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Restaurants, Delis Jongno-gu
2 out of 5 stars

Yeonghwaru is a Korean-Chinese delivery place that has been beloved by Seochon residents for 50 years. Two dishes that can only be found here are the red pepper jjajangmyeon (noodles in black bean sauce) and red pepper jjambbong (spicy seafood and noodles). Spicy Cheongyang red pepper is diced into the jjajang sauce with its generous portions of onion and pork, offsetting the greasiness of the sauce. Cheongyang red pepper is also added to the jjambbong broth, made with various seafoods and vegetables, dialing up the spicy and refreshing factor to the maximum. Both dishes are extremely spicy, and the place is well worth a visit for those who enjoy the catharsis of spicy foods or dislike the particular brand of greasiness found in Korean-Chinese cuisine. As befitting an establishment with such a long history, oolong tea is served in Del Monte juice bottles—which, in bygone times, were used as water decanters in many a Korean household. Many a patron will find themselves lost in reverie as they pour themselves tea from a Del Monte bottle, remembering the once upon a time when they, too, used Del Monte bottles to store water.


Venue name: Yeonghwaru
Address: 65, Jahamun-ro 7-gil
Opening hours: 11am-10:30pm
Transport: Gyeongbokgung Station(Line 3), exit 2.
Price: Dishes 6,000–8,000 won; Mains 15,000–30,000 won
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