Everyone knows that 14 February (Valentine’s Day) is a day for ladies to present gifts – in the forms of sweets and candies – to guys that they like or want to confess to, while 14 March (White Day) is a day for the gentlemen to return the favour, if they are interested in you. However, many may not know that 14 April (Black Day) is a day to celebrate – or lament about – singlehood, for ladies whose love were not reciprocated on White Day or gentlemen who did not receive anything on Valentine’s Day. On this day, singles gather and eat jjajangmyeon (짜장면), a noodle dish topped with a thick sauce made of black soybean paste, minced pork and vegetables (usually onions and cabbage).
It is Black Day today and there is no better way to infuse into the Korean culture than be a part of it. This month, HANSANG at The Grandstand is offering you an opportunity to experience what it is like to celebrate Black Day by introducing jjajangmyeon (짜장면), yoolingi (유린기) and kkanpunggi (깐풍기)to their menu.
(x)clusive was invited to a media tasting a few days back and was given the opportunity to taste the above three dishes – jjajangmyeon (짜장면), yoolingi (유린기) and kkanpunggi (깐풍기).
This is definitely the taste I’ve been missing, though not as strong as those that I’ve tasted in Korea, most probably to cater to the taste buds of Singaporean. But nonetheless, it is probably as authentic as you can ask for (considering how there is a lack of good jjajangmyeon places in Singapore). The best part of it all is the fact that every serving of noodles is made upon order so you can definitely expect nothing short of freshness.
yoolingi literally means ‘chicken with hot oil poured on it’ when translated but this dish is nothing like it and nope, there is no one layer of oil. Instead, what I like about this dish is the tangy taste of something sour and sweet. You can liken the taste to that of lemon chicken (I’m not kidding), but to be honest, it is probably 100x better considering how you won’t get sick of it because of the way the sauce is prepared. If you are someone who can’t take spicy food, then yoolingi is the way to go!
Kkanpunggi is a dish whereby pieces of chicken are fried and glazed in sweet and spicy sauce. If you are familiar with Kung Pao Chicken (宫保雞丁) or Three Cups Chicken (三杯雞) then you probably know what to expect since kkanpunggi is 宫爆鸡 in Chinese. The spices are something really addictive and since I really adore the peppery taste, this is my favourite dish amongst the three that night.
Singles or not, go and celebrate Black Day at HANSANG and have a taste of jjajangmyeon (짜장면), yoolingi (유린기) and kkanpunggi (깐풍기). You definitely won’t be disappointed!
HANSANG Korean Restaurant & Market
Operating Hours: 1130H – 2200H (MON-SUN)
Address: 200 Turf Club Road, #02-14, Main Grandstand