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Restaurants, Chinese Yonhui-dong
4 out of 5 stars

The criteria for being the best Chinese food chef in Seoul is simple. Take the meal that customers order most and be the best at making it. We think dish is one of the simplest and yet hardest to perfect: tangsuyuk, or sweet and sour pork. Mokran's owner and head-chef Yeon Bok Lee is one of the top Chinese food chefs in Seoul. His tangsuyuk at Mokran is close to perfection. What makes a perfect tangsuyuk? First, the state of the batter needs to be top quality, crispy but not hard. You have to achieve that exquisite balance of intense-sweetness and soft-sweetness. And basic ingredients, like the quality of pork, must always top grade. Mokran checks off all three, serving up an exquisite tangsuyuk.

Other dishes at Mokran are delicious as well. The full-course dinner is a fantastic deal for the price. Almost all of the menu features that are rich, and the seasoning at times can seem a bit on the strong side, though never overwhelming. The chef’s mastery in finding an impeccable balance is the key to his skills. Tip: If you want to indulge in the deep flavors of dongpayuk (fried pork belly in soy sauce), you'll need to order it a day in advance.


Venue name: Mokran
Address: 21, Yeonhui-ro 15-gil
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am–9:30pm. Closed every Mon.
Transport: Take bus 7017, 7612, 110B, 153, or Seodabun 04
Price: 10,000–30,000 won
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