Jung Sik Dang

Let we put aside those poshy ingredients such as Foie Gras, Truffles, and Caviar for a moment. Jung Sik Dang for me is all about the celebration of Korean cuisine.

The chef Jung Sik Yim is a CIA graduate had been trained at some places in New York and Spain including Aquavit and Bouley before he opened his own venture. Currently, the restaurant just spread his wings as far as new york.

They offered 5 courses degustation  menu with 2 options for each course. I dined with my girlfriend during Valentine’s day, so we had a chance to try almost all the menu.

Jung Sik Dang - Amuse BoucheAmuse Bouche: Chicken Mousse Dumpling & Mini Bulgogi Burger with wasabi

The dumpling tasted more like a normal chicken dumpling that you find outside. The Bulgogi taste good, sweet beefy taste, but in my opinion the wasabi sauce is a bit too strong.

Jung Sik Dang - BreadBread

Just like any other bread, but the mini baguette was infused with Korean pepper

Jung Sik Dang - ConsomeShitake Consome with port wine, Mushroom Puree

It’s a clean, pure shitake mushroom taste. But, I think that the consome was failed to give me a wow factor

1st Course: Salad

Jung Sik Dang - Salad 1Crunch: lettuce, mussels, seaweed vinaigrette

This salad is very refreshing, the lettuce was extremely crisp! But the seaweed vinaigrette was strange is a nice way, I kinda love it.

Jung Sik Dang - salad 2Bibim: Tomato Jelly, Basil Sorbet

This is a Jung Sik Dang version of bimbimbab, and my favorite dish as well. Mix it, and at the moment you put it in your mouth, all the flavor was just like explode in your mouth. Very refreshing and well balanced.

2nd Course: Rice

Jung Sik Dang -  Rice1Sea Urchin: Kimchi, kim (seaweed puree), Fried Millet, Onion

This dish was kind of let me down. Basically it’s a cold version of risotto mixed with seaweed puree and sea urchin. But the taste of the puree was far too strong which made the taste of sea urchin almost sink.

Jung Sik Dang - rice 2Anchovy Paella: Traditional Clear Broth, Barley, Rice

On the other hand, this rice course was the opposite. It’s a warm, hearty, and delicious barley risotto.

Fish

Jung Sik Dang - 17Crispy Snapper: Nyoeng-I sauce, Homemade Topu, Mussel

Snapper at its best! Just like the name, the skin was extremely crispy. The service told me it was using two cooking processes which are steaming and sauteing. But I bet they were using sous vide technique.

Jung Sik Dang - fish2

Pomfret: Sujebi, Korean Radish, Boiled in Spiced Soy Sauce

I like the balance of this dish. The sauce was light but tasty at the same time, nice texture for the rice cake, and the fish was perfectly cooked.

Main

Jung Sik Dang - mainJungSikDang Steak: Sirloin (1++), Korean Garlic leaf, Mushroom, Cucumber

Actually there were two options for the main course, Duck and Beef. But, both of us decided to go for the beef together. The beef was cooked perfectly. But I just felt somewhat disappointed with the sauce. I won’t deny if the sauce is nice, but it’s just a little bit to sweet, so that it almost screw the main ingredient which is the beef. And for the topping, just put this way  that I’m not familiar with Korean Cuisine, but the side dishes didn’t really go well together.

Dessert

Jung Sik Dang - dessert1Raspberry Cremeux with Litchi: Raspberry Sauce, Litchi Sorbet, Cinnamon Crumble

If you notice the green stuff on the top right corner, that is a spinach sponge cake. It’s nice but the combination of flavor was too general I guess.

Jung Sik Dang - Dessert 2Jang Dok:Chocolate Mousse, Chestnut & Jujuba Cake, Angel Hair

This dessert was really beautiful. I like both the presentation and the flavor. The ice cream was smooth and chewy. It almost has similar texture with Turkish ice cream. I don’t know how to explain the angel hair, but if you visit Korea, you will find one Korea traditional desert made from honey and rice flour to form the angel hair like this.

IMG_0378Petit Four: From left to right: Almond with Sugar Powder, Soju candy with Apple, White chocolate with Raspberry sauce, Korean Herb Cake

Tea Selection

In conclusion, I think my expectation towards this restaurant was a little bit too high. For me, they’re lack of wow factor in every dishes. But clearly this restaurant was success in delivering Korean taste into fine dining scene. For the price around $100+ for a meal, it’s really worth it.

Jung Sik Dang

649-7 Sinsadong
Gangnamgu Seoul
+82 2 517 4654

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3 Comments

  1. Thanks for one’s marvelous posting! I certainly enjoyed reading it, you will be a great author.I will make certain to bookmark your blog and will often come back down the road. I want to encourage that you continue your great job, have a nice evening!

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  2. Anglia watson

     /  June 3, 2012

    Yes thank you so much , i am very interested in the young Chef Jung Sik he is very creative , your blog was interesting and I enjoyed reading it too

    Reply

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