4 (Tue) May 2010
at Song Ga
-Yeonnam, Seodaemun, Seoul, Korea-
Yuringi (유린기) is a Chinese dish. It consists of a deep-fried breaded chicken cutlet, typically sliced and placed on a bed of iceberg lettuce, dressed in a light sweet-sour soy sauce, and topped with scallions/garlic/chilies/etc. As for the dish’s origins, the on-line sources didn’t provide any reliable information, not even a precise definition or etymology. From personal observation, I speculate that yurimgi developed into its current form sometime around the mid/late 90s, when Korea’s haute dining scene was getting started, based in and around Gangnam, where hipster Chinese eateries were all the rage, some purporting to be “East-West fusion” (doing stupid shit like spaghetti in oyster sauce) while others claimed to be “traditional Chinese” (as opposed to traditional Korean-Chinese. The legacy of that era is a handful of dishes that hit the mainstream and remain to this day, including yuringi, perhaps, which may have a similar counterpart back in China.