1.178 Haemul Jjambbong

-Cycle 1, Item 178-
2 July 2010

Haemul Jjambbong


at Hwang-Geum Ryong (황금룡)

-Seongsu, Seoul-

Jjambbong is a Korean-Chinese noodle soup.  Consists of flour-based noodles in spicy broth with onions, cabbage, and other vegetables, and usually a few pieces of squid, shrimp, and/or mussels. At any given Chinese restaurant in Korea, 90% of diners are bound to be eating either jjambbong or jjajang-myeon (짜장면) (see most recently 1.172 Jjajang-Myeon). Whereas jjajang-myeon has something of a counterpart in China, jjambbong is generally thought to be an invention of the Chinese immigrants to Korea sometime around the turn of the 20th century.

Hwang-Geum Ryong (황금룡) ("golden dragon") is Korean-Chinese restaurant.  Lies along the route between home and the supermarket.

Popular among the locals for haemul* (해물) jjambbong, though I suspect that the popularity is based largely on the sheer size of the dish, which is served in gigantic bowls so big that the servers bring them to the table on wheeled carts.  Taste is whatever.

*"Haemul," which means "seafood" and is used interchangeably with the term "samseon" (see 1.117 Samseon Jjajang-Myeon), promises a greater variety and amount of seafood. 

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