22 (Fri) May 2020
from Jjambbong Janggun
-Dasmariñas Village, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines-
with the Family
Enhanced Community Quarantine, Day 66 / Repax Day -9.
Try Every Item at Jjambbong Janggun (see TEIJJ). A project to eat my way through the menu, 15 items in all, I completed the project tonight after trying 13 items. Two items – cream jjambbong (7) and Chinese-style naengmyeon (8) – had been discontinued. New items had been added, as posters on the wall, but the project was aligned strictly to the original printed menu.
Jjambbong jeongol is not really a traditional dish per se. Combines elements of the Korean-Chinese noodle soup jjambbong with the Korean hotpot format of jeongol. Makes perfect sense, especially as an anju. For takeout, the components were packed separately and required some cooking on the stove. No noodles, but loads of seafoods, including giant clams, which were surprisingly quite tasty. I believe that I would’ve enjoyed this very much as a dine-in experience along with a bottle of soju.
The chadol jjambbong (5), the restaurant’s signature item, is one of the best renditions of the dish that I’ve experienced anywhere. The remaining items were okay. Overall, TIEJJ didn’t reveal any gems, but the project was otherwise harmless.
TEIJJ will likely be my final Try Every project in the Philippines, at least for the foreseeable future.