Jang Shou Korean Charcoal BBQ Tasting Session

February 27, 2014 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Jang Shou Korean Charcoal BBQ Tasting Session
86 East Coast Road
Block B #02-11 Katong Village

8 Raffles Avenue
#01-13A Esplanade Mall Colours By The Bay

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sat: 11:30am - 2: 30pm, 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Sun: 5:30pm - 10:30pm


This was an invited media review. I did not pay for the meal during the free hosted tasting session, but I did pay the standard price during subsequent visits.
Attended with representatives from MediaCorp, Singapore Tourism Board, HungryGoWhere, OpenRice, and Averlynn's.

Excellent Marinated Beef, Authentic Korean Charcoal Barbecue Experience

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 4
Food & Beverage: 9
Service: 7
Value for Money: 7
Budget about SGD $40 ++ per person.


I'll be honest. I was slightly apprehensive about dining at Jang Shou Korean Charcoal BBQ at first, because of multiple reviews slamming the inconsistent service here. Having decided to give them a try however, I'm glad I did, because Jang Shou Korean Charcoal BBQ is serious about improving their service standards. Known amonst the local Korean community for their excellent premium quality beef and several uncommon yet traditional Korean dishes, Jang Shou Korean Charcoal BBQ has its good points.

The ambience at Jang Shou Korean Charcoal BBQ is decent at best. Well lit with spacious and comfortable furniture organised in a neat layout, Jang Shou Korean Charcoal BBQ offers both common room and private room dining. Ventilation within the private rooms is slightly worse than the common room, as cooking smells tend to linger in the small enclosed area. Some diners love this smell of delicious barbecue, but I personally don't like it sticking to my clothes. A quick check after the meal reveals that any lingering smell is present but very faint, and a short walk along the outside of the Esplanade quickly gets rid of the smell.

Service at Jang Shou Korean Charcoal BBQ is a work in progress. The CEO of Jang Shou Korean Charcoal BBQ, who is also the Vice-Chairman of the Korean Chamber Of Commerce in Singapore, acknowledged that service standards were poor in the past, and thus has embarked on training the staff and hiring consultants for advice. Current standards of service during my visit to Jang Shou Korean Charcoal BBQ are decent, with no major mistakes. Staff are polite and helpful throughout the meal, assisting with cooking and serving, as well as replacing the barbecue grill after each portion is served. Slight hiccup; drinks weren't topped up until we requested.

A good selection of banchan side dishes accompanies the meal. Jang Shou Korean Charcoal BBQ offered us 10 banchan side dishes, as well as a salad appetizer to begin the meal. In particular, I loved the intense flavour of the Cabbage Kimchi, and the freshness of the prawns and squid in the Seafood And Scallion Omelette Pancake.

Hyeonmi Cha / Roasted Brown Rice Tea

Kimchi Kkakdugi / Kimchi Cubed Pickled Daikon Radish

Eomuk Bokkeum / Stir-Fried Fish Cake

Kimchi Yoel Mu Mul / Pickled Daikon Radish Leaf

Sigeumchi Namul / Boiled Spinach

Kimchi Baechu / Kimchi Pickled Cabbage

Makaloni Saelleodeu / Macaroni Salad

Jeol-In Pingkeu Mu / Pickled Pink Daikon Radish

Doenjang Beulokolli / Broccoli With Fermented Soybean Paste

Yangpa Jjangachi / Pickled Onions

Haemul Pajeon / Seafood And Scallion Omelette Pancake

Sangchoo Geotjeori / Lettuce Salad

Banchan / Side Dishes

Jang Shou Korean Charcoal BBQ specialises in premium quality beef and pork. In fact, the CEO states that he has minimised the number of chicken and seafood dishes on the menu, that the kitchen might be more focused on beef and pork. There are 10 varieties of beef and pork (5 each); prime beef short rib, inside skirt beef, beef rib finger, beef brisket, marinated beef rib, pork belly, pork shoulder, pork jowl, pork rib, and marinated spicy pork belly. Meat are grilled over charcoal, infusing it with a smoky flavour.

I love that the portions at Jang Shou Korean Charcoal BBQ are huge! Really generous, the Beef Set (SGD $96) is sufficient for 3 - 4 people, or 2 large eaters. Similarly, the Pork Set (SGD $64) has a generous portion size. Of the 2, I personally prefer the Beef Set, which I find more flavourful. I also like that Jang Shou Korean Charcoal BBQ staff will assist to cook the meat, and change the grilling pan after each serving.

