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“Chapchae” is a food eaten by mixing boiled vermicelli with meat , vegetables, and sauce. It is reported that chapchae first appeared at court banquets during the reign of the Kwanghae Army during the Joseon Dynasty in the 17th century. A person named Lee Chung often made special food, and one of the foods that caught the king's taste was chapchae. Originally , chapchae was characterized by using only vegetables without noodles. When a vermicelli factory first opened in Sariwon, Hwanghae-do, in 1919 , for chapchae I started using vermicelli, and it looked the same as today.

Moving on to lunch, “chapchae rice,” where you can enjoy chapchae in a slightly more special way, is gaining popularity as a meal menu. In chapchae rice, you can enjoy a variety of flavors and textures by adding rice to chapchae containing a variety of ingredients. At first glance, they look similar, but each restaurant has different elements such as sauces, toppings, vegetables, and types of rice, showing unique flavors. Here are 5 best places to eat Chinese cabbage rice, where chewy noodles that melt on the tip of your tongue meet delicious rice.

Chinese food and rice restaurants in Seoul include Dunchon-dong Baeun Chinese Restaurant Gukboseong, Apgujeong Gadam, Nonhyeon-dong Hongmyeong, Sinsa-dong Song Chef, Eonju Station Ilhyeong-hyang, Bomun-dong Andong Branch, Daebang-dong Daesung Hall, Yeouido Seogung Palace, Jee-dong Hongneungak, Mapo Dohwa-dong Yeomyeong, Jangchung-dong PR Pavilion, Yeongdeungpo Song Jukjang, Sogong-dong Dorim, City Hall Hongyeon, City Hall The Plaza Dowon, Jangchung-dong Seoul Shilla Hotel Palseon, Bok Seong-dong, Mok Hee-dong, Mok Hee-dong Ran, Hongdae Mangwon-dong Jinjin, Bangbae-dong Jinjin, Daechi-dong Hongunjang, Mapo Oebaek, Mapo Hyunnae-jang, Seoul National University Outreach, Namdaemun Paledshin, Hongdae Choma, Myeongdong Ipoomhyang, Mapo Shinseonggak, Hapjeong Florida Branch, Cheongdam Pavula, Yeonnam-dong Sanwang Branch, Yeonnam-dong Zhonghua Fuchun, Sangsu Station Mati China, Jongno Center, Samsung-dong The One Restaurant, Namgajwa Rak Huian, Shin Hyun, Pohwamun Seasons Hotel Seoul Yuyuan, Apgujeong Big Bag, Yeonhui-dong Ewha Garden, Samgakji Famous Flower Garden, Imun-dong Cinema, Cheongdam JS Garden, Seorae Village Seorae Hyang, Huigyeong-dong Gyeongbalwon, Cheongdam-dong Mong Jung-heon, Euljiro Andongjang, Dongdaemun Donghwa Branch, Cheongdam SMTooth China Room, Hapjeong Daegak, Euljiro Wonheung, Myeongdong Gaehwa, Myeongdong Gaehwa, Banpo Modern Nulang, Myeongdong Hyangmi, Mangwon Gawon, Yeonnam Jungbok Gold, Guro Dongheung-gwan, Gyodae Daega-hyang, Apgujeong Luxury Branch, Mapo Ping Hao, Seoul Station Yarae-hyang, Jongno Hongneunggak, Mapo Buyeong-gak, Euljiro Oguban Branch, Cheongdam-dong The Round, Yeouido Shindongyang Branch, Gongneung Gwangseong Branch, Bongcheon-dong Arichai, Gyodae Haochai, Mangwon-dong Dongil, Seochon China, Myeongdong Lanjuen, Seongbuk-dong Old Chinese Restaurant, Grand Walkerhill Seoul Geumryong, Yangjae Bruce Lee, Seon Dam-ming, Ma Dam-ming Samseong-dong Chailin, Sinchon Wan Chai, Yeouido Thyme Hyang, Daehak-ro Jina-chun, Bulguang-dong Zhonghua Garden, Gasan-dong Yu Won, Songpa Fishery, Yang Jae Mao, Myeongdong Crystal Jade, Sinchon Bokseonggak, Samseong-dong Sichuan House, Samcheong-dong Gil Wan-gak, Samcheong-dong, Song Lam Park, Samcheong-dong, Seoul Parnasse Weilu, Chungmuro Donghoe-ro, Yeongdeungpo Branch, Cheonho Haejung Branch, Yongsan Donggang, Dangsan, Cheonho Cheonho, Cheonho China Linchin, Myeongdong Hogyeong-jeon, Dongdong Gaehwa, Jongno Seohojang, Yeonhui-dong Jinbo, Dobong Hongbangwon, Nonhyeon-dong Imperial Palace Seoul Cheonsan, Yeoksam Park Rouan, Sangam-dong Seorong, Singil-dong Singil Dongmaeun Champon, Apgujeong Mutan, Hannam-dong Jue, Daechi-dong Haibo, Jamsil Signiel Club, Korea University Gongfu, Hongdae Seogyo-dong Jinhyang, Yeonhui-dong Jinmi, Jamsil Lotte Hotel World Dorim, Gujaro Sampalo Zaja-gwan, Apgujeong Shandong Gyo-ja-gwan, Gyodae Yangja-dak, Seongsu The central decelerator, the Seongsu Formulation System, the Samgakji Temple, the Seongsu Xiongmao, and Samcheong-dong Hwayang Yeonhwa are famous.

