Being close to the old home near Hyochang Park, I was fortunate to have this small, cozy, and quaint Korean-Chinese restaurant named Shinsunggak at my disposal. The small eatery is run by an elderly couple who — for an impressive 30+ years — has cooked each dish to order, meaning the noodles are lovingly hand-pulled and made on the spot. Definitely not an easy task in a city where everything is done at breakneck speeds, especially Korean-Chinese restaurants.
Initially, I wasn’t too keen on this place because the service was a little slow and our order was mishandled. But, after seeing how the husband and wife tandem ran their business — treating each customer like a family member from start to finish — it was hard not to fall in love with the place.
When the food came out, it was apparent by looks alone that this was a different breed of Chinese. The gan jjajangmyeon tasted “healthier” and lighter — nothing like normal varieties that are overly salty and MSG-laden. The sauce was packed with fresh veggies like onions and cabbage, cooked just right to bring out their natural sweetness. The noodles were springy and full of life. Combined together, you have deliciousness in a bowl for only 6,000 won. The tangsuyuk (sweet n sour pork) and goon mandu (fried dumplings) were also solid, rounding out the holy trinity of Chinese food.
The place is small and draws a crowd daily. We arrived 30 minutes before lunch service but still had to wait a bit to be seated. Despite this minor inconvenience, this mom and pop eatery is a must-visit for those can’t get enough of Korea’s most popular delivery option. Credit cards are not accepted, so make sure to bring cash!
Food: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars
Service: ★★★★ out of 5 stars
Ambiance: ★★★½ out of 5 stars
Value: ★★★★½ out of 5 stars
Gongdeok-dong 2-463 (서울 마포구 공덕동 2-463)
Hours: Open every day 11:30 am – 4:00 pm except Mondays
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