Saturday, June 02, 2012

ChoWon Garden, Peck Seah Street


I've been wanting to drop by this place (2 Peck Seah Street, #01-01 Air View Building, tel : +65 6225 1317) for dinner for quite some time. Tonight finally happened.


It starts as usual, with a selection of banchan. We didn't get any refills this time round. Not that any was really needed.


Notable mentions goes to the jaeyuk bosam kimchi, which was marinated pork belly with kimchi. The latter slices of pork was served piping hot while the kimchi (which contained a few raw oysters) was almost ice cold. The chilled kimchi from this dish was stronger in flavor than the crunchier ones from the banchan which felt less fermented. Eaten with the slices of pork, the flavors altogether became different than if one were to eat either the pork or the kimchi separately. Couldn't really describe how it was, but we thought the synergy of flavors was unexpectedly good.


There was a dish of fried oyster battered in egg which was decent if rather ordinary. They tasted like how they looked.


ChoWon Garden has what they describe as a Korean spicy sausage soup call sundae kuk. It was served bubbling hot and the broth was redolent with a heavy umami flavor that was probably infused by what seems to be tang hoon stuffed sausage (amidst some other stuff that looked like it might be blood) and bits of fatty, some chewy, some crunchy and cartilage like bits of unknown parts that had been simmering in the spicy broth. It was very delicious.

Certainly wouldn't mind revisiting again sometime in spite of the fact that air conditioning can barely be felt.

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