You would probably have seen Ju Shin Jung while traveling along ECP. They were the first authentic Korean BBQ in Singapore. Been there many times over the years, before I was married, after I got my princess, every time I want a Korean BBQ fix.
It is located along the East Coast Park that is above Burger King and beside Long Beach Seafood. It used to be a bowling alley, so the space it has is perhaps the biggest I have seen in any Korean BBQ in Singapore.
Banchan (반찬) are set in the middle of the table to be shared. Banchan are served in small portions, meant to be finished at each meal and are replenished during the meal if not enough. Usually, the more formal the meals are, the more banchan there will be.
One thing I love about coming to Ju Shin Jung is because of the side order dishes that they served is very varied. First set comes with each set meal and if you need more, the side dishes are chargeable.
There’s nothing so special about galbisal as far as the profile of the dish is concerned. It’s pretty straightforward – rib eye sliced sideways. Needless to say, the quality of the meat is key for this grilled dish.
The grill pit they used has wider spacing and thicker grills than most, and they use electric circulator, giving a more consistent charring.
I always order two flavours of the same cut of meat – Galbi (갈비) Bone-in beef rib marinated and Galbisal (갈비살) rib meat boneless unmarinated – so that I can taste two different flavours of the meat.
Ju Shin Jung is a full service restaurant which means you also don’t have to be bothered about tending to the meat. Let the expert do their job. The service staff also do their rounds serving other tables while waiting for the meat to be grilled to perfection. As they constantly have to check back to your table, therefore the service is almost impeccable as you can tell them when you need refill of the side dishes or water or to bring extra utensils. Very personalised service.
Galbitang (갈비탕) or short rib soup is a type of guk (Korean soup) made primarily from beef short ribs along with stewing beef, radish, onions, and other ingredients. It’s a hearty, nourishing soup with a delicate flavour. The sweetness of the radish, onion, garlic and ginger seeps through the beef, making this a memorable dish.
I find their Bulgogi (불고기) a bit too sweet and not so spicy. It is this same taste that princess has grown up and accustomed to such that we always make this at home ourselves.
At the end of each meal when you call for your bill, they will serve desserts – which are these love-shaped water melon which are very chilled and usually sweet, together with this ginger tea that is very refreshing! Seriously speaking, I am impressed with the love-shaped water melon as it has been many many years and they still make the effort to cut it these way.
I can’t say enough how I like Ju Shin Jung not just because there are so many sides and someone grilling the meat for you, but also because they have a play area for kids to roam while the adults enjoy their meal. Service was always prompt and when you became a regular, they even throw in an odd extra banchan or two.
Ju Shin Jung Korean BBQ Restaurant
1018 East Coast Parkway, Leisure Court, Singapore 449887
Tel: 6447 9279
Date Visited : Oct 2016
PS: The place is now closed for redevelopment. You can still enjoy their BBQ at their West Coast branch (better) or the newer Robertson Quay or Badminton Hall branch.