1. 'Baeun Chinese Restaurant National Treasure Seong' in Dunchon-dong, the same taste that has continued for the second generation

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'Baeun Chinese Restaurant National Treasure Seong' started in Yongsan in 1984 and moved to Dunchon-dong in 2019. Following his father, his son has been catching Wok for the second time. All food, including sauce, is made as soon as it is ordered. The signature menu, “chapchae rice,” is served with plenty of stir-fried chapchae without moisture on top of fried rice. Fried rice, which is so smooth that grains of rice are scattered, is combined with chewy vermicelli to add a variety of textures. Ingredients cut into long slices, such as carrots, leeks, onions, and meat, are chewed together with vermicelli, and fill your mouth with a rich flavor. The mild spiciness of the chapchae blends harmoniously with the addition of seasoning to the three types of fried rice.

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â–²Location: 15, Myeongil-ro 13-gil, Gangdong-gu, Seoul

▲Opening hours: 11:30 — 20:30, 15:00 — 17:00 every day, closed on Sundays

â–²Price: Chae choy rice 8,500 won, sweet and sour pork (small) 15,000 won

â–²Review (Shikishin, Gangnam-gu, Seoul): The inside of the store is smaller than I thought. It's a one-person kitchen, so you can wait for food with a little bit of time to spare. They're both so delicious that it's okay to eat fried rice and chapchae separately. Another delicacy is to thoroughly rub the chapchae and fried rice and then roll them in the champon soup that came with them.

2. “Andong Branch” in Bomun-dong, where you can feel the warmth and warmth

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After taking a break for a year due to redevelopment, the “Andong Branch” moved to a slightly larger space in February of last year. In addition to meals, they also offer dishes such as sweet and sour pork, yangjang peel, and yusansul at reasonable prices. The signature menu is “chapchae rice,” where a plate full of shiny chapchae and fried rice is served to customers. The lightly stir-fried chapchae enhances the chewy flavor of large-cut vegetables such as wood ear mushrooms, onions, and carrots. The light fried rice and chapchae flavored with chili oil enhance the umami. I also like “champon,” which has a refreshing taste without being greasy. The refreshing flavor of the soup made with plenty of seafood and vegetables such as squid, shrimp, and octopus is excellent.

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â–²Location: 35-1 Goryeo-daero 1-gil, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul

▲Opening hours: 11:00 — 20:00 every day, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

â–²Price: Chae Chae Rice 7,000 won, Champon 6,000 won

â–²Testimonial (Shikigami EZ pop): I was so sad to know it disappeared, but how nice it was to come back..! Even if all of the menus are basic, the amount is as large as a small portion. If you go here, you must try the chapchae rice, which is moderately fatty, and has a strangely addictive flavor. There are lots of vegetables in the chapchae, so the overall feeling is rich.

