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Asia eats, korea eats

august 5 & 6: rawr. i eat animals.

You guys must be getting sick of these multi-course Korean-fusion meals by now, since that’s pretty much the only thing I eat when I go out to meet relatives. Don’t get me wrong, it all tastes good, but it does get a little repetitive after a while and the courses are pretty similar. Since you guys know the routine, I’ll go through the lunch I had with my aunt at SUPER FAST LIGHTNING SPEED.

oo lots of glass

amuse bouches: sweet pumpkin jook and a pink water pickled radish thing. LOOK AT IT ITS PINK. THAT AIN'T NATUROOL.

icerbergy-beety-sprouty salad with balsalmic vinegar. 'twas sweet.

japchae. tasted sesame oily and was slightly crunchy from all the vegetable matter.

korean pancakes; i didn't eat them, but i'm assuming they had the crispy-outside-soft-inside thing going on

perilla seed soup. it was nutty and roasty tastin. better than the one at doomahreh, in my opinion

fatty pork with a sweet rubbed outside, served with kimchi and scallions to cut through the fat. look at that layer of FATTY DELICIOUSNESS. this is an indulgence, to be sure.

tempura fried fish in a sweet orange-tasting sauce with tempura kabocha squash

spicy squid-veg mix with noods on the side. the squid was incredibly tender n' soft. i don't think i can ever go back to eat the usual rubbery squid.

beef skewers. it tasted like bulgogi that had been ground up and molded around a long toothpick. BECAUSE EVERYTHING TASTES BETTER WHEN YOU EAT IT FROM A STICK.

banchan that came out: spinach, kimchi, braised fish, pickles and fish roe

doenjang jjiggae; IT BUBBLES IN ALL ITS FERMENTED BEANINESS

palate cleanser of maeshil, or green plum, juice. it's sweet and slightly tart.

Yes, I was full at the end of the meal. I tried to coax my digestive system to chew through that meal fast because the next day I was going to the Olympic Park for ANOTHER meal with a different aunt.

fusion chinese food; and no, it has absolutely unrelated to chinatown ice cream factory

Out of all the restaurants that I’ve been to in Korea, this one felt the least “Korean.” Even western restaurants in Seoul feel like they belong here, but with China Factory I could easily imagine this place being in New York.

Although you’re given a menu to choose your entrees/appetizers from, there’s a separate dimsum and dessert buffet, so we loaded up on the steamed pockets of goodness. Most of the savory dimsum were shrimp and vegetable-based although there were soft red-bean filled dimsum too.

YES, STACKS OF STEAMING DIMSUM TRAYS. COME TO ME, ITTY BITTY MOUTHFULS OF DELICIOUSNESS.

the clearish looking dimsum are savory, the pillowy looking ones sweet.

ANIMAL-SHAPED DIMSUM. they're almost too cute to eat. almost.

PUAHAHAHAAHAHAA. I HAVE NO MERCY.

The menu is interesting in that each person can choose 3 dishes from either the vegetable, seafood, meat, or carb sections or get a dish from the “premium” menu. Since I ate with my cousins, my aunt, my mom and my sister, we ended up getting a huge variety of dishes from each of the sections.

a mix between kimchi and dangmoojee - you know that yellow pickly stuff you get with korean-chinese food. this was tart and spicy at the same time. this was a default side that was served to everyone.

smoked salmon carpaccio with yuzu sauce: a light dish, with the clean, citrusy flavors from the dressing and the orange peel balancing out the salmon

chicken lettuce wrap: diced chicken mixed with vegs into with a salty, spicy mix and served with lettuce so you can wrap it up. it was pretty good, although the chicken was pretty soupy, so it splooshed out of one end of the wrap when you bit into it.

spicy shrimp & scallop salad with rice noodle: flavors were alright, thought it was a little hard to make sure everything was well-coated with sauce

chinese seafood salad: jellyfish, abalone, conch, shrimp, scallop, and meat. each component of the salad was really good; the sauces on top of the seafood suited each one really well.

fried shrimp with lemon mayonnaise sauce: what can i say, it was tempura shrimp. crunchy outside, shrimpy inside and a few vegetables thrown in to up the healthy level a bit. the shrimp were well fried, although i'm not sure how much i liked the salad as a whole.

fried shrimp with chili sauce on fried noodle: more crunchy shrimp. it was spicy and seafoody, there's really nothing to say other than that.

sautéed mongolian beef with spicy oyster sauce: although this was a beef dish, it was mostly made up of zucchini, onions and sprouts. it was spicier than it looked, and pretty good although at this point i was too full to eat much of anything.

err.. drawing a blank here. can't remember this one, maybe this was the mongolian beef? --; blog fail.

sautéed pork and vegetables with chinese bun: also pretty spicy, we were supposed to eat the soft, pillow steamed buns with the pork. but calynn ate both of them (oh how she loves those buns) so we just made do by chopsticking them straight to our mouths. like the other dishes, this was more vegetable than meat, which i guess is typical of most chinese dishes.

jjambbong, or noodle with seafood in a spicy broth. i'm guessing this was good, because calynn ate almost all of it. but you guys know what jjambbong tastes like, right?

chinese-style moolnengmyun: cool and refreshing, the broth tasted like a mix between soba broth and nengmyun broth. the noodles were rice noodles instead of the usual buckwheat.

hainan style fried noodle: similar to pad thai, this was noodles sauteed with vegetables - almost lo meinish. the tomato was kind of out of place though.

So yeah, that was my dinner with my aunt. It was actually interesting to eat something other than Korean-fusion food, since I hadn’t had Chinese food here in Korea. A lot of the things were really good, and this place is definitely worth going back to.

I just wanna leave you guys off with a picture of mah-tang or candied sweet potatoes. I saw a guy making them at the mall the other day, and they looked so good… Ooey and syrupy but crunchy at the same time.

heating 'em through

Mmm…

Less than a week until I go back to America. Keep checking, because I’m definitely gonna cram as much as food as I can in the next couple of days!

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