China Town

20 November 2012

Chinatown, Incheon, Korea

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My Korean language teacher was really impressed of our ability to speak multiple languages. She said that most American Koreans have forgotten their roots and couldn't understand Korean at all whilst we, Malaysian Chinese are still able to communicate in our mother tongue. Some of my classmates from China expressed their amazement as well when they knew we could speak to them in Mandarin and Cantonese. A friend from Indonesia said that they were not allowed to have Chinese names until recent years. I am so grateful I am born in Malaysia where we have the right to study Chinese and have our own Chinese names.

There's a China town in Incheon, Korea and resided by Chinese living in this town. It's one of the few places where we could read all the signboards. There are some restaurants serving Chinese food such as paus, roasted meat, oriental cuisines etc etc. However, architectural wise, the buildings look more of European style. Also there are a few Japanese restaurants. To me it looks more like a Foreigner's town.

Regardless what town it is, I have to admit that in this country, there's always beautiful little spots that remind me of the scenes in Korean dramas. So simple, so adorable and cute.

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We went to China town twice. The first trip was rather late and we missed the chance of trying out the famous Jjajangmyeon (炸酱面). Yes jjajangmyeon is the most famous food in China town. A little weird don't you think?! I have only eaten jjajangmyeon one or twice in my life and never thought it could be such a ...big deal. These three restaurants in the photo below served mainly noodles, of course jjajangmyeon. They even have a museum for it lol. 

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Jjajangmyeon museum successfully lured us into trying that golden noodle. We came to this particular restaurant, recommended by an uncle and waited for at least half an hour before it's our turn to GO IN. Not exaggerating but apparently it is one of the best of the best.

It's called Wonderful restaurant. Bahaha. In fact they serve a variety of choices but as we were... on a tight budget, we ordered the cheapest Jjajangmyeon. Each set costs W4,000 (~RM12). 

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Credits to Suk Eang for some of the photos. 

P/S Although it might not look inviting, this dark jjajangmyeon was definitely good. YUM!

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