Authentic Korean at Noodle King
Today we’d like to introduce a brand new restaurant in the PIK (Pantai Indah Kapuk) area, Noodle King, that specialises in authentic Korean food – with an authentic Korean chef and owner too!
Korean food has been gaining popularity lately along with Korean pop culture in general, and with food this good, it really is no surprise. While most people think of kimchi or bibimbap when they think of Korea, the country’s main staple other than rice is myeon… noodles! From the popular university-student diet of ramyeon to the food for singles jjajangmyeon, Korea has a diverse range of noodles and Noodle King PIK has addressed all of those!
Noodle King PIK opened just recently and has already set themselves apart from the rest with great service, great food, and a comfortable interior that’s casual but clean. A combination of natural woods and polished concrete make Noodle King one of the most modern looking Korean restaurants in the area. They also have an open kitchen where you can see the chefs pull noodles out for the day. Props to the designer.
Their menu is small but well developed. While the majority of it does focus on noodles, there’s something for everyone. We started off with some Steamed Mandu (IDR 42.400), meat dumplings filled to the brim with yummy juicy goodness. A portion comes with 6 individually steamed mandus and we recommend getting two of these, because one will definitely not be enough. (You’ll probably eat 4 yourself and wonder where it went.)
Next comes the Jjajangmyeon (IDR 55.200) and Jjampong (IDR 80.700), two classic Korean dishes that don’t need an introduction.
Jjajangmyeon which means “noodle with fried paste”, was made famous in Jakarta by the restaurant Legend of Noodle Senopati, and while that one does take the cake for the best jjajangmyeon in Jakarta, Noodle King’s version doesn’t fall far behind. Jjajangmyeon is a Korean-Chinese noodle dish topped with a thick sauce made of fried chunjang, a salty black bean paste, diced pork and vegetables. Traditionally eaten in Korea on the 14th of April by singles to commemorate Black Day.
The word Jjampong is actually a Japanese word meaning “mix” and is another Korean-Chinese noodle dish characterised by its spicy-red soup base, thick noodles and piles of seafood, vegetables and meat. Be careful when slurping this deliciously savoury soup as it can be spicier than you first think (totally not from personal experience, no way *cough*)
Hayan Jjampong (IDR 70.500) is a newer variation on the traditional Jjampong with its spicy-red soup base. Like the name indicated, hayan or 하얀, means white and indicated a clear soup base (that fools the eye but is still super spicy – also not from personal experience *cough*)
This hayan jjampong is topped with a generously sized chicken thigh and other seafood pieces. Both jjampongs are enormous and more than enough to share with one or two of your friends. We do still recommend you try the others though.
The Cheese Buldak is probably more popular than all the other Noodle King dishes put together. With hot, freshly fried chicken thigh pieces coated in a sweet, chilli-pepper paste, and bubbling mozzarella cheese fresh from the oven, what more could you want except seconds? Sizzle sizzle, baby.
Noodle King PIK Cheat Sheet:
- What to order? EVERYTHING.
- If that isn’t an option, then the Cheese Buldak is #1
- Then get the Jjampong or the Hayan Jjampong
- The Steamed Mandu is compulsory
- Top it off with some sweet drinks and you’re good to go!
- They did just open, so if you’re going with a group, reserve a table
When: Sunday – Thursday; 11:30 – 22:00
Friday – Saturday; 11:30 – 23:00
Where: Ruko Crown Golf, Blok A No. 31,
Bukit Golf Mediterania, Jl. Marina Indah Raya,
Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta
More Info: +6221 2942 4861