($21) featuring deep-fried pork with sweet and sour sauce was indeed the best item I had that meal.

While the pieces could have been a tad crispier, the meat was relatively tender, and the sweet sauce complemented it well.

Read more at: Paik’s Noodle Singapore (Suntec City)

Noodle Star K
58 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088479
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:30pm, 5:30pm – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)

This restaurant, opened by the team behind Super Star K, offers a diverse menu centered around handmade noodles, making it a haven for noodle enthusiasts.

The menu features a wide range of noodle dishes, including Naengmyeon (cold noodles), Jjajangmyeon (black bean paste noodles), Jjampong (spicy seafood soup noodles), Kalguksu (knife-cut noodles), Guksu (noodles), Japchae (Korean glass noodles), and Jjolmyeon (Korean chewy noodles).

Prices range from $10.80 to $15.80, making it a relatively affordable option for authentic Korean noodle dishes.

The Jjajangmyeon is served in a huge, matte, stainless-steel golden bowl which are gorgeous, their noodles look different from the ones I usually had.

Instead of thick and round, the noodles here were flatter than usual. The taste was balanced with savouriness from the black bean paste and slight sweet notes from the sliced onions.

The Jjampong ($20.10) topped with prawns and cuttlefish in spicy soup with chili powder, was indeed quite spicy.

Perhaps the lack of mussels and octopus resulted in a relatively flat taste, and also lacked in terms of freshness and sweetness from other seafood.

Noodles fanatics will love the idea of having different types of noodles in one place, especially with the wide selection of Korean-style noodles here.

Read more at: Noodle Star K (Tanjong Pagar)

Mukjja Korean Chinese Restaurant
275 Thomson Road, #01-07, Singapore 307645
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5pm – 9pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues

MukJja, previously known as Tae Woo Restaurant, is a Korean-Chinese restaurant located in Novena Regency.

The restaurant is highly regarded for its authentic flavors and specialises in dishes like Jajangmyeon, Jjamppong, and Tangsuyuk.

Jajangmyeon features noodles topped with a thick black fermented sauce, diced pork, and vegetables. What makes their Jajangmyeon memorable is their black bean paste as well as with occasional bits of shredded meat mixed in.

The Jjamppong is another favorite, offering a spicy seafood noodle soup.

For those who can’t decide between the two, MukJja offers Jjamjameyon which includes half black bean paste noodles and half spicy seafood noodle soup.

MukJja also offers a variety of sharing dishes like Kkanpunggi, Fried Chicken in Garlic Sauce, and other sides like Fried or Boiled Dumplings, Japchae, and Ginseng Chicken Soup.

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