天津包子

I absolutely love the restaurants in the area surrounding Anguk Station. This is the most Korean place in Seoul, I feel. Which is why this next place that I’m going to introduce to you is a little weird.

Coming out of exit 1, you just follow the bend in the road and walk straight through this beautiful stone path and you’d reach little cafes and stores. A little ways along there, you would find this authentic Chinese dumplings restaurant.

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While the menu has three languages on it, depending on the employees working, you may have trouble with communicating. At times they understand Korean, at others, only Mandarin Chinese. of course, it’s quite easy to just point to the menu item and order too.

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We ordered the meat dumplings, chive & vegetable dumplings, sweet bean paste dumplings, and grilled dumplings. Now, as “authentic” as this is – as the Chinese lady in the kitchen indicates – I much prefer the Chinese cuisine back home in Toronto. But the dumplings here weren’t too shabby. I was a little surprised by the way they wrap the grilled dumplings but it stayed intact as I ate it.

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As we were finishing up the meal, we noticed this interesting sight in the kitchen. I’m not entirely sure what he was doing but we think it’s a way to strain the vegetables used for some of the dumplings.

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I’ve been pretty resistant to eating Chinese food in Korea. Especially since I feel that the Korean perspective of Chinese food consists of only jajangmyun. But I would come back to this dumpling place and I’m quite eager to try their noodle branch that’s two shops over.

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