When I was a kid, I would always go to a Chinese restaurant on special days such as graduation or entrance ceremonies. On the day I moved, I spread out a newspaper and sat squatting on the floor to eat jajangmyeon. If you were a man, you would play billiards and eat with friends, or sit around with your family while rubbing your sleepy eyes on a lazy weekend, âjajangmyeonâ is a memorable food. Jajangmyeon, which originally comes from the Chinese âjakjangmyeonâ where Chinese miso is grated on noodles, is said to have been transformed by Chinese workers at Incheon Port into food that suits Korean tastes by adding caramel and water to this scene. Here are some jajangmyeon restaurants that have spread all over the country, starting with Incheon, and are now fully integrated into our lives.
1. âShinseonggakâ, a handmade jajang specialty store with 30 years of tradition
âShinseonggakâ, located in front of Hyochang Park, is a Chinese restaurant that opened its doors in 1981 and has been in operation for 36 years. The signature menu is âsoy sauce,â made by stir-frying pork, cabbage, and onions with chewy noodles picked by hand at the same time as ordering. Since soft noodles are made using only water and flour, you can enjoy the savory flavor even if you eat the noodles separately. The sauce is full of leeks, cucumbers, onions, and cabbage, adding a crunchy texture. You can enjoy sweet and sour pork in a different way by adding green onions to the sauce instead of onions, and adding thick french fries along with large pieces of meat. Overall, it is not irritating and is characterized by a boring flavor.
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â²Location: 2-463, Singongdeok-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul â²Opening hours: 11:37 ~ Closed on Sundays when ingredients run out â²Price: Soy sauce 6,000 won, sweet and sour pork 15,000 won â²Review (White Buffalo, Shikigin): I honestly wonder if the flavor of this house's soy sauce, which has a barely spicy flavor, should be viewed in a unique way. However, I have no choice but to admit that I stick to my food philosophy for a long time. It's not a yellow rubber band cotton, it's a pure white cotton I haven't seen in a long time. After eating, the inside feels just as comfortable as eating porridge. Ah, note that only cash payments are accepted here!
2. âHong Ming,â a local Chinese restaurant with a lot of attention
âHongmyeongâ is a small Chinese restaurant in the neighborhood that uses good ingredients without additives. It is a restaurant recognized by local residents. The signature menu is âsoy jajang,â a savory jajang sauce with a strong flavor. Various vegetables and pork cut into large pieces add chewiness and provide a rich flavor. The point is to put a fried egg on top. The sauce is not sweet, so you can enjoy it until the end. âHandmade grilled gyoza,â which is deep-fried and has a rich flavor and moist juice, is also a delicacy. Among the dishes, the signature menu is âNanjawans,â which is a large meatball topped with mushrooms, celery, and bok choy. The texture of the meatballs, which are crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, and the rich flavor soaked in the sauce are impressive.
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â²Location: 37-9 Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul â²Opening hours: 11:00-21:30 every day, closed on holidays â²Price: Soy sauce: 8,000 won, Nanjawansu 35,000 won â²Review (The snack is Homerun Ball): Hongmyeong (Hongming), a Chinese restaurant located in Nonhyeon-dong (Hakdong Station). It's a small Chinese restaurant in the neighborhood, but I think the soy sauce flavor was the most delicious in Gangnam. It's a popular place where you can wait in line at mealtime.
3. Over 60 years of tradition, the 'flowering' of Myeongdong
Located between Myeongdong Station and Hoehyeon Station near the Chinese Embassy, âKaehwaâ is a traditional Chinese restaurant that has remained in place for over 60 years. The signature menu is âYuni Jajangmyeon,â where noodles are rubbed with a thin texture sauce. There are no ingredients other than minced meat, so it's a good idea to focus on the noodles and the natural flavor of the sauce. It is characterized by a less oily and less pungent flavor compared to other places. âSoy sauce,â which is stir-fried dry without moisture, is also a popular menu. Unlike uni jajangmyeon, the large meat and onions add texture. Another point is that thin noodles are used so that the noodles and sauce are easily absorbed. Other popular dishes include âkanpunggi,â which has a spicy sauce with dried peppers and garlic, and âgrilled gyoza,â which is full of filling.
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â²Location: 107, Myeongdong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul â²Opening hours: 11:30 to 21:30 every day, closed on weekends and holidays â²Price: Uni Jajangmyeon 6,000 won, Samseon Soy Jajang 8,000 won, Kanpunggi 28,000 won â²Review (Seokgin-won appeal): Personally, I think this house is the best place for Yuni Jajangmyeon. Every time I go to Myeongdong, I go there often!
4. Daebang-dong âDaesung Hallâ has been in place for over 70 years
A long-established Chinese restaurant that has been around for over 70 years, and its signature menus are âsoy sauce jajangâ and âuni jajangmyeon.â âSoy sauce,â made by frying onions and cabbage so that they don't become soft, is characterized by its bitter flavor rather than the sweet and pungent taste of Chunjang. The chewy noodles are also excellent. Note that you can order Yuni jajang, which has the texture of the ingredients compared to other places, starting at 2 servings. Another popular menu item, âsweet and sour pork,â is impressive with the thick, fluffy texture of the meat that has been deep-fried without any residue. It also goes well with sauces that have a subtle sweetness. âChive and oyster champon,â which is only available in winter, is also a delicacy. The soup, which is thick enough to feel thick, has the sweetness of chives and the flavor of oysters. Note that delivery is also possible to nearby locations.
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â²Location: 204-1, Yeouidaebang-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul â²Opening hours: 11:00-21:00 every day, closed on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday â²Price: Soy sauce 6,000 won, yunijajangmyeon (1 person) 9,000 won (available from 2 people), sweet and sour pork (small) â²Review (Shikigin Sol Park): Chive oyster champon will be available after October. The flavor of the soup is light and honest without any condiments! Samsun champon has lots of really fresh seafood!
5. Busan's 'Hwaguk Banjom, 'which also appeared in the movie
A place that has established itself as Busan's representative Chinese restaurant and has also appeared in movies. The most popular item on the menu is âsoy sauce,â which is definitely representative of Hwagokuban. The soy sauce made by topping the firm noodles with a soft-boiled egg goes great with the rich jajang sauce, the noodles, and the hearty filling ingredients. The characteristic of soy sauce, which is freshly stir-fried vegetables and only stir-fried again without starch, is that it excludes much of the sweet flavor. You can also pop the egg yolk to add even more savory flavor. âSweet and sour pork,â which has a thin, transparent sauce, is also one of the popular dishes. The savory flavor is alive with just the right ratio of pork meat and fat. It's a delicacy even if you dip it in a sauce made by adding vinegar and red pepper powder to soy sauce.
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â²Location: 2-6, Donggwang-dong 3-ga, Jung-gu, Busan â²Opening hours: 11:30 to 21:30 every day, closed on the 1st and 3rd Mondays â²Price: Soy sauce, 6,000 won â²Review (Shikigami Myeonggyojeong): The restaurant in the movie âBattle against Crimeâ and âShinsegaeâ was filmed, and it's a place full of soy sauce.