Fresh Lettuce

Beef Set - Inside Skirt, Prime Short Rib, Rib Finger (SGD $96)

Cooking Beef Set

Beef Set Cooked

Pork Set - Belly, Jowl, Shoulder (SGD $64)

Cooking Pork Set

Pork Set Cooked

Changing The Barbecue Grill

The Neobiani / Marinated Beef Rib (SGD $38) was easily the highlight of our visit. Extremely flavourful from the savoury sweet marinade, with a unique texture; tender with a slight chew. Our group unanimously agreed that the Neobiani / Marinated Beef Rib alone is worth a visit. The consultants tell me that this dish is uncommon in Korea despite its popularity, and currently no other Korean restaurant in Singapore offers this!

Neobiani / Marinated Beef Rib (SGD $38)

Cooking Neobiani / Marinated Beef Rib

Neobiani / Marinated Beef Rib Cooked

The Dol Sot Bibimbap / Hot Stone Mixed Rice (SGD $20) has a soft runny egg in the middle, marinated minced beef, and fresh vegetables. Love the freshness and balance of textures in this dish. Currently, they only offer beef in this dish, but I've suggested to the CEO to also offer pork for those who don't take beef. Will have to visit again to see if they've implemented it!

Dol Sot Bibimbap / Hot Stone Mixed Rice (SGD $20)

Apparently, it's tradition to consume Naeng Myun / Cold Arrowroot Noodles after a meal. There are 2 versions, a sour and tangy cold soup version, and a sour and spicy cold dry version. I liked the refreshing, cleansing, fresh feeling of both after heavy meal of barbecue meat. The soup version allows you the option of adding additional vinegar and mustard for an extra sour and spicy kick... Hint: Don't. I tried, and it's not pleasant.

Chik Naeng Myun / Cold Arrowroot Noodles Soup (SGD $15)

Bibim Naeng Myun / Spicy Cold Arrowroot Noodles Dry (SGD $15)

Overall, I find Jang Shou Korean Charcoal BBQ to be worth a visit, especially for the marinated beef and marinated pork. Will have to wait and see if the service improves, and if they still manage to retain their position as a value for money choice for authentic Korean barbecue.


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1 HarbourFront Walk
#01-53 VivoCity

10 Tampines Central 1
#03-16 Tampines One

80 Marine Parade Road
#B1-17 Parkway Parade


Hotpot Singapore Style With Elements Copied From Other Successful Hotpot Brands

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 6
Ambience & Setting: 8
Food & Beverage: 7
Service: 6 (Revised: 2)
Value for Money: 6
Spent about SGD $28 per person.


Founded in 2009, JPOT offers the best of Individual Hotpot dining, with 7 different soup bases, a clean and comfortable ambience, although much of their presentation is copied from other successful hotpot brands.

Ambience at JPOT is good, with bright lighting, well ventilated interior, and spacious furniture. Tables are set for individual hotpots, and their food presentation is styled after China Hai Di Lao Huo Guo. Ordering is done through tablets are each table.

JPOT is largely self-service, although food orders and bills are presented by staff. I also noticed that staff are quite efficient are clearing away empty / dirty plates. Otherwise, there isn't much interaction. Update: I have revised the rating for the service, and scored it much lower, as I discovered through visits that their service receovery is extremely poor. Equipment throughout the restaurant is not always functioning, leading to diner frustration. Not only is there no apology or service recovery, but staff take a very long time to react to diners experiencing frustration. This creates an unpleasant memory, ensuring that diners will not return again.

There is a good range and variety of food at JPOT. Besides the 7 varieties of soup base, there is almost 90 items on the menu, ranging from meat to seafood to vegetables and even dim sum. However, prices at JPOT are quite expensive, as it's not a buffet but ala-carte, amounting to about SGD $25 and above per person. And the quantity provided isn't much either.


Several daily offers on drinks, as well as late night dining discounts make it slightly more worthwhile to dine here.

JPOT Table

JPOT Drinks Offer

JPOT Late Night Dining Discount

They helpfully provide several suggestions for creating your own dipping sauce.

JPOT Dipping Sauce Recipes

Signature JPOT Dip

The Silky Porridge base is simple, but fragrant, flavourful and thick. The Bak Kut Teh base is peppery but not too overwhelming, and has cloves of garlic and a pork rib within. The Fish Head Soup is lovely and milky, with nice chunks of fresh fish within. The JPOT Superior Broth is rich in taste despite its thin appearance, but got a little too salty near the end.

Silky Porridge

Bak Kut Teh

Fish Head Soup

JPOT Superior Broth

Beer Corona served with a slice of lime.

Beer Corona

I find that the quantity of food is quite little for the high price, making this not so value for money. But the ingredients are fresh, and well presented, copied from the presentation style of China Hai Di Lao Huo Guo.

Chicken Raw

Chicken Cooked

Enoki Mushroom Raw

Enoki Mushroom Cooked

Pork Raw

Pork Cooked

Hand Made Fish Ball Raw And Cheese Pork Ball Raw

Hand Made Fish Ball Cooked

Cheese Pork Ball Cooked

Pork Liver Raw

Pork Belly Raw

Toman Fish Raw

Fried Bean Skin

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