Are you ready to try a course of delicious food? Do you like Chinese food? More importantly, are you aware that there are a lot of Chinese restaurants around us? Do you think that Chinese restaurants only serve jajangmyeon or jjamppong? It’s okay if you did, because I was in the same situation before I wrote this article. Now is the time to explore the various Chinese cuisine locations.
Location: 321-1, Gwon samdeuk-ro, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju-si
Open & Close: 11:00 AM ~ 09:00 PM
Phone Number: 063-272-1429
Reporter’s choice: Jaengban-jjamppong set
All of my friend’s first answer to ‘Chinese restaurant’ was Deokilgwan. It is the most common choice for Chinese restaurants in CBNU. At Deokgilgwan, the Jaengban-jjamppong set serves jjamppong with sweet and sour pork, fried dumpling on a tray. It is a typical menu item in Chinese restaurants, as you could imagine, but the quality of food differs from typical Chinese restaurants. Chefs at Deokgilgwan use less grease in preparing their dishes, giving all its food a clean aftertaste. This means the food can be enjoyed by a wider range of people. However, Jaengban-jjamppong gets spicier as you eat it. If you do not eat spicy foods, it is a good idea to order a Jaengban-jajangmyeon. Of course you are free to order just jajangmyeon or jjamppong.
● La Hua Kung Fu
Location: 18, 4th Myeongryun Street, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju
Open & Close: 10:00 AM ~ Midnight.
Phone Number: 063-272-8666
Reporter’s Choice: Malatang, Xialongbao, and Mapa Tofu
When I was at the Old Gate area, I saw an advertisement for a newly opened Chinese restaurant called La Hua Kung Fu. Its signature menu is Malatang. You can choose which ingredients you want to put in to your Malatang. So you can request more of the ingredients you like. But don’t get too greedy. The price goes up as the weight gets heavier. At first, I thought the serving of Xiao-long-bao (Steamed Soup Dumplings) was too little compared to its price. However when I tasted the dumplings, my complaints disappeared. It tasted like dumplings with a rich fatty flavor. Xialonbao’s greasy taste removes all the spiciness. It matches very well with Malatang. Mapa Tofu looks really spicy in the picture, but actually it’s sweet and spicy, and rather tasty.
● Dong Buk Ban Jum
Location: 400-9, Girin-daero, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju
Open & Close: 10:00 AM ~ 11:00 PM
Phone Number: 063-255-6898
Reporter’s Choice: Hot Pot, Guobaorou, and Lamb Skewer
While I was searching online for famous hot pot restaurants around CBNU, Dong Buk Ban Jum came showed up. It was famous for Guobaorou and Hot Pot consisting of Baitang and Hongtang. Tomato in Baitang removes the greasy taste. On the other hand, Hongtang has some unique spices to remove the greasiness. The Hot Pot includes ingredients such as dried tofu, noodles made of potato starch, various vegetables like mushroom, napa cabbage, and pak choi, and even some fishcakes and meatballs all added into the simmering pot. I was surprised because all the ingredients were so plentiful. Also, a special sauce was provided. This sauce tasted very exotic so I avoided it at first, but when I tried it, I realized it matches very well with the two soups in Hot Pot. Guobaorou tastes like a crunch snack which has thin meat in it. If you like a crunch and snacky texture of food, you won’t regret trying the Guobaorou.
Did you enjoy our journey to the best Chinese restaurants near CBNU? All three restaurants were amazing. If you want to escape the constant routine of eating every day Korean food, why not try one or all of these three restaurants listed above? You will surely not be disappointed. See you with school cafeteria food next issue!