Chinese food ingredients are very various; sea cucumber, bamboo shoot, shrimp , a shark's fin, a swallow´s nest , ear shell , sea jelly, a duck egg, and hog liver. In general, they use pork, lamb, and seafood.

Chinese food is influenced by its wide territory, polyethnic, long history, and fusion with other nations.

In Korea, Chinese food is also called Chung dynasty's food or Junghwa (Middle Kingdom's) food which has been developed in China town in Incheon or Busan.

Actually Jajangmyeon (black-bean-sauce noodles), Chinese Tangsuyuk (sweet-and-sour pork) , and Jjamppong (Chinese-style noodles with vegetables and seafood) are Korean food. Even though China has similar food, these are modified-Korean style food. 

When you get off the subway line number seven, Daelim Station, take exit 12. You can find lots of Chinese restaurants. Unlike Jajangmyeon in Incheon and Busan, food in here has original taste of China with coriander. 

From exit 12 to Daelim Market, this food alley is full of signs with chinese characters.

Among them, I visited Harbin Banjeom (Ban Jeom means a restaurant) because it was clean and had simple external appearance. 

Unlike the olden style Chinese restaurants which were dark, messy, or shabby, these days they are clean, bright, and have nice interior.

It is not a big store. Only 8 tables and each one has at most 6 chairs, which means less than 50 people can available. 

I ordered steamed clam. It included Manila clam with dried red pepper powder, chili, Welsh onion, and coriander. It was spicy and aromatic.

Clam was chewy and well mixed with sauce.

I also ordered spicy fried chicken wings. It had fried big chili and peanut, which made the food less oily. Chicken wing was really chewy and crispy. It's  flavor and texture went well with spice.

The last food was Chinese style cellophane noodle which was stir-fried with soy bean sauce, chives , and bean sprouts.  Vegetables made the food less greasy. Red pepper, which is usually very hot, was not that spicy.

Rice in this area is not sticky or elastic like Korea's rice. It's like Vietnam's rice, which doesn't have glutinousness.

You can choose the size of the food: Big or Small. Big one is around 15000 won and small one is  around 10000 won.

If you order single menu, it costs 7000 or 8000 won.

This restaurant is not only cheap and delicious but also has original taste of Chinese dishes. 

Location : Daelim 2-dong 1066-65, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul. Tel. 82-2-831-3776. 

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Among feed, lodge, and clothe, food culture has especially long history and can be a standard to divide ethnic group, region, or nation.

Korean food culture include rice and fermented food like  soy sauce,  soybean paste, and  red pepper paste. Chunjang, which is a kind of fermented soybean product , is also one of the fermented food originated from China. The difference between Korean's chunjang and China's one is that the former include caramel.

Koreans usually steam or boil food ingredients. On the other hand, the Chinese fry the ingredients in oil. That's why they use various vegetables including bean sprouts and coriander to reduce the grease.

If you get off at Daerim Station (subway line number two) and take exit 4, you can find lots of restaurants run by Korean-Chinese. The most popular menu in this area is the food in Yanji City or Qingda.

Byeol Mi Won, located on second floor in Guro 14th Street, has four big tables in the hall and few more in the room. (Byeol Mi means "delicacy of the season" and Won means "a house")

They have various food and the menu includes each photograph of the food, which makes customers decide dishes easily.

I ordered Sizzling Rice Soup. It had lots of seafood like squid, clam, lotus root, and short arm octopus with sweet and thick sauce.

The other one is sweet and sour pork with eggplant and bell pepper. Thanks to eggplant, this is good for health and not that sweet unlike original sweet and sour pork. Pork was really soft and chewy.

However, it is still oily. This is why Chinese people like drinking kaoliang wine with their food. The owner as chef were chatting with customers about the food.

They offered complimentary food; steamed hog liver with soy bean sauce. Two dishes are enough for three people and each one is around 15000 won. 

Location : Guro jungangro 14th street 11-4, Guro-gu, Seoul. Tel. : 82-2-851-1001. 

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서울특별시 구로구 구로5동 | Byeol Mi Won
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