We were famished after walking around for the whole afternoon and luckily, Jang Won was open from 5pm so we were glad to find a place which opens before 6pm. The place is relatively quiet compared to Togi just diagonally opposite but Jang Won has a nice homely feel with friendly staff. The waitress seems to be from the Philippines but I saw that she could write the order in Hangul so I guess she should know the language. The owners are Korean, according to what I heard before.
The photos I posted here were actually from two separate visits so that's why you are seeing two different sets of banchan. Depending on what you order and when you visit the restaurant, you may get slightly different banchan. I like most of them except for the tofu but it's not because I dislike it but rather I don't take tofu so I don't know how it tastes. According to those who had eaten it, the tofu was delicious.
Rabokki = ramen ddeokbokki
Rabokki was something I only knew after visiting Jang Won. It's actually a mixture of the ddeokbokki and ramyeon in the ddeokbokki sauce and I really like the combination. Not too spicy and the noodles were really flavourful after absorbing the sauce.
Coming to a Korean restaurant, BBQ meat is almost like a must-have. We got the samgyeopsal and had the kitchen grill it for us since we were too famished and didn't have the intention to get smoked. Anyway, you don't have to worry about the smoke since there were people grilling meat just behind us but we didn't end up smelling bad. The ventilation here does work well, I guess. The samgyeopsal was very nicely grilled so the meat juices were sealed in properly. Eating this on its own or with the vegetables will taste equally good.
Ginseng chicken soup
The samgyetang here is well-flavoured and the chicken thoroughly cooked but not tough to eat. The portion is not that big so it can be consumed by one person.
Patbingsu can be considered as the Korean version of ice kacang but the flavour is somewhat different due to the ingredients used. It's not so sweet because there isn't so much syrup so it goes down well as a good dessert. However, the amount of ingredients would probably mean that you have to share this especially if you have eaten a hearty meal before trying the dessert.
The kimchi stew can seem rather overwhelming at first because it looks really red and thick. However, the flavour is just nice and is not as spicy as it seems. It can surely do with a bit more of pork though because it has more tofu and kimchi than the meat.
Fried kimchi with pork
As for the fried kimchi with pork, it was OK but I think it needed a bit more spiciness and lesser vegetables so as to make the dish a bit more balanced.
On the whole, Jang Won offers good comfort food in a homely and clean atmosphere. Prices may be a bit steep on some items though so do be prepared for a big bill when you are ordering many dishes.
Date of Visit: Oct 12, 2013
Spending per head: Approximately $40(Dinner)Other Ratings: