중화요리 – Chinese Food

Just like many countries where Chinese restaurants are abundant, Chinese food (중화요리) in Korea is very much tailored to Korean tastes. The most famous example of a made-in-Korea Chinese dish is 짜장면 (ja-jang-myun), a black bean noodle concoction. There are basically two standards of Chinese food in Korea — one, very cheap, and the other very expensive. But even at the expensive places, the cheaper made-in-Korea specials are on the menu. I often find that the cheap places are on the second-floor of a building in a rather humble setting, with a few delivery bikes parked in front. In contrast, the expensive places have some elegant words on the sign in Chinese characters and are in a prime first-floor location with somebody to greet you at the door. Naturally, Chinese restaurants in Korea frequently use Chinese characters in the sign, particularly the characters 中華料理 – 中華 refers to China, while 料理 is pronounced 요리 meaning cuisine or cooking.

Chinese food restaurants in Korea are often on the second floor.

Lots of Chinese characters on a sign in Korea often indicates a Chinese restaurant.

You'll often see a delivery bike in front of a Chinese restaurant.

This restaurant is called Nanjing, or 남경 in Korean.

북경 is Korean for Beijing