Eating Korean Chinese Food - Sweet and Sour Pork and Black Bean Noodles

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Aug. 22, 2013

In this travel video we decide to satisfy a major craving we have for Korean Chinese food specifically sweet and sour pork and black bean noodles. We ordered a combination from a set menu where we each had a huge bowl of noodles while sharing a plate of the sweet and sour pork for roughly 13 USD. One of the reasons we love Korean Chinese food is because it is such a budget value meal. We always leave the table feeling stuffed but yet we never end up paying much money for the meal. Although the food is somewhat greasy, sweet and heavy, it certainly is delicious. If you're in Korea and searching for something new to try we highly recommend you check out a local Korean Chinese restaurant for some delicious cuisine.
Korean Chinese cuisine (Korean Junghwa yori, hanja is derived from traditional Chinese cuisine but has been influenced by local ingredients in Korea. Due to geographical proximity, most Korean-Chinese dishes are derived from Northern styles of Chinese cuisine such as Beijing and Shandong cuisine. However, some have regarded Korean Chinese cuisine as being more Korean than Chinese. The cuisine developed in the port city of Incheon, where the majority of Korea's ethnic Chinese population historically lived. However, Chinese restaurants in Korea are unusual in that they are owned and run by Koreans, rather than ethnic Chinese. The latter development came in part due to the assimilation of the ethnic Chinese in Korea into the Korean culture as well as due to their outward migration due to legal discrimination they were subject to, especially under the Park Chung-hee administration. Consequently, the most authentic Korean Chinese cuisine can be found in centers of overseas Korean communities such as Queens1 and Manhattan in New York City Palisades Park and Fort Lee, New Jersey as well as Los Angeles, all in the United States.
In South Korea there is an aspect of this cuisine which is unusual, in that home delivery is the main means through which it is put in front of diners. As such Korean Chinese cuisine is analogous to pizza delivery in the US or Indian take-away in the UK, and every S Korean urban household is served by no fewer than two such establishments. The cuisine also occupies the same economic position to the two a-fore mentioned analogues, in terms of relative pricing vis-a-vis other dining options. Expensive gourmet Chinese cuisine at upscale establishments dedicated to such is also popular in South Korea, but the cuisine served is mainland Chinese styles.
Jajangmyeon Korean,Chinese, steamed noodles served in a lightly flavored black bean paste, distinctly different from the various types of zhajiang mian served in mainland China and Taiwan.
Tangsuyuk Korean, Chinese, the Koreanized version of sweet and sour pork or orange chicken.2 Unlike the Americanized Chinese dish of the same name, tangsuyuk can be made with either pork or beef. If the meat is replaced with shrimp, the dish is called tangsu saeu:
This is part of our Life in Korea series. We are two foreigners teaching English in Korea. As Waegook's (Korean for foreigners) we showcase Korea from the perspective of outsiders. As per usual, there is plenty of silly humor and bloopers at the end - signature moments of our travel videos.