There was a period that I had Korean food almost every other day. I’ve only just started to get into Korean cuisine this year so it was pretty fun eating different Korean foods. Bibimbaps in a foodcourt, Korean BBQ at Gangnam Style and now Korean-Chinese food in Harimgak.
I’m not really sure if you would call it fusion or just Koreanised Chinese food or just straight up Chinese owned by Koreans. But hey who needs labels I want to eat.
It’s a big-ish restaurant with an upstairs level. I thought the place looked nice with its wooden furniture and chandelier and the decorative little spaces like this.
As soon as we got there we were swiftly offered some tea. Ah tea~
I came with my friends, Tina who is Chinese and Nabin and her daughter who are Korean. So I pretty much entrusted the menu to the two. I did try to practice my crap reading skills at the hangul on the menu. We found out that there was a button on our table to call for a waiter/waitress then Nabin ordered in Korean (while I tried to catch anything I could understand haha).
Food didn’t take long to arrive. Yay!
First off, sweet and sour pork. Great with lots and lots of rice. It’s in the middle of sweetness spectrum when it comes to sweet and sour meat dishes and the veggies still have a nice bite to them.
Next up is the stir fried sea cucumber dish. I like the noodles and the flavours in the sauce. It’s all soft and silky and lovely with rice. I probably needed more rice when I was eating here. But I tried to control myself haha.
Tofu in spicy sauce. I don’t eat much tofu but I’ve always liked its texture. The sauce was not too spicy (though my friend might’ve asked for it to be mild).
Nabin’s daughter’s fave. 짜장면 jajangmyeon or black thick soy bean paste noodles. We actually came to this restaurant because Nabin’s daughter liked it here. Ahhh…finally got to taste these noodles.
In South Korea, there’s an unofficial holiday called Black Day aka “Single Awareness Day” when unattached folks eat these noodles and celebrate their singledom. It’s on April 14 (Which goes after all those lovey-dovey Valentines day and White Day).
Before this, I’ve only ever eaten the instant noodle variety of jajangmyeon (which I tried out of curiosity but did not enjoy much – nah I didn’t have it for Black Day). I’m glad to tell you that its taste is a far cry from the instant ones but I still don’t get it. Maybe I haven’t acquired the taste for it.
Okiedokies so that was our foodtrip at Harimgak. Most of it were delicious to me but I’m not too sure how I feel about jajangmyeon haha.