3. 'Gwangseong Banjeom' in Gongneung-dong to quench late night hunger

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“Gwangseong Branch” opens its doors on a slow evening and operates until dawn the next day. If you order a meal, you'll be served fried, crispy grilled gyoza to quench your hunger. The signature menu, “chapchae rice,” is characterized by the fact that, unlike ordinary chapchae rice, it comes with its own soup. Unlike the intense visuals that show off a reddish light, the non-irritating flavor has a reverse appeal. The rice stir-fried while draining moisture from the wok has a chewy texture even when it's broth and grated. The perfect harmony created by rice that spreads its savory flavor as you chew it, vermicelli with just the right amount of elasticity, and vegetables that add a subtle sweetness is fascinating.

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â–²Location: 5, Dongil-ro 173ga-gil, Nowon-gu, Seoul

▲Opening hours: 17:30 — 04:30 every day, closed on Sundays

â–²Price: Chae-chae rice 7,000 won, yangjang pea 29,000 won

â–²Review (kkk111): This is a famous Chinese restaurant on Gongneung-dong Guksu Street. It's a great place to go for dinner or have a drink with Chinese food. Since the chapchae rice has soup, I was quite satisfied with the feeling that it passed smoothly without being stiff. Even though it was chapchae rice, there was almost no flavor I felt, so I scraped it until the end.

4. 'Bokseongwon' in Bucheon, steeped in time

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“Bok Seong Won” is a small Chinese restaurant set up by an elderly couple. The interior and exterior of the store, where you can feel the passing of time as if time had stopped, create a nostalgic atmosphere. The signature menu is “cha-chae rice,” which has fried rice and fried egg mixed with a savory flavor that stimulates the taste buds. You can feel the owner's extraordinary attitude in the fried rice that is coated with one layer of oil without the grains of rice clumping together. When vegetables such as pumpkins, onions, and carrots are stir-fried with vermicelli, the noodles are plump and fill the mouth with a rich feeling. The rich fire-scented chapchae and fried rice go together in a balanced manner, leaving a rich finish.

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â–²Location: 9 Bucheon-ro 148beon-gil, Bucheon, Gyeonggi

â–²Opening hours: 11:00 to 16:00 every day, closed on Sundays and Mondays, early closing when materials are exhausted

â–²Price: Chae rice 8,000 won, soy sauce 6,500 won

â–²Testimonial (Daily Diet): This place is so famous for its chapchae rice that people from other regions also come and eat it. The point is that there are so many vegetables in the chapchae, and the sweet flavor that spreads when mixed with fried rice is eaten! There are many likes and dislikes for the soup that comes with chapchae rice, but personally, it wasn't thick, so it was nice to eat it in the middle.

5. 'Hongmyung' in Nonhyeon-dong, which captivated the Hakdong Station area

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“Hongmyeong” has been responsible for meals for office workers and residents in the Hakdong Station area. The interior, which makes use of a luxurious feel with turquoise painted walls and modern lighting and furniture, stands out. There are about 50 types of food and 20 types of alcoholic beverages, including course meals. The signature menu, “chapchae fried rice,” combines deep-fried egg fried rice, chapchae with thickly sliced vegetables, and soft-boiled fried egg in one plate. The vegetables are still fresh, and you can experience both the chewy and crunchy texture of the chapchae, which has a rich seasoning between the vermicelli. You can also mix the chapchae and fried rice evenly and then stir in the egg yolk to add a rich flavor.

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â–²Location: 10, Nonhyeon-ro 131-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

▲Opening hours: 11:30 — 21:30 every day

â–²Price: Chapchae Fried Rice 9,000 won, Nanja Wans 35,000 won

â–²Testimonial (Lee Jin-wook Holic): You have to wait a long time at mealtime, but the wait is worth it. I really felt the freshness of the vegetables in the chapchae rice. The sauce sticks to the noodles without leaving a loose energy, so it goes well with steamy fried rice. It was a perfect bowl of mixed vegetable rice without any regrets in terms of texture, flavor, and aroma.

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