Lunch @ 在起豬肉湯飯 재기 돼지국밥 (Busan, Korea)

October 9, 2017 in Korean by thywhaleliciousfay


My (current) favourite Korean food show is ‘Baek Jong Won’s Top 3 Chef King’ (백종원의 3대 천왕). And with Mr Baek’s recommendation (episode 10), I brought my crossfitters to 在起豬肉湯飯 (재기 돼지국밥) to try 1 of Busan’s famous dishes; Pork soup with rice (dwaeji gukbap). And yeah, I travelled to Korea with my crossfitters!


One would normally head to Yeongdo-gu for Taejongdae Park, but my crossfitters and I were off for its Namhang market as that’s where 在起豬肉湯飯 (재기 돼지국밥) was located in!

And from the menu, we ordered:-

1) Banchan, Complimentary (above) – Side dishes.

2) 순대, 내장 & 머리고기, ‎₩5000 (small) (above) – Combination platter of sundae (순대), innard (내장) and pig head skin (머리고기). And when this was served, it came with a very strong whiff of pork. I kid you not since not everyone may appreciate the smell. Besides the identifiable large intestine among the innards, my crossfitter and I only realised we were eating liver and lung from taste. And we loved the sundae! Generously filled with chewy glutinous rice, there was no bitter aftertaste. A must try.


  

3) 돼지국밥, ‎₩6000 (above) – Pork soup with rice. And to enjoy the dish, one could add salted shrimp and chives seasoned in chili flakes (amount is up to one’s preference) before mixing everything up.


4) 돼지우동, ‎₩6000 (above) – Pork soup with udon.

I am not in a position to comment if the pork soup with rice/noodle at 在起豬肉湯飯 (재기 돼지국밥) was good or bad since I only tried the dish twice. Once in 2015, and once again in my recent July 2017 trip to Korea. But my crossfitters and I enjoyed our meal very much. Especially the sundae (순대) which left a very deep impression. I seriously recommend the sundae!

We also noticed the locals order the boiled pork (bossam/수육). Had we knew how to read the menu, we would have ordered that too. Do try it!

在起豬肉湯飯 재기 돼지국밥
25 Jeoryeong-ro 49beon-gil, Namhang-dong, Yeongdo-gu, Busan (부산 영도구 절영로49번길 25)
+82 51 418 0526, Naver
Overall: 6.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 08:00 – 21:30
Ambience: 6
Value: 7
Service: 6
* Closed on 2nd & 4th Sun

Lunch @ Ttungbojib 뚱보집 (Busan, Korea)

October 6, 2017 in Korean by thywhaleliciousfay

I honestly love Korea. For their culture, fashion, celebrities (keke) and… Yes, food! I am always watching an episode (at least) of my Korean variety shows or Korean dramas no matter how tired I arrived home. Even when I am dead tired, I would let my show run in the background as I fall asleep. Haha.

One of my favourite Korean food shows is ‘Baek Jong Won’s Top 3 Chef King’ (백종원의 3대 천왕). And for my recent trip to Korea, I relied heavily on it since anything that Mr Baek recommend must be good. Keke. But it’s also because I wanted to try the local’s real favourites and not what’s mentioned by bloggers who are tourists to Korea.

However, it wasn’t a easy feat because the show didn’t mention the restaurants’ name. But… My determination and some internet-savviness paid off. =p


For our first meal in Busan, my crossfitters and I were off to Ttungbojib (뚱보집) which appeared on episode 45 of ‘Baek Jong Won’s Top 3 Chef King’. We dropped by for lunch as the restaurant was said to be very busy at night. And to arrive at the restaurant, one should alight at Jungang metro station. It’s a 5 minutes walk from exit 1.

Located in a small alley, we arrived to a fairly empty restaurant at 2pm. And our real challenge was ordering the food. Since the restaurant don’t receive many tourists (or at least it seemed so), there was no English menu. But we easily overcome that by showing the staff pictures. Haha. I literally showed the staff all the pictures from Naver to order every dish from the menu. Keke.

And with that, my crossfitters and I commenced our lunch with:-

1) Banchan, Complimentary (above) – There’s a side dish of soybean puree which Mr Baek recommended adding seasoned soy sauce. But my crossfitters and I didn’t really know how to appreciate it. Oops. And it’s to note that napa cabbage is only served complimentary with the more pricey dishes. Yes, one wouldn’t get it if one only order simple dishe like tofu.


2) 두부정식, ‎₩3000 (above) – Tofu. This was also served with a bowl of bean sprouts rice (but without the meat within).


3) 록빈, ‎₩12,000 (above) – Onion pancake.

4) 쭈꾸미구이, ‎₩12,000 (above) – Grilled spicy baby octopus (jjukkumi gui). One of the restaurant’s signature dishes and a must order. And it’s from the show that I got to appreciate this dish better. The restaurant drains the webfoot octopus with a spin-dryer after cleaning it with salt. Yes, spin dry! Apparently it’s said to make the octupos chewier and tastier. Interesting! Marinated with sugar, sesame oil, chili pepper powder, crush garlic and broiled over briquette, I loved this dish. And one shouldn’t have the octupos on its own. One should also eat it with the restaurant’s other signature dish (bean sprouts rice).


