13.034 Prawn Wonton Noodle

Cycle 13 – Item 34

8 (Tue) February 2022

Prawn Wonton Noodle

4.0

at Je Je

-Seongsu, Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea-

with Mom + Dad

Breaking news.

For the first time in my experience living in Korea, I have discovered a restaurant that serves Cantonese wonton noodle soup.  As written ad nauseam on GMTD, authentic Chinese cuisine is exceedingly rare in Korea – tragically ironic in light of Korea’s close cultural ties to China – so a dish as basic as Cantonese wonton noodle soup has been impossible to come by, until now.

The restaurant is Je Je, a high-endish dimsum boutique where I’ve eaten on several prior occasions; for no particular reason, I’ve been putting off the noodle soup.  It was worth the wait.

The Prawn Wonton Noodle is excellent.  The chicken-stock broth was light yet rich, enhanced with a dollop of chili oil.  The noodles were chewy and savory.  The wontons, featuring huge chunks of fresh shrimp, were silky and juicy.  The greens, some kind of local kale (a substitute for gailan), provided a nice touch of bitter freshness.  The dish is a solid 3.5, but its rarity warrants 4.0.  I will be eating it regularly.

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