Located conveniently at Raffles City Shopping Centre, the smallest serving of chicken you’ll find at Andong Zzimdak is supposedly for two to three people, but even two grown adults from the Popspoken team struggled to finish it. Andong Zzimdak is a simmered chicken dish that originates from Gyeongsangbuk-do in Andong, South Korea, and it comes spicy in taste and huge in portion.
Feast your eyes on this heavenly plate of chicken that pretty much speaks for itself.
The dish comes in four variations – Andong Zzimdakk, Boneless Zzimdakk, Seafood Zzimdakk, and Mayak Zzimdak – that’s sure to satisfy even the pickiest of tastebuds. There are also different portion sizes available to cater to your #squad’s headcount. Hidden under all that chicken and sauce is a treasure trove of chewy sweet potato noodles, sweet carrots, potato chunks, and the occasional Tteokbokki (rice cakes).
We tried the Andong and Mayak Zzimdakk. The original “Andong” will transport you right back to your childhood years, with the familiar, comforting taste of a mother’s soya sauce chicken dish. Mayak, the Korean word for something addictive, is the name of the dish seasoned with a potent mix of Korean chilli and soybean paste, and is sure to keep you coming back for more.
Koreans enjoy a drink or two over meals, so you can definitely expect alcohol here! Choose from beer, soju, and the recommended pairing of makgeolli. The slightly sweet and refreshing rice wine is just what you need to cleanse your palette after the slightly-heavy taste of the Zzimdakk. They even provide the tarnished yellow bowls to drink the makgeolli out of, just like how the Koreans do it!
If you really insist on dropping by alone, no fear because Andong Zzimdakk has come up with set dishes that are just enough for one person. The Zzimdak Fried Rice is easily one of my favourites. The Zzimdak sauce in this dish is slightly sweeter and balances the taste of the meat.
If you want the closest thing to a Korean experience, Andong Zzimdak is the place for you. All the ingredients are imported from Korea to achieve the most authentic taste, except the chicken, which is sourced from Brazil. The restaurant decided that Brazilian chicken was the most similar to Korean chicken, because apparently Malaysian chicken shrunk too much after cooking.
Talk about attention to detail – the tables are the same size as those back in the Korea franchise and K-pop music blaring from the speakers added to the homely Korean atmosphere. A must-visit for lovers of Korean culture!
This was an invited tasting.
Raffles City Shopping Centre, #B1-44F
Opening Hours: 11:30AM to 10:30PM
More details on their Facebook page here.