5) 보쌈, ‎₩17,000 (big) (above) – Boiled pork (bossam) with Daejeon-style kimchi. Again, it was shared on my favourite Korean food show that the restaurant owner learned the Daejeon-style kimchi 30 years ago when she was working in a restaurant in Daejeon for a month. And her intention of rolling the salted seafood with the salted napa cabbage was for diners to see and taste each and every of the 9 ingredients together. Brilliant. A must order.



  

6) 콩나물밥, ‎₩3000 (above) – Bean sprouts rice with beef. Another signature dish of the restaurant. Unfortunately, it was only after I re-watched the episode that I realised the meat mixed with the (wet) rice was beef. Oh, oh. I am not supposed to eat beef because of religious reason. But this was really good. When this was served, we were told to add seasoned soy sauce before enjoying. But one of my silly crossfitters added the entire bowl of soy sauce into her bowl of bean sprouts rice. (em>Gasp. That got the auntie staff pretty flustered. Thankfully we ordered 3 bowls which the staff assisted to mix everything up. Else her share would have really salty. Keke.

It was a very good meal for us. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. So while the dishes served at Ttungbojib (뚱보집) are not food that Busan is famous for, I would still strongly recommend one to check out the restaurant. However, if one isn’t able to visit the restaurant as a big group like us (there were 6 of us), one should at least order the boiled pork, grilled spicy baby octopus and bean sprouts rice. Too tasty to be missed.

TTUNGBOJIB 뚱보집
1-18 Jungang-daero 41beon-gil, Jungang-dong, Jung-gu, Busan (부산 중구 중앙대로41번길 3)
+82 51 246 7466, Naver
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Mon – Sun : 10:30 – 22:50
Ambience: 6
Value: 7
Service: 6
* Closed on 4th Sun

Dinner @ Sembawang Traditional Claypot Rice

October 3, 2017 in Chinese by thywhaleliciousfay

It has been a long while since my last siblings’ dinner out. My younger brother suggested heading to Traditional Sembawang Claypot Rice (TSCP) because he recently chanced upon the place and enjoyed the food at TSCP much. So yes! If it’s approved by my brother, I am sure it’s good.

And boy was my brother right.

The thing about zi char… It’s always better to come in a big group. So when my siblings and I went, we could only order 4 dishes. And because I enjoyed the food so much, I popped by 5 days later with a colleague for late dinner. Keke.

Reservation is a definite must if one is coming during peak hours or in big groups. My sibling assisted with the reservation and shared that the restaurant took down his contact number only. Hmm. Not of his name too?

But of course, the con about the location was parking. If one intends to park at the lots within the private house estate, please make sure to put parking coupon! When colleague and I arrived on the second occasion at 9pm, he decided to take the risk of not putting since free parking starts at 10pm. Bad move. We joked that the parking attendant must be staying in one of the landed properties because my colleague’s ticket was timed 9.12pm. Gasp.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), we ordered:-


1) Crispy salted egg sotong, $12.80 (above)


2) Hakka crispy pork, $12.80 (above)


3) Garlic fried chicken, $12.80 (above)

4) Qing long cai, $12.80 (above)


5) San lao bee hoon, $8.80 (large) (above) – Let’s be real… I think san lao beehoon is almost synonymous with J.B Ah Meng. So although it wasn’t fair to compare the two since they are cooked with different style, comparing was still inevitable. And the difference between the two was TSCR’s was paler in colour and the burnt surface was not as charred. But the (real) distinct difference was TSCR’s was cooked with prawn, pork, egg and vegetables and was wet with (some) gravy at the bottom. TSCR’s was still enjoyable, but not my favourite rendition of san lao beehoon.


6) La la bee hoon, $4.80 (small) (above)


  

7) Claypot seafood da lu mian, $8.80 (small) (above) – Saw some patrons eating this dish during my first visit and it looked so good. So yes, one can say I came back specially for this dish. And it didn’t disappoint. But if one intends to share this, get the bigger portion. We really enjoyed the chewy noodles which was too little for 2 to have enough of since TSCP was more generous with the ingredients.


8) Traditional claypot rice, $13.80 (medium) (above)

I second my brother’s recommendation. I truly enjoyed the food at Traditional Sembawang Claypot Rice. If one is in Sembawang and is unsure of where to head to for a meal, do check them out! One must really get the claypot noodle. When I told my youngest brother that I went back for the claypot noodle, he said he too noticed that dish and would return for it. Keke. Great minds stomachs think alike.

SEMBAWANG TRADITIONAL CLAYPOT RICE
4 Jalan Tampang, Singapore
6757 7144, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 11:00 – 22:00
Ambience: 6
Value: 8
Service: 6