How spicy is jjamppong? Tips for Finding the Best Jjamppong in Seoul

Jjamppong is the most beloved spicy dish among Koreans. Its origin is Chinese noodle soup, but it gradually became Koreanized by incorporating seafood, vegetables, and Chinese-style chili oil into a spicy Chinese-style noodle soup. As it transitioned to Korean cuisine, Chinese spices were replaced with red pepper flakes and oil to create a unique Korean flavor. For those who crave jjamppong and plan to visit Korea, here are some tips for enjoying delicious jjamppong.

Jjamppong is the most beloved spicy dish among Koreans.

Jjamppong is deliciously spicy, so don’t be afraid to give it a try!

Jjamppong is a spicy dish, and when you finish the broth, it leaves you with a refreshing feeling as you cool down with a bit of sweating, relieving stress. This is why it has become one of the most beloved noodle dishes in Korea.

The spiciness of jjamppong is typically a little spicier than Korean ramen but not as hot as the internationally famous Korean ‘Buldak Bokkeum Myeon’ (Fire Noodle). On a global hot sauce scale, it falls slightly below the level of hot sauces made with peppers like jalapeño and habanero.

If you enjoy spicy food, you should be able to enjoy it without much difficulty. You can also order it at your own pace, so when you visit Korea, I strongly recommend giving it a try.

Here’s how to enjoy jjamppong:

  1. Try Three-Seafood Jjamppong

Jjamppong comes in various varieties, but two main types are regular jjamppong and Three-Seafood Jjamppong. While regular jjamppong also contains seafood, I recommend trying Three-Seafood Jjamppong. It includes various seafood like octopus, squid, and mussels, offering a richer and more refreshing broth.

  1. Pair it with Sweet and Sour Pork

Jjamppong’s spicy and refreshing broth pairs well with sweet and oily dishes. Order some Korean-style sweet and sour pork to enjoy alongside your jjamppong, and I particularly recommend “chapssal tangsuyuk,” which has a deliciously chewy texture.

  1. Start with Noodles

When eating jjamppong, it’s best to start with the noodles. Begin by consuming the noodles first and then savor the seafood and broth. You can also enjoy the noodles along with the chewy squid and octopus. The reason for this recommendation is that noodles can become soggy if left for too long, so enjoy them while they still have their ideal texture before indulging in the broth and seafood.

Best jjamppong in seoul, you don’t need to find best

In Seoul, there are thousands of jjamppong restaurants, and most of the popular ones are not in the bustling areas like Myeongdong, Gwanghwamun, Gyeongbokgung, or COEX but rather tucked away in local neighborhoods. This can be challenging for foreign visitors to find. Therefore, I recommend large jjamppong chain restaurants with clean facilities and good foreign language assistance.

The jjamppong chain I recommend is the “Hong Kong Banjeom.” They offer a set that includes seafood jjamppong and “chapssal tangsuyuk” (sweet and sour pork), a combination you will undoubtedly love. Hong Kong Banjeom has chain locations in most of Seoul’s busy areas.

No matter where you are in Seoul, you can search “Hong Kong Banjeom 0410 near me” on Google to find the nearest branch and give it a try!