Seoul Food: Chinese Eats in Samcheongdong
January in Seoul is cold. So cold.
Usually I survive the weather with coffee and scalding hot 순두부찌개 (hot tofu stew) but this weekend I found another perfect cure – and it came in the form of a tiny Chinese restaurant in Samcheongdong.
This neighborhood is famous for tiny cafes and tons of street food, so you could spend months eating your way up and down its streets and never try everything. So between your 호떡, churros, and fried squid if you have any room left in you, please get yourself to 천진포차 (Cheonjin Pocha) for authentic and totally yummy Chinese food.
I got the vegetable fried noodles (chow mein) and my friend got their mandu (dumpling) soup which had egg, beef dumplings, and baby bok choy. The meal wasn’t overly greasy and the dumplings were the perfect temperature (usually the insides of dumpling in the soup are WAY too hot to eat, but according to my friend, they really got the temperature right with this one!)
The owner of this place also owns the dumpling joint next door and lets you bring your dumplings into this restaurant to eat with your noodles (and vice versa)
It’s a little hole in the wall with counter seats around the edge of the room and one big table in the middle, with probably 18 seats total so it might get crowded!
Everything on the menu is about $6 per person, and you can find it on the map here!