Friday, 26 February 2016

I've always wanted to try Korean Chinese food when we were in the country, but it was never our intention to visit Andongjang (안동장) or 安東莊, nor was it on my list of "restaurants to go". However, it turned out to be the most perfect place to eat black bean noodles (jajangmyeon 자장면), sweet and sour pork (tangsuyuk 탕수육), and spicy seafood noodle soup (jjamppong 짬뽕) all at once. (We actually ordered the non-spicy version of the jjamppong when we were there.) Turns out that Andongjang has been opened since 1948 and is the oldest Chinese restaurant in Seoul.

I loved everything we ordered, even the side dishes. The jajangmyeon noodles were cooked well and the black bean sauce was flavourful. The non-spicy jjamppong was also good, but I realised after we had ordered the dish why it's better with a bit of heat. But the highlight of the meal was definitely the tangsuyuk. When it first came out, I was like: "Did they give us the wrong order?" because we were so surprised by the colour of the sauce and their choice of veggies. However, it all made sense once we started digging in.

Maybe I wasn't actually looking properly, but we didn't really notice that many (Korean) Chinese food in Seoul—like you have to actually seek one out. But other than the food, what I really liked about the restaurant was the atmosphere and service. I think we were the only tourists there when we visited, but you know a restaurant is a good when most of the customers are locals.

Andongjang (安東莊)
124 Euljiro, Jung-gu, Seoul
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