From jajangmyeon, which comes out in the five fingers when you think about what to eat for lunch, to colorful dishes that surprise your eyes and mouth. China’s culinary spectrum is deeper and wider than any other country, with some saying, “Even Chinese people die without being able to eat all of China’s cuisine.” The culinary culture, which has developed as diverse as the size of the wide continent, has become richer by combining the geographical environment and the characteristics of minorities.
Attempts to systematize these dishes in earnest have continued since the Qing Dynasty, and are now completed with Shandong cuisine, Sichuan cuisine, Guangdong cuisine, Jiangsu cuisine, Zhejiang cuisine, Fujian cuisine, Hunan cuisine, and Huizhou cuisine. Due to the difference in topography and climate, the northern part is characterized by the strong and salty taste of beef or lamb, and the southern part is also characterized by the development of sweetness and spicy taste by eating seafood and poultry dishes.
Let’s go on a treasure hunt tour of taste buds into Chinese cuisine of all natural colors that captivated the tastes of people around the world. This week, we introduce five Chinese cuisine hot places that embody local tastes in Korea.
Best 5 new Chinese restaurants
Apgujeong Landing of Gwangju’s Famous Chinese Restaurant, Apgujeong 보보식당
The restaurant was opened jointly by Chef Jang Bo-won, the third-generation Chinese chef, and Chef Hwang Kyu-yeon of “Negi.” It was originally a popular Chinese restaurant in Gwangju, but it is moving to Apgujeong and writing a new story. Along with a regular table, there is a draw-shaped bar table, so you can choose and sit according to your taste. It is largely divided into appetizers, pigs, cows, poultry, seafood, and meals, and each category consists of foods that you can feel the charm of this place. Dongpa-yuk, the representative menu, is a dish that wraps Dongpa-yuk, Pachae, and cucumbers at once, and has a good balance that vegetables neatly control the sweet and salty taste of meat. Butter Sweet and Sour Pork with a slice of butter on top of sweet and sour pork and Sandong Xiaojji, a cold chicken salad, are popular.
249, Dongho-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
▲ Business hours
Closed every Monday from 11:30 to 22:00, (B·T 15:00 to 18:00)
Dongpa Yuk with Team Number 42,000 won, Butter Tangsuyuk (pork) 32,000 won, Sandong Xiao Chi 24,000 won. 24,000 won.
(siksin 요가뽜이야): I heard it was famous in Gwangju, but it was soft and delicious. It goes well with the steamburn because it’s salty. I think it has a strong spice flavor. It’s hard to make reservations because it’s so popular.
Yongsan’s “서울드래곤페이” which adds a modern touch to authentic Chinese food.
Located in Seoul Dragon City, Chinese Restaurant Pei is a place where a variety of Chinese foods are presented using ingredients obtained from nature. Overall, white tables are placed in dark tones and electronic boards are placed everywhere, giving a unique feeling differentiated from existing Chinese restaurants. About 15 chefs, led by Chef Yuk Hyang-sung, who has served as a chef specializing in Cantonese Chinese food for more than 30 years, will present the original Chinese Quizin. Healthy foods made with rare ingredients such as swallow’s nest and morrell mushrooms are not enough to pick this place as a gourmet attraction.
Seoul Dragon City Grand Mercure 2F, 95, Cheongpa-ro 20-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
▲ Business hours
Daily 11:30-21:00 (B·T 14:30-18:00)
Lunch course 80,000 won to 150,000 won and dinner course 95,000 won to 250,000 won.
(siksin 위쿵e): The smooth and friendly service as if you had a good team member was impressive. The fine dining course was good, and there’s a price range for a single item.
Hapjeong ‘자자’ is a Chinese restaurant that has the natural taste of ingredients.
A Chinese restaurant located close to Hapjeong Station on foot. It is a space opened by Chef Lee Kuk-young from Baekrihyang, a Chinese restaurant in the 63 Building. The signature menu, “Dusigi,” is a stir-fried dish cooked with fermented black beans and chicken, and is a special dish that can only be tasted here. Through this dish, he also won a silver medal at the Hong Kong International Cooking Contest. Also, spicy seafood jjamppong and Palbochae are popular. The cuisine here is characterized by making the original taste of the ingredients as much as possible, but the sauce slightly supports the back. The advantage is that there are not only lunch menus but also dishes with solid basics.
18, Dokmak-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
▲ Business hours
Daily 11:00-21:30 (B·T 15:00-17:00), closed every Tuesday.
Seafood jjambbong 15,000 won, dusigi 25,000 won, and seafood jajangmyeon 15,000 won.
(siksin 치즈계란말이): Whatever you order, everything is delicious. I ordered the menu you recommended, but the seasoning was not strong and the seasoning was just right and it was very good. It’s the first time I’ve seen a dish I’ve never seen before. It tastes like pepper. It’s not that expensive, so it’ll be good for gatherings.
“차이나타운” in Hongje-dong, where you can enjoy handmade dim sum at a reasonable price.
A Taiwanese-style Chinese restaurant located near Hongje Station. Signs of fast-paced visits by celebrities and chefs famous for their gourmet food are displayed in the store glass. Dim sum products made by themselves, such as Shomai and Soryongpo, are popular, and it is notable that food photos are attached to the wall for customers who are not familiar with dim sum to make it easy to choose. It is a place full of gravy that pops up when you bite it while it has a chewy texture by mixing ingredients inside show mai and dumplings. It has a light taste and feels comfortable even if you eat a lot.
11, Tongil-ro 40-an-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
▲ Business hours
11:00 to 23:00 every day
Handmade Shrimp Show Mai 7,000 won, Handmade Meat Show Mai 7,000 won, Jajangmyeon 6,000 won
(siksin 샤랄라뚱부인): It’s so nice to have a delicious Chinese restaurant in the neighborhood. Jjamppong~ It’s so delicious~ It’s spicy and clean. I recommend meat show mai among dim sum dishes. You put in the ingredients very well!
Chinese dumpling with tuna, Isu “홍콩참치만두”
A small dumpling restaurant located in a market alley near Isu Station. There are many dishes that are somewhat unfamiliar without jajangmyeon or jjamppong, so it is a recommended place if you want to challenge new Chinese cuisine. It is a small store, but customers constantly come in and out like a sparrow mill. “Tuna Dumpling,” a combination of tuna and mackerel with dumpling filling, has a unique light taste of fish. Dumplings are characterized by thick blood. “Chili stir-fry” with a crispy texture of bell pepper and paprika stir-fried with chili oil, “fried wood ear mushrooms” with an unfamiliar but snack-like texture, and “Jisasamseon” with eggplants are also popular.
35, Dongjak-daero 29na-gil, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
▲ Business hours
Daily 12:00-22:30 (closed every Monday)
Tuna dumplings 12,000 won, cabbage dumplings 8,000 won, and jisamseon 16,000 won.
(siksin 락휴바릿): Dumpling skin is thick, so those who like thin blood should know in advance lol I like thick blood, so I was very satisfied. It’s a bit crowded and noisy because there are a lot of customers, but that’s the charm of the old store. It’s a good place to order dumplings and stir-fried pepper and have a glass of